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NMDOH: 15 counties now ‘majority-vaccinated’


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The New Mexico Department of Health announced Monday in a Facebook post that 15 counties are “majority-vaccinated,” with at least half the population having at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

In the post, NMDOH listed 15 counties in which at least half the population age 16 or older had received at least one dose of vaccine: Bernalillo, Cibola, Colfax, Grant, Guadalupe, Los Alamos, Luna, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe, Sierra, Socorro and Taos.

Los Alamos, with an eligible population of 15,240, led the pack at 71%. Guadalupe, Santa Fe and Taos counties are at 57%, followed by Rio Arriba County at 56% and Sandoval County at 55%.

Doña Ana and Lincoln counties are close to joining the 15, with each being at 49%.

Chaves County, according to the vaccine dashboard Monday, is at 35% of its residents 16 or older with at least one dose. Only six counties — Catron, Curry, Eddy, Otero, Roosevelt and Torrance — have a smaller percentage of residents than Chaves County with at least one dose.

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Of the 15 counties, 11 of them have a population age 16 or older that is smaller than Chaves County’s 49,578. Eight of them have a population age 16 or older under 25,000 people.

As of yet, no county has 50% or more of its population fully vaccinated, but Guadalupe County is close at 46%. Chaves County is at 26% fully vaccinated.

As of Monday afternoon, the New Mexico Department of Health’s vaccine dashboard showed 38.3% of the state’s population age 16 or older as fully vaccinated.

Also Monday, NMDOH announced residents who are registered at vaccineNM.org who are age 40 or older can now schedule their own vaccine appointments without an event code.

A confirmation code and date of birth are still needed, but registrants will be able to select from available appointments in their area.

Those younger than 40 will still need an event code from the vaccine registration site.

“This has always been the goal, to provide New Mexicans as much flexibility as possible in scheduling their vaccine appointments,” Health Secretary Dr. Tracie Collins said in a press release. “And in the coming weeks, we intend to offer self-scheduling for all New Mexicans 16 years and older.”

Technical support for registration is available by calling 800-432-2080.

In its combined case update for Saturday, Sunday and Monday, the health department announced 638 new cases of COVID-19 in 30 counties, including 29 in Chaves County.

Bernalillo County had 199 cases, followed by San Juan County with 85 and Doña Ana County with 81.

The total number of cases in New Mexico is 195,478, of which 90% are considered recovered. Chaves County has had 8,836 cases, of which 95% have recovered.

There were six deaths related to COVID-19 reported over the three days. Three were in Bernalillo County, one in Doña Ana County, one in Sierra County and one in Torrance County.

The total number of deaths in the state related to COVID-19 is now 4,007 including 167 in Chaves County.

As of Monday, 113 people were hospitalized in the state with COVID-19.

Chaves County is in the low-risk Turquoise Level of the state’s Red to Green COVID-19 risk assessment system. From March 23 to April 5, the county averaged 5.3 new cases per day per 100,000 people and had a test positivity rate of 2.33%.

The state’s Red to Green risk assessment map will be updated Wednesday. If Chaves County maintains an average number of daily cases of eight or fewer and a test positivity rate of 5% or less, it will remain at the Turquoise Level.

As of Friday, the county had a seven-day rolling average of six cases per day per 100,000 people, according to the NMDOH COVID-19 dashboard.

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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