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County reports four more COVID deaths


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Chaves stays at Red Level risk after state update

Four more Chaves County residents have died as a result of COVID-19 or with COVID complications, according to a Wednesday announcement from the New Mexico Department of Health.

Three of the four were residents of long-term care facilities. A woman in her 90s and a man in his 80s were residents of Mission Arch Center. The man also was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. Another man in his 80s who died was a resident of Sunset Villa Care Center. He also was said to have underlying conditions. The fourth fatality was a 30-year-old man who had been hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

Their deaths were among the 33 reported statewide for Wednesday. The others included six from Bernalillo County; five each from Doña Ana and San Juan counties; three from Lea County; two each from Cibola, Rio Arriba and Roosevelt counties; and one each from Eddy, McKinley, Quay and Sierra counties. The fatalities bring the total of deaths caused or related to COVID-19 since April to 2,436.

The Wednesday update from the state also reported 1,316 new COVID cases in 29 of the state’s 33 counties. The total number of COVID cases since April is 141,186. Of those, 64,218, or 45.5%, are described as recovered. Current COVID hospitalizations number 792.

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Red Level risk continues here

On Wednesday the state also updated the criteria it uses to determine the risk-level for counties —Green Level, medium risk; Yellow Level, high risk; and Red Level, very high risk.

Chaves County and 31 other counties remain in the Red Level zone. Only Catron County was able to move to Yellow Level.

According to the updated information for the 14-day period of Dec. 15 to Dec. 28, Chaves County had a test positivity rate of 20.62%. The average number of daily cases per 100,000 people was 98.2.

Those data points were an improvement over the prior two-week period. From Dec. 1 to Dec. 14, the county averaged 121.2 new cases a day per 100,000 people, while its test positivity rate was 21.4%.

To be in the Green Level, Chaves County would need a positivity rate of 5% or lower and average daily cases of 8 per 100,000 people or fewer. The next update for those criteria is scheduled for Jan. 13.

The number of new cases on Wednesday in the local area was 75, bringing the total cases in the county since the pandemic began to 6,896. Of the total, 3,323 (48.2%) are considered recovered, while 91 deaths (1.3% of cases) have been reported. A ZIP code in northern Roswell — the 88201 ZIP code — was one of the state’s “hotspots” for new daily cases. It had 29 of the county’s and state’s new cases on Wednesday.

The number of state inmates with COVID-19 at the Roswell Correctional Center near Hagerman remains at 225. That center is one of 15 federal and state facilities with current COVID cases among detainees.

The number of Roswell long-term care facilities reporting at least one COVID case among faculty or staff in the past 28 days has gone down by two. There are now four facilities on the list: Avamere, Mission Arch Center, Sunset Villa Care Center and Village Retirement Community.

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