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Three more COVID-19 deaths reported in Chaves County


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Three people from Chaves County were among the 23 deaths related to COVID-19 announced by the state Wednesday.

The local deaths were two women in their 60s and a man in his 70s. The women had been hospitalized and both had underlying health conditions, according to the daily update from the New Mexico Department of Health.

Wednesday’s three local deaths bring the county’s total to 35. Statewide, there have been 1,451 deaths related to COVID-19.

Of the other 20 deaths reported Wednesday, five were from Doña Ana County; four from San Juan County; two each from Bernalillo, Cibola and Valencia counties; and one each from Colfax, Curry, Eddy, Taos and Torrance counties.

The ages of the deceased ranged from a woman in her 20s in Doña Ana County to a man in his 90s from San Juan County. Seventeen had been hospitalized and 17 also had underlying conditions. Six were residents of long-term care facilities.

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In Wednesday’s update, 1,873 new cases of COVID-19 were announced statewide and every county except one are now in the red zone, above the state’s targets for gating criteria to reopen services.

Chaves County reported 124 new cases Wednesday.

BeeHive Homes Roswell, 2903 N. Washington Ave., was added to the list of long-term care facilities in the state that have had at least one positive COVID-19 test among residents or staff in the last 28 days.

Thirty counties and eight correctional facilities reported new cases Wednesday, led by Bernalillo County at 576, Doña Ana County with 223, 130 in Sandoval County and 116 in both McKinley and San Juan counties.

The state now has had a total of 88,102 cases of COVID-19 including 4,216 in Chaves County. The Roswell Correctional Center has had 223 cases.

In updated case outlook data for the two-week period of Nov. 10 to Nov. 23, Chaves County averaged 151.1 new cases of COVID-19 per day per 100,000 people, up from an average of 70.8 from the previous reporting period.

The county’s test positivity rate also increased to 23.3% from 14.4% in the previous two-week period.

Thirty-two of the state’s 33 counties are now classified as red, meaning they have an average of eight or more new daily cases of COVID-19 and a test positivity rate of 5% or greater. Los Alamos County is classified as yellow with eight or more new cases per day but a test positivity rate below 5%. Los Alamos County had an average of 13.6 new daily cases from Nov. 10 to Nov. 23 and a test positivity rate of 4.3%.

As of Wednesday, 897 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 in the state.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.

To keep up with local coverage of the coronavirus, go to rdrnews.com/category/news/covid-19-situation/.

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