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Woman listed as 21st county COVID death

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Another Chaves County resident has passed away due to COVID-19, according to a Saturday report from the state.

That brings the region’s death count to 21, with more than half occurring since Sept. 20.

The local numbers of new daily cases countywide and at the state correctional center also remain high compared to previous months, according to the Saturday news announcement from the New Mexico Department of Heath. New cases in the county were 56, while 66 new cases have occurred at the Roswell Correctional Center in Hagerman.

That brings the total of county cases since March to 2,470 and the Roswell Correctional Center total since Nov. 1 to 136. Of the 2,470 cases, 933, or 37.8%, have been reported as recovered.

The New Mexico Department of Health officials also reported 1,287 new cases statewide, bringing the total since the pandemic began to 53,671. Of that total, 23,088 have been reported as recovered, while 1,104 have died of COVID-related causes.

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In addition to the Chaves County death, which involved a woman in her 70s who had been hospitalized, the Health Department announced 15 other deaths Saturday.

They included seven people from Bernalillo County, two from Sandoval County, and one each from Doña Ana, Eddy, Lea, Sierra, Taos and Valencia counties. The cases ranged from a 20-year-old man in Sandoval with preexisting conditions to people in their 80s. All but two of the people were said to have other conditions as well as the coronavirus.

The state’s highest numbers of new daily cases continue to be in the high population centers of Bernalillo County, which had 325 new cases, and Doña Ana County, which had 206. There were 28 counties out of New Mexico’s 33 that had new cases Saturday, with 71 new cases also reported at five different state correctional centers.

The state is reporting 441 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, and it indicates that 77% of general hospital beds and 80% of intensive care beds in New Mexico hospitals are occupied with COVID-19 patients, as well as people diagnosed with other illnesses.

As of Saturday, 985 federal detainees in four facilities and 1,025 detainees of state correctional centers had COVID-19, and 92 nursing or long-term care facilities in the state had reported a case among staff or patients during the past 28 days. The three nursing facilities in Roswell are Casa Maria Care Center, Sunset Villa Care Center and Village Retirement Community.

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