The state Department of Health reported 1,507 new cases of the coronavirus Saturday, including 108 in Santa Fe County.

Health officials also reported 22 more deaths to bring the statewide toll to 2,732. A Taos County man in his 70s was among the newly reported fatalities. He was hospitalized and had underlying conditions, according to the Department of Health.

An inmate at the Penitentiary of New Mexico near Santa Fe tested positive for the virus. Overall, the prison has had 175 infections.

The state has recorded 154,954 cases, with 8,009 infections in Santa Fe County.

On Saturday, 696 people were hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19, down from 703 on Friday.

(2) comments

Lee DiFiore

How can an inmate test positive for the virus? Aren't they locked down? Don't lockdowns work? Th governor says they do

Jim Klukkert

Lee DiFiore- Perhaps you should understand that proper protocols for restraint the infection rate includes social distancing, PPE [personal protection equipment], frequent monitoring for symptoms and testing as deemed necessary by medical authorities. All of these elements are in short supply in prisons.

Are you really this ignorant Mr. DiFiore? As a frequent contributor to these pages, I would hope you are better informed. More likely, you are just ethically challenged, and make this comment to score baseless, opportunistic political points against our Governor.

These are tough times Mr. DiFiore. Shame on you for distorting things for short term political gain.

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