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County’s COVID-19 numbers increase slightly


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Chaves County’s COVID-19 data increased slightly in the state’s latest assessment of gating criteria updated Wednesday.

Although New Mexico is no longer using its color-coded Red to Green risk assessment system and the accompanying restrictions, it is still tracking data including the average number of daily cases per 100,000 people, the test positivity rate and vaccination rates.

Wednesday’s update shows Chaves County had an average of two new daily cases from June 29 to July 12, up from 1.4 in the previous two-week assessment period, according to the new Mexico Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard. The test positivity rate in the latest assessment was 1.76%, up from 1.17%.

The percentage of fully vaccinated residents increased nearly two percentage points to 41.3%.

In its daily case update Wednesday, the department of health reported seven new cases of COVID-19 in Chaves County and 180 throughout the state.

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Bernalillo County had 62 new cases, Doña Ana County had 18, Sandoval County 16 and Santa Fe County had 10. Twenty other counties reported fewer than 10 new cases each.

The total number of cases in New Mexico is now 206,846 including 9,097 in Chaves County.

Three deaths related to COVID-19 were reported — a man in his 60s from Sandoval County, a man in his 40s from San Juan County and a man in his 50s from Doña Ana County. The men from Sandoval and San Juan counties had been hospitalized, and the men from San Juan and Doña Ana counties both had underlying health conditions.

The total number of deaths in the state is 4,362 including 171 in Chaves County.

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 in the state numbered 97 people, an increase of 14 from Tuesday and 27 more than a week ago.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the NMDOH vaccine dashboard showed 63.7% of New Mexicans age 18 and older have completed a vaccine series and 71.8% have at least one dose.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.

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