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Local woman among state’s 44 COVID-19 deaths

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A Chaves County woman was among the 44 deaths related to COVID-19 reported in New Mexico on Thursday. It was the second day in a row the state had a record number of deaths in one day.

The woman in her 60s had been hospitalized, according to the daily update from the New Mexico Department of Health.

Thirty-two counties and one correctional center reported 1,908 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, including 79 in Chaves County.

The state’s total number of cases since March is now 102,862. Chaves County’s total to date is 5,053. The Roswell Correctional Center has had 223 cases.

Of the 43 other deaths reported by the state, Bernalillo County had 10; Doña Ana County had eight; Eddy, McKinley, Sandoval, San Juan and Taos counties each had three; Valencia County had two; and Cibola, Curry, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Sierra counties each had one. One death was at the Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County, and two were at the Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County.

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The deceased ranged in age from a man and a woman in their 30s from McKinley County to two men in their 90s from Bernalillo and Eddy counties and a woman in her 90s from Taos County.

The total number of deaths in the state related to COVID-19 is 1,673. In Chaves County, the total is now 46.

As of Thursday, 947 people are hospitalized in the state for COVID-19.

Chaves County averaged 174.7 new daily cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people between Nov. 17 and Nov. 30, and had a test positivity rate of 25.4%, placing it in the Red Zone, or very high risk of viral spread, in the state’s risk assessment system.

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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