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NM reports 3 deaths, 154 new virus cases


In this file photo from Aug. 5, a sign at the Taos plaza instructs visitors to wear a mask. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

SANTA FE — New Mexico reported three more coronavirus deaths and 154 new cases Wednesday — led by 33 new infections in Doña Ana County.

But the state also reported progress in its contact tracing — the time it takes to isolate someone who may have been exposed to the virus.

With 154 new cases Wednesday, the state’s seven-day rolling average now stands at 126 cases a day, well below the target of 168 or fewer cases.

Doña Ana County led the state, followed by Bernalillo and Chaves counties, which reported 24 new cases each.

The three deaths throughout the state were older adults, ranging in age from their 60s to their 100s, all with an underlying medical condition of some kind.

The statewide death toll is now 790 residents since March.

New Mexico also reported progress on its contact tracing. It sliced the median time to ensure someone is isolated after a possible exposure to the virus from 47 hours last week to 28 hours this week. The state’s goal is 36 hours or less.

New Mexico now meets all of its reopening standards on testing capacity, spread of the disease and other factors.


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