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More Chaves County essential workers get vaccine

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The number of essential workers and those 60 years old or older in Chaves County who have had at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine more than doubled since March 18.

The number of local frontline essential workers registered in Phase 1B of the state’s vaccination plan with at least one dose grew by 140%, from 245 to 588, according to data posted Tuesday on the New Mexico Department of Health’s vaccine phase dashboard.

Frontline essential workers are those who cannot work from home, such as employees of grocery stores, public transit, law enforcement, agriculture and firefighting.

Likewise, those with at least one dose in Phase 1C — which includes people age 60 or older and all other essential workers — grew by 151%, from 456 to 1,148.

In those groups in Chaves County, the numbers of those fully vaccinated also increased but not as dramatically. The 1B group increased by 61% and the 1C group by 92%.

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Of the other vaccine phase groups in Chaves County, the percentages of those who are registered and fully vaccinated are 61% of health care workers, 65% of those 75 or older in phase 1B, 56% of educators, 55% of those with chronic conditions, and 15% of those in phase 2.

Twenty-nine percent of the population age 16 or older in Chaves County has registered for the vaccine. Overall, 30% of the population has at least one dose and 19% are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, almost 1.2 million doses have been administered by the state and federal agencies. Forty-four percent of New Mexicans have had at least one dose and 27% are fully vaccinated.

The state has received 1.1 million doses, and federal agencies have received another 264,000.

In Tuesday’s daily case update from the Department of Health, a woman who was 100 or older was the latest Chaves County death related to COVID-19. The woman had underlying health conditions and was a resident of the Mission Arch Center, 3200 Mission Arch Drive.

Six other deaths were reported in the state with two in Doña Ana County and one each in Eddy, Lincoln, McKinley and Otero counties.

The total number of deaths in the state is now 3,932 including 164 in Chaves County.

The state also announced 148 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, with three in Chaves County. Fourteen other counties and the Cibola County Correctional Center also reported new cases, led by 48 in Bernalillo County, 37 in Doña Ana County and 25 in Sandoval County. The rest all had six or fewer cases.

The total number of cases in the state is now 191,377, with 91% of those considered recovered. In Chaves County, 96% of the 8,733 cases have recovered.

As of Tuesday, 110 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 in the state.

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

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