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Six more die as COVID-19 cases continue to climb

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New Mexico has recorded six more COVID-19 deaths as of Sunday as the virus continues to ravage the northwestern part of the state.

The Department of Health said three more people died of the disease in McKinley County, including a man in his 20s who reportedly had no underlying health conditions and was not hospitalized.

The other two people who died in McKinley County – a man in his 80s and a woman in her 90s – were both residents of the Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup. They had both been hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.

Sunday’s additions bring the total number of COVID-19 deaths in New Mexico to 265.

Health officials also announced 97 more cases Sunday, including 32 in San Juan County and 24 in McKinley County.

Bernalillo County had 17 more cases and one death: a woman in her 80s who had underlying medical conditions.

A man in his 50s with underlying medical conditions from Sandoval County also died from the disease.

There are 211 people hospitalized in New Mexico with COVID-19, according to DOH. The state now has had 5,938 COVID-19 cases, and 1,755 have been designated by the Health Department as having recovered.

The Health Department says there has been at least one case among staff or residents in 35 congregate living or acute care facilities throughout New Mexico.

One more detainee at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Otero County Processing Center has tested positive, bringing the total number of cases in that facility to 43.

The state gave only partial numbers Sunday due to a technical issue with private labs reporting to the Health Department.

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