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9 new virus deaths push statewide toll to 200

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Health care personnel on Thursday man a COVID-19 drive-thru screening site located in the Walmart parking lot at Wyoming and Academy NE. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal)

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New Mexico has reached 200 COVID-19 deaths, according to the Department of Health.

The state reported nine additional deaths Sunday and 87 more cases, although those are only partial numbers due to delays in labs reporting to the DOH.

Among the new deaths reported Sunday are those of six people in McKinley County, including two men in their 30s who were hospitalized and had underlying health conditions.

There were two deaths in San Juan County and one in Sandoval County.

The Health Department announced 23 new cases in Bernalillo County, 21 in Doña Ana County, 20 in San Juan County and 14 in McKinley County.

San Juan County, with a total of 1,034 confirmed cases, is close to surpassing Bernalillo County’s 1,073 cases. McKinley County still tops the state, with 1,522 confirmed cases.

The Health Department says 194 people are hospitalized in New Mexico the virus. Statewide, there have been 4,863 cases, with 1,285 designated as having recovered. There has been at least one positive case in 29 congregate living or assisted living facilities throughout the state.

Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, sore throat and loss of taste or smell should call the Health Department COVID hotline at 1-855-600-3453.

According to the Health Department, the following people may be considered for COVID-19 testing:

• People who live with or are in close contact with people who have tested positive for coronavirus.
• Nursing home residents.
• Those living in congregate settings including homeless shelters, group homes and detention centers.
• Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19.

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