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State announces 143 new cases of COVID-19

Medical personal test people for coronavirus at Lovelace Hospital in Downtown Albuquerque in May. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal file)

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Four more New Mexicans have died of COVID-19, and an additional 143 people in the state have contracted the virus, state health officials announced Sunday.

The four men who died had underlying medical conditions, according to a news release issued by Jodi McGinnis Porter, a spokeswoman for the Governor’s Office.

One of those men was a Bernalillo County resident in his 70s who was hospitalized. He was a resident of Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque.

The three other men who died were:

⋄ A 60-year-old from San Juan County who had been hospitalized.

⋄ An 80-year-old from San Juan County who was a resident of Beehive Homes in Farmington.

⋄ An 80-year-old from McKinley County who had been hospitalized.

The four new deaths bring the statewide COVID-19 death toll to 396.

The bulk of the new infections are in northwestern New Mexico, with San Juan County reporting 44 additional cases and McKinley County another 37.

Bernalillo County has 17, Doña Ana County is reporting 15 and Sandoval County an additional 11. Cibola County has seven new cases, Eddy and Santa Fe counties are each reporting five and Santa Fe and Luna counties each had one.

In all, 8,943 New Mexicans have contracted COVID-19.

“As of today, there are 177 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19,” McGinnis Porter said in the release. She added that the state Health Department has determined that another 3,307 people in the state who had COVID-19 have recovered.

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