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State getting closer to vaccination goal

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The percentage of New Mexicans who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is just over 55%, less than 5 percentage points away from the state’s goal to fully reopen.

According to the New Mexico Department of Health’s vaccine dashboard Thursday afternoon, 925,797 New Mexicans age 16 or older, or 55.1%, are fully vaccinated. Almost 1.1 million, or 65%, have received at least one dose.

In April, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the state will lift all capacity restrictions when the state reaches a 60% fully vaccinated rate. At that time, it was projected the state would reach that goal at the end of June.

To reach the goal, another 82,566 people will need a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Vaccination rates in Chaves County are lower than the overall state numbers. Locally, 17,129 people, or 34.5% of the population age 16 or older, is fully vaccinated while 19,935, or 40.2%, have received at least one dose.

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In the daily case update Thursday, the department of health reported 131 new cases of COVID-19 in the state including six in Chaves County.

Bernalillo County had the most with 34 new cases and San Juan County had 27. Sixteen counties, the Guadalupe County Correctional Facility and the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County all reported eight or fewer cases.

The total number of cases in the state is 202,698 including 9,010 in Chaves County.

Five deaths were reported Thursday. Three were in Bernalillo County and two were in San Juan County. Three had been hospitalized and three had underlying health conditions.

The total number of deaths in the state is now 4,259.

As of Thursday, 120 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 in New Mexico.

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 45%.

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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