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Local COVID-19 hospitalizations decrease in early December

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Local hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients decreased by a total of 35 during the week of Dec. 11 to Dec. 17 compared to the previous seven days, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Combined, Eastern New Mexico Medical Center and Lovelace Regional Hospital had about 28% of adult beds and 80% of staffed Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds occupied by confirmed COVID-19 patients during the most recent reporting period, the weekly report updated on Monday shows.

During that seven-day period, Eastern New Mexico Medical Center had 152 beds used by adult patients with COVID-19. Lovelace had 49.

The total number of ICU beds used by adult COVID-19 patients was 60 for Eastern and 24 for Lovelace.

Pediatric beds occupied at Lovelace were reported at zero. The number of children in beds was unspecified by Eastern but denoted by a figure indicating the number was three or fewer.

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The most recent week of data compares to a total of 236 beds used by adult COVID-19 patients for the week of Dec. 4 to Dec. 10, 183 at Eastern and 53 at Lovelace. From Nov. 27 to Dec. 3, 195 adult beds were utilized, 160 at Eastern and 35 at Lovelace.

The prior ICU bed usage by adults confirmed to have COVID-19 was 82 for Dec. 4 to Dec. 10. That total included 22 at Lovelace and 60 at Eastern. For Nov. 27 to Dec. 3, ICU beds used totaled 76, 15 for Lovelace and 61 for Eastern.

A local hospital spokeswoman said that people should continue practicing COVID-19 prevention methods even when COVID-19 bed usage declines.

“The number of COVID-19 patient hospitalizations at Lovelace Regional Hospital has recently declined but cases remain high,” said Whitney Marquez, communications manager with the Lovelace Health System. “We strongly urge everyone to continue wearing masks, maintaining physical distance and avoiding large gatherings.”

To keep up with local coverage of the coronavirus, go to rdrnews.com/category/news/covid-19-situation/.

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