New Mexico reports 164 more virus cases; death toll up by 6

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – State officials on Saturday reported 164 additional COVID-19 cases with six additional deaths in New Mexico, increasing its totals to 27,512 cases and 847 deaths.

Bernalillo and Dona Ana counties each had 31 additional cases and Lea County has 23, including 18 involving state corrections inmates at the Lea County Correctional Facility. Among other counties, Eddy County had 10 additional cases and Chaves County had 10.

Of the six new deaths, two each were from Chaves and San Juan counties and one each from Bernalillo and Dona Ana counties.

According to Johns Hopkins University data analyzed by The Associated Press, the seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in New Mexico and daily deaths both decreased over the past two weeks.

The daily new case average went from 127 on Sept. 4 to 110 on Friday. The daily deaths average went from 3.9 to 2.9.

The number of infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.

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