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Chaves County sees another COVID death

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Chaves County has now reported 233 COVID-19 related deaths.

According to information released by the New Mexico Department of Health Thursday, the latest COVID-related death in Chaves County was a man in his 60s who had been hospitalized and had underlying health conditions.

He was one of 26 deaths in Thursday’s report, 16 having occurred recently and 10 having occurred more than 30 days ago. New Mexico has now recorded 5,855 COVID-19 related deaths.

The Health Department also reported 2,209 new COVID cases statewide. Chaves County, with 156 cases, had the fourth largest number of residents testing positive. Other counties with high numbers included Bernalillo (791), Dona Ana (259), Santa Fe (184) and Sandoval (135).

Chaves County now has had a total of 15,403 COVID cases, with 13,581, or about 88%, reported as recovered. Its positivity rate for the two-week period of Dec. 14 to Dec. 27 was 17.58%.

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The state’s seven-day positivity rate is at 13.8%. New Mexico has had 350,043 total cases since March 2020. Of those, 303,418, or about 87%, are considered recovered.

Because of the New Year’s holiday, the New Mexico Health Department indicated that the next COVID-19 update will be issued on Jan. 3.

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