State officials announced Tuesday afternoon that Chaves County had no additional coronavirus-related deaths reported in the previous 24 hours and only four new COVID-19 cases.
The lower numbers follow three days of double-digit case totals in the county, as well as some deaths.
Statewide, the New Mexico Department of Health reported that there were 110 new cases, to bring the total since March to 27,790; and three more deaths, for a total of 854.
The deceased included a woman in her 70s from Bernalillo County who was described as having underlying conditions, a man in his 90s from Eddy County and a man in his 90s from Santa Fe County who had been a resident of an Albuquerque care facility.
For Chaves County, the total number of cases since March has reached 1,044, with 414 reported as recovered. There have been 11 COVID-19 related fatalities of county residents since March, and 21,038 tests administered to county residents.
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The county remains one of six in the state to be in the “red” in terms of positivity rates and new daily cases. For the two-week period of Sept. 2 to Sept. 15, it had an average of 26 new cases each day per 100,000 population and a positivity rate of 8.6%. The positivity rate is expected to be updated Oct. 1.
Quay County is in the yellow, but the other 26 counties in New Mexico are now in the green with a positivity rate of 5% or less and the number of new daily cases averaging eight per 100,000 or fewer.
State totals indicate that, of the 27,790 total cases, 15,586 have been reported as recovered. Sixty-nine New Mexicans are now in the hospital due to COVID-19, with total hospitalizations since March numbering 3,371. There have been 872,331 tests administered statewide.
The counties with the highest number of new cases Tuesday were Bernalillo County with 21, Dona Ana County with 18 and Eddy County with 14.
There are 812 inmates at four federal facilities diagnosed with COVID-19, and 549 inmates at seven state facilities who have tested positive.
The number of nursing or long-term care facilities that have had a staff member or resident test positive within the last 28 days has decreased to 32, but Roswell still has five on the list: Avamere, Casa Maria Health Care Center, Heartfelt Manor, Sunset Villa and Village Retirement Community.
New Mexico has issued public health orders that remain in effect that are intended to reduce the spread of coronavirus. People are required to wear face coverings, to practice social distancing and to limit gatherings to 10 or fewer people. They also are advised to avoid crowds and unnecessary travel and to stay home as much as possible.