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Chaves County leads state in new cases


Medical personnel test people at the Lovelace Medical Center in Downtown Albuquerque in May. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)

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Chaves County led the state in new COVID-19 cases reported Sunday as the state continues to report low numbers.

New Mexico added 107 new cases of the disease to its total on Sunday, along with one additional death. Southeastern New Mexico’s Chaves County, where Roswell is the county seat, led the state with 28 new cases. Bernalillo County came in second with 22 new cases, and Lea County came in third with 18 cases. Lea County now has the sixth-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the state, with a total of 1,126, according to Department of Health data.

Chaves County, with a total of 722 cases, now has the eighth-highest total in the state, behind seventh-place Santa Fe County, which reported four new cases Sunday for a total of 818.

A man in his 60s from Lea County who had underlying health conditions died of complications from COVID-19, according to the Department of Health.

The number of deaths in the state attributed to the disease is now 770.

There are now a total of 25,283 reported cases of COVID-19 in New Mexico, with 12,913 designated as having recovered.

DeBaca County remains the only county to be untouched by the disease. Harding County, with a population of less than 700, has reported two cases.

McKinley County, which has the second-highest number of reported cases in the state, had two new cases on Sunday. San Juan County, with the third-highest total, reported one new case on Sunday.

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