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State reports lowest number of daily cases in 6 weeks

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The New Mexico Department of Health reported the lowest single-day number of new COVID-19 cases in six weeks in its Tuesday case update.

Twenty-five counties and two detention facilities reported 412 cases in Tuesday’s report, the lowest statewide count since Aug. 3, when 478 cases were reported.

Tuesday’s update included five new cases in Chaves County, the lowest number of daily cases the county has seen since it had seven cases reported on July 23.

Other southeast New Mexico counties also reported fewer cases than have been seen during the summer surge. Curry County had 14, Eddy County had 24, Lea County had 61, Lincoln County had one, Quay County had eight and Roosevelt had two.

Elsewhere in the state, Bernalillo County reported 103, Doña Ana County had 47, Sandoval County had 25 and San Juan County had 22.

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The total number of cases in the state is now 246,639 including 11,579 in Chaves County.

Eleven deaths related to COVID-19 were reported in Tuesday’s update. Four of the deceased were from Bernalillo County. Cibola, Grant, Lincoln, San Juan, Santa Fe, Torrance and Valencia counties each reported one death.

They ranged in age from a woman in her 40s from Cibola County to a woman in her 90s from Bernalillo County. Eight had been hospitalized and nine had underlying health conditions.

The total number of deaths reported in the state is 4,700 including 186 in Chaves County.

The county’s average number of daily cases and test positivity decreased as well, according to data updated Tuesday. From Sept. 7 to 20, the county averaged 57.5 cases per day per 100,000 people, down from 79.8 between Aug. 31 and Sept. 13.

The test positivity in Chaves County dropped from 15.36% to 11.99%.

All but four counties in New Mexico continue to be considered to have high rates of community spread according to criteria from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, however. High transmission is classified as having more than 14.29 cases per day per 100,000 people and a test positivity greater than 10%.

Santa Fe, Harding and Catron counties have substantial transmission, or between 7.14 and 14.28 cases per day per 100,000 people and a test positivity between 8% and 9.99%. Harding County last week had no new cases and a test positivity of 0.

Los Alamos County is considered to have moderate transmission rates, or between 1.43 and 7.13 new cases per day per 100,000 people and a test positivity rate between 5% and 7.99%.

As of Tuesday, 369 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 in the state.

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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