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Mobile van to offer COVID-19 testing in Roswell on Fridays


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The New Mexico Department of Health on Friday announced changes in COVID-19 testing sites and recommendations of who should receive a booster shot of vaccine.

The Southeast Region NMDOH Public Health Office has transitioned from a drive-through testing site at its offices at 200 E. Chisum to a mobile van from healthcare company Curative that will travel to several towns throughout the week, according to a press release.

The van will be in Roswell from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays at the Wool Bowl stadium, 1535 N. Grand Avenue. Appointments can be made through the company’s website, www.curative.com.

The van will be in Carlsbad from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays at Walter Gerrell’s Performing Arts Center, in Artesia from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at the Bulldog Bowl, in Lovington from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Wednesdays at the Lovington Health Office, and in Hobbs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays at the Lea County Event Center.

NMDOH encourages those who need surveillance testing to use free at-home testing kits from Vault Health. The tests can be ordered through a link on the NMDOH website.

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Testing is also available through Pathology Consultants of New Mexico, 600 N. Richardson. Some pharmacies and healthcare providers also provide testing in Roswell.

The health department also announced the New Mexico Medical Advisory Team has reviewed and endorsed recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control of who should receive booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The FDA gave emergency use authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for booster shots on Wednesday.

The CDC recommended a booster shot six months after completion of the primary Pfizer doses for the following people:

• Those age 65 and older.

• Residents of long-term care settings.

• Those age 50 to 64 with certain medical conditions such as cancer; chronic diseases of the kidney, lungs or liver; neurological conditions such as dementia; diabetes; heart conditions; Down syndrome; and sickle cell disease.

• People who are immunocompromised, overweight or pregnant.

• Those who have had a stroke.

• Those who have had an organ or blood stem cell transplant.

• Those with substance abuse disorders, smokers and former smokers.

People over the age of 18 are encouraged to get a booster shot if they have health conditions such as those mentioned above as well as those who are at risk of increased exposure because of their occupations.

The press release said NMDOH will release guidelines early next week on scheduling appointments for booster shots.

The CDC did not recommend “mixing” the booster shot with primary doses of the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

The health department press release said that by the end of October, more than 70% of those who received the Pfizer primary series will be eligible for booster shots.

In the daily case update, NMDOH reported 14 deaths related to COVID-19 including a Chaves County man in his 60s who had been hospitalized. He was the 188th death in Chaves County.

Eddy County reported three deaths. Bernalillo, San Juan and Taos counties each had two. Donna Ana, Lea, Union and McKinley counties each had one.

The ages of the deceased ranged from a woman in her 30s from San Juan County to a man from Bernalillo County and a woman from Lea County in their 80s.

Eleven of the deceased had been hospitalized and eight had underlying health conditions.

The total number of deaths in the state is 4,749.

The Otero County Processing Center and all counties except for Harding County reported a total of 714 new cases of COVID-19 in Friday’s update.

Chaves County had 45 new cases. Also in the region, Eddy County had 48, Lea County had 23, Curry County had 22, Quay County had 15, Lincoln County had 10 and Roosevelt County had five.

Bernalillo County had the highest number of cases in the state with 199. San Juan County had 47, Sandoval County had 45, Otero County had 39 and Doña Ana County had 36.

The total number of cases in the state since March 2020 is 248,788, including 11,735 in Chaves County.

As of Friday, 314 people were hospitalized in the state for COVID-19.

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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