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State passes 1 million vaccine doses given

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New Mexico surpassed 1 million COVID-19 vaccines given and opened additional phases of vaccine eligibility on Friday.

Just over 37% of the state’s residents age 16 and older have received at least one dose and 22.4% are fully vaccinated, according to the New Mexico Department of Health’s vaccine dashboard on Friday afternoon.

In the last seven days, the state has administered 101,743 doses for a total of 936,285 doses. The federal government has administered another 173,469 doses through Indian Health Services, the Veterans Administration, the Department of Defense and the Bureau of Prisons.

Those numbers mean New Mexico is leading the country in two categories tracked by the Centers for Disease Control: vaccine administration by population and efficiency in distribution, according to a press release from the health department.

Friday morning, the state announced that all sub-groups in phases 1B and 1C are now eligible to receive vaccine. That adds essential workers, residents of congregate care facilities and those 60 and older to the list.

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Locally, 13,403 people in Chaves County have received at least one dose and 7,631 are fully vaccinated. About 14,000 Chaves County residents, or 27.4% of the population age 16 or older, have registered for a vaccine.

In its daily case update Friday, the health department announced 226 new cases of COVID-19 in 18 counties with only one in Chaves County.

The total number of cases in the state is 189,374 with 8,704 in Chaves County.

A Chaves County man in his 90s was among the five deaths related to COVID-19 reported in the state. The man had underlying health conditions, according to the press release.

Two of the other deaths were in Bernalillo County. McKinley and Otero counties each had one death.

The total number of deaths in the state is 3,882 including 163 in Chaves County.

As of Friday, 130 people are hospitalized for COVID-19 in the state.

Chaves County is in the Yellow Level of the state’s Red to Green COVID-19 risk assessment system. From Feb. 23 to March 8, the county averaged 9.1 new cases of COVID-19 per day per 100,000 people and had a test positivity rate of 2.37%.