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New Mexico reports 158 new COVID cases, two deaths

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico continued to see a slight downturn in COVID-19 cases on Monday following a spike over the last week.

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

The state reported 158 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday. The Governor’s Office also announced two more deaths linked to the disease, bringing New Mexico’s death toll to 894.

The state saw well over 200 cases in four of the last six days, reaching as high as 341 on Friday.

Bernalillo County led with 51 new cases, bringing the total cases in the state’s most populous county to 6,928.

Doña Ana County reported 44 new cases and Sandoval County reported 14. Curry County, where Clovis is located, reported 12 new cases and Chaves County, home to Roswell, reported 10 new cases.

A state inmate at the Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County also tested positive, the Governor’s Office said. A total of two inmates there have now been infected.

Lea County, with a total of 1,524 cases, only reported one new case on Monday.

The deaths are a woman in her 70s from Chaves County and a man in his 70s from Lea County. Both were hospitalized and had underlying health conditions, according to state officials.

The state now has a total of 30,632 cases, with 17,330 designated as having recovered.

There are 97 people hospitalized with the disease across the state.

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