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Two local COVID deaths, 5 new cases reported

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Chaves County has had two more of its residents die from causes related to COVID-19 during the past two days, while it also has tallied five new cases.

In daily reports issued Sunday and Monday by the New Mexico Department of Health, Chaves County had zero new cases and deaths on Monday, but had five new cases and two deaths on Sunday.

The deaths were of a woman and a man, both in their 70s. The man had been hospitalized, according to the information from the state.

Chaves County’s total case count since the coronavirus pandemic began in March 2020 is now 8,666. In addition, the state-run Roswell Correctional Center continues to report that 229 inmates have COVID.

Local deaths during the past year have totaled 154. The number of county residents considered recovered is now at 7,815, or 90.2% of the case total.

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The Department of Health also is reporting that 7.9% of Chaves County residents have been fully vaccinated as of Monday, while 16.9%, or 8,399, are partially vaccinated.

Statewide, 309 new cases occurred during the past two days. That consisted of 183 in 21 counties and two state correctional facilities on Sunday and 126 in 20 counties on Monday.

The high population areas of Bernalillo and Dona Ana counties represent 163 of the new cases over the two days, or 52.8% of the total.

Statewide cases have now reached 187,040 since March 2020, while deaths have totaled 3,811. People described as recovered now number 157,504, or 84.2% of the total cases in New Mexico. Current COVID hospitalizations are at 136.

The state indicates that daily counts are considered raw data, subject to verification and change. Public health officials have said the 14-day averages are considered by public health officials as more indicative of coronavirus spread.

In that regard, Chaves County has a 3.22% positivity rate from Feb. 9 to Feb. 22, and an average new daily case count of 11.8 per 100,000 population. That puts it at the Yellow Level, or high-risk level, in the state’s tiered risk-assessment framework.

To rise to the Green Level, or medium-risk level, the county will need a positivity rate of 5% or less and a new daily case count of 8 per 100,000 population, which equates to about 5.2 new cases. The data is due to be updated Wednesday.

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

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