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NM virus cases continue to fall

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In this file photo from Aug. 5, Paul and Cindy Martinez of Ruidoso wear masks as they visit Taos. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

SANTA FE — New Mexico is now averaging just 179 new coronavirus cases a day — pushing the state’s seven-day rolling average to its lowest point since late June, according to a Journal analysis.

The state also reported just two additional virus deaths Wednesday, or half the recent average of four deaths a day over the last week.

Lea County in southeastern New Mexico, however, continued to endure a spike in cases, with 35 new infections reported Wednesday, or four more than were reported in Bernalillo County, which has over 10 times the population.

Doña Ana County cases also remained high, leading the state with 37 cases.

The two deaths reported Wednesday — both older men from McKinley County with underlying health conditions — pushed the statewide death toll to 695 residents.

Altogether, New Mexico reported 180 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday.

It helped bring the state’s seven-day average down to 179 cases a day — a 46% decline from two weeks ago.

The state has now confirmed 22,816 cases of the virus out of 644,823 tests, for a positivity rate of 3.5%. But the rate has fallen recently, with just 2.7% of tests in a recent seven-day period coming back positive.


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