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Local COVID-19 gating criteria numbers improve slightly

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Chaves County is still at the Red Level, but saw improvements in the two gating criteria metrics used by the New Mexico Department of Health in its Red-to-Green COVID-19 risk assessment system.

Four more deaths related to the virus and 86 new cases were reported in Chaves County in Wednesday’s daily update from the Department of Health. The total number of deaths in Chaves County is now 73 and statewide is 2,049.

Chaves County was one of 23 counties that saw decreases in both average number of new daily cases of COVID-19 and test positivity rate for the two-week period of Dec. 1 to Dec. 14.

In that time, the county averaged 121.2 new cases per day per 100,000 people, down from 174.7. The updated test positivity rate is 21.4%, down from 25.4%.

All of the state’s 33 counties are at the Red Level with Wednesday’s updated data, according to a press release from the Department of Health. San Miguel County had been the only county at the Yellow Level during the prior two-week period.

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The state reported 43 deaths related to COVID-19 in its daily update Wednesday. In Chaves County, the deceased were a man in his 60s who had been hospitalized and had underlying health conditions, a woman in her 70s, a woman in her 80s who had been hospitalized and a man in his 80s who had been hospitalized.

The woman in her 70s and the man in his 80s were residents of Mission Arch Center, 3200 Mission Arch Drive.

Of the other deaths, seven were from Bernalillo County; six were from Doña Ana County; five were from Sandoval County; four were from Sierra County; three each were from McKinley and San Juan counties; two each were from Rio Arriba and Santa Fe counties; and one each were from Cibola, Colfax, Grant, Lea, Lincoln, Quay, Socorro and Taos counties.

Thirty-two counties and five correctional facilities reported a total of 1,816 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. Bernalillo County had the most at 569. San Juan County had 151, McKinley had 109, and Sandoval had 105.

The state’s total number of cases since March is now 124,357 including 6,019 in Chaves County.

As of Wednesday, 838 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.

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