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Number of fully vaccinated in Chaves County nears 48%

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The number of adults fully vaccinated or on their way to full vaccination against COVID-19 in Chaves County increased by more than 2% from last week, but is still below the halfway point.

According to data posted on the New Mexico Department of Health’s vaccine dashboard Monday, 22,741 people age 18 or older, or 47.9%, have now completed a vaccine series — either two shots of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or one shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. That’s an increase of 487, or 2.2%, over the previous week’s report.

County-level vaccine data is updated each Monday on the dashboard.

The county averaged an increase of about 315 people a week completing a vaccine series in August, with weekly increases of 1% to 1.8%.

For comparison, statewide the increase of those completing a vaccine series in the last week was 1%. More than 1.1 million adults in the state, or 69.9%, have completed a vaccination.

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The numbers of those who have had at least one shot grew more slowly in both Chaves County and the state. Locally, that number grew by 211 people, or 0.8%. Almost 55% of adults in Chaves County have received at least one dose. Statewide, the increase was 0.7% to 1.29 million people, or 79.4% of the adult population.

In the 12 to 17 age group, 52.9% have completed a vaccine series and 62.1% have at least one dose. The dashboard does not include county-level data for that age group.

In its daily case update issued Monday, the Department of Health reported 1,525 new cases of COVID-19 in the state for Saturday, Sunday and Monday, about 15% less than a week ago.

In southeast New Mexico, Chaves County had 70 cases, Curry County had 52, Eddy County had 79, Lea County had 104, Lincoln County had 18, Quay County had 17 and Roosevelt County had nine.

Bernalillo County reported 380 new cases. Doña Ana had 125, Sandoval had 103 and San Juan County had 111.

All counties except De Baca reported new cases over the three days, and five cases were reported in three correctional facilities.

The total number of cases in New Mexico since March 2020 is 246,229, 87.5% of which are considered recovered. In Chaves County, the total is 11,574 with 85.7% considered recovered.

Fourteen deaths related to COVID-19 were reported in Monday’s update. Seven of the deceased were from Bernalillo County. Lea County reported three deaths, Sandoval County two, and Lincoln and Valencia counties each had one.

Ten of the deceased had been hospitalized and eight had underlying health conditions. Their ages ranged from a man in his 20s from Bernalillo County to two men in their 90s from Bernalillo and Lea counties.

As of Monday, 310 people were hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19, 44 less than Friday.

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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