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At least one COVID-19 case reported at Santa Fe senior living community

SANTA FE, N.M. — The Legacy at Santa Fe is one of nine senior living facilities at which at least one resident or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19, according to Friday’s news release updating information on the coronavirus outbreak from the Office of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

The daily news releases have shown just a few new COVID-19 cases in Santa Fe County each day this week. Just two of the 106 new cases reported in Friday’s news release were from Santa Fe County, bringing the county’s total to 72.

Statewide, 1,091 cases have been reported and 19 deaths have been attributed to the COVID-19 disease, though many of the people who died had underlying health issues.

The Legacy at Santa Fe, located at 3 Avenida Aldea in Santa Fe, is managed by Houston-based LifeWell Senior Living.

An employee at The Legacy of Santa Fe referred questions to a marketing spokesman in Houston, who did not immediately return a phone call from the Journal on Friday.

The Legacy at Santa Fe website includes information about how LifeWell is responding to the coronavirus outbreak.

“LifeWell Senior Living is increasingly taking action every day to help prevent the spread of coronavirus COVID-19,” it says. “We continue to make decisions that are rooted in our unwavering commitment to provide a safe, secure environment for everyone who lives and works in our communities. All LifeWell communities have tirelessly been at work to improve upon our policies and procedures with the ever-changing climate this pandemic is causing.”

The other senior living facilities where positive tests have occurred are in Albuquerque, Aztec and Farmington.

Earlier this week, the Journal reported that at one Northeast Albuquerque retirement community, La Vida Llena, at least 24 residents and 23 staff members had contracted COVID-19 and two residents had died.

As of Friday, there were 75 individuals hospitalized due to coronavirus symptoms statewide, according to the state Department of Health, and 235 people have recovered.

Nearly a half a million Americans were confirmed to have contracted the disease and 15,586 had died.

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