State health officials announced seven more deaths and 169 newly confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus Thursday.

The total number of deaths in New Mexico from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus, is now 78, and the total number of cases is 2,379, according to a news release from the state Department of Health.

Women accounted for all the new deaths. Bernalillo, Sandoval and San Juan counties each had two patients die from COVID-19. McKinley County had one new death. 

San Juan County now has 24 deaths from the illness, and McKinley and Sandoval counties each have eight; 31 people in Bernalillo County have died from COVID-19, including at least 16 residents of La Vida Llena, a retirement home that has had an outbreak.

Santa Fe County had three new cases Thursday, bringing its total to 96. McKinley County added 54 cases for a total of 573. San Juan County had 51 new cases for a total of 390.

As of Thursday, 123 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, and 573 had recovered.

(5) comments

Robert Bartlett

30% of the seasonal flu death total.

Chris Mechels

For some perspective, the 169 new cases resulted from a reported 5,331 new tests, a Lower rate of positives than usual, but from a much larger number of tests.

This should be included in the coverage, but was not in this piece.

Given the large number of tests, too soon to panic over the large number of new cases.

Angel Ortiz

Thank you for your amazing data analysis. You continue to be even more entertaining than the comic section and our very informative Dr. Johnson. Kudos!

Chris Mechels

Whats your point fool?? I simply suggested that a more complete picture would be useful. You apparently don't want a complete picture?? Are you really that stupid??

Chris Morgan

Hi Chris,

Thank you for the data on the number of tests administered. I do believe that the more test you do, the more positive results you will find. If our goal is to monitor the spread, we need widespread, randomized scientific community testing, both for antigens and antibodies. Furthermore, if we are only testing the "at risk population", those who are feeling malaise or have possibly immediate exposure, we need to understand that this is not a representative population.

I agree with your point, this information that the paper publishes is really useless without the inclusion of "how many they had to test to find this many positive cases."

Furthermore, the extremely isolated nature of the cases is glaring. I don't have all of the answers, but I also don't get all of the data from the media.

Chris

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