Recent cases at six local care facilities
After a couple of days of high numbers of new daily COVID-19 cases, Chaves County dropped back down to 11 on Saturday.
The New Mexico Department of Health indicated in its Saturday announcement that Chaves County now has reported 918 total cases, with 345 considered recovered. The total case number is the seventh largest among the state’s 33 counties.
The total number of deaths in the county since March has been seven. Its positivity rate, which considers the number of positive tests compared to total tests for the 14-day period of Aug. 19 to Sept. 1, is at 7.5%. It is one of seven counties in the state in the “red” with a rate higher than 5%. Five of the seven are in the southeast region.
Statewide, 100 new cases and three additional deaths were counted for Saturday, with the only counties besides Chaves County with double-digit increases being Doña Ana County with 19 and Bernalillo County with 14.
The deaths were of three men, one in his 60s from Bernalillo County, one in his 70s from Lea County and one in his 30s from McKinley County. There have now been 821 COVID-related fatalities in New Mexico since March.
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Total COVID cases statewide is 26,661, with close to 54%, or 14,396 cases, reported as recovered. Sixty-seven people are now hospitalized.
Roswell now has six nursing or care facilities on the list with recent COVID cases, out of 45 reported statewide. The list includes facilities with a staff member or resident reporting a positive COVID case in the past 28 days. The ones in Roswell are Avamere, Casa Maria Health Care, Heartfelt Manor, Mission Arch Center, Sunset Villa Nursing Home and Village Retirement Community.
The Department of Health continues to report large numbers of COVID cases among detainees at federal and state facilities. Federal detainees at four facilities in Cibola, Otero and Torrance counties with COVID number 810, while 515 detainees at New Mexico Corrections Department facilities currently have COVID-19.
State public health officials continue to instruct New Mexico residents to stay home as much as possible, wear a face covering when in public and around others, practice social distancing, avoid crowds and refrain from unnecessary travel.
To keep up with local coverage of the coronavirus, go to rdrnews.com/category/news/covid-19-situation/.