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State reports more than 3,000 COVID cases Thursday


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More than 3,000 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Thursday, the highest single-day amount since the delta variant surge began in July, according to the daily case update from the New Mexico Department of Health.

Thirty-one counties reported 3,231 new cases in Thursday’s report, including 59 new cases in Chaves County.

Also in southeast New Mexico, Lea County reported 145 new cases, Eddy County had 96, Curry County had 73, Lincoln County had 26, Roosevelt County had 18, Quay County had nine and De Baca County had four.

Around the state, Bernalillo County reported 1,078 new cases, Sandoval County had 271, Santa Fe County had 262, Doña Ana County had 258, San Juan County had 188 and McKinley County had 184.

The total number of cases in New Mexico since March 2020 is 364,861. The state’s seven-day average test positivity rate has risen to 21.7% from 13.8% on Dec. 30.

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Chaves County has had a total of 15,835 cases since March 2020. The average test positivity for Dec. 21 to Jan. 3 was 21.6%, up from 17.58% in the previous two-week period.

Thursday’s report included 36 deaths related to COVID-19, with two of them Chaves County residents. The two men, one in his 60s and one in his 70s, bring the county’s total number of deaths to 238. Both of the men had been hospitalized and the man in his 60s had underlying health conditions.

Of the other deaths, 11 of the deceased were from Bernalillo County and four from Doña Ana County. Curry, Lea, Lincoln, Luna and San Juan counties each reported two deaths, and Cibola, Eddy, Otero, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Santa Fe, Taos, Torrance and Valencia counties each reported one.

The ages of the deceased ranged from a woman in her 20s from Bernalillo County to two women and one man in their 90s from Bernalillo, Doña Ana and Lincoln counties. Twenty-nine had been hospitalized and 18 had underlying health conditions.

The total number of deaths in the state is now 5,969.

As of Thursday, 540 people were hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19, an increase of 43 from Wednesday.

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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