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For the third day in a row, New Mexico broke its second highest daily count of COVID-19 cases.
Officials announced 291 new cases and two deaths related to the virus on Saturday afternoon, bringing the statewide total to 13,063 cases and 513 deaths since the first cases were reported March 11.
The highest number of daily cases came on June 5, when the state recorded 330 – due largely to an outbreak at the Otero County prison.
Nora Meyers Sackett, a spokeswoman with the Governor’s Office, said in an update that two women, in their 50s and 60s, from McKinley County had died. They were both hospitalized with underlying conditions.
The new cases include 79 in Bernalillo County; 56 in Doña Ana County; 34 in McKinley County; 25 in Lea County; 21 in San Juan County; 10 each in Cibola and Eddy counties; eight each in Sandoval and Chaves counties; seven in Otero County; six in Santa Fe County; four each in Curry, Hidalgo, Luna and Valencia counties; three in Torrance County; two each in Taos and Roosevelt counties; and one each in Sierra, Rio Arriba and Grant counties.
There was also one more case among state inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility.
As of Saturday, Sackett said there are 121 people hospitalized with the virus, 36 of them on ventilators, and 5,845 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.Coronavirus Hotline 1-855-600-3453
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