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Two COVID deaths, 48 new cases in area


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A Chaves County man and woman who were residents of two nursing care centers in Roswell are among the 32 COVID-related deaths reported by state officials on Saturday afternoon.

Chaves County has now had 94 deaths linked to COVID as a primary or contributing cause since May 12, according to information from the New Mexico Department of Health.

The woman was in her 90s and a resident of Mission Arch Center. She had been hospitalized and was described as having underlying conditions. The man was in his 80s, a resident of Sunset Villa Care Center and also a patient with underlying conditions.

The other 30 deaths in the state included five each from Bernalillo County, Doña Ana and McKinley counties; four from Sandoval County; two each from Otero and Santa Fe counties; one each from Eddy, Lea, Rio Arriba, Roosevelt, Sierra, Socorro and Valencia counties.

The state has now had 2,534 deaths attributed to or complicated by COVID-19 since April. That is 1.74% of the 145,379 COVID cases that have been reported in New Mexico.

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The state’s total case number increased by 1,252 on Saturday. New cases were reported in 31 of the state’s 33 counties and at two state prisons, the Central New Mexico Correctional Center in Valencia County and the Lea County Correctional Center. There are now 662 people in the state hospitalized who have COVID. Of the total number of cases in the state since April, 67,573, or 46.5%, are considered recovered.

Chaves County had 48 of the state’s new cases Saturday, bringing its total cases since the pandemic began to 7,075. Of that total, 3,575, or 50.5%, are described as recovered. The state-operated Roswell Correctional Center near Hagerman continues to report 225 cases among detainees.

Roswell has four long-term care facilities on the list of 120 in New Mexico that have reported at least one COVID case among staff or residents during the past 28 days. The local facilities are Avamere, Mission Arch Center, Sunset Villa Care Center and Village Retirement Community.

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

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