NM reports 36 more virus-related deaths - Albuquerque Journal

NM reports 36 more virus-related deaths

Spc. Ashley Lucero, a medic with the New Mexico National Guard, helps test people for COVID-19 at the Department of Public Health in Santa Fe in November. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

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New Mexico reported another 1,465 cases of COVID-19 on Christmas Day, and 36 new deaths related to the virus.

The fatalities bring the state’s total throughout the pandemic to 2,307.

A third of the new deaths, or 12 total, were among Bernalillo County residents, according to a report issued by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office. Four more were from neighboring Sandoval County. McKinley County – which has had more virus cases per capita than any other county – lost another four residents, according to Friday’s report.

The new deaths were among people who ranged in age from their 40s to their 90s. Most had underlying health conditions, but 13 had none listed in the report.

Friday’s case count was smaller than Thursday’s, but was enough for the seven-day average to tick slightly upward for the second day in a row to 1,305, according to a Journal analysis. The average had been generally trending downward since peaking at 2,672 during Thanksgiving week.

New Mexico hopsitalizations related to COVID-19 fell to 774 on Friday, according to the state data. That’s the lowest number since Nov. 19 and down more than 100 compared to a week ago.

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