The New Mexico Department of Health reported 590 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, the lowest number in a week, while Chaves County’s 15 new cases are its lowest number of new daily cases since Oct. 13.
Twenty-three counties and one prison facility all reported new cases, led by Doña Ana and Bernalillo counties with 163 and 141 new cases, respectively. Luna County reported 95, Sandoval County reported 32, San Juan County 24, Santa Fe County reported 19, Valencia County 17, Otero County had 15, and Eddy and McKinley counties each reported 14. The remaining 12 counties each reported fewer than 10 cases, and the Otero County Prison reported one new case.
The state’s total number of cases since March is now at 43,169. That has been corrected for five cases identified as duplicates in Bernalillo, Hidalgo and San Juan counties, and two cases in Taos and Valencia counties that were not lab confirmed.
Chaves County’s total number of cases to date is now 2,016.
Four deaths related to COVID-19 were also reported in Tuesday’s daily update. They were a man in his 60s from Doña Ana County, a woman in her 80s from Lea County who was a resident of Desert Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation in Hobbs, a woman in her 80s from Roosevelt County and a woman in her 40s from Socorro County. All but the woman from Lea County had been hospitalized and had underlying health conditions, according to the press release.
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The total number of deaths related to COVID-19 in New Mexico is now 980, including 19 in Chaves County.
As of Tuesday, 307 people are hospitalized for COVID-19 and 76% of general beds at state hospitals are occupied. ICU beds are 69% occupied. These include patients for COVID-19 as well as other illnesses.
The state has designated 21,063 cases of COVID-19 as recovered, including 817 in Chaves County.
The state has conducted 1.1 million tests, including 30,980 in Chaves County.
The state will update its two-week averages of new daily cases per 100,000 and test positivity rate on Wednesday. As of data for Sept. 29 to Oct. 12, Chaves County had the highest average of new daily cases in the state at 43.6 and a test positivity rate of 9.5%.
City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or email@example.com.
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