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NM reports second-highest daily case total, 8 more virus deaths

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In this Friday, June 12, 2020 file photo, a nurse uses a swab to perform a coronavirus test in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SANTA FE — New Mexico reported its second-highest number of new coronavirus cases Wednesday and eight additional deaths, pushing the statewide death toll to 527 residents.

The 290 virus cases confirmed by testing Wednesday are higher than any other day except June 5, when an outbreak at the Otero County prison helped push the total to 330 cases.

The increase isn’t simply a result of more testing.

Wednesday’s results showed a positive rate of 6.5%, up from 4.4% the day before and 3.6% overall since testing began in March. Altogether, the state has now confirmed 14,017 cases of the virus out of 389,687 tests — for a positive rate of 3.6%.

The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 symptoms also jumped 16% over the last day — to 154 people in New Mexico hospitals.

Bernalillo County led the state with 99 cases, followed by Doña Ana County at 53.

The deaths include adults ranging in age from their 40s to their 90s. Five of the eight had underlying medical conditions of some kind.

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