Both the state and Chaves County reported record-high numbers of new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, with the county posting its first triple-digit results. The county also reported its 20th death related to the virus.
Chaves County had 108 new cases in Tuesday’s update from the New Mexico Health Department, surpassing its previous high of 66 cases on Oct. 14. The state reported 1,141 new cases, topping its previous high of 1,082 on Oct. 29.
The total number of cases in the state is now 49,240. The county’s total is 2,287.
An 80-year-old woman from Chaves County was among the nine deaths reported Tuesday. She had been hospitalized and had underlying conditions, according to the press release.
Of the other deaths, two were from Otero County — a woman in her 30s and a man in his 70s. Also, a woman in her 80s from Bernalillo County; a woman in her 50s from Cibola County; a woman in her 70s from Doña Ana County; a man in his 40s from Lea County; a woman in her 90s from Santa Fe County; and a woman in her 50s from Socorro County.
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All but the woman from Doña Ana County had been hospitalized. Three were residents of long-term care facilities. Eight had underlying health conditions.
The total number of deaths statewide related to COVID-19 is now 1,045.
Doña Ana County led the state in the most new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday with 270, followed by Bernalillo County at 262 and then Chaves County.
Santa Fe County reported 97 cases; Lea County had 85; Sandoval County and the Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County each had 37; Luna County reported 36; San Juan and Valencia counties reported 24 cases each; McKinley County had 23; Cibola, Eddy and Roosevelt counties each reported 19; and Otero County reported 11.
Eleven other counties reported fewer than 10 cases each, along with the Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility.
As of Tuesday, 401 people are hospitalized, a 221% increase over three weeks ago when 125 people were in the hospital.
The state reported 76% of general beds at all New Mexico hospitals are occupied and 67% of all ICU beds in the state are filled. This includes patients treated for COVID-19 and other conditions.
The state has designated 21,942 cases of COVID-19 as recovered, including 872 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.
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