NM officials announce 104 new virus cases, 8 more deaths - Albuquerque Journal

NM officials announce 104 new virus cases, 8 more deaths

A pharmacist watches as driver applies a swab during a COVID-19 screening in the parking lot of the Walmart Superstore located at Wyoming and Academy NE on Thursday. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal)

The state has surpassed 3,500 cases of COVID-19, with an increase of 104 positive cases announced Friday.

State Officials reported the majority of the most recent cases are in McKinley and San Juan Counties, which saw 37 and 16 new cases respectively. Twenty-one new cases were announced in Bernalillo.

Nursing homes around the state have been hit hard and the Department of Health has identified positive cases in 25 facilities around New Mexico.

State officials also reported eight additional deaths on Friday, including three from nursing homes in San Juan County — a woman in her 70s and a woman in her 80s who were residents at Life Care Center in Farmington and a woman in her 90s who was a resident of Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington.

Other deaths include a Bernalillo County man in his 70s who was a resident of Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque, a McKinley County man in his 60s, two men from Sandoval County, one in his 40s and the other in his 80s, and a woman in her 70s from San Juan County.

There have now been 131 deaths from COVID-19 statewide.

There are 159 people hospitalized in New Mexico due to COVID-19.

State officials have designated 785 people as having recovered from the illness.

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