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New COVID-19 case average continues steep decline

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexico Department of Health announced 635 new COVID-19 cases and 30 more deaths on Sunday.

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)

The seven-day average for new cases, which was 796 on Sunday, has continued to decline since hitting 1,398 on Jan. 11, according to a Journal analysis.

Bernalillo County added 146 cases, Doña Ana County had 69, Santa Fe County had 67 and San Juan County had 54.

The state’s death count due to complications from the disease is now 3,145. Those whose deaths were reported on Sunday include:

■ Eight people, ranging from their 60s to their 80s, from Bernalillo County.

■ A woman in her 80s from Cibola County.

■ A woman in her 80s from Colfax County.

■ Two men, one in his 60s and one in his 90s, from Doña Ana County.

■ A man in his 80s from Grant County who was hospitalized and had underlying health conditions.

■ A woman in her 60s from Luna County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

■ Four people, ranging from their 30s to their 70s, from McKinley County.

■ A woman in her 80s from Rio Arriba County.

■ Four people, ranging from their 30s to their 90s, from Sandoval County.

■ Two people, a woman in her 60s and a man in his 70s, from San Juan County.

■ A woman in her 40s from Santa Fe County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

■ Two people, a woman in her 40s and a man in his 90s, from Taos County.

■ A man in his 60s from Union County.

■ A woman in her 80s from Valencia County who had underlying conditions.

The Health Department said the number of hospitalizations was not available on Sunday due to a disruption in reporting.

New Mexico now has a total of 169,205 cases, with 94,141 recoveries, according to the Health Department.

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