New Mexico reports 97 new coronavirus cases, 6 more deaths

May 17, 2020 GMT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Health officials in New Mexico have reported six more deaths and 97 new cases of the coronavirus statewide.

Figures released by state officials pushed the death toll to 265 with the total number of cases now at 5,938.

Health officials say 1,888 of the positive COVID-19 cases have been in McKinley County with 1,344 cases in San Juan County and 1,210 cases in Bernalillo County.

Three of the six deaths reported Sunday were in McKinley County.

Though only three of the state’s 33 counties haven’t reported any COVID-19 cases, the outbreak is most prevalent in Bernalillo County, neighboring Sandoval County and northwestern New Mexico’s McKinley and San Juan counties.

Northwestern New Mexico include parts of the Navajo Nation, which has become a hot spot in portions of New Mexico and Arizona.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough.

But for some — especially older adults and people with existing health problems — it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.