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COVID-19 case numbers continue steep climb


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Two deaths reported in Chaves County

A Roswell area zip code ranked second for the 10 zip codes in New Mexico with the highest new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, a day that saw county COVID cases rise by 142 and deaths increase by two.

The New Mexico Department of Health also announced that 1,925 new cases and 32 deaths occurred statewide.

Chaves County now has 5,294 total cases since March, with 1,713 reported as recovered. Local cases include 223 at the Roswell Correctional Center near Hagerman and an unspecified number among staff and residents at five local long-term care facilities: Avamere, Beehive Homes, Casa Maria Health Care Center, Sunset Villa Care Center and Village Retirement Community.

There have now been 50 deaths in the area, including the two reported on Saturday. The recent fatalities were described as a woman in her 70s who was a resident of Mission Arch Center and had preexisting conditions, and a man in his 80s who lived at Casa Maria Health Care Center and was said to have underlying conditions.

The state also reported that the 88203 zip code in south Roswell had 82 new cases Saturday, which made it second in the state for zip codes with the largest increase in COVID positive cases.

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The number of cases statewide now total 106,856, with 36,388 considered recovered.

Deaths since March have reached 1,738. In addition to the two people from Chaves County, the Saturday decedents in New Mexico included 15 people from Bernalillo County, six from Doña Ana County, three from Santa Fe County, two from Eddy County, two from San Juan County and one each from Otero and Sandoval counties. They included a man in his 30s and two women in their 40s. All others were in their 60s or older.

According to the Health Department announcement, the new daily cases occurred in 31 of the state’s 33 counties, with Bernalillo County having the largest new case count by far with 506. There were also two new cases at state correctional facilities.

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

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