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NM has over 1,200 COVID cases for third straight day

Presbyterian registration staffer Juliette Rohde processes a driver at the at Isleta Amphitheater COVID-19 testing site on Monday, August 24. The site was established after a spike in cases in the South Valley. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)

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New Mexico reported more than 1,200 new COVID-19 cases Sunday for the third day in a row and hit new records for the seven-day average case count and death count.

The state also reported 14 more deaths linked to the disease, including five in Bernalillo County. The state’s death count is now 1,118.

The Governor’s Office said in a news release Sunday that 1,214 more COVID-19 infections were detected around the state. New Mexico first broke the 1,200 single-day mark Friday.

On Sunday, the seven-day average for new cases reached 1,093 and the seven-day average for deaths was 13.14.

Bernalillo County led the state, with 276 new cases. Doña Ana County had 146 new cases, and Santa Fe County had 128. Curry and Chaves counties each had 88. There were also 78 new cases among state inmates at the Roswell Correctional Center, the Governor’s Office said.

Those who died were:

• A man in his 30s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized.

• A woman in her 70s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized.

• Two men in their 80s from Bernalillo County who had underlying health conditions. One was a resident of the South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque.

• A man in his 90s from Bernalillo County who had underlying conditions and lived at the South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque.

• A woman in her 90s from Doña Ana County. She had underlying conditions and lived at Adobe Assisted Living in Las Cruces.

• A woman in her 80s from Eddy County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

• A man in his 90s from Eddy County who had underlying conditions and lived at the Good Life Senior Living in Carlsbad.

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

• A man in his 80s from Rio Arriba County who was a patient at the Suites at Rio Vista facility in Rio Rancho.

• A man in his 80s from San Juan County who lived at the Aztec Healthcare facility in Aztec.

• A woman in her 80s from Santa Fe County.

• A woman in her 60s from Valencia County. She had underlying conditions and lived at the Belen Meadows Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Belen.

• A man in his 80s from Valencia County who had underlying conditions.

There are 437 people hospitalized with the disease around the state. As of Sunday, 79% of general hospital beds and 74% of intensive care beds were occupied. The state has had 54,881 cases, with 23,205 recoveries.

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