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NM reports 288 new virus cases, 10 deaths

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New Mexico reported 288 additional cases of COVID-19 and 10 deaths related to the virus on Saturday.

One of the people who died was a Bernalillo County woman in her 20s who had no underlying conditions, state health officials said in a news release.

The update pushed the seven-day averages to 264 virus cases — the lowest it’s been since early October — and 14 deaths a day. This time last month, the averages were 525 cases and 17 deaths a day.

Four of those whose deaths were reported Saturday were from Bernalillo County and six of the 10 had underlying health conditions. The deceased mainly ranged in age from their 60s to their 80s, but also included a man in his 30s from Bernalillo County.

The majority of new cases came from Bernalillo County, which had 75, Lea County, with 54, and Doña Ana County, with 33.

The state has had 186,742 COVID-19 cases and 3,796 deaths since the pandemic hit.

On Saturday, 148 people were hospitalized with the virus across New Mexico. That number may include those who tested positive out of state but are hospitalized here.

The New Mexico Department of Health has designated 155,000 COVID-19 cases as having recovered.