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Change in reporting shows more COVID-19 hospitalizations

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The state’s reported number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 increased dramatically Monday as the state began using data directly from hospitals.

On Sunday, the daily update from the New Mexico Department of health reported 506 people hospitalized for COVID-19. On Monday, that number jumped to 738.

Previously, COVID-19 related hospitalizations were reported to the New Mexico Department of Health through case investigation and contact tracing, the department’s daily update press release said.

“However, the ongoing surge in cases has made timely individual contact more difficult and less reliable, and as a result, hospitalization data may be incomplete,” the press release said.

NMDOH will now use data it receives directly from hospitals throughout the state, the press release said.

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The press release and the NMDOH online COVID-19 dashboard only showed a statewide total of that data.

In updates provided Sunday and Monday, the state reported almost 2,300 additional cases of COVID-19 — 1,033 on Sunday and 1,259 on Monday.

Seven deaths were reported Sunday and 21 on Monday. A note indicated Sunday’s data was incomplete due to a disruption in the reporting system, however.

Chaves County reported 53 new cases on Sunday and 88 on Monday.

Statewide, the total number of cases since March is 65,454, with 3,153 in Chaves County. The Roswell Correctional Center has a total of 219 cases.

Thirty counties and three correctional facilities reported new cases Sunday. Twenty-nine counties and three correctional institutions reported new cases on Monday.

Of the deaths Sunday and Monday, five were from Bernalillo County; three each from McKinley and Luna counties; two each were from Doña Ana, Eddy, San Juan, Santa Fe, Socorro and Valencia counties; and one each from Curry, Rio Arriba, Roosevelt, Sandoval and Taos counties.

Twenty-two of the deceased had been hospitalized. All but one had underlying health conditions. They ranged in age from their 20s to their 90s, according to the press releases.

The total number of deaths related to COVID-19 in New Mexico is now 1,236.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.

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