- Associated Press - Saturday, December 5, 2020

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico on Saturday reported 1,925 additional known COVID-19 cases and 32 more deaths, increasing the statewide totals since the pandemic’s start to 106,856 known cases and 1,738 deaths.

The number of current COVID-19-related hospitalizations dropped to 925 from 934, according to the state’s coronavirus dashboard.

Most of the additional deaths were people in the 70s and 80s but a few were men and women in their 30s and 40s.

New Mexico is dealing with a surge of COVID-19 cases and related deaths and hospitalizations.

Seven-day rolling averages of daily deaths in New Mexico increased in the past two weeks while rolling averages of daily new cases and COVID-19 testing positivity declined, according to Johns Hopkins University and The COVID Tracking Project data.

Health officials had been warning that cases could go up in weeks following family gatherings over the Thanksgiving holiday and related travel.

The number of infections is thought to be far higher than reported because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.

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