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Chaves County reports 40 new COVID-19 cases Friday

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For the second consecutive day, Chaves County led New Mexico counties in daily reported cases of COVID-19.

Local cases have now surpassed 900 since March.

In its daily report released Friday, the New Mexico Department of Health recorded 40 additional local positive test results for the virus, after 31 cases were reported Thursday in Chaves County.

Since March, 907 positive test results for the virus have been documented in Chaves County, with 340 designated as recovered, according to the Department of Health website. To date, 18,715 tests have been conducted among local residents.

State officials Friday announced 137 additional positive tests in 18 New Mexico counties including Chaves County. Other county totals included Lea County with 16, Bernalillo County with 13 and Doña Ana County with 12. The remaining 14 counties each recorded fewer than 10 cases.

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Positive tests were also detected among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Processing Center.

Cases of the virus in New Mexico to date now total 26,563, with 14,276 designated by the Department of Health as recovered.

As of Friday, 73 individuals in New Mexico were hospitalized with COVID-19.

Two women with underlying health conditions were listed Friday as having died from the virus. One was in her 70s from Bernalillo County and a resident of Brookdale Juan Tabo in Albuquerque. The other was in her 30s from Lea County and was hospitalized.

New Mexico has had 818 deaths from COVID-19, of which seven have been Chaves County residents.

Individuals with symptoms of infection are encouraged to contact their health care provider or the state’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-855-600-3453.

According to the Department of Health, symptoms of infection are: loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, fever, cough, shortness of breath, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, and nausea or vomiting.

To keep up with local coverage of the coronavirus, go to rdrnews.com/category/news/covid-19-situation/.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext, 301, or breakingnews@rdrnews.com.