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Chaves County records 35 new COVID-19 cases


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Chaves County recorded 35 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday as the state’s total surged by 426 cases according to the New Mexico Department of Health’s daily update.

The highest number of cases — about 28% of the state’s total — was in Bernalillo County with 120 new cases. Doña Ana County had 70 new cases, Lea County 32, Santa Fe County 31, Eddy County 27, Curry County had 20, Sandoval County had 17, Roosevelt County had 12, Lincoln County had 11 and San Juan County had 10. Twelve other counties and the Lea County Correctional Facility each reported fewer than 10 cases.

The total number of cases in the state to date is 31,372 including 1,403 in Chaves County. The state total includes an adjustment for a case in Lea County identified as a duplicate.

Two deaths related to COVID-19 were reported in the state Wednesday. They were a man in his 70s from McKinley County who had underlying health conditions and a man in his 60s from San Juan County who had been hospitalized and had underlying health conditions.

The number of deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19 is now at 896 including 13 in Chaves County.

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As of Wednesday, 109 people were hospitalized in the state for COVID-19. That’s a 28% increase over a week ago.

The state has designated 17,766 COVID-19 cases as recovered, including 585 in Chaves County.

Statewide, 965,319 tests have been performed including 24,901 in Chaves County.

The county’s two-week average number of new daily cases per 100,000 people is at 22.7 and its test positivity rate at 6.7%. Chaves County remains in the “red zone” of counties that have an average of more than eight new cases per day per 100,000 people and a positivity rate above 5%.

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/.

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