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County’s COVID-19 total case count tops 10,000

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By Juno Ogle, City/RISD Reporter

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Chaves County since March 2020 topped 10,000 on Friday. The county’s 175th death related to the virus also was reported.

The 69 local cases reported in Friday’s update from the New Mexico Department of Health gives Chaves County a total of 10,061 cases since the start of the pandemic. Of those cases, 8,948, or 89%, are considered by the health department to be recovered.

Statewide, 30 counties and one correctional center reported 871 new cases Friday, for a total of 223,796 cases since March 2020. The health department reports 199,401, or 89%, of those cases as recovered.

Among the other counties in the NMDOH southeast region Friday, Lea County reported 114 cases; Eddy County; 63, Curry County, 43; Roosevelt County, 23; Lincoln County, 15; and Quay County, 12. Those numbers along with the Chaves County count of 69 gave a regional total of 339.

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The 88203 ZIP code had 45 cases, while the 88201 ZIP code had 23.

A Chaves County man in his 60s was among nine deaths related to COVID-19 reported Friday, with one of the deaths occurring 30 or more days ago. The local resident had been hospitalized and had underlying health conditions.

Three of the remaining deaths were from Lea County — a woman in her 40s who had been hospitalized, a man in his 60s and woman in her 80s. The latter two were residents of Desert Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hobbs.

A man in his 70s from Eddy County, a woman in her 60s from Bernalillo County, a woman in her 60s from Doña Ana County, a man in his 70s from McKinley County also died recently. In addition, a woman in her 60s from Harding County died about a month ago.

The total number of deaths in the state is 4,472.

As of Friday, 385 people were hospitalized in the state for COVID-19.

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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Lisa Dunlap is a general assignment reporter for the Roswell Daily Record.