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State announces first vaccine sweepstakes winners

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The state announced Tuesday the first four $250,000 winners of its sweepstakes started to encourage residents to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

One winner from each of the state’s four public health regions was chosen Friday and announced Tuesday after their eligibility of having at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine was confirmed.

The winner from the southeast region was Linda Tobkin, 68, of Ruidoso. Other winners were Ruth Meilstrup, 72, of Santa Fe, Phillip Perez, 53, of Albuquerque and Taylor Brooke Provencio, 23, of Chamberino in Doña Ana County, according to a press release from the New Mexico Department of Health.

Residents who have been vaccinated can opt in to the sweepstakes at vax2themaxnm.org. Four more drawings for the regional $250,000 prizes will occur on Fridays through July 30 and a $5 million grand prize is scheduled for August.

Only one new case of COVID-19 was reported in Chaves County in Tuesday’s daily case update from the Department of Health.

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Nineteen counties reported 100 new cases in Tuesday’s update, with Bernalillo reporting the most at 29, followed by San Juan County with 12, Valencia County with 11 and Doña Ana County with 10.

The total number of cases in the state is now 205,058, with 9,065 in Chaves County.

Four deaths related to COVID-19 were reported Tuesday — a man in his 80s from Bernalillo County, a girl under the age of 10 from Doña Ana County, a woman in her 80s from Otero County and a man in his 60s from San Juan County.

All had been hospitalized and two had underlying health conditions.

The total number of deaths in New Mexico is now 4,330 including 170 in Chaves County.

As of Tuesday, 79 people were hospitalized in the state for COVID-19, the lowest number since April 7.

A total of 1,007,250 people age 16 or older, or 59.9%, have completed a vaccination series and 1,151,059, or 68.5%, have received at least one dose. Among those age 12 to 15, 18 percent, or 20,062, have completed a vaccination series and 26.7%, or 29,798, have received at least one dose.

In Chaves County, 38.4% of those age 16 or older, or 19,061 people, have completed a vaccine series and 42.3%, or 21,402, have had at least one dose.

All New Mexico counties are in the Turquoise Level of the state’s COVID-19 risk assessment system until the state retires the color-coded system and restrictions on July 1. For the latest two-week assessment period ending June 15, Chaves County had an average of 3.9 new cases per day per 100,000 people and a test positivity rate of 2.46%.

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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