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Local resident among latest COVID-19 deaths


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State reports single-day record 827 new cases

A Chaves County woman was among the eight deaths related to COVID-19 announced Wednesday by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The woman in her 90s had underlying health conditions and was a resident of Heartfelt Manor Assisted Living, 2210 E. Pine Lodge Road. She is the county’s 18th death related to COVID-19 since March.

The state also reported 827 new cases of COVID-19 in Wednesday’s update — a new single-day record — with 292 of those in Bernalillo County. Chaves County recorded 27 new cases.

Sunset Villa Care Center, 1515 S. Sunset, was added to the list of long-term care facilities in the state that have had at least one positive case of COVID-19 in the past 28 days.

The health department also added Washington state to the list of high-risk states from which returning residents and visitors are required to quarantine for two weeks. The list now includes 43 states and Puerto Rico.

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In Wednesday’s update, Doña Ana County had 172 new cases, Santa Fe County had 64 cases, Eddy County had 42, Lea County 36, Curry County had 28, San Juan County had 25, Sandoval County 22, Otero and Valencia counties had 16 each, and Cibola and Luna counties had 13 each. Eleven other counties reported 10 or fewer cases each.

There were also nine cases reported at the Cibola County Corrections Center, two at the Otero County Prison and one at the Lea County Correctional Facility.

The state’s total number of cases to date is now 38,715, with 1,816 of those in Chaves County. Those numbers reflect corrections made for eight cases identified as duplicates in Bernalillo, Chaves, Doña Ana, Grant, San Juan and Santa Fe counties.

The other deaths reported Wednesday were a man in his 80s from Bernalillo County, a woman in her 70s from Curry County, a man in his 80s from Doña Ana County, a man in his 40s from Grant County, a man in his 60s from Luna County, a man in his 70s from Sandoval County and a woman in her 80s from Santa Fe County.

Six had been hospitalized. Two were residents of long-term care facilities. Six had underlying conditions.

The state reported 80 percent of adult general beds at New Mexico hospitals are occupied and 71% of adult ICU beds across the state are filled. That includes the 202 people hospitalized for COVID-19 and other illnesses.

As of Wednesday, the state has designated 20,332 cases of COVID-19 as recovered, including 757 in Chaves County.

The state has conducted 1,078,087 tests for COVID-19, including 29,327 in Chaves County.

The county’s two-week average of new daily cases for the period of Sept. 29 to Oct. 12 is 43.6 per 100,000 people and the test positivity rate is 9.5%, both above the state’s targets for gating criteria.

Counties with fewer than eight new cases per day and a test positivity rate under 5% are able to operate with fewer restrictions, such as conducting the hybrid learning model in public schools and allowing visitation at nursing homes.

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

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