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NM announces 11 more deaths, 163 new virus cases


Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham gives an update earlier this week on the COVID-19 outbreak in New Mexico and the state\’s effort to fight the disease. The news conference was at the State Capitol in Santa Fe. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

SANTA FE — State health officials said Thursday that 11 more New Mexicans have died amid the coronavirus pandemic, eight of whom lived in group care facilities.

The statewide death toll is now 294.

Health officials also said testing has confirmed 163 additional cases of the virus, pushing the total to 6,472.

The new cases include 19 state inmates at the Otero County Prison and 40 new cases in Doña Ana County, which borders Texas.

Earlier this week, state health officials said they were concerned about travel to and from Texas contributing to outbreaks in New Mexico.

The 11 deaths announced Thursday include adults ranging in age from their 40s to their 90s.

Four were people from Bernalillo County who were residents at Uptown Genesis, the Robin House Assisted Living Center and the Village at Alameda.

The deaths also included adults at group living facilities in Gallup and Farmington.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state health officials said this week that New Mexico is making progress in controlling the spread of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus, .

But they also are urging people to stay home when they can, wear masks and practicing social distancing to help limit transmission of the virus.

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