177 new cases and two new deaths related to COVID-19
The state Department of Health announced 177 additional cases of COVID-19 and two related deaths Thursday.
The 177 confirmed cases represent 3.1 percent of the 5,668 tests reported since Wednesday.
The state of New Mexico seeks to keep the positivity rate, or the percentage of positive tests out of the total number of tests, below five percent.
The counties that continue to have double digit numbers are: Bernalillo with 38; Dona Ana with 21; Chaves with 19; Eddy with 15; Lea with 14; McKinley with 10. Lincoln County also had double digit numbers with 14 and Santa Fe County climbed again to double digit numbers Thursday with 12.
There are currently 128 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19 and 9,980 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered, according to DOH.
The two deaths were both women with underlying conditions and both had been hospitalized. One was in her 30s and from Rio Arriba County, the other was in her 80s and from McKinley County. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 697.
The additional cases Thursday brings the total number of cases of the disease in New Mexico to 22,987.
The breakdown of new cases by county, according to DOH are:
- 38 new cases in Bernalillo County
- 19 new cases in Chaves County
- 3 new cases in Cibola County
- 6 new cases in Curry County
- 21 new cases in Doña Ana County
- 15 new cases in Eddy County
- 1 new case in Grant County
- 14 new cases in Lea County
- 14 new cases in Lincoln County
- 1 new case in Luna County
- 10 new cases in McKinley County
- 4 new cases in Quay County
- 4 new cases in Rio Arriba County
- 2 new cases in Roosevelt County
- 3 new cases in Sandoval County
- 3 new cases in San Juan County
- 12 new cases in Santa Fe County
- 1 new case in Torrance County
- 5 new cases in Valencia County
- 1 new case among individuals held by federal agencies at the Cibola County Correctional Center
DOH previously reported numbers that included three cases that the state has since identified as duplicates (one in Bernalillo County, one in Eddy County, one in Lea County); two cases that were not lab confirmed (one in Doña Ana County, one in Roosevelt); and one case in Doña Ana County that has been identified as an out-of-state resident.
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