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1 COVID death, 34 new cases in county


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A Chaves County fatality due to COVID-19 and 34 new cases in the area were reported by the state on Saturday afternoon.

A woman in her 80s died as a result of COVID, according to the news release issued by the New Mexico Department of Health. She had been a resident of Sunset Villa Care Center.

She was among the nine deaths in the state reported Saturday. The others were seven residents of Bernalillo County ranging in age from their 70s to 90s and a man in his 90s from Sierra County who had been a resident of a veterans’ home.

There have now been 2,316 deaths in the state attributed to the coronavirus since the first death in April. Chaves County has had 85 deaths.

The 34 new cases in Chaves County on Saturday was a dramatic decline from the previous two days when they were 108 on Friday and 293 on Thursday. Yet a ZIP code in Roswell — the 88203 ZIP code for the south part of the city — was among the 10 “hot spots” in the state for new cases on Saturday, with 24 of the county’s new cases.

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Chaves County has now reported 6,731 COVID cases, with 2,974, or 44.2%, considered recovered. Another 225 people at the state-run Roswell Correctional Center near Hagerman have tested positive.

Statewide new cases also were down considerably from earlier in the week, with 609 positive cases reported from 28 of the state’s 33 counties. The state’s total case count since the pandemic began has reached 137,226. Of those, 59,506, or 43.4%, are described as recovered. The number of current COVID hospitalizations for New Mexico is at 749.

The Roswell long-term care facilities with at least one COVID case among staff or residents during the past 28 days are Avamere, Beehive Homes, Casa Maria Health Care Center, Mission Arch Center, Sunset Villa Care Center and Village Retirement Center. Statewide, 128 facilities are on the list, and the state has announced that it will begin vaccinations of staff and residents of facilities in Las Cruces, Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and Santa Fe today and Monday.

In addition, 1,091 detainees at four federal correction centers and 2,227 inmates at 11 state correctional centers have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

The United States has recorded 18.9 million COVID cases and 331,689 coronavirus-related deaths as of Saturday afternoon, according to a John Hopkins University coronavirus dashboard. The U.S. has the highest number of cases and deaths in the world.

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

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