After reporting its first case of COVID-19 on Sunday, the Roswell Correctional Center in Hagerman reported a dozen new cases among inmates on Wednesday.
Chaves County’s new cases numbered 37 a day after a record report of more than 100 cases. Twenty-seven counties and five correctional facilities reported a total of 1,022 new cases Wednesday. Fourteen deaths related to COVID-19 were also announced in the daily update.
The state also announced Wednesday it will be offering additional testing sites.
The state has partnered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in a “red to green” campaign to increase testing in southern counties where the percentage of positive tests has been rapidly increasing, according to a press release.
Twelve COVID-19 testing sites will be operational starting Thursday. Roswell’s additional testing site will be open from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Fifth Judicial District Courthouse, 400 N. Virginia Ave.
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Those wishing to test at that site will need to register at www.doineedacovid19test.com. (See related story, COVID-19 testing expanded for southern counties).
Chaves County, along with 20 others, is zoned red for being above the state’s gating criteria on average number of new daily cases and test positivity. Eight counties are in the green zone, meaning they are under the targets of fewer than eight new cases of COVID-19 per day per 100,000 people and a test positivity rate under 5%.
In the last two-week reporting period of Oct. 13 to 26, Chaves County had an average of 48.7 new cases per day per 100,000 people and a test positivity rate of 11.3%.
Information on other testing sites can be found at cvprovider.nmhealth.org/directory.html.
In Wednesday’s update, Bernalillo and Doña Ana counties had the state’s highest number of cases at 266 and 197, respectively.
The state’s total number of cases is now at 50,251.
Wednesday’s deaths bring that total to 1,059. Five of the deceased were from Bernalillo County and four were from Doña Ana County. The remaining deaths were individuals from Cibola, Luna, Sandoval, San Juan and Socorro counties. Their ages ranged from 50s to 90s.
Twelve had been hospitalized and 13 had underlying health conditions.
As of Wednesday, 82% of the state’s general hospital beds are occupied and 75% of ICU beds are filled. That includes the 393 people hospitalized for COVID-19 as well as other conditions.
City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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