The state reported Friday nearly 800 new cases of COVID-19, surpassing 40,000 total in the daily update from the New Mexico Department of Health.
The state’s amended health order took effect Friday. Among its requirements are that all retail establishments must close by 10 p.m. Exemptions are in place for pharmacies and essential health care services.
Chaves County had 28 of the state’s 797 new cases Friday. Bernalillo County again had the highest total among New Mexico’s counties at 197. Doña Ana County reported 130, Santa Fe County had 56 cases, Curry County 54 cases, Lea County had 40, Sandoval and Eddy counties had 37 each, Luna and McKinley counties had 32 cases each, Valencia County had 26, Otero County had 19, Roosevelt County 15, San Juan County had 14, Lincoln County 13, and Rio Arriba County had 12. Nine more counties had 10 or fewer cases each.
The Otero County Prison, Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County, Lea County Correctional Facility and Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County all reported fewer than 10 cases each.
The state’s total number of cases to date is now 40,168. In Chaves County, the total is now 1,874. The state’s total has been corrected for four cases identified as duplicates in Doña Ana and McKinley counties and two that were not lab confirmed in McKinley and Taos counties.
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The state also reported seven deaths related to COVID-19. They were a man in his 80s from Bernalillo County; a woman in her 60s from Doña Ana County; a woman and a man each in their 70s from Eddy County; a man in his 60s from Lincoln County; a man in his 70s from Sandoval County; and a man in his 40s from San Juan County.
Six of them had underlying health conditions. Four had been hospitalized.
The number of deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19 is now 960.
The health department reported 77% of general beds at New Mexico hospitals are occupied and 76% of ICU beds in the state are occupied. This includes the 229 people hospitalized for COVID-19 and other diseases.
Also under the amended health order, all state historical museums and historical sites are now closed.
Businesses that incur four rapid responses over a two-week period will now be required to close for two weeks.
Food and drink establishments that complete the state’s Safe Certified program by Oct. 30 will be able to offer indoor seating at a maximum of 25% occupancy. Those not completing the program by then can provide outdoor service at 75% maximum occupancy but may not provide indoor service.
City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or email@example.com.
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