A man in his 80s died in a Bernalillo County hospital on Friday (March 27) from complications caused by COVID-19, marking the second death in New Mexico related to the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.
The man's death was announced by the New Mexico Department of Health Saturday afternoon (March 28). The first death related to COVID-19 was announced less than a week ago after a man in his 70s in Eddy County passed away from the illness.
In both cases, the state has reported that the patients suffered from multiple chronic underlying health conditions.
The state also announced 17 additional positive cases on Saturday, including 11 in Bernalillo County, three in Chaves County, one in Doña Ana County, one in Eddy County and one in San Juan County. The new cases brings the state's total number of positive tests to 208 as of Saturday, a 72 percent increase over just a week ago. Taos County's positive cases stands at 9 confirmed.
According to the department of health website, a total of 10,977 tests have been conducted so far, with 10,769 – or 98 percent – who have tested negative for the virus.
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