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Virus cases continue to increase in NM prison

Medical personnel administer coronavirus tests at a drive-through site outside the Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services in Gallup last month. (Roberto E. Rosales/Journal)

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COVID-19 cases at a southern New Mexico prison continue to climb, and the state reported three additional deaths Sunday.

The state Department of Health also reported 136 new cases statewide.

Forty-one more state inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases among state inmates there to 403. There are also 284 inmates in federal custody at the prison who have tested positive.

Only three state inmates in other facilities have tested positive, according to the Health Department.

State health officials reported Sunday that two women in their 50s from McKinley County who had been hospitalized and had underlying conditions have died of the disease. A man in his 70s from San Juan County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions has also died.

The total number of deaths in New Mexico is now 469.

McKinley County reported 30 new cases Friday and still tops the state with 3,073 positive cases. Doña Ana County had 18 new cases, and Bernalillo County reported 13.

The state now has 10,565 cases, with 4,684 having recovered.

As of Sunday, there are 134 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in New Mexico.

San Juan County, which has been hit hard by the disease, reported 11 new cases Sunday for a total of 2,183. Bernalillo County now has 1,805 cases.

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