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88101 ZIP code leads state in new COVID cases

Clovis schools report 15 new cases.


Last updated 8/23/2021 at 4:56pm

CLOVIS — Monday saw Clovis grab a No. 1 ranking nobody wants.

According to the Department of Health’s Monday report of 2,201 new cases of COVID-19, the 88101 ZIP code had the highest in the state with 107. It was one of three ZIP codes with triple-digit cases over the weekend, along with Carlsbad (106) and Hobbs (101).

Curry County reported 114 total new cases between Friday and Monday, while Roosevelt County confirmed new 30 cases.

The state reported nine new virus-related deaths on Monday, eight in the last few days and one more than 30 days prior.

None of the deaths originated from Curry or Roosevelt, but one was from nearby De Baca County. That county’s third COVID-19 death was a female in her 20s who was hospitalized.

Plains Regional Medical Center on Monday morning reported it had 24 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, including six in intensive care. One COVID patient is on a ventilator, hospital Administrator Jorge Cruz said.

PRMC had four COVID patients hospitalized at the end of July.

Curry County has confirmed 527 new cases in August, compared to 549 total between March 1 and July 31.

The spread of the virus is causing issues at local schools, which have sent hundreds home for quarantines.

According to the Clovis district’s COVID case page updated each afternoon, Monday saw 15 confirmed COVID-19 cases among eight different schools. A total of 194 people required a 10-day quarantine due to a close contact with a COVID-positive individual.

Gattis Middle School alone had 70 people require a quarantine, with two cases confirmed.

Close contacts who are fully vaccinated and symptom free are not required to quarantine.

Last week saw the district confirm 21 cases between 10 campuses. The cases led to 447 quarantined close contacts. From those, Clovis High had the most total cases and close contacts with six and 288.

Portales Schools Superintendent Johnnie Cain told The News on Monday the district has had 11 positive cases across six campuses, requiring 45 people to self-isolate.

“Almost all of these were due to exposures with a family member or someplace away from campus,” Cain said via text message.

Cain said 58 students self-isolated at the beginning of the year due to exposures that took place outside of schools.

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