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County vaccination rates increase slightly


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The COVID-19 vaccination rates in Chaves County increased slightly since Friday, with more than 40% of those 16 and older having received at least once dose, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

The NMDOH vaccine dashboard showed 40.2% of the population, or 19,935 people, have received at least one dose and 34.5%, or 17,129 people, are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, 54.2% of those 16 and older are fully vaccinated, or 910,231 people. More than 1 million, or 64.4%, have received at least one dose.

Among those age 12 to 15, 17,223 have received at least one dose, amounting to 15.4% of that age group in the state. Only two individuals are fully vaccinated. Data is not available for that age group at the county level.

In its case update for Saturday, Sunday and Monday, NMDOH announced 366 new cases of COVID-19 in 26 counties and two correctional facilities.

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Chaves County reported five new cases over the three days. Bernalillo County had the most at 91, followed by San Juan County with 61, Sandoval County with 36 and Santa Fe with 32. Doña Ana County had 41, Otero County had 13 and Rio Arriba had 10. The remaining counties and the Otero County Processing Center and Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County all reported fewer than 10 cases.

The total number of cases in New Mexico is now 202,221 including 8,998 in Chaves County.

One death related to COVID-19 was reported in Monday’s update, a man in his 60s from Bernalillo County. He had been hospitalized and had underlying health conditions.

The total number of deaths in the state is now 4,245.

As of Monday, 120 people are hospitalized for COVID-19 in the state.

Chaves County is at the Green Level in the state’s COVID-19 risk assessment system, having met two of the three gating criteria used by the state. Those two criteria are average number of daily cases at or below 10 cases per 100,000 people and a test positivity rate of 7.5% or less. The county was at 5.6 cases per day and a test positivity of 2.38%. The goal for full vaccination rate in the latest assessment was 40%.

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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