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State, counties report high numbers of new COVID cases

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Chaves County reported almost 100 new cases of COVID-19 and three related deaths over three days, according to Monday’s update from the New Mexico Department of Health.

The county’s 98 cases were among 3,712 new cases reported in 32 counties Saturday, Sunday and Monday. It’s the highest three-day total since the delta variant surge began in July.

Several counties reported higher than normal new case amounts as well. Bernalillo County had 1,009, San Juan County had 580, Doña Ana County had 566, Sandoval County had 229, Santa Fe County had 146 and Valencia County had 141.

Among the southeast counties, Chaves County had the highest amount, followed by Eddy County with 61, Curry County with 51, Lea County with 23, Quay County with 18, Lincoln County with 15, De Baca County with seven and Roosevelt County with six.

The total number of cases in New Mexico is 295,767, including 13,320 in Chaves County. Monday’s update reported the state’s seven-day positivity rate at 12.9%.

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Three of the 22 deaths reported by the state Monday were local: a man in his 50s who had underlying health conditions, a man in his 90s who was hospitalized and had underlying health conditions, and a woman in her 90s who had been hospitalized and was a resident of Casa Maria Health Care Center.

Of the 19 other deaths, eight were from Bernalillo County. Cibola, McKinley, Otero, San Juan, and Valencia counties each reported two. Eddy County reported one death.

The ages of the deceased ranged from a man in his 30s from Eddy County to several people in their 90s from Chaves, Bernalillo and San Juan counties. Sixteen had been hospitalized and 17 had underlying health conditions.

The total number of deaths in New Mexico is 5,191, including 213 in Chaves County.

As of Monday, 498 people were hospitalized in New Mexico 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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