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New Mexico reports 19 deaths as COVID-19 cases continue decline

A medical staffer watches as a woman self-administers a COVID-19 saliva test at Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque in this November file photo. State health officials said Tuesday they are launching a free at-home testing program using the same type of tests. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)

The state reported 318 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, continuing a recent downward trend.

There were an additional 19 deaths reported, which was above what the state’s daily average for the last week.

The deaths reported included 11 men and eight women. Eight of the dead — five women and three men — were from Bernalillo County.

The dead ranged in age from their 50s to 90s. Six were residents of long-term care facilities.

Bernalillo County, the state’s most populous, had the most new cases reported Friday with 90, followed by Doña Ana County with 63 confirmed cases. Only one other county, Santa Fe, eclipsed 20 new COVID cases.

New Mexico for the last week has averaged 332 new cases and 14 deaths per day, according to a Journal analysis.

There have been a total of 3,599 COVID-related deaths since the start of the pandemic.

On Friday, there were 278 people hospitalized for COVID-19, the lowest number since October.

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