Two more people in Chaves County have died from COVID-19, according to state officials.
The New Mexico Department of Health released information Saturday afternoon about six deaths in the state, including a man in his 30s and a woman in her 60s from Chaves County. Both had underlying conditions, and the man had been hospitalized as well.
The other four fatalities were a man in his 80s from Bernalillo County, a woman in her 90s from Doña Ana County, and two from San Juan County, a woman in her 50s and a man in his 80s. All had other conditions that contributed to their deaths, and all but the Bernalillo County resident were hospitalized or in care facilities.
In addition to the deaths, the state announced 10 new COVID-19 cases in Chaves County and 164 new positive cases in New Mexico. The totals are now 1,014 cases in Chaves County and 27,512 in New Mexico.
Chaves County was one of four in the state with new cases in the double digits. The other three were Bernalillo and Doña Ana counties, with 31 each; and Eddy County with 15. There were also 18 new COVID cases reported among state inmates at the Lea County Correctional Center.
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With the latest numbers, Chaves County has tallied 10 deaths attributed to the coronavirus since March, including one reported on Friday. There have been 20,555 tests administered. Of the 1,014 testing positive, 393 are considered recovered.
The positivity rate for the county continues to be at 8.6% for the two-week period of Sept. 2 to Sept. 15, when it had an average of 26 new cases each day per 100,000 population. That makes the county one of six in the “red zone.” Counties in the “green zone,” having fewer positivity rates of 5% or less or 8 or fewer new daily cases per 100,000 populations, are able to operate with less restrictions, such as being able to start hybrid learning in public schools or allow visits to nursing homes.
The New Mexico totals as of Saturday are 847 deaths. Of the 27,512 total COVID cases, 15,342 are considered recovered, which is more than 55%. While there have been 3,335 hospitalizations since March, only 68 COVID patients are now hospitalized. The state has administered 857,456 tests, which means about 3.2% have returned positive results.
In Chaves County, six facilities remain on the list of 36 nursing or long-term care centers that have reported a COVID case among staff or residents during the past 28 days. They include Avamere, Casa Maria Health Care Center, Heartfelt Manor, Mission Arch Center, Sunset Villa Nursing Home and Village Retirement Community.
State public health officials continue to advise people to get tested if they have symptoms or have been around those with COVID, to avoid crowds and unnecessary travel, and to stay home as much as possible. In addition, public health orders require people to wear face coverings and practice social distancing when around others.
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