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Chaves County reports another COVID-19 death Sunday

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For the third consecutive day, Chaves County has reported at least one death related to COVID-19.

In Sunday’s daily update from the New Mexico Department of Health, Chaves County also had the most new cases of COVID-19 in the state at 14, putting the local total to date at 1,028.

Sunday’s two deaths reported by the health department statewide included a man in his 60s from Chaves County who had been hospitalized and had underlying health conditions.

The second death was a man in his 60s from Bernalillo County. He was also hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

Two Chaves County deaths were reported Saturday and one on Friday, bringing the county’s total deaths related to COVID-19 to 11 since March.

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Only two other counties reported new cases Sunday in double digits — Doña Ana County at 12 and Bernalillo County at 11. Twelve other counties reported new cases in single digits.

The state’s total number of cases since March is now 27,579. As of Sunday, 15,412 are designated recovered, including 397 in Chaves County.

The state has conducted 862,899 tests including 20,740 in Chaves County.

Chaves County has the state’s highest two-week average positivity rate and new daily cases per 100,000 people, at 8.6% and 26 cases per day in the period from Sept. 1 to Sept. 15.

Counties that have a positivity rate of 5% or less and eight or fewer new cases per day on average are able to operate with fewer restrictions such as being able to conduct the hybrid model of learning in public schools and allowing visitation to nursing homes.