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New Mexico virus cases near 1,000 – with 44 in Las Cruces area

SANTA FE, New Mexico -- Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said the state's case total was nearing 1,000 - with 989 diagnosed with the virus as of Thursday.

There were 124 new cases statewide in the past 24 hours, including five new infections in the Las Cruces area. That brings Doña Ana County's total cases to 44.

New Mexico's death toll grew by one to 17, with the governor saying this is "the most painful thing for me to talk about."

The latest victim was a woman in her 80s who was part of a nursing home cluster of cases in the Albuquerque area.

The governor said 73 New Mexicans were currently hospitalized due to the virus, with 22 of them on ventilators. She added that 217 people in the state had now recovered from coronavirus.

State officials said those who experience symptoms of infection, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, should call their doctor or the New Mexico Department of Health hotline at 1-855-600-3453.

Below you can see county-by-county data for virus cases across New Mexico. The data comes from Johns Hopkins, so the numbers may vary from what's reported by the state health department.

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Jim Parker

Jim Parker is the Director of Digital Content for ABC-7.

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