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81 new COVID-19 cases in NM, 1 more death

Medical staff set up a tent outside La Vida Llena in Northeast Albuquerque on Friday. On Sunday, the New Mexico Department of Health reported two more cases of COVID-19 have been identified at the retirement facility, bringing the total number of residents and staff who are infected to 38. (Jim Thompson/Journal)

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The number of COVID-19 cases in New Mexico rose to 624 on Sunday as state health officials announced 81 new positive tests.

And the death toll has climbed to 12 with the death of a man in his 40s from McKinley County.

The latest numbers released by the Department of Health also include three additional cases from La Vida Llena, a retirement community in Albuquerque that is experiencing a deadly coronavirus outbreak.

Two more workers and one more resident tested positive as of Sunday.

The center, located near Montgomery and Morris in Northeast Albuquerque, is home to 425 people and has seen a total of 38 cases in the past week. Two residents, one in his 90s and one in his 80s, have died.

Twenty-three of New Mexico’s 33 counties now have cases of coronavirus infections.

The additional cases announced Sunday include 21 new cases in Bernalillo County, 34 new cases in Sandoval County, nine in McKinley County, six in Dona Ana County, four in Santa Fe County, two each in Cibola and Valencia counties and one new case in Los Alamos, Otero and Socorro counties.

The DOH reported that 45 people in New Mexico are now hospitalized for COVID-19, and 130 patients have recovered.

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