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Correctional center reports first COVID-19 case


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Among Sunday’s numbers for new COVID-19 cases in New Mexico was the first reported case at the Roswell Correctional Center in Hagerman.

The inmate’s case was among 747 new cases in Sunday’s update from the New Mexico Department of Health. Chaves County separately reported 35 new cases that day.

In Monday’s update, Chaves County reported 12 new cases among the state’s report of 877 COVID-19 cases.

The state’s total number of cases to date is now 48,104, with Chaves County’s total at 2,180.

Bernali l lo and Doña Ana counties still remain the state’s hotspots, each reporting hundreds of new cases over Sunday and Monday — a total of 469 in Bernalillo County and 331 in Doña Ana County.

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On Sunday, 27 counties and four correctional institutions reported new cases. On Monday, 27 counties and one correctional facility reported cases.

Eight additional deaths related to COVID-19 were reported Sunday — three in Bernalillo County, two in Doña Ana County and one each in Lea, McKinley and San Juan counties. On Monday, 10 deaths were reported — three in Doña Ana County and one each in Bernalillo, Cibola, Lea, Otero, Roosevelt, Socorro and Valencia counties.

The total number of deaths related to COVID-19 in New Mexico is now 1,036. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday ordered the state’s flags to fly at half-staff this week as the state passed the milestone of 1,000 deaths.

The state reported Monday 74% of general beds at New Mexico’s hospitals are occupied and 69% of ICU beds are filled. That includes the 382 people hospitalized for COVID-19 as well as other patients.

The state has identified 21,758 cases of COVID-19 as recovered, including 866 in Chaves County.

The county’s average number of new daily cases per 100,000 people from the two-week period of Oct. 13 to 26 is 48.7 and the test positivity rate is 11.3%, both above the state’s gating criteria targets for reopening schools and the economy.

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. Currently, eight counties meet those criteria.

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

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

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