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Chaves County keeps COVID cases low

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Chaves County had six new COVID-19 cases but no coronavirus-related deaths during the past three days, according to information released Monday afternoon by the New Mexico Department of Health.

State officials also announced Monday that all New Mexico residents 16 are older are now eligible to receive a COVID vaccine and that all of New Mexico’s nursing homes and assisted care facilities have had several vaccination clinics, with almost 14,000 staff and residents now vaccinated.

Daily case counts

According to a New Mexico Department of Health news release, Chaves County had one case reported Monday, bringing the county’s total case count since March 2020 to 8,756. More than 95% are considered recovered.

The state did not issue reports on Saturday or Sunday, but Chaves County’s total had risen by six from Friday to Monday, which means that the total cases reported by labs over the weekend was five.

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No deaths were reported for the county for any of the three days.

Statewide, 96 new cases were reported Monday among 17 counties, but no deaths attributable to COVID-19. On Saturday, there were 199 new cases and two deaths. On Sunday, the state counted 170 new cases and two deaths.

The four deaths during the past three days were of people in their 50s to 80s in Bernalillo, San Miguel, Santa Fe and Valencia counties. Three had been hospitalized and were described as having underlying conditions. The person in Santa Fe County had been in a long-term care home.

The total number of cases in New Mexico since March 2020 has reached 192,595. Of those, 174,339 are considered recovered, or about 90.5% of the total. COVID-related deaths are now at 3,953.

The current number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in New Mexico is 85.

Vaccination news

The Department of Health also released information indicating that all residents 16 or older can get a COVID vaccine because of the availability of current vaccine supplies and the expectation that a “meaningful” increase of vaccines will be coming soon.

People can register online for vaccination appointments. That site is www.vaccinenm.org.

The New Mexico Aging and Long-term Services Department also announced that all nursing homes and assisted living centers in the state have held three vaccination clinics where the Moderna vaccine has been administered.

As of Monday, 13,932 long-term care staff and residents have been fully vaccinated through the Federal Pharmacy Partnership, the state release indicated. That’s about 77% of residents and 59% of staff at nursing homes and 85% of residents and 63% of staff at assisted living centers.

According to the announcement, residents or staff still needing to be vaccinated will work with local pharmacies and providers to get their vaccine.

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