State health officials on Sunday reported 10 new cases of the novel coronavirus in Santa Fe County, a significant increase from the average daily number of positive test results in recent weeks.

The new cases were among 192 reported statewide, bringing New Mexico's total confirmed cases to 11,809.

The state also reported another death — a Doña Ana County man in his 50s. In all, 492 people in New Mexico have died of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus.

New Mexico has seen a growing number of cases in recent days, causing the governor to delay plans to further reopen the state's economy.

Bernalillo County reported 45 new cases, San Juan County had 34, McKinley County had 28 and Doña Ana County had 27.

The Otero County Prison Facility and Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Los Lunas each added three new cases.

As of Sunday, 114 people were hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19, bringing the total number of hospitalizations to 1,865 since the pandemic began. Overall, 5,264 people have recovered.

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Gene Hill

The article neglects to mention there were 556 tests performed in Santa Fe County, the highest in about a month. The overall infection rate for the day's tests is 1.8% which is higher than average but so far not indicative of a trend.

Maxwell Vertical

Cases are going up but hospitalizations are dropping fast. What’s the cause? Increased testing? The new media has done a terrible job providing context through all of this.

Khal Spencer

Avoid the plaza area. Lots of people there and few masks.

Dr. Michael Johnson

Yes, the anarchist protestors are spreading the virus as super spreaders, deaths will follow. The politicians who encouraged and sponsored this violation of their own health orders will have blood on their hands, it has started everywhere.......LA, Phoenix, and Houston now.....

Jim Klukkert

Mike- About a week ago, you were lauding Texas for the great job they were doing on the Coivid crisis. Now Texas is in a crisis foe lack of ICU capacity for spike in Coronavirus cases. So should we be at all interested in your posts on Public Heath? You don't seem to have called the Texas situation correctly.

Interestingly, the spikes in Texas, Florida, Arizona and Mississippi don't seem to have anything to do with protesters. Do the governors of those states not have 'blood on their hands,' to use your language-guaranteed-to-incite.

Given your massive errors in your pronouncenments regarding Public Health, we will be delighted to hear your substantiation of your claim that protesters are 'anarchists.' Without attribution, you will be called out as a 'Red Scare' provocateur and LIAR.

Why waste time? You are a Red Scare' provocateur and LIAR!

Sorry my old man, but you have once again gone too FAR!

We rightfully expect more of the elders amongst us. Do better, or withdraw.

Patiently awaiting your vivid condemnations of those Governors . Thanks!

Dr. Michael Johnson

The current data shows that NM has almost 3X the deaths per capita that Texas does, and 30% more cases per capita, even with the recent surges in Texas. Texas has also had 60% lower hospitalizations per capita from COVID so far, so I don't think you can actually say old Mich has done a much better job than Abbott, but some people live in a dream world when politics is involved, it removes all rational logic and reasoning capabilities.....

Mark Stahl

The article you cite states that a connection between the protests and infections is not clear. It just cites some anecdotes. A better hypothesis would be Texas' rapid reopening of bars, amusement and churches.

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