A Chaves County woman and an inmate at the Roswell Correctional Center are among the 26 deaths related to COVID-19 reported Wednesday by the New Mexico Department of Health.
The Chaves County woman who died was in her 50s, according to the press release. She had been hospitalized and had underlying health conditions.
The inmate who died was a man in his 40s. He had also been hospitalized.
Of the other 24 deaths, eight were from Doña Ana County; four from Bernalillo; two each from Cibola, Luna and Taos counties; and one each were from Colfax, Guadalupe, McKinley, Quay, Roosevelt and Valencia counties.
The total number of deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19 is now 1,290. Chaves County’s total is now 25 not including the correctional facility.
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The state’s daily update also reported 2,897 new cases of COVID-19, with 191 of those in Chaves County. Bernalillo County had 34% of the day’s new cases, or 993.
Thirty counties and two correctional institutions reported new cases Wednesday.
Wednesday’s press release listed the 10 ZIP codes with the state’s most COVID-19 cases. The list included both ZIP codes covering Roswell. The 88203 ZIP code covering south Roswell and southeast and southwest Chaves County was sixth with 87 cases. The 88201 ZIP code covering north Roswell and much of northern Chaves County was 10th with 74 cases.
The state’s total number of COVID-19 cases since March now totals 70,451. Chaves County’s total is 3,452 and the total for the Roswell Correctional Center is 219.
As of Wednesday, 776 people are hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19, according to the press release.
A separate press release from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office announced what it called “several tightenings” to clarify the public health order that went into effect Nov. 19 through Nov. 30.
The changes clarify “big box” stores and other large retailers that may continue in-person services as those that generate more than one-third of their revenue from the sale of canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet food, animal feed or supplies, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, and any other consumable food and drink products.
City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or email@example.com.
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