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COVID cases remain high statewide and locally

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486 new cases, 5 deaths for New Mexico

The number of new COVID cases in New Mexico remained extremely high Saturday at 486, two short of the all-time record for the state, which occurred on Friday with 488 cases.

There have now been 32,722 positive COVID cases since March after 989,652 tests have been given. Of those who have tested positive, 18,621 are considered recovered.

But the New Mexico Department of Health also announced five additional COVID-related deaths Saturday, which brings the total number of fatalities in the state attributed to the coronavirus to 907.

Three of the people who passed away were hospitalized and all had preexisting conditions. They included a woman in her 70s from Eddy County, a man in his 80s from Lea County, a man in his 50s from McKinley County, a man in his 30s from San Juan County, and a woman in her 80s from Santa Fe County.

For Chaves County, the number of new cases on Saturday was 38, the fourth largest case count among the 25 counties with new cases. Chaves now has had 1,507 total cases after 26,041 tests, with 618 reported as recovered. Fifteen county residents have died due to COVID.

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The largest number of cases continue to be in the high population centers of Bernalillo County, which had 167 new cases, and Doña Ana County, with 73 new cases. Other counties with double-digit numbers were Curry County with 42, Sandoval 27, Eddy 16, Valencia 12, Roosevelt and San Juan with 11 each, and Santa Fe with 10.

There are now 130 people hospitalized for COVID in the state, with 3,704 total coronavirus-related hospitalizations in the state since March. One of the state’s gating criteria is that there must be 439 or fewer people hospitalized for COVID.

The Health Department also reported 16 new cases among detainees at two federal facilities. That brings the number of federal and state detainees with COVID to 1,395.

This week, Roswell has only three skilled nursing and long-term care facilities on the list of those in the state that have reported a staff member or a resident with COVID during the past 28 days. They are Casa Maria Health Care Center, Mission Arch Center and the Village Retirement Community.

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