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Daily virus cases continue above 1,000

Staff carry samples at an Albuquerque COVID-19 testing center in May. (Roberto E. Rosales/Journal file)

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The daily number of COVID-19 cases settled at over 1,000 for the fifth straight day after briefly dropping into the hundreds last weekend.

Meanwhile, the daily death toll remained high.

The state announced 1,252 additional cases Saturday and 32 new deaths from the virus.

Last weekend was the first time the state recorded a three-day stretch of fewer than 1,000 cases since the beginning of November.

The numbers released Saturday pushed the seven-day rolling average of cases from 1,072 to 1,164 a day and the deaths from 28 to 31 a day. This time last month, the averages were 1,838 cases and 23 deaths a day.

There have now been 145,379 cases and 2,534 deaths from the virus across the state.

Jodi McGinnis Porter, a Governor’s Office spokeswoman, said all but seven of the 32 whose deaths were reported Saturday had underlying conditions.

The deceased ranged in age from their 60s to their 90s, and one was an inmate at the Los Lunas prison.

Bernalillo County reported the most new cases, 268. San Juan County had 174, Doña Ana County 117 and Eddy County 104.

McGinnis Porter said there were 662 people hospitalized with the virus Saturday in New Mexico and 67,573 cases designated as having recovered by the state Department of Health.

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