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State health officials announced a dramatic surge – 116 new cases – of COVID-19 at a state prison in southern New Mexico, bringing the total in that facility to 162.
The news comes one day after the state announced the first death of an inmate from that lockup – the Otero County Prison – related to the virus.
Morgen Jaco, a New Mexico Corrections Department spokesman, said four inmates from the prison are hospitalized in El Paso. One of them is on a ventilator.