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Santa Fe County virus cases increase

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Santa Fe County virus cases increase

Copyright © 2020 Albuquerque Journal Samuel Marcus, from California, and Mandi Makala, from France, walk by reopened businesses on the Santa Fe Plaza in May. Santa Fe County has had an increase in its rate of COVID-19 cases. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal) Cases of COVID-19 are on the rise in Santa Fe County, and local officials are beginning to take notice.

The county reported eight additional cases on Saturday and 10 more on Sunday. Six people tested positive Monday, bringing the county’s total to 234 since the coronavirus pandemic started.

And while the daily numbers remain low compared with neighboring counties, there has been an increase in the daily rate of cases. For the past two weeks, the county had an average of four new cases per day, doubling the rate from the previous two weeks. Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber addressed the rise in cases during a virtual news conference Monday, saying many in Santa Fe are not wearing face coverings, as required by the city and state.

“The general concern is that as we’re opening up the economy we’re not seeing people abide by the best practices we were focused on in the early days of COVID-19,” he said.

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In the early stages of the pandemic, Santa Fe County had a much lower infection rate than other New Mexico counties. David Scrase, secretary of the state Health and Human Services Department, even commended the county for keeping its infection numbers low.

Now, the diligence against the virus has begun to lose momentum, Webber said.

“I’m concerned that that discipline is starting to wane,” he said.Coinciding with the rise in cases is the large increase […]

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