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Local, state COVID-19 cases surge Wednesday

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1 local death; state and county report record-breaking numbers

New data Wednesday from the New Mexico Department of Health shows Chaves County’s two-week average of two COVID-19 gating criteria has surged as the state and county also saw record high numbers of new cases.

According to New Mexico Department of Health’s COVID-19 online data dashboard, Chaves County had an average of 43.6 new cases per day per 100,000 people from Sept. 29 to Oct. 12, up from 22.7 in the previous two-week period. The test positivity rate, or percentage of tests that are positive for COVID-19, also increased from 6.7% to 9.5%.

Wednesday’s update from the state health department reported 577 new cases statewide and 66 in Chaves County. Previously, the state’s highest number of cases in a single day was 488 on Friday, the same day Chaves County set a record at 41 new cases.

Chaves County also recorded its 15th death related to COVID-19 in Wednesday’s update, a woman in her 70s. She had been hospitalized and had underlying health conditions.

Two other deaths were reported — a man in his 70s from Bernalillo County and a man in his 90s from Doña Ana County. The total number of deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19 is now 921.

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In Wednesday’s update, Bernalillo County had 199 new cases and Doña Ana County had 108. Sandoval County had 38, San Juan County 25, Curry County 19, Eddy County 18, Santa Fe County 17, Lea County 16, Valencia County 15 and Otero County had 10. Thirteen other counties reported fewer than 10 cases each.

The state’s total number of cases is now 34,290 and Chaves County has 1,627.

Chaves County now has the highest average daily cases per 100,000 people in the state at 43.6, followed closely by Curry County with 42.3.

That county, along with four others have higher test positivity rates: Curry County is at 14.7%, Lea County at 13.5%, Hidalgo County at 12.3%, Roosevelt County at 11.8% and Eddy County at 11%.

Ten counties are in the state’s “red zone,” meaning they have eight or more new cases a day on average and a test positivity rate of 5% or greater. Those counties now in the red are Chaves, Eddy, Lea, Roosevelt, Lincoln, Doña Ana, Luna, Hidalgo, Union and Curry.

The state’s targets for those criteria are fewer than eight new cases per day and a test positivity rate under 5%. The counties meeting those targets are in the green zone and have fewer restrictions under the public health order such as opening schools for hybrid learning and visitation at nursing homes.

Fourteen counties are in the green zone. Another eight are in the yellow zone, meaning they have eight or more cases per day per 100,000 people and a test positivity rate less than 5%. Those counties are Bernalillo, Santa Fe, Sandoval, San Juan, McKinley, Cibola, Socorro and Sierra.

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

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