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NM reports 1,507 new cases, 22 deaths

A medical staffer retrieves a COVID-19 test kit from a car windshield at the Bueno Foods drive-thru testing site in the South Valley in December. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal)

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New Mexico reported an additional 1,507 COVID-19 cases and 22 deaths Saturday.

The numbers continued an upward trend of daily cases over the past two weeks after they dropped close to 1,000 on Jan. 1 for the first time since the beginning of November.

Meanwhile, the numbers of deaths have gone up and down, wavering between near-record highs since hitting a peak of 35 cases a day in mid-December.

Nora Meyers Sackett, a Governor’s Office spokeswoman, said eight of the 22 most recent deaths involved underlying conditions.

The majority of those who died were from Chaves, Bernalillo and McKinley counties and ranged in age from their 50s to their 80s.

A total of 2,732 New Mexicans have died of the virus since March.

Most of the new cases reported Saturday were in Bernalillo County, which had 374. Doña Ana County had 163, San Juan County had 118 and Santa Fe County reported 108.

Sackett said 696 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 across the state Saturday.

As of Saturday, 76,801 virus cases have been designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

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