The state Department of Health reported 577 new cases of the novel coronavirus Saturday — a significant drop from previous days when the state set single-day records, but still higher than what health officials would like to see, they said.

Santa Fe County had 28 new infections. Bernalillo County recorded 191, the most of any county. Doña Ana County added 98, Eddy County had 36 and Curry County had 35.

The state also reported an additional 19 cases at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County. 

The number of confirmed infections statewide increased to 36,343.

Health officials also reported another death in Bernalillo County. The state has had 929 COVID-related deaths since the pandemic began seven months ago.

On Saturday, 173 people in New Mexico were hospitalized for the disease and 19,853 people had recovered.

Santa Fe Public Schools announced a student and an employee in the transportation department tested positive for the virus. Neither was on a campus nor had close contact with other students or employees, the district said.

The Santa Fe High student is the first reported by the district to test positive for the virus. The district has said 17 employees or contractors have become infected with the virus since mid-July.

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Chris Mechels

With the large increase in Covid cases in New Mexico, which many had predicted for "flu season" the schools are very much a concern, for the students, and the teachers. We know that Covid will increase where we gather together, we just don't know the extent yet.

In the face of this uncertainty, the Department of Health has recently, carefully avoiding public input during the Rules Hearings, lowered the age requirement for direct care givers at the nursing homes, from 18 years to 16 years. The sets up the high school students who work part time in such jobs, as a conduit to carry Covid from the schools to the nursing homes. Seems absurd on the face of it, but the DOH is not deterred. The orders involved are NMAC 7.8.2 and 7.9.2. The approvals involved the us of Emergency Rule making, which excludes public input, although there was no emergency. In a word, illegal... Michelle, and her DOH Secretary, seem to have little use for our laws, or public input. They simply scream "Emergency" and do as they wish, using Covid to justify anything and everything. A page from Trump?? Our media, including the New Mexican, is not interested.

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