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NM again reaches highest COVID 7-day average

A health care worker inserts a swab in her nostril at a COVID-19 drive-through screening site May 7 at the Walmart at Wyoming and Academy NE. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)

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For the third day in a row, New Mexico hit a record high in its seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases.

New Mexico reported 389 new cases on Monday, and 11 counties had at least 10 new cases each, according to the Governor’s Office.

The state’s seven-day average for new cases rose to 390 on Monday. The previous record, 358, was reached Sunday.

Bernalillo County led the state, with 130 new cases. Doña Ana County reported 83 cases, and both Chaves and Santa Fe counties reported 19.

Luna and Sandoval counties each reported 16 new cases, and Lea and Curry counties each had 13. San Juan County had 12 more cases, and McKinley County had 11.

More inmates also tested positive: Three federal inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility, three state inmates at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County and one state inmate at the Lea County Correctional Facility.

The state Department of Health also noted on its website Monday that it has surpassed 1 million tests, registering 1,002,906 as of Monday afternoon.

The state also reported four deaths, bringing the statewide toll to 915.

Those who died were:

• A man in his 70s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

• A man in his 60s from Doña Ana County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

• A woman in her 70s from Eddy County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. She lived at the Lakeview Christian Home in Carlsbad.

• A woman in her 80s from Lincoln County who was hospitalized.

New Mexico now has a total of 33,362 cases, with 18,791 recoveries, according to the Governor’s Office.

There are 127 people hospitalized across the state with the disease.

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