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New COVID-19 death reported in Chaves County

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Local cases now surpass 1,000

A resident of a congregate living facility in Roswell has become Chaves County’s eighth death from COVID-19.

The resident, a man in his 70s, had underlying conditions and at the time of his death, was a resident of the Casa Maria Health Care Center in Roswell, according to Friday’s daily report from the New Mexico Department of Health.

Casa Maria Health Care Center is one of six local long-term care facilities that have recorded at least one positive test for the virus among residents and/or staff in the last 28 days, the report states.

The other long-term care facilities in Roswell that have reported recent positive test results are Avamere, Heartfelt Manor, Mission Arch Center, Sunset Villa Nursing Home and Village Retirement Community in Roswell.

Positive tests for COVID-19 in Chaves County surpassed 1,000 with the addition of 13 cases recorded Friday. Of the 1,004 local cases of the virus to date, as of Friday, 385 have recovered, according to the Department of Health’s website.

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As of Friday, 20,327 tests for the virus have been administered to Chaves County residents, with a positivity rate of 8.6%.

In addition to the fatality in Chaves County, the Department of Health announced four other deaths across the state from the pandemic.

McKinley County recorded two COVID-19 deaths: a man in his 40s, and a woman in her 80s with underlying health conditions who was a resident of the Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup.

The remaining two deaths were individuals in their 80s with underlying health conditions. One was a woman from Eddy County and the other a man from San Juan County who was a resident of the Broomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

New Mexico since March has had a total of 841 deaths from the virus.

Positive tests for COVID-19 also rose across New Mexico. With 154 new cases reported Friday, the state total since March is now 27,350.

Of the 27,350 positive tests for the virus in New Mexico, 15,256 have been designated by the Department of Health as having recovered, while 72 individuals with COVID-19 are presently hospitalized in New Mexico.

Counties with the most new positive tests Friday were: Bernalillo County with 30, Lea County with 17, Eddy County with 15 and Chaves County with 13.

Eighteen other counties had fewer than 10 new cases, while one new positive test result for COVID-19 was detected among New Mexico Department of Corrections Inmates at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County.

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

Symptoms of infection are fever, shortness of breath, headache, sore throat, cough, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain and loss of taste or smell.

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.