Chaves County continues to stay far above the state’s pandemic gating criteria for reopening services in this week’s update of average new daily cases of COVID-19 and the percentage of positive tests.
The state also had another record-breaking day Thursday in the number of new COVID-19 cases. The daily update announced 1,753 new cases and 18 deaths. None of the deaths were in Chaves County.
For the two-week period of Oct. 27 to Nov. 9, Chaves County averaged 70.8 cases per 100,000 people, up from 48.7 in the previous two weeks. The test positivity rate was 14.4%, an increase from 11.3%.
The state’s gating criteria calls for an average of fewer than eight new cases of COVID-19 a day and a test positivity of less than 5% to be in the green zone.
Only three counties now meet those targets — Catron, Mora and Harding counties. All three are among the lowest populated counties in New Mexico.
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Six counties are in the yellow zone meaning they average eight or more new cases of COVID-19 a day with a test positivity rate below 5%. They are Grant, Colfax, Union, San Miguel, Los Alamos and Guadalupe.
Chaves and the remaining 23 other counties are in the red zone with both average daily cases and test positivity above the gating targets.
In Thursday’s daily update, Chaves County reported 62 new cases and the Roswell Correctional Center reported three new cases among inmates.
Thirty-one counties and four correctional institutions reported new cases. Bernalillo and Doña Ana counties reported 611 and 312 cases Thursday.
The state now has had a total of 60,776 COVID-19 cases since March, with 2,847 in Chaves County. The Roswell Correctional Center has a total of 218 cases.
Of the 18 deaths related to COVID-19 on Thursday, four were from Bernalillo County, six from Doña Ana, two from Sandoval County, and one each were from Otero, Rio Arriba, San Juan, Santa Fe, Socorro and Valencia counties.
Fourteen were hospitalized. Fifteen had underlying health conditions. Five were residents of long-term care facilities. One was an inmate at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility.
The total number of deaths related to COVID-19 in New Mexico is now 1,176.
As of Thursday, 471 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 in the state.
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and other state officials are scheduled to give a COVID-19 update at 1 p.m. Friday. The press conference will be livestreamed on the governor’s Facebook page.
City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or email@example.com.
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