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ABQ homeless shelter reports 72 new cases

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Albuquerque’s West Side homeless shelter reported 72 new COVID-19 cases Sunday as the state reached its highest seven-day average yet.

The shelter reported 17 cases on Thursday and now has a total of 93 since April.

“Through coordinated efforts with our partners at the state and nonprofit organizations, we were able to move swiftly to ensure every individual who tested positive or has come in contact with a person who tested positive is in a safe location and receiving the support they need as they recover,” city Emergency Management Director Roger Ebner said in a news release.

The shelter is not taking new residents, and anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or traveled from a high-risk area is immediately placed in isolation and is tested, the release says. Those who test positive are kept in isolation in a “non-congregate hotel setting.”

The state reported 269 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, according to a news release from the Governor’s Office. That brings New Mexico to its highest seven-day average, 358 cases. On Saturday, the state’s seven-day average was 347, the previous record.

The state reported 22 new cases among state inmates at the Lea County Correctional Facility. The facility now has 74 cases, according to the state Department of Health.

Bernalillo County led the state, with 100 new cases. Doña Ana County reported 40, Chaves County 27, and Curry County 12.

Health officials also reported four more deaths linked to the disease, bringing the toll to 911.

Those who died were:

⋄ A man in his 70s from Doña Ana County who was hospitalized and had underlying health conditions.

⋄ A man in his 80s from Luna County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

⋄ A man in his 60s from McKinley County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

⋄ A man in his 80s from Roosevelt County who had underlying conditions.

New Mexico now has a total of 32,983 COVID-19 cases, with 18,680 recoveries.

There are 120 people hospitalized with the disease across the state, according to the Governor’s Office.

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