Daily virus cases surge, as 2 more die amid outbreak - Albuquerque Journal

Daily virus cases surge, as 2 more die amid outbreak

SANTA FE — The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in New Mexico jumped to 3,213 on Wednesday as state officials announced 239 new positive tests and two additional deaths.

It was by far the largest single-day surge in new cases so far, though the state has been expanding its testing.

More than 200 of Wednesday’s positive tests were for individuals in McKinley and San Juan counties, where the Navajo Nation has endured an outbreak.

Native Americans make up about 53% of those who’ve tested positive so far in New Mexico, though they are less than 11% of the state population as a whole.

The deaths announced Wednesday were a women in her 50s from McKinley County and a man in his 50s from Sandoval County.

Their deaths pushed the statewide total 112.

The state also announced that 163 patients are hospitalized for COVID-19 — the illness caused by the coronavirus — and 734 people are designated as having recovered.

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