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NM reports 324 new virus cases, 6 deaths

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New Mexico health officials reported 324 new cases of COVID-19 and six more deaths related to the disease in an update Saturday afternoon, bringing the statewide total to 18,788 cases and 607 deaths.

Jodi McGinnis Porter, a spokeswoman with the Governor’s Office, said in a news release that all of those who died had underlying conditions. They were:

⋄ Two women, both in their 80s, from Bernalillo County. One was a resident of the Rio at Las Estancias, and the other was a resident at Princeton Place;

⋄ A woman in her 60s from McKinley County;

⋄ A man in his 70s from Rio Arriba County;

⋄ A man in his 80s from Sandoval County; and

⋄ A woman in her 60s from San Juan County.

Health officials said there were 93 new cases in Bernalillo County; 64 in Doña Ana County; 28 each in McKinley and Lea counties; 12 in Curry County; 10 each in Sandoval and San Juan counties: nine each in Chaves and Santa Fe counties; eight in Valencia County; five each in Rio Arriba, Cibola and Otero counties; four each in Eddy, Lincoln and Roosevelt counties; three in Sierra County; two each in Luna and Quay counties; and one each in Colfax, Grant, Guadalupe, San Miguel and Taos counties.

There were also three cases among federal inmates at the Cibola County Correctional Center, one case among federal inmates at Otero County Prison Facility and 10 cases among Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement detainees at the Otero County Processing Center.

There were 148 people hospitalized with the virus, 32 of them on ventilators, and 7,268 designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health, as of Saturday.

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