Chaves County has reached 800 total COVID-19 cases, with 13 new positive tests reported Saturday.
According to the New Mexico Department of Health update issued Saturday afternoon, statewide there were 152 new cases and six additional deaths attributed to the coronavirus.
The deaths included two men in their 70s and 90s from Doña Ana County; a man in his 60s from Lea County; and three men from McKinley County, including two in their 60s and one in his 70s. All but one person — the man in his 70s from McKinley County — were reported as having underlying conditions. Of the five with underlying conditions, four had been hospitalized or in a care facility.
According to the Health Department, the number of tests performed in Chaves County totals 17,724, with 296 designated as recovered.
Statewide, there are now 26,048 positive COVID tests, after 787,811 tests have been administered. Of those who have tested positive, 13,460, or 51.67%, have recovered. Deaths have now reached 800, or 3.07% of those who have tested positive. There have been 3,171 total hospitalizations, but only 68 people are now receiving hospital care.
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Eighteen of New Mexico’s 33 counties had new cases Saturday, with double-digit numbers in Bernalillo County (24 new cases); Eddy County (23); Luna County (18); Lea County (14) and Chaves County, with its 13. De Baca County remains the only one in the state that has not reported a single COVID case.
Cases among detainees at federal and state facilities remain high, with 808 cases among people in federal facilities and 513 among those in state correctional centers.
The Health Department also reports that 47 nursing and care facilities in the state have had a COVID case among staff or residents during the past 28 days. The Roswell facilities on the list are Avamere, Casa Maria Health Care Center and Mission Arch Center.
New Mexico residents remain under state orders intended to slow or prevent the spread of COVID. People are required to wear face coverings when in public and around others, to avoid gatherings larger than 10 people and to keep at least 6 feet between themselves and others. They also are advised to stay home as much possible and to avoid crowds and unnecessary travel.
For any planned Labor Day weekend celebrations, the state is reminding people of the orders about face coverings and social distancing, and also recommending that celebrations be held outdoors and only among household members, that people wash their hands frequently, that guests bring their own food and drinks and that items used be disposed of in outdoor receptacles.
To keep up with local coverage of the coronavirus, go to rdrnews.com/category/news/covid-19-situation/.