Chaves County recorded nearly 150 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday and Monday as the state announced more than 2,600 cases in those two days.
The Roswell Correctional Center also reported 78 new cases in Sunday’s update from the New Mexico Health Department, giving the facility in Hagerman a total of 213 COVID-19 cases. That is second among New Mexico Corrections Department facilities behind the Otero County Prison, which has 472 cases, according to the press release.
Chaves County reported 88 new cases Sunday and 56 on Monday, giving the county a total of 2,615 cases since March.
The state reported 1,214 cases Sunday and 1,418 on Monday for a total since March of 56,289 cases.
Thirty-one counties reported new cases on Sunday and 29 on Monday. Bernalillo and Doña Ana counties reported the most. Bernalillo reported 464 cases Monday and 276 on Sunday. Doña Ana reported 201 cases Monday and 146 on Sunday. Santa Fe County also reported high numbers, with 92 on Monday and 128 on Sunday.
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Fourteen deaths related to COVID-19 were reported Sunday and 12 on Monday. Eight of those were from Bernalillo County and five from Doña Ana County. Eddy, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Valencia counties each reported two deaths. Curry, Grant, McKinley, Rio Arriba and San Juan counties each reported one death.
The deceased ranged in age from 30s to 90s. Fifteen had been hospitalized and 19 had underlying conditions. Nine were residents of long-term care facilities.
The total number deaths related to COVID-19 in New Mexico is now 1,130.
The state reports 82% of general hospital beds in New Mexico are occupied and 66% of ICU beds are filled. That includes the 423 people hospitalized for COVID-19 as well as other conditions.
Chaves County’s average number of daily cases in the two-week period of Oct. 13 to 26 was 48.7 per 100,000 people and its test positivity rate was 11.3%. Both are above the state’s gating criteria targets of fewer than eight new cases a day per 100,000 people and a test positivity rate less than 5%. That data will be updated Wednesday.
The county’s seven-day rolling average of new daily cases as of Friday was 25, according to the state’s COVID-19 dashboard, down from a high of 46 on Nov. 3.
City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or email@example.com.
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