Chaves County recorded nine new cases of COVID-19 in Tuesday’s update from the New Mexico Department of Health, the second day in a row new cases were in the single digits.
The county’s total number of cases to date is now 965. The health department announced 82 cases statewide, for a total of 26,923. That includes one case corrected in Lea County that had not been lab confirmed.
Bernalillo County reported 17 new cases and McKinley County 12. Besides Chaves County, 14 counties reported new cases in the single digits, and there were four new cases among inmates at the Lea County Correctional Facility.
The county’s two-week average of daily cases, last measured from Aug. 19 to Sept. 1, is at 20.2 per 100,000 people, and the test positivity rate is 7.5%, making Chaves County one of six counties classified in the “red zone” — counties with eight or more average daily cases and a positivity rate of 5% or greater.
Counties that have less than eight average daily cases per 100,000 people and a positivity rate less than 5% are in the “green zone” and allowed to open schools for the hybrid model of learning and offer visitation options for long-term care facilities.
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Among the red zone counties, Chaves County has the highest average daily number of cases. Lea County follows with 19.9, Luna with 17.1, Eddy with 14.7, Roosevelt at 10, Quay at 9.4 and Hidalgo at 8.3.
Chaves County’s seven-day average number of new daily cases is 20. That number has been on an upward trend since Sept. 8, when it was at 11.
Seven deaths were reported Tuesday by the Department of Health. One, a man from Bernalillo County, was in his 40s. The other six ranged in age from the 60s to 90s and were from Luna, McKinley, Otero, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Taos counties.
Six had been hospitalized and four had underlying health conditions. One was a resident of a long-term care facility.
The total number of deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19 is 830 people.
Hospitalizations as of Tuesday were at 59.
The health department reported Tuesday 14,634 cases of COVID-19 are designated as recovered, 359 of those are in Chaves County.
The state has performed 831,995 tests, with 19,458 of those in Chaves County.
To keep up with local coverage of the coronavirus, go to rdrnews.com/category/news/covid-19-situation/.
City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or firstname.lastname@example.org.