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Bernalillo County leads state, with 45 new cases

Staff test patients at a Lovelace drive-up COVID-19 testing center in Albuquerque in April. Totals released Sunday show cases in Bernalillo are rising. (Roberto E. Rosales/Journal)

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COVID-19 cases in New Mexico’s most populous county continue to rise as the state reported one more death related to the disease on Sunday.

The state Department of Health reported 192 more cases of COVID-19, 45 of them in Bernalillo County. The county now has 2,064 cases.

The only death reported Sunday was that of a Doña Ana County man in his 50s who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

The total number of deaths in the New Mexico due to complications from COVID-19 is now 492.

State health officials also reported 34 new cases in San Juan County, 28 in McKinley County, 27 in Doña Ana County, 10 in Santa Fe County and six each in Curry, Lea and Luna counties.

McKinley County continues to lead the state, with 3,336 cases, while San Juan County has 2,392. The state says county totals are subject to change as the Health Department further investigates the residency of people who have tested positive.

Six more state inmates – three at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Los Lunas and three at the Otero County Prison Facility – have tested positive.

New Mexico now has 11,809 cases, with 5,264 recoveries. There are now 114 people hospitalized with the disease throughout the state, according to the Health Department.

The state continues to encourage New Mexicans to stay home, “except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare,” in an attempt to minimize person-to-person contact to mitigate the spread of the virus.

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