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Three more COVID-19 cases reported Saturday


August 12, 2020

The New Mexico Department of Health on Saturday reported three additional confirmed cases of coronavirus in Quay County.

Two more were reported in the Logan ZIP code. Logan has seen 11 confirmed cases in four days.

Ute Lake State Park in Logan has remained closed since Wednesday because workers there showed coronavirus-like symptoms and were awaiting test results. Logan Municipal Schools announced Thursday it likely would delay the school year set to begin Monday because one staff member tested positive for COVID-19 and two others showed symptoms of the disease. The school board will hold a special meeting Sunday night to decide the issue.

The third case was in the Tucumcari ZIP code.

Logan Municipal Schools also was officially added Thursday to the New Mexico Environmental Department's COVID-19 rapid-response team referral list because of its confirmed case there.

According to the DOH website, the latest cases are two males and one female. They each were in these age ranges: 10 to 19, 30 to 39 and 70 to 79.

The total number of cases in the county is 29 in the Tucumcari ZIP code, 14 in the Logan ZIP code, and four in the San Jon ZIP code.

The total number of cases in the county grew to 47 since the pandemic began.

Thirteen in the county have been deemed to have recovered from the disease, with one death reported in April from a resident who contracted the virus in Florida.

A total of 1,404 people have been tested for the virus in Quay County. The county has seen a large increase in the positivity rate since Aug. 11. Over 20% (13 of 63) have tested positive for the disease during that time. The state's overall positivity rate is under 3%.

Statewide, the total number of cases Saturday was 144, a relatively low number. The seven-day average dropped to 170, very close to the gating-criteria goal of 168. New Mexico has recorded more than 23,160 cases since the pandemic began.

Eight deaths were reported statewide Saturday, bringing the total to 711 in the state.

A total of 10,391 people in New Mexico have been deemed as recovered from the virus. A total of 113 people remain hospitalized with the disease, which has been trending downward.

In the U.S., more than 5.3 million people have been confirmed with the virus, with more than 169,000 deaths as of Saturday afternoon.


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