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NM records 518 new virus cases, 1 death

Nurses from Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center collect samples from people at a Santa Fe site in this July 9 file photo. New Mexico’s death tally from COVID-19 increased to 626 on Tuesday. (Eddie Moore/Journal)

SANTA FE — New Mexico reported 518 new coronavirus infections Monday, continuing a week of sky-high case totals.

The state’s seven-day rolling average of new cases now stands at 563 a day, or more than six times higher than it was in mid-September. The state’s goal is to have 168 or fewer cases a day.

Health officials on Monday reported just one death — a man in his 50s from Bernalillo County. The statewide death toll is now 935 residents.

Fatalities have generally held steady at roughly three a day over the last week, well below the peak of 10 deaths a day in mid-May.

The state reported 183 virus patients in New Mexico hospitals Monday — more than double the number from the beginning of the month.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s administration tightened the state’s public health order last week, imposing a 10 p.m. closing time on establishments that sell alcohol, limiting hotel occupancy and banning gatherings of more than five people.

Lujan Grisham and other health officials are asking New Mexicans to stay home as much as possible and wear masks if they leave the house.


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