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Total COVID-19 deaths in NM pass the 700 mark

In this file photo from March, medical personnel screen patients at the Presbyterian drive-up COVID-19 testing center in northwestern Albuquerque. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal)

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New Mexico health officials reported 175 new COVID-19 cases on Friday as the daily total continues to fall from its peak about two weeks ago.

The seven-day rolling average is now at 171, which, according to a Journal analysis, is the lowest it’s been since late June. In her press conference on Thursday, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said the last criterion for a safe re-opening of the economy is when there are an average of 168 cases a day.

However, the number of deaths now exceeds 700.

The report on Friday included 40 new cases in Bernalillo County, 30 new cases in Doña Ana County, 17 new cases in McKinley County, and 14 new cases in both Chaves and Lea counties.

Six additional deaths were also reported. They include:

• A Doña Ana County man in his 90s who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. He was a resident of the Good Samaritan Society facility in Las Cruces.

• A McKinley County man in his 50s who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

• A McKinley County man in his 70s who had underlying conditions.

• A Rio Arriba County woman in her 70s who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

• A San Juan County man in his 30s who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

• A San Juan County woman in her 70s who had underlying conditions.

The state now has a total of 23,160 cases of the illness caused by the novel coronavirus and 703 deaths.

There are 128 people hospitalized in New Mexico, including those who tested positive out of the state, but were transferred here. The state Department of Health has designated 9,980 people as having recovered.

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