LAS CRUCES, New Mexico -- Doña Ana County shattered it's record for new daily new coronavirus cases on Thursday with 248, which amounted to nearly a quarter of all additional cases reported statewide.
New Mexico state health officials said Thursday's statewide count of confirmed infections — 1,082 — smashed a record that was set just days ago. Doña Ana County was second in the state for new cases only to Albuquerque's Bernalillo County, which tallied 260.
Bernalillo and Doña Ana are the two most populous counties in New Mexico, and between the two accounted for almost half of the state's latest infections.
New Mexico has now had a total of 44,904 Covid-19 cases to date, with 6,325 of those occurring in Doña Ana County.
New Mexico's death toll from the virus sits just shy of the 1,000 mark. The state reported three new deaths on Wednesday, none in southern New Mexico, to raise the official pandemic fatality count to 994.
The state on Thursday also reached its highest number of hospitalizations — 323 — since the pandemic began. State officials said the number of people in hospital beds due to a Covid-19 infection has increased more than 50% in just seven days.
Below you can see county-by-county data for virus cases and deaths across New Mexico. The data comes from Johns Hopkins University, so the numbers may sometimes vary a bit from what's reported by the state health department. (The Associated Press contributed to this report.)