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State reports 22 COVID-19 deaths Tuesday

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The New Mexico Department of Health reported 22 deaths related to COVID-19 and 799 new cases in its daily case update Tuesday.

None of the deaths reported Tuesday were local. Four of the deceased were from Bernalillo County and three from Doña Ana County. Sandoval, Santa Fe and Valencia counties each reported two deaths. Cibola, Eddy, Grant, Los Alamos, Luna, Roosevelt, Sandoval, San Miguel and Torrance counties each reported one death.

Seventeen had been hospitalized and 15 had underlying health conditions. Their ages ranged from a man in his 30s from Torrance County to three people in their 90s from San Juan, Los Alamos and Sandoval counties.

The total number of deaths in the state related to COVID-19 is now 5,796, including 232 in Chaves County.

Thirty counties and two correctional facilities reported new cases in Tuesday’s update, including Chaves County with 27.

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Also in southeast New Mexico, Lea County had 36 new cases, Curry County had 24, Roosevelt County had 16, Eddy County had 15, Lincoln County had five, Quay County had four and De Baca County had three.

In the rest of the state, Bernalillo County had 308, Sandoval County had 89, San Juan County had 50, Santa Fe County had 37, and Doña Ana County had 32.

The total number of cases in the state since March 2020 is 346,461, including 15,210 in Chaves County.

As of Tuesday, 462 people were hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19.

The health department issued a press release on Monday stating that due to holiday schedules a further case update would be sent only on Thursday this week, but on Tuesday a press release said due to the presence of the omicron variant of the virus, the daily report would continue its normal schedule this week.

Tuesday’s update did not indicate if the omicron variant had been identified in any more cases. The state’s first case was announced Dec. 13, and state health officials said in a press conference last week more possible cases have been identified but were awaiting verification by genetic sequencing.

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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