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Quay sees fifth death

The New Mexico Department of Health on Monday reported the fifth death from COVID-19 in Quay County, along with a record-high 17 confirmed cases.

According to an email from the agency, the latest death was a man in his 60s who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. Another death in the county was reported Friday with a woman in her 60s who had underlying conditions.

It was the third death in Quay County in November.

Fifteen of the cases reported Monday were in the Tucumcari ZIP code, with one in House and one in Nara Visa.

The age breakdown of the 17 confirmed cases in the county were five age 9 and younger, four age 10 to 19, two age 30 to 39, two age 50 to 59, two age 60 to 69, one age 70 to 79 and one age 80 to 89.

The 17 cases broke the county’s record of 15 cases on Nov. 21.

A total of 140 cases were reported in the county in November – more than half since the pandemic began in March.

The total number of cases in the county since the pandemic began rose to 247. A total of 80 people have been deemed by the state as recovered from the virus.

The latest breakdown by ZIP code since the pandemic began is 181 in Tucumcari, 45 in Logan, seven in House, six in San Jon, four in McAlister, two in Nara Visa, one in Bard 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 the state’s Income Support Division in Tucumcari on Nov. 25 and at the City of Tucumcari on Sunday.

In the state, the DOH on Monday reported 1,684 cases. The total number in New Mexico since the pandemic began reached over 97,000.

A total of 28 deaths were reported Monday in the state, raising the total to 1,568.

A total of 876 people in the state were hospitalized with the disease Monday, a decrease from the 919 reported Sunday.

In the U.S., more than 13.5 million confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported through Monday since the pandemic began, with more than 267,000 deaths.