The state health department announced record-high numbers of new COVID-19 cases for a single day for both the state and Chaves County in its daily update Wednesday.
Overall, New Mexico added 1,500 new cases including 109 in Chaves County. It’s the second time the county has recorded more than 100 new cases in a single day, surpassing the Nov. 3 report by one.
The numbers bring the state’s total cases since March to 59,034 and the county’s to 2,786. The number of cases at the Roswell Correctional Center, which reported its first case Sunday, remains at 215.
Those totals include corrections for 11 cases identified as duplicates in Bernalillo, Chaves, Doña Ana, Eddy, Luna and Sandoval counties and two more cases in Doña Ana County, one of which was not lab-confirmed and the other determined to be an out-of-state resident.
Bernalillo reported 418 new cases and Doña Ana County 311. In all, 31 of the state’s 33 counties and two correctional facilities reported new cases Wednesday.
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Fourteen deaths related to COVID-19 were also reported in the daily update. Bernalillo and Doña Ana counties each reported three deaths. Otero and Sandoval counties each reported two deaths. One death each was reported in Eddy, Hidalgo, Luna and Rio Arriba counties.
Twelve of the deceased had been hospitalized. Twelve had underlying health conditions. Five were residents of long-term care facilities. Their ages ranged from their 50s to their 90s.
The total number of deaths related to COVID-19 in New Mexico is now 1,158, including 21 in Chaves County.
As of Wednesday, 481 people are hospitalized for COVID-19. The state did not provide information on the percentage of hospital beds occupied in Wednesday’s update.
By press time, the state had not updated data on two-week averages of daily new cases and test positivity rates as was scheduled on the COVID-19 online dashboard. In the last reporting period, 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%, far above the state’s targets of fewer than eight new cases per day and less than 5% of tests showing a positive result for COVID-19.
City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or email@example.com.
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