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County records first COVID-19 death since May


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Chaves County recorded its first COVID-19 related death in more than three months, according to the New Mexico Department of Health’s case update on Monday.

A woman in her 70s was among 10 deaths reported by the health department in its update covering Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The woman had been hospitalized and had underlying health conditions. She is the 170th local death related to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to NMDOH. It was the first death reported in the county since May 5.

The other deaths reported Monday were from Bernalillo, Doña Ana, Lea, Lincoln, Rio Arriba, San Juan, Socorro and Valencia counties. They ranged in age from a man in his 30s from Lea County to a man in his 80s from San Juan County. All had been hospitalized, and eight had underlying conditions.

The total number of deaths in the state is 4,326.

Monday’s report included 264 new cases of COVID-19 over the three days including two in Chaves County. Bernalillo had 55, Lea County had 44, Curry County 32, Doña Ana had 27, San Juan County had 15 and Santa Fe County had 11. Seventeen counties and the Otero County Processing Center and the Torrance County Detention Facility each reported fewer than 10 cases.

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The total number of cases in the state is 204,961 including 9,064 in Chaves County.

As of Monday, 82 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 in the state.

Just over 1 million New Mexicans age 16 or older, or 59.8%, have now completed a vaccination series, according to the NMDOH vaccine dashboard Monday afternoon. A total of 1,150,185 or 68.4% have had at least one dose.

Chaves County’s vaccination rates each increased by more than one percentage point over last week, with 38.4% of those 16 or older having completed a vaccine series and 43.2% with at least one dose.

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

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