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State reports 280 new cases of COVID-19

Medical staffers administer coronavirus tests at the Lovelace Hospital in Downtown Albuquerque in this May file photo. (Jim Thompson/Journal)

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New Mexico health officials reported nearly 300 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, with the largest number of positive tests coming from Bernalillo County.

According to a news release, Bernalillo County reported 99 new cases, more than twice the number of cases than the second-highest county – Doña Ana County – which had 46.

A total of 280 new cases of the illness caused by the novel coronavirus were reported statewide and there are now 16,736 cases overall.

State officials also announced four new deaths: a Bernalillo County man in his 70s who was a patient at the Canyon Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque; a Chaves County man in his 70s; a Doña Ana County woman in her 90s who was a resident of the Good Samaritan Society facility in Las Cruces; and an Otero County woman in her 80s. All four people had underlying health conditions, and the latter three were hospitalized.

A reported 569 people have died from COVID-19 across the state.

Health officials say 160 people are hospitalized for the illness, but that number may include people who tested positive from other states but were transferred to New Mexico and it does not include New Mexicans who were transferred out of state.

They say 6,736 people have been designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

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