The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in New Mexico increased by 210 and deaths by nine on Saturday, state health officials reported.
The deaths included three residents of Bernalillo County, two in Dona Ana County, and one each in Eddy, Lea, McKinley and San Juan counties. Most were in their 70s and 80s. The state’s total number of deaths since the pandemic began is 651.
Lea, McKinley and Luna counties had the highest numbers of coronavirus cases per capita in New Mexico over the past two weeks, according to an Associated Press analysis of data collected by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering.
De Baca county is the only one of the state’s 33 counties without a confirmed case. In all, New Mexico has recorded 20,796 positive coronavirus cases.
The 7-day rolling average of daily infections has increased over the past two weeks by 11%, according to the AP analysis.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough.
For some people who contract the virus, especially those who are older or have underlying health conditions, it can cause more severe illness and death. The vast majority of people who are diagnosed with COVID-19 recover.
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