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Reporting glitch lowered Tuesday’s COVID case numbers

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A disruption in the electronic laboratory reporting system Tuesday lowered the number of new cases of COVID-19 reported for that day by about 1,000 cases, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

The additional cases were included in Wednesday’s daily case update from the department, for a total of 6,919 new cases. In addition, one lab reported more than 2,500 cases on Wednesday that were tested over the last 12 days. Those reports were also included in the Wednesday update, according to NMDOH.

Chaves County had 844 new cases in the caught-up report, the highest case count in southeast New Mexico. Curry County had 131, Eddy County had 90, Lea County had 265, Lincoln County had 53, Quay County had 30, Roosevelt had 49 and De Baca County had 12. The Lea County Correctional Facility had one new case.

Bernalillo County had an additional 2,005 cases, Doña Ana County had 1,012, McKinley County had 255, Sandoval County had 427, San Juan County had 374 and Santa Fe County had 488.

The total number of cases in New Mexico since March 2020 is 388,215, including 17,000 in Chaves County.

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Two local deaths related to COVID-19 were among the 28 reported by the state — a woman in her 70s who had been hospitalized and a woman in her 80s. Their deaths bring the county’s total to 246.

The total number of deaths in New Mexico is now 6,073.

As of Wednesday, 569 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 in the state.

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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