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County records three more COVID-19 deaths


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The deaths of three Chaves County residents due to COVID-19 were reported Friday by the state, as the number of new daily cases in the region remained in the triple digits.

The New Mexico Department of Health announced that new cases in Chaves County numbered 108, down from the record-high of 293 reported for Thursday but still the fourth highest in the state.

The three deaths in the area involved three women, one in her 50s, another in her 80s and the third in her 90s. The woman in her 90s had been a resident of Sunset Villa Care Center on South Sunset Avenue. The woman in her 50s had been hospitalized, while the woman in her 80s had been hospitalized and was described as having underlying conditions.

The local deaths were among 36 in New Mexico: 12 in Bernalillo County, four each in Sandoval and McKinley counties, two each in Curry, Grant and Valencia counties, and one each in Cibola, Doña Ana, Lea, Otero, San Juan, Sierra and Socorro counties.

Friday’s fatalities bring the total COVID-related deaths to 84 for the county and 2,307 for the state.

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Chaves County has had 6,697 positive cases since the pandemic began, with 2,946, or about 44%, reported as recovered. Of the new cases reported Friday, 44 occurred in the 88203 ZIP code in the southern part of Roswell, making it one of the 11 “hot spots” in the state.

In addition, the state-operated Roswell Correctional Center near Hagerman has 225 current cases. It is one of 11 state detention sites with a total of 2,228 current cases. Four federal facilities in the state also are reporting 1,091 cases.

The state as a whole had 1,465 new cases Friday, reported by 28 of its 33 counties and by state correctional centers in Valencia and Colfax counties. Since March, New Mexico has had 136,622 COVID-19 cases, with 59,178, or about 43%, considered recovered. As of Friday, 774 people with COVID-19 are hospitalized.

The number of long-term care facilities that have been affected by COVID-19 continues to climb. There are now 128 facilities reporting a case among their residents or staff during the past 28 days. The ones in Roswell have been on the list for several weeks now. They are Avamere, Beehive Homes, Casa Maria Health Care Center, Mission Arch Center, Sunset Villa Care Center and Village Retirement Community.

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