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State, county COVID numbers continue to climb

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The state’s and Chaves County’s numbers of new COVID-19 cases continue on a growth trend, with 341 new cases reported statewide on Friday. Chaves County had 32, the third-highest amount in the state, in Friday’s update from the New Mexico Health Department.

Bernalillo County had the state’s highest total with 99 new cases. Doña Ana County had 45, Curry County 27, Lea County 26, Santa Fe County had 17, Eddy and Sandoval counties each had 16, Luna County had 14, and Cibola County had 12. Twelve other counties and the Otero County Prison each reported fewer than 10 cases each.

The total number of cases to date statewide is now 30,000. That includes an adjustment for two cases in Bernalillo County that were not lab confirmed. Chaves County now has had a total of 1,293 cases.

Five deaths related to COVID-19 were reported Friday, including the sixth death this week at the Lakeview Christian Home in Carlsbad, where a woman in her 90s died. The other deaths were a man in his 60s from Bernalillo County, a man in his 90s from Doña Ana County, and a man in his 60s and a woman her 70s from Lea County.

Three of the deceased had been hospitalized and all had underlying health conditions.

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The state’s total number of deaths is now 887, including 12 in Chaves County.

The state has conducted 935,401 tests for COVID-19, including 23,775 in Chaves County.

Eighty-nine people were hospitalized as of Friday, according to the Health Department. The state has designated 17,055 cases as recovered, including 525 in Chaves County.

Over the two-week period of Sept. 15 to Sept. 28, Chaves County averaged 27.7 new cases per day per 100,000 people and a test positivity rate of 6.7%. That places the county, along with eight others, in the state’s “red zone” above gating criteria targets.

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.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.

To keep up with local coverage of the coronavirus, go to rdrnews.com/category/news/covid-19-situation/.