New Mexico health officials reported more than 500 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, the same day high numbers of people seeking tests backed up traffic at the department’s Roswell office.
The state reported 518 new cases Monday and 448 cases on Sunday. In Chaves County, 30 new cases were reported Monday and 26 on Sunday.
A total of 24 counties reported new cases Sunday and Monday. Bernalillo County had the most cases in the state over the two days, with a total of 274. Donna Ana had 170 over the two days.
Those reports bring the state total to 37,302 and Chaves County’s total to 1,766. Those totals include corrections for five cases identified as duplicates in Chaves, Curry, Bernalillo and Doña Ana counties, and two cases identified as out-of-state residents in Lea and McKinley counties.
One death was reported Monday and five on Sunday. They were a man in his 50s from Bernalillo County, a woman in her 70s from McKinley County, a woman in her 60s from Rio Arriba County, a woman in her 90s from Sandoval County, a man in his 80s from Santa Fe County and a woman in her 30s from Socorro County.
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Four had been hospitalized and four had underlying health conditions.
The total number of deaths related to COVID-19 in the state is now 935 and in Chaves County is 17.
Monday morning, cars waiting for the drive-thru COVID-19 testing at the New Mexico Department of Health, 200 E. Chisum St., were lined up along Chisum Street about a block west to Main Street. Marisa Maez, communications director for the Health Department, said Monday was unusually busy for testing in Roswell. The department tests from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. weekdays, and about 11:20 a.m., staff asked drivers waiting in the street to return at 1 p.m., when the drive-thru testing would reopen.
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As of Monday, a total of 28,634 COVID-19 tests have been performed in Chaves County. Statewide, the total is just over 1 million.
In the latest two-week reporting period, Sept. 29 to Oct. 12, Chaves County had an average of 43.6 new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people and a test positivity rate of 9.5%, placing it among 10 counties above the state’s targets for both gating criteria.
Counties that meet or are below the criteria of eight new daily cases per 100,000 people and a test positivity rate under 5% 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 email@example.com.
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