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New Mexico marks high for COVID-19 hospitalizations

November 2, 2020 GMT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico on Monday marked another daily high for the number of patients hospitalized as a result of a COVID-19 infection.

State health officials said there were more than 380 people hospitalized around the state. Overall, nearly three-quarters of general beds and almost 70% of intensive care beds at New Mexico hospitals are occupied by patients being treated for COVID-19 and other illnesses or trauma.

The New Mexico Health Department also reported an additional 877 coronavirus cases Monday, boosting the statewide total to more than 48,100 since the pandemic began. Another 10 deaths also were reported, bringing that statewide tally to 1,036.

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The latest cases include 245 in Bernalillo County, the state’s most populous area, and another 220 in Dona Ana County in southern New Mexico.

Monday also marked the first day for flags across the state to fly at half-staff. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham had issued the order last week after the state marked the 1,000th death related to the pandemic. She called for a week of mourning, saying each victim should be remembered.