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NM reports 4 virus deaths, 221 new cases


In this May 7, 2020, photo, medical staff from Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital put on protective equipment as they work at a drive-thru coronavirus testing site outside the hospital in Gallup (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

Copyright © 2020 Albuquerque Journal

SANTA FE – New Mexico reported four more virus deaths and 221 new cases of the disease Tuesday – about 40% of which were in Bernalillo County, the state’s most-populous county.

The number of patients hospitalized with coronavirus symptoms also inched upward – to 133, an increase of 3% over the day before.

Four more residents died, health officials said, pushing the statewide death toll to 519.

They ranged in age from their 40s to their 80s, all with underlying medical conditions.

Tuesday’s coronavirus cases were spread throughout the state – with 88 in Bernalillo County in central New Mexico; 34 in San Juan County in the northwest; and 24 in Doña Ana County, adjacent to Texas and Mexico.

Testing has now confirmed 13,727 cases of the virus – a positive rate of about 3.6% on 385,242 total tests.

About 4.4% of the results announced Tuesday were positive.

The number of cases confirmed each day has jumped over the past two weeks, prompting Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to say the state will aggressively enforce a mandate that people wear masks in public settings.

She has also put on hold the state’s plan to move to the next phase of reopenings for businesses.

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