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State reports more than 4,000 new COVID cases Friday

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The New Mexico Department of Health reported 4,246 new cases of COVID-19 in Friday’s update, one of the highest daily totals since the beginning of the pandemic.

Also, the state issued a correction for Tuesday’s daily update in which several deaths were incorrectly listed in Bernalillo County, including one death that was actually a Chaves County resident. That death was a man in his 30s who had been hospitalized.

In Friday’s report, 1,287 of the new cases were in Bernalillo County and 711 in Doña Ana County. Santa Fe County had 393, Sandoval County had 296, San Juan had 243 and Rio Arriba had 118.

In southeast New Mexico, Lea County was the hot spot for the week, reporting an additional 154 cases on Friday on top of nearly 400 reported Tuesday through Thursday.

Eddy County also reported high numbers last week, adding 97 cases Friday to the 231 reported Tuesday through Thursday.

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Chaves County reported 38 cases Friday, adding to 141 cases from earlier in the week.

In the rest of the region on Friday, Curry County had 64 cases, Roosevelt County had 57, Lincoln County had 23, Quay county had eight and De Baca County had three.

The total number of cases in the state since March 2020 is 369,113 including 15,874 in Chaves County. Of the state cases, 315,606 or 85.5% are considered recovered. In Chaves County, 14,042 or 88.4% are considered recovered.

Fourteen deaths were reported Friday, none of them from Chaves County. Eight were from Bernalillo County, and one each were from Cibola, Curry, Doña Ana, Eddy, Santa Fe and Valencia counties. Twelve of the deceased had been hospitalized and eight had underlying health conditions. Their ages ranged from a woman in her 40s from Curry County to a woman in her 90s from Bernalillo County.

The total number of deaths in the state related to COVID-19 is now 5,983. The 238 deaths in Chaves County include the correction from Tuesday.

As of Friday, 539 people were hospitalized in New Mexico.

Also on Friday, the New Mexico Department of Health renewed COVID-19 health orders including requirements to wear masks indoors and for certain workers to be vaccinated, according to a press release from the department.

The order, signed by Dr. David Scrase, acting secretary of NMDOH, took effect immediately and continues through Feb. 4. It continues the requirement for anyone age 2 or older to wear a mask while inside public spaces unless eating or drinking or if a healthcare provider instructs otherwise.

It also continues the requirement for masks to be worn in schools and for school workers, many health care workers and state employees to be vaccinated.

Earlier last week, NMDOH announced it would implement the revised federal guidance reducing the amount of time recommended for isolation or quarantine from 10 days to five days. The guidelines went into effect Thursday.

Isolation is recommended for anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 regardless of their vaccination status. Those with COVID-19 should stay home for five days. If the positive test was from an at-home rapid antigen test, an additional PCR, or lab, test is not needed.

If there are no symptoms after five days and the individual has not had a fever for 24 hours, the individual can leave the home but should wear a mask for five more days.

Anyone who has been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 should get a test five days after exposure and follow the appropriate measures if the test is positive.

Those who are up-to-date on their vaccines — meaning they have all the shots they are eligible for, including a booster or additional dose if immunocompromised — do not have to stay home after an exposure, but should wear a mask for 10 days.

Those who are not vaccinated or not up to date on their vaccines should stay home for five days after exposure. If a test at that point is negative, they do not have to stay home but should wear a mask when around others for five more days.

Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 regardless of vaccination status should get tested as soon as possible and stay home until test results are known. If they test negative but still have symptoms, they should stay home and take another test in one or two days.

A negative test from an at-home antigen test does not require a follow-up lab test.

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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