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Another 235 New Mexicans have tested positive for COVID-19 and seven more with the virus have died, according to numbers the state released Thursday.
Bernalillo County had 94 of the new cases and two of the fatalities: a woman in her 70s and a man in his 80s.
The other new COVID-19-related deaths were individuals in their 50s-70s from McKinley, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, San Juan and Valencia counties.
Thursday marked the one-year anniversary of New Mexico’s first announced coronavirus-related death.
The man died in Artesia on March 23, 2020, but his COVID-19 test did not come back positive until the following day. The state announced his death March 25, 2020.
A year later, New Mexico’s cumulative coronavirus death toll stands at 3,916.
The pace of loss has slowed considerably from peak levels.
New Mexico has averaged slightly more than five virus-related deaths per day over the last week, compared with the more than 29 per day it averaged in the month of December.
As of Thursday, 112 people with COVID-19 were hospitalized in New Mexico. That’s up from 99 on Wednesday but less than half of the 245 who were hospitalized a month ago.