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Six more COVID-19 deaths in NM

Pharmacists Shaun Nalamlieng and Kevin Chung hold swabs before conducting COVID-19 screening last week at the Walmart Superstore at Academy and Wyoming N.E (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal)

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The COVID-19 death toll in New Mexico has reached 99 as state health officials announced six additional deaths and 66 more positive cases on Sunday.

In all, the state now has a total of 2,726 positive cases, although the Governor’s Office noted in its news release that the numbers released Sunday were only partial totals due to a “technical lapse” that has delayed reporting from some labs.

The new deaths are from McKinley, San Juan and Sandoval counties, areas hit particularly hard by the pandemic.

Those who died were:

• A man in his 50s from McKinley County who was hospitalized.

• A woman in her 70s from McKinley County who was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.

• A woman in her 80s from McKinley County who was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.

• A man in his 70s from Sandoval County who was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.

• A woman in her 70s from San Juan County who was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions. She had been a resident of the Life Care Center in Farmington.

• A man in his 70s from San Juan County who was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions. He had also been a resident of the Life Care Center in Farmington.

Of the new cases of COVID-19 announced Sunday, 18 are in Bernalillo County, 12 in McKinley, nine in Sandoval, seven in San Juan and six in Doña Ana County. Cibola, Curry, Eddy, Rio Arriba and Union counties each had two new cases, while Guadalupe, Roosevelt, Torrance and Valencia counties had one each.

As of Sunday, there were 148 people hospitalized in the state for COVID-19, and there are 650 people designated by the state Department of Health as having recovered.

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