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New Mexico reports 245 new COVID-19 cases and 16 more deaths

February 28, 2021 GMT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Health officials in New Mexico on Sunday reported 245 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and 16 additional deaths.

The latest numbers pushed the state totals to 185,132 cases and 3,716 known deaths since the pandemic started.

Bernalillo County, the state’s largest, had 91 of the 245 new cases.

On Friday, the New Mexico Department of Health reported 659 COVID-19 infections, marking the highest daily case total in more than three weeks.

The agency noted that 191 of those cases involved inmates at a state lockup in Lea County.

State officials earlier this week expressed optimism about downward trends in the overall spread of the virus among the general population, with all 33 counties reporting positivity rates below 10%.

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However, they acknowledged that the seven-day rolling average of daily cases remained above the state’s target.