Albuquerque Fire Rescue Lt. Jake Gray inserts a swab into a driver’s nostril during the COVID-19 drive-up screening at Expo New Mexico on Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)
New Mexico officials on Saturday reported 100 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases, including the second in a rural county that went months without any reported cases.
The cases reported Saturday raised the statewide total to 26,661 cases. Three additional deaths raised the death toll to 821.
De Baca County, in the thinly populated cattle country of east-central New Mexico, on Thursday lost its status as the only county in the state without a reported COVID-19 case.
Fort Sumner, the county seat of De Baca County, is 143 miles east of Albuquerque.