New Mexico's confirmed COVID-19 cases passes the 12,000 mark
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in New Mexico has passed the 12,000 mark.
State health officials on Tuesday reported an additional 168 cases, raising the toll since the outbreak began to 12,147.
They also reported four additional deaths, bringing the total of people in New Mexico who are known to have died from the coronavirus to 497.
Department of Health officials said 36 of the 168 additional COVID-19 cases were reported in Bernalillo County, the state’s most populous that includes the Albuquerque metro area.
They also said 5,393 people in New Mexico who had COVID-19 have recovered.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. But for some — especially older adults and people with existing health problems — it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.