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New Mexico reports 98 new coronavirus cases, 2 more deaths

August 23, 2020 GMT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Health officials in New Mexico report 98 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and two additional deaths as of Sunday.

The latest numbers from the New Mexico Department of Health increase the state’s totals to 24,396 cases and 745 deaths.

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

The rolling average for new cases decreased from 198 new cases on Aug. 7 to 138 on Aug. 21, while the rolling average for deaths was just under 5 on Aug. 7 and just over 5 on Aug. 21.