Updated June 24 at 11 a.m.
The New Mexico Department of Health announced seven additional deaths tied to COVID-19 on Tuesday (June 23), including the first person from Taos County to have died of the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
Tuesday's update only said the patient was a man in his 90s, who died at Uptown Rehabilitation Center in Albuqerque. It was unknown as of Tuesday evening where the man had been tested or when he might have been transferred to the facility in Albuquerque.
While the patient fell into a high-risk group given his old age, he did not have what are defined as "underlying medical conditions," according to the department of health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also distinguishes old age from other conditions known to exacerbate a case of COVID-19, such as chronic lung disease, moderate to severe asthma, serious heart conditions, autoimmune disorders, diabetes, chronic kidney disease and liver disease.
To date, a total of 35 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Taos County, the department of health reports, while 10,838 people total have tested positive throughout the state.
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