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Quay County woman dies of COVID-19; five cases reported


November 18, 2020

A Quay County woman died from coronavirus as five more cases of the virus were reported Wednesday during another record-breaking day in New Mexico.

According to an email from the New Mexico Department of Health, the latest Quay County death was a woman in her 60s who was hospitalized with underlying conditions.

It was the third death in the county since the pandemic began this spring. A total of 26 deaths were reported in the state Wednesday, raising the overall total to 1,290.

The latest cases in the county were four in the Tucumcari ZIP code and one in the House ZIP code. Four women and one man were confirmed with the virus. The age breakdown was one person age 20 to 29, one age 30 to 39, one age 40 to 49, one age 60 to 69 and one age 70 to 79.

A total of 54 cases have been reported in the county in November alone.

The total number of cases in the county since the pandemic began rose to 161. Seventy-one have recovered, according to the DOH.

The breakdown by ZIP code is 110 in Tucumcari, 38 in Logan, five in San Jon, four in House, three in McAlister and one in Grady (part of which extends into the county).

According to the state’s COVID-19 rapid-response database, it was referred to one confirmed case each at Tucumcari Elementary School and Mesalands Community College on Monday and one each at Tucumcari Public Schools and K-Bee Homecare on Tuesday. All entities with referrals must undergo health protocols.

In the state, the DOH on Wednesday reported 2,897 cases, exceeding the previous record set Tuesday by more than 700. The total number since the pandemic began topped 70,000.

A total of 993 cases were reported that day in Bernalillo County, with 438 in Dona Ana County.

Hospitalizations from COVID-19 stood at 776 on Wednesday.

In the U.S., more than 11.4 million confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported through Wednesday since the pandemic began, with more than 250,000 deaths.


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