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State’s COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations increase

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New Mexico’s daily COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations both took a jump Tuesday after several days of lower numbers.

Twenty-seven counties and four correctional institutions reported 1,221 new cases and 23 deaths related to the virus Tuesday, according to the daily update from the New Mexico Department of Health. New case reports had been under 1,000 per day since Saturday.

Tuesday, the number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 in New Mexico was 806. On Christmas Day, that number fell below 800 for the first time in over a month and had remained under 800 until Tuesday.

Chaves County’s numbers remain low with 39 new cases and one death Tuesday.

The deceased is a man in his 60s who was a resident of the Mission Arch Center, 3200 Mission Arch Drive. He had underlying health conditions, according to the daily update from the New Mexico Department of Health.

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McKinley County reported the most deaths on Tuesday with five. Bernalillo County had three deaths. Curry, Doña Ana and Santa Fe counties each had two. Eddy, Hidalgo, Lea, Rio Arriba, Roosevelt, Sandoval, San Juan and Sierra counties each reported one death.

The deceased were all 60 or older. Thirteen were hospitalized and 20 had underlying health conditions. Five were residents of long-term care centers.

The state’s total number of deaths is now 2,403. In Chaves County it is now 87, according to information listed on the Department of Health’s website Tuesday evening.

Bernalillo County led the state in reported new cases with 353, followed by Doña Ana with 122, McKinley County with 117 and San Juan County with 105.

The state’s total number of cases is now 139,875 including 6,821 in Chaves County.

From Dec. 1 to Dec. 14, Chaves County had an average of 121.2 new cases of COVID-19 per day per 100,000 people and a test positivity rate of 21.4%, placing it in the red, or very high risk, level in the state’s Red to Green risk assessment system. That data is scheduled to be updated Wednesday.

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

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