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No new local COVID cases or deaths reported Tuesday

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More than 12,000 Chaves County residents age 16 or older are at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the New Mexico Department of Health’s vaccination dashboard.

Almost 8,400 Chaves County residents age 16 or older, or 16.9%, are partially vaccinated while almost 3,930, or 7.95%, are fully vaccinated.

As of Tuesday afternoon, 12,538 people in Chaves County, or 25.3%, have registered for the vaccine. Statewide, more than 705,000 people are registered.

New Mexico has received 700,445 total doses of vaccine and administered 681,771. Just over 25% of the population 16 or older has received at least one dose and 14.5% are fully vaccinated.

No new cases or deaths were reported in Chaves County in the New Mexico Department of Health’s daily case update for Tuesday. This is the second time this week that the county had no new cases or deaths.

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Nineteen counties reported 209 new cases, giving the state a total of 187,238. Chaves County has had 8,666 cases.

Bernalillo County had the most with 85 new cases and Doña Ana had 37. Otero and Santa Fe counties each had 12. The remaining counties all reported fewer than 10 cases each.

The state reported 19 deaths related to COVID-19 on Tuesday. A note in the NMDOH press release said those included 14 where death certificates were received from the state of Texas on Monday. The certificates were issued Jan. 20 through Feb. 20, according to the press release.

Of the 19 deaths, five were from Lea County, four were from Doña Ana County and three from Luna County. Curry and Eddy counties each reported two, and De Baca, Otero and Valencia counties each reported one death.

The total number of deaths in the state is 3,830.

As of Tuesday, 128 people are hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19.

Chaves County is in the Yellow Level of the state’s Red to Green COVID-19 risk assessment system. During the latest two-week reporting period of Feb. 9 to Feb. 22, the county had an average of 11.8 new cases of COVID-19 per day and a test positivity rate of 3.22%.

The Red to Green assessment will be updated Wednesday. To move into the Green Level, Chaves County will need to keep its test positivity under 5% and improve its average number of daily cases to eight or fewer.

As of March 5, the county had an average of four cases per day over the prior seven days, according to the NMDOH COVID-19 dashboard.

Should the county move to the Green Level on Wednesday, restrictions will immediately be eased to allow greater capacities in businesses and other venues as well as allowing bars and clubs to open outdoor spaces at 25% of maximum capacity.

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

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

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