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State, county see small rise in COVID-19 cases


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A day after seeing half its counties move to less restrictive levels of its COVID-19 risk assessment system, the state recorded its highest number of daily cases for the week.

The New Mexico Department of Health reported 235 new cases in 20 counties and one correctional facility in Thursday’s daily case update. Chaves County reported five new cases, also the highest number it’s had this week.

The daily case updates are raw data received the same day and have not been scrutinized to identify possible duplicates or late-arriving reports from laboratories, however.

The total number of cases in the state is 190,491. Chaves County’s total is 8,713.

The state reported seven deaths related to COVID-19; none of the deceased were from Chaves County. They included two people from Bernalillo County and one each from McKinley, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, San Juan and Valencia counties.

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Forty percent of New Mexicans age 16 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine, with 24% fully vaccinated, according to the NMDOH vaccine dashboard. In Chaves County, 28% of the population 16 or older has had at least one dose and 16% are fully vaccinated.

Chaves County is in the Green Level of the state’s COVID-19 risk assessment system. From March 3 to March 22, the county averaged 4 new cases per day per 100,000 people and had a test positivity rate of 1.33%.

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/.

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