Chaves County remains a “red zone” county entering October, as the New Mexico Department of Health is reporting updated gating criteria data for counties and new daily cases of 31 in the local area Wednesday.
Statewide, the Health Department announced Wednesday that 281 new cases of COVID-19 had been reported, to bring the total since March to 29,435.
Two additional deaths in Lea County also were reported, both men in their 80s, one of whom had been hospitalized and the other diagnosed with underlying health conditions.
Chaves County had the fourth-highest number of new cases reported Wednesday. Six other counties had new cases in the double digits. They included Bernalillo with 61, Doña Ana with 41, Curry with 33, Lea with 29, Eddy with 22 and San Juan with 16.
With the updated information, Chaves County has now had 1,222 COVID-19 cases, which is the sixth-highest total in the state. Of the county cases, 514 are reported as recovered and 12 people have died.
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In two-week gating criteria data updated Monday, the county’s positivity rate has dropped to 6.7%, with 22.7 positive tests per 100,000 population per day from Sept. 15 until Monday. That compares to a statewide positivity rate of 3.2%.
Chaves County is now one of nine in the “red zone,” indicating higher risk. Counties in the “green zone” with positivity rates of 5% or less, as well as eight or fewer new daily cases per 100,000 population during a two-week period are able to start hybrid public school instruction and allow visits to nursing and care centers.
The updated information for the entire state is that there have been 29,435 COVID-19 cases reported, with 16,671 reported as recovered and 877 deaths. Eighty-five people are now hospitalized, with 3,495 hospitalized since March. The state has performed 921,009 tests.
Casa Maria Health Care Center, Heartfelt Manor, Sunset Villa Nursing Home and Village Retirement Center of Roswell remain on a list of 32 nursing and long-term care centers in the state that have reported a COVID-19 case among staff or residents during the past 28 days.
People with questions about their health are advised to contact their health care providers or the state COVID-19 hotline at 855-600-3453.
For questions about non-health-related concerns, call 833-551-0518 or visit www.newmexico.gov.
To keep up with local coverage of the coronavirus, go to rdrnews.com/category/news/covid-19-situation/.