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Chaves County woman among Tuesday’s COVID-19 deaths

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A Chaves County woman was among the 21 deaths related to COVID-19 reported Tuesday by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The woman, in her 90s, had underlying conditions and was a resident of Mission Arch Center, 3200 Mission Arch Drive, according to the press release. Her death brings the county’s total to 43. The state’s total number of deaths is now 1,589.

Of the other deaths, Curry and Doña Ana counties each had four; Lea, Otero and San Juan counties each had two; and Bernalillo, Eddy, Grant, Luna, McKinley and Roosevelt counties each had one.

The ages of the deceased ranged from a man in his 20s from San Juan County to the Chaves County woman and a man from Roosevelt County both in their 90s.

Fifteen had been hospitalized. Seventeen had underlying conditions. One other was a resident of a long-term care facility.

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Thirty-one counties and two correctional facilities reported a total of 2,330 new cases of COVID-19 in Tuesday’s update, including 78 in Chaves County.

Bernalillo and Doña Ana counties led the reports with 895 and 198 cases, respectively. Santa Fe County had 181, Sandoval had 178, and Lea and San Juan counties had 105 each.

The state’s total number of cases to date is now 99,419 including 4,844 in Chaves County. That includes a correction for one case identified as a duplicate in Chaves County.

As of Tuesday, 909 people are hospitalized for COVID-19 in New Mexico.

Chaves County’s average number of new daily cases for the period of Nov. 10 to Nov. 23 was 151.1 and its test positivity rate was 23.3%, both above the state’s gating criteria.

Those numbers are scheduled to be updated Wednesday when the two-week “reset” of greater restrictions in the public health order ends. On Wednesday, the state shifts to a county-by-county, three-tiered system in its reopening framework.

Thirty-two of the state’s 33 counties, including Chaves County, are at the red level at very high risk of virus spread with the highest level of restrictions on business and nonprofit operations.

In order to move into the yellow level, or high risk, a county must have either an average of fewer than eight cases per 100,000 people or a test positivity rate of 5% or less.

To move into the green level, a county must have an average of fewer than eight cases per 100,000 people and a test positivity rate of 5% or less.

Details on the restrictions for each level can be found at https://cv.nmhealth.org/public-health-orders-and-executive-orders/red-to-green/.

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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