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Quay reports second death from COVID-19

Quay County last week reported its second death from coronavirus, according to a report Friday from the New Mexico Department of Health.

The agency stated the death was a man in his 80s who had underlying conditions. The man's identity was not listed.

The county's first death from COVID-19 occurred in April, when Tucumcari rancher Paul Quintana, 76, died in Florida after contracting it on a cruise ship.

Two Quay County residents on Saturday were confirmed with the disease — one from Logan and one from Tucumcari. One male and one female were confirmed with the virus. The age ranges were 20 to 29 and 40 to 49.

Also, two Tucumcari businesses were referred last week to the state's COVID rapid-response teams.

One was Tucumcari Federal Savings and Loan Association at 301 S. First St. The other was FNB New Mexico, aka AimBank, at 101 E. Route 66 Blvd. Each had one employee who tested positive for the virus, according to the state's rapid response database. Each business was required to follow COVID-19 safety protocols.

The total number of cases in Quay County stands at 62. A total of 36 residents have been designated as recovered from the virus.

According to the Department of Health, 33 people have been confirmed with the virus in the Tucumcari ZIP, 27 in Logan and four in San Jon. The total adds up to 64; the DOH didn’t have an explanation for the discrepancy.

More than 1,600 tests have been performed in the county for coronavirus.

One death was reported Sunday in New Mexico, raising the total since the pandemic began climbed to 770.

The total number of confirmed cases reported in the state Sunday was 107. The state's seven-day average continued to be well below the gating criteria of 168. More than 25,200 New Mexicans have been confirmed with the disease since the pandemic began.

A total of 66 people in New Mexico remain hospitalized with COVID-19. A total of 12,913 people have been deemed as recovered from the virus.

In the U.S., more than 6 million people have been confirmed with the virus, with more than 183,000 deaths through Monday morning.


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