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Bernalillo County sees spike in daily COVID-19 cases » Albuquerque Journal

In this file photo from March, medical personnel screen patients at the Presbyterian drive-up COVID-19 testing center in northwestern Albuquerque. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal)

New Mexico recorded 213 new cases of COVID-19 and four deaths related to the virus in an update Saturday afternoon — bringing the statewide total to 24,302 cases and 743 deaths.

The majority of new cases came out of the state’s most populous county — Bernalillo — which saw 86 cases. The county hasn’t seen that many cases recorded since July 29 when there were 87 and, for the most part, had totaled below 50 cases a day since then.

Jodi McGinnis Porter, a governor’s office spokeswoman, said all of those who died were hospitalized and had underlying conditions. There are currently 68 people hospitalized with the virus, 18 of them on ventilators.

Those who died include a woman in her 80s from Doña Ana County, a man in his 40s from Guadalupe County, a man in his 80s from Hidalgo County and a woman in her 70s from Lea County.

Aside from the 86 cases in Bernalillo County, McGinnis Porter said there were 22 in Chaves County, 14 in Doña Ana County, 13 each in Curry and Lea counties, 11 in Santa Fe County, ten in San Juan County, nine in Valencia County, seven each in Eddy and Sandoval counties, five in Roosevelt County, four in McKinley County, two each in Rio Arriba, Lincoln and Otero counties and one each in San Miguel, Sierra, Luna and Guadalupe counties.

There was also one case among federal inmates at the Cibola County Correctional Center and one case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County.

There have been 11,458 COVID-19 cases designated as recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.


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