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NM COVID-19 cases down after recent surge

In this file photo from Sept. 11, drivers wait in line at the Presbyterian COVID-19 testing site at Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)

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New Mexico reported its lowest number of COVID-19 cases in five days amid a recent surge.

Two more deaths were also reported Sunday, bringing the state total to 892.

The Governor’s Office said in a news release Sunday that 189 new cases of COVID-19 were detected in New Mexico. The state had reported at least 227 cases over each of the previous four days.

The deaths include a man in his 50s from Doña Ana County who was hospitalized and had underlying health conditions and a man in his 70s from San Juan County who had underlying health conditions, according to the state Department of Health.

Bernalillo County led the state, with 47 cases. Doña Ana County reported 46 new cases, Chaves County reported 22 cases, Santa Fe County reported 21 cases and Lea County reported 12 more cases.

There was also a positive test for a state inmate at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County, bringing the total number of cases in the prison to 35.

McKinley County, which has been rocked by the disease, with a total of 4,355 cases, did not report any new cases on Sunday.

The state now has a total of 30,477 COVID-19 cases, with 17,270 designated by the Department of Health as having recovered.

Hospitalizations are still relatively high, at 91.

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