Five Santa Fe County residents were among the 35 additional COVID-19 deaths reported Thursday by the state Department of Health.

The local deaths included three women and two men. The women ranged in age from 50 to 80, and two were hospitalized. One of the men was in his 80s; the other was in his 90s and lived at the Pacifica Senior Living facility in Santa Fe.

COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 3,044 New Mexicans, including 104 Santa Fe County residents.

Health officials reported 997 new coronavirus cases, bringing the statewide total to 166,823 since the pandemic began.

Santa Fe County had 39 new infections, and the Penitentiary of New Mexico near Santa Fe reported 10 new cases among inmates.

On Thursday, 644 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in New Mexico.

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Lee DiFiore

How do prisons and senior facilities have covid cases and deaths? By definition prisons are locked down and senior facilities have been for 10 months. Don't lockdowns work?

Jim Klukkert

Well Lee, lockdowns work only so well in confined spaces with limited support in PPE for residents and too few staff. More resources devoted to prisons and senior facilities would obviously help.

Of course you know that Lee. Your comment is more about opportunistically scoring political points than thoughtful contributions that move us to solutions.

Thanks a lot, Lee, and I am sure all those with loved ones at risk thank you for your insensitivity. NOT.

Lee DiFiore

Thank you jimbo for agreeing with me that lockdowns don't work. I knew you would come around eventually.

Jim Klukkert

Lee- Ever seen the inside of either a prison or seniors’ home? Just like you to be so cavalier when lives hang in balance.

The perils facing our people are but a game to Alt-right trolls like Lee. Can’t really ever expect better from folks who accuse others of whining and so on.

What a sad life DiFlore obviously leads......

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