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Chaves County woman among Friday COVID-19 deaths

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A woman in her 70s from Chaves County was among the nine deaths related to COVID-19 announced Friday by the New Mexico Department of Health.

Her death brings the county’s total to 171. The state’s total is now 4,098.

Two of the other deaths were in Sandoval County. Bernalillo, Cibola, Grant, Lea, Luna and McKinley counties each had one.

The health department reported 285 cases in 26 counties in its Friday update. Chaves County had six.

Bernalillo had the most with 80. San Juan had 55, Dona Ana had 19, Santa Fe County had 17 and Valencia County had 14. The remaining counties all had eight or fewer cases.

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The state’s total number of cases is 199,333 including 8,940 in Chaves County.

As of Friday, 145 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 in New Mexico.

In vaccinations, as of Friday afternoon, 59% of New Mexicans age 16 or older had received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 47% were fully vaccinated, according to the NMDOH vaccine dashboard. In Chaves County, 37% have received at least one dose and 31% are fully vaccinated.

Chaves County is in the Yellow Level of the state’s COVID-19 risk assessment system. From April 20 to May 3, the county met one of the state’s three assessment criteria with a test positivity rate of 4.25%. The target is 5% or less. The county had an average of 11.7 new cases per day per 100,000 people, missing the target of 10 or fewer. The target for the third metric, percentage of eligible residents fully vaccinated, was 40%.

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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