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PRMC records first COVID-19 death


Last updated 7/8/2020 at 4:25pm

CLOVIS — Plains Regional Medical Center on Wednesday confirmed its first death related to COVID-19.

Presbyterian Healthcare Services spokeswoman Amanda Schoenberg said the death occurred on Tuesday.

No additional information was provided.

She said the hospital had no COVID-19 patients on Wednesday.

The number of confirmed cases in Curry County has more than tripled in the past month. The county had 64 confirmed cases on June 8, and 207 on Wednesday.

State Health Department records show 64 COVID-19 patients in the county have recovered.

State records have not yet reflected the death at PRMC.

Curry County has reported at least one positive COVID-19 case every day since June 12.

Tuesday’s death was the 11th in the region related to the virus — eight in Parmer County, and one each in Bailey, Roosevelt and now at PRMC.

Most of the deaths in Parmer County involved patients in a Friona nursing home.

Statewide, the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients rose to 154 on Wednesday, the most since June 18 when 157 patients were in the hospital with the virus.

Just 114 New Mexico patients were hospitalized on June 28.

About 214 cases of COVID-19 have been reported per day in New Mexico over the past week. New Mexico averaged 145 cases per day in June, though testing has also increased — 4,702 per day last month to 4,866 per day so far in July.

Thirty of the state’s 527 deaths have been reported in July.


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