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Two local COVID-19 deaths reported over 2-day period

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Chaves County has reported two deaths related to COVID-19 and 77 new cases of the virus since Saturday, according to daily updates from the New Mexico Department of Health.

On Sunday, the health department reported the death of a man in his 70s who had been hospitalized and had underlying health conditions. The death of a woman in her 50s who had been hospitalized was reported Monday.

Statewide, 17 deaths were reported Sunday and 15 on Monday. Bernalillo County had nine deaths over the two days; Grant, Lea and Sandoval counties each reported three; San Juan and Santa Fe counties each had two; and Cibola, Curry, Los Alamos, McKinley and San Miguel counties each had one. The Guadalupe and McKinley county correctional facilities and the Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County each reported one death among inmates.

The total number of deaths related to COVID-19 in the state is now 2,764, including 108 in Chaves County.

New case reports statewide remained high on Sunday at 1,208 but dipped to 933 on Monday. In Chaves County, 58 new cases were reported Sunday and 19 on Monday.

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The state’s total since March is now 157,087. In Chaves County, it’s 7,552.

As of Monday, 702 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 in the state. That number had dropped to 682 on Sunday, according to the health department.

From Dec. 15 to 28, Chaves County averaged 98.2 new cases of COVID-19 per day per 100,000 people and a test positivity rate of 20.62%. Those numbers place Chaves County in the Red Level, or very high-risk category, in the state’s risk assessment system.

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

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