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State surpasses 5,000 COVID-19 deaths

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New Mexico has surpassed 5,000 deaths related to COVID-19, New Mexico Department of Health officials announced Monday.

The death toll reached 5,002 with the announcement of 15 deaths in the daily case update Monday, which includes deaths and new cases reported Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

“These aren’t just numbers — they are our family members, friends, and neighbors, and we grieve for them and their families,” said New Mexico Department of Health Acting Secretary Dr. David R. Scrase in a press release Monday.

According to the press release, between Feb. 1 and Oct. 11, there were 1,039 deaths related to the disease caused by the SARS-Cov-2 virus. Of those, 967 of the dead were unvaccinated.

Of the 15 deaths reported Monday, four of the deceased were from Bernalillo County, two each from Lea and San Juan counties, and one each were from Curry, Grant, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, San Miguel, Santa Fe and Valencia counties.

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Their ages ranged from a man in his 40s from Bernalillo County to a woman and two men in their 80s from Bernalillo, Rio Arriba and San Juan counties.

The state also reported 2,335 new cases of COVID-19. It’s the highest three-day report for the state since Sept. 7, when 2,510 cases were reported.

Chaves County reported 54 cases, the highest total in southeast New Mexico. Eddy County had 45 cases, Lea and Curry counties each had 36, Lincoln County had 21, Roosevelt County had 10, Quay County had seven and De Baca County had one. 

Bernalillo County reported 592 new cases, San Juan County had 422 and Doña Ana County had 266. Otero County had 152, Sandoval had 140 and Grant County 103. Thirty-one counties and three correctional facilities reported new cases over the three days.

The total number of cases in the state since March 2020 is now 271,212 including 12,638 in Chaves County.

As of Monday, 339 people were hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19.

Just over half of the adults in Chaves County are now fully vaccinated against the virus and 56.3% have received at least one dose, according to data updated Monday on the NMDOH vaccine dashboard.

That places Chaves County as the sixth-lowest county in the state for percentage of those 18 and older who have completed a vaccine series. Roosevelt is the lowest at 39.6%. The southeast New Mexico counties of Lea, Curry, Eddy and Quay are also among the bottom 10.

At the top of the list is Los Alamos, with 90.5% of adults fully vaccinated.

Statewide, 72.2% of adults have completed a vaccine series and 81.8% have received at least one dose.

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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