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COVID hospitalizations highest in 10 months

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The number of people hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19 was the highest it’s been since late January.

The New Mexico Department of Health reported 639 people hospitalized in Tuesday’s daily case update, the highest amount since Jan. 21, when 644 people were hospitalized.

New case reports were lower than most of last week’s reports, with 30 counties and three correctional facilities reporting 1,189 cases of COVID-19.

That included 13 in Chaves County. In southeast New Mexico, Curry and Lea counties each had 16 cases, Quay County had 13, Eddy County had 12, Roosevelt County had five and De Baca County had four.

Across the state, Bernalillo County had 373 cases, Sandoval had 214 and Doña Ana had 180.

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The total number of cases in the state since March 2020 is 306,743, including 13,599 in Chaves County.

Twelve deaths related to COVID-19 were reported Tuesday. Bernalillo and Doña Ana counties each reported three deaths, and Lea, Luna, McKinley, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Valencia counties each reported one death.

The ages of the deceased ranged from a woman in her 30s from Bernalillo County to a man and a woman in their 80s, both from Doña Ana County. Nine had been hospitalized and 10 had underlying health conditions.

The total number of deaths in New Mexico is 5,289, including 215 in Chaves County.

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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