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Local COVID-19 deaths increase by 3

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A woman and two men from Chaves County were among the 24 COVID-related deaths reported in the state for Saturday.

The New Mexico Department of Health announced that statewide coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began in March have now reached 1,913. They total 63 for Chaves County.

The Chaves County fatalities included a woman in her 80s, a man in his 50s and a man in his 60s. All were hospitalized, and the woman and man in his 60s also were said to have underlying health conditions.

The other deaths involved six people each from Bernalillo County and Doña Ana County, two people from Valencia County and one each from Catron, Cibola, Eddy, Grant, Lea, Santa Fe and Torrance counties.

The Health Department also indicated that 1,803 new COVID-19 cases were reported in 28 of the state’s 33 counties and at six different state correctional facilities. About 59% of the cases occurred in Bernalillo, Lea, San Juan and Sandoval counties. The state’s total of cases since March stands at 118,358, with 43,091 considered recovered. As of Saturday, 907 people were being treated in New Mexico hospitals for COVID-19.

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Chaves County has now had 5,731 COVID-19 cases, with 2,151 described as recovered. There are also 225 COVID-19 patients reported at the state-operated Roswell Correctional Center near Hagerman.

In addition, Avamere, Beehive Homes, Casa Maria Health Care Center, Mission Arch Center, Sunset Villa Care Center and the Village Retirement Community, all in Roswell, are among the 149 long-term care facilities in the state that have reported at least one COVID-19 case among staff or residents during the past 28 days.

Chaves County continues to be at the “very high risk” red level in the state’s tiered risk assessment method, with a 25.4% test positivity rate and 174.7 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people, as measured during a 14-day period that ended Nov. 30. The numbers are due to be updated Wednesday.