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State reports 7 more deaths, 266 new cases


Medical staff perform drive-thru COVID-19 testing at Lovelace Hospital in Downtown Albuquerque earlier this month. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal)

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State health officials announced seven additional COVID-19 deaths Sunday, bringing the total number of New Mexicans who have died of the virus to 614.

Four of the people who died were McKinley County residents, and the other three were from Bernalillo, Rio Arriba and Valencia counties.

The number of new infections fell to 266 after hovering above 300 for five straight days. New Mexico’s seven-day average of new cases is 297.

Bernalillo County, the state’s population center, continues to lead in the number of new infections, with 91 reported Sunday. Doña Ana, Curry and Lea counties had the next-highest numbers of new cases, with 26, 22, and 18, respectively. Santa Fe and Sandoval counties each had 15 new cases, while McKinley County had 14 and Valencia County had 12.

Two of those whose deaths were announced Sunday were in their 30s and had underlying medical conditions: a McKinley County man who was hospitalized and a Rio Arriba County man.

The others who died were:

⋄ A man in his 50s from McKinley County who was hospitalized.

⋄ A woman in her 60s from McKinley County who had underlying conditions and was hospitalized.

⋄ A woman in her 90s from McKinley County with underlying conditions.

⋄ A woman in her 60s from Bernalillo County. She had underlying conditions and was hospitalized.

⋄ A woman in her 80s from Valencia County who had underlying conditions and was hospitalized.

The seven deaths announced Sunday bring New Mexico’s seven-day average to 6.14, the highest it has been since June 16.

“As of today, there are 144 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19,” the Governor’s Office said in a news release announcing the new numbers. That’s four fewer than were hospitalized on Saturday.

Of the 19,042 COVID-19 cases detected in New Mexico, the state Health Department has designated 7,349 as having recovered, although the actual number is likely higher.

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