The daily count of new coronavirus cases in New Mexico dropped slightly again Thursday as health officials announced 1,708 newly confirmed COVID-19 infections and 18 deaths, including a Santa Fe County man in his 80s who lived at Kingston Residence.

The death marked the 10th at the assisted living facility, which has seen the city of Santa Fe's worst congregate care outbreak during the pandemic. As of Thursday, 31 people in the county had died from the illness.

Bernalillo County led the state in new cases Thursday with 661. Santa Fe County had 84 cases.

The state has had a total 89,796 of infections and 1,469 deaths since the pandemic began in March.

Of the other deaths reported Thursday, seven were Bernalillo County residents; five were in Doña Ana County; San Miguel County had two; and Eddy, Sandoval and San Juan counties each had one.

There were 880 patients hospitalized in the state for treatment of COVID-19, health officials said.

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Edward Brown

Did the Kingston resident who died have underlying conditions?

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Miguel Perez

Chris, I agree with you. I am hoping this incompetence doesn’t prevent the new Covid vaccine that President Trump made possible through his Operation Warp Speed program from being distributed quickly to to our most vulnerable citizens. Our state needs competent leadership.

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