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Recent reports show decline in COVID-19 numbers

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The New Mexico Department of Health reported 826 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, the first time in more than six weeks that number has dipped below 1,000. On Sunday, 1,077 cases were reported.

The number of deaths related to the virus was also down, with nine on Monday and 16 Sunday. Those deaths included a man in his 70s from Chaves County reported Sunday. The man had underlying health conditions and was a resident of Casa Maria Health Care Center, 1601 S. Main.

New daily case reports are down locally as well. Chaves County reported 26 on Sunday and 27 on Monday, according to the daily updates from the health department.

Hospitalizations are also down, at 796 statewide as of Monday. A week before, 878 people were hospitalized. The highest number to date is 947 on Dec. 3.

The total number of cases in the state since March is now 130,808 including 6,208 in Chaves County.

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Sunday’s reported death brings the county’s total since March to 79. The statewide total is 2,180.

Twenty-six counties and four correctional institutions reported new cases on Monday. On Sunday, 30 counties and one correctional institution reported new cases.

Of the 15 other deaths reported Sunday, four were from Bernalillo County; three were from Sandoval County; two each from Doña Ana and Valencia counties; and one each were from Otero, San Juan, Santa Fe and Socorro counties.

In Monday’s report, five of the deceased were from Bernalillo County; and one each were from Doña Ana, Eddy, Sandoval and San Juan counties.

In the latest two-week reporting period of Dec. 1 to Dec. 14, Chaves County averaged 121.2 cases per day per 100,000 people and had a test positivity rate of 21.4%, placing it in the red, or very high risk, level of spread of the coronavirus. All 33 counties in New Mexico are in the red level.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.

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