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NM reports first virus death of inmate

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In this file photo, from left, Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Human Services Secretary Dr. David Scrase give an update on the COVID-19 outbreak in New Mexico last month. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

SANTA FE – State health officials on Monday reported the first coronavirus death of a state inmate – a 31-year-old man at the Otero County prison.

The state also announced five other deaths, pushing the statewide death toll to 362 people.

Testing confirmed 113 new cases of the disease, officials said, for a total of 7,800 since March 11.

The six deaths announced Monday were adults ranging in age from their 30s to their 60s in McKinley, Otero, San Juan and Socorro counties.

All had underlying health conditions, except for a man in his 40s from McKinley County.

A spokeswoman for the state Corrections Department said the inmate who died had multiple preexisting conditions and had been hospitalized in El Paso.

Overall, there are 46 virus cases at the Otero County prison, and the Corrections Department said the population there is undergoing rigorous testing and isolation.

The state also reported Monday that 191 coronavirus patients are hospitalized throughout New Mexico – a 12% drop from a week ago.

The Department of Health has designated 2,888 people as having recovered from COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus.

New Mexico health officials continue to urge people to stay home except for essential outings. The state on Monday also began allowing partial reopenings of indoor restaurants, gyms and salons.

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