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Local COVID-19 cases climb by 26


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Documented cases of COVID-19 continued to rise locally and across the state on Tuesday.

A total of 599 positive test results throughout the state were listed in the New Mexico Department of Health’s daily report on new cases of the virus, of which 26 were detected among residents of Chaves County.

In recent weeks, the county has consistently reported some of the largest increases in positive test results. Overall, Chaves County has had 1,791 cases of the virus since March, with 731 now listed as recovered.

To date, 29,193 tests have been performed on individuals who reside in Chaves County, which currently has a positivity rate of 9.5%.

Counties that experienced the largest daily case totals Tuesday were: Bernalillo County with 154; Dona Ana County with 136; Curry County with 45; Santa Fe County with 33; San Juan County with 30; Otero County with 29; Chaves County with 26; Eddy County with 21; Lea County with 18; Luna County with 17; McKinley County with 16 and Valencia County with 15.

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Another 13 counties, according the Department of Health, recorded fewer than ten new positive test results Tuesday.

One case was found among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility, while a New Mexico Corrections Department inmate at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County also tested positive.

New Mexico on Tuesday reported seven deaths from COVID-19, bringing the state’s death toll from the pandemic to 942. Chaves County has had 17 fatalities from the virus.

Santa Fe County was home to three of the seven New Mexicans reported to have died from the virus Tuesday. A male in his 80s and a female in her 90s who were residents of the Kingston Residence in Santa Fe and hospitalized at the time were reported to have died. A man in his 40s from Santa Fe County with underlying conditions also died from the virus.

Another two men died from the virus: one from Curry County in his 80s and one from Roosevelt County who was in his 60s. Both were hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.

In Eddy County, two women in their 80s who were hospitalized and had underlying health conditions also died from COVID-19.

Hospitalizations in New Mexico of people with COVID-19 have reached 205.

As of Tuesday, 20,165 individuals were designated by the Department of Health as recovered from the virus.

People who exhibit symptoms of infection should contact their personal health care provider or the state’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-855-600-3453.

According to the Department of Health, symptoms of infection are: fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of taste or smell.

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

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301 or breakingnews@rdrnews.com.