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State surpasses 4,000 COVID-19 deaths Friday

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Four deaths related to COVID-19 announced by the state health department on Friday put the state at over 4,000 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

The four deaths — all men in their 50s through their 70s — were in Bernalillo, Cibola, Doña Ana and Rio Arriba counties, according to the daily case update from the New Mexico Department of Health. The state’s total number of deaths is now 4,001. Chaves County’s total is 167.

“Today’s sad milestone reminds us of what we have been through as a state and as a country. This is not just another number — they are our neighbors, our fellow New Mexicans. We grieve for them and their families. It also underscores the need for us to remain cautious in the weeks and months ahead,” New Mexico Secretary of Health Dr. Tracie Collins said in a press release.

In Friday’s update, the state reported 264 new cases of COVID-19 in 21 counties. Chaves County reported nine new cases.

Bernalillo County had 97, Doña Ana had 29, San Juan County had 22, Sandoval County had 16. The other counties had 15 or less.

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The state’s total number of cases is 194,868 including 8,807 in Chaves County.

As of Friday, 116 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 in New Mexico.

More than 1.5 million doses of vaccine have been administered in the state, with 55% of the population age 16 or older having received at least one dose and 37% fully vaccinated. In Chaves County, 35% of the population age 16 or older has received at least one dose and 26% are fully vaccinated.

Chaves County is in the low-risk Turquoise Level of the state’s Red to Green COVID-19 risk assessment system. From March 23 to April 5, the county averaged 5.3 new cases per day per 100,000 people and had a test positivity rate of 2.33%.

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

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