The number of novel coronavirus cases in New Mexico grew to 6,472 Thursday, with 163 new infections, state health officials said.

The Department of Health reported 11 more deaths related to COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus, bringing the total number of deaths statewide to 294.

Four fatalities occurred in Bernalillo County: a woman in her 70s who was a resident of Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque, a woman in her 80s who lived at Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque, a man in his 80s who resided at The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque and a woman in her 90s who lived at The Village at Alameda.

McKinley County also had four deaths: a woman in her 40s, a woman in her 60s, a man in his 70s who was a resident of Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup and a woman in her 90s who lived at the Little Sisters of the Poor facility in Gallup.

The other deaths occurred in San Juan County: a woman in her 70s, a woman in her 80s who was a resident of Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington and a man in his 80s who lived at Cedar Ridge Inn.

McKinley County added 39 cases, bringing its total to 2,044. San Juan County had 19 new cases for a total of 1,451. Bernalillo County had 22 new cases for a total of 1,273. Santa Fe County had one new case for a total of 127.

Twenty cases were detected at the Otero County Prison Facility. Nineteen were state prisoners and one was a federal inmate. Overall, it had 79 cases.

Four cases were detected among federal detainees at the ICE Otero County Processing Center, bringing its total to 66.

As of Thursday, 1,139 people in New Mexico had been hospitalized with COVID-19, including 205 currently in hospitals. Overall, 2,041 people had recovered.

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Stefanie Beninato

I still do not understand how NM is meeting the gateway criteria for reopening when new cases stay well above 100 and continued fatalities.

And now we have galleries advertising garage sales and what appear to be STRs with cars outside with out of state plates. I am sure this will work out well.

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