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State reports 25 more COVID-19 deaths

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Chaves County continued to have high numbers of new COVID-19 cases Saturday, but no local deaths were reported.

The New Mexico Department of Health indicated Saturday afternoon that 118 new cases were reported in Chaves County, giving it the seventh-highest count among the 31 counties in the state with new cases.

Chaves County has now had 3,844 total cases since March, 1,282 reported as recovered. The Roswell Correctional Center, a state facility in Hagerman, has 221 current COVID cases. The number of local deaths remains at 27.

Statewide, there were 2,353 new COVID cases, bringing the total since the pandemic started to 79,440. Those listed as recovered total 28,574. There are now 825 people hospitalized in New Mexico facilities for COVID-19, which is far beyond the reopening target set by the state of 290 or fewer COVID patients in hospitals.

The state also reported 25 COVID-related fatalities Saturday.

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The deaths included two people from Bernalillo County, nine from Dona Ana County, five from San Juan County, three from Taos County, and one each from Cibola County, Lea County, Luna County, McKinley County, Santa Fe County and Sierra County.

The Lea County fatality, a man in his 30s, had not been diagnosed with preexisting conditions and had not been in a health care facility. Sixteen of the people who died were in health care facilities and described as having underlying conditions. The remaining eight were either in health care facilities or had preexisting conditions.

There are now 128 nursing homes or skilled care facilities in the state that have had a COVID case among staff or residents during the past 28 days. That includes five in Roswell, Avamere, Casa Maria Health Care Center, Mission Arch Center, Sunset Villa Care Center and Village Retirement Community.

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