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State reports 3,370 COVID-19 cases in three days

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More than 3,000 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Saturday, Sunday and Monday in New Mexico according to the New Mexico Department of Health’s daily case update Monday.

Thirty-one counties and five correctional facilities reported 3,370 new cases, the highest three-day total since the surge fueled by the delta variant of the virus began in July. It’s 740 more cases than were reported Nov. 1.

Chaves County had 79 new cases, the highest local three-day total since it had that same amount in the Oct. 4 report. It was also the most for southeast New Mexico. Eddy County had 52 cases, followed by Curry County with 48, Lea County with 45, Lincoln County with 38, Roosevelt County with 19 and Quay County with eight.

The total number of cases in New Mexico since March 2020 is 286,086 including 13,064 in Chaves County.

A Chaves County man in his 70s was among the 11 deaths related to COVID-19 reported by NMDOH on Monday. His is the 207th death in Chaves County since March 2020.

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Of the other 10 deaths reported, San Juan County reported three, and Bernalillo, Cibola, Eddy, Lea, McKinley, Otero and Santa Fe counties each reported one. Eight of the deceased had been hospitalized and four had underlying health conditions.

The total number of deaths in the state is 5,124.

As of Monday, 425 people were hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19.

Chaves County is at 50.9% of its adult population fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the NMDOH vaccine dashboard. In the last week, another 182 people completed a vaccine series, an increase of 0.8%. The number of those who have at least one dose also rose by 0.8%, now at 57%.

Statewide, the number of adults receiving booster shots continued to see the largest increase. More than 50,000 booster shots were given in the last week, a 28% increase, bringing the total to 227,402, or 14% of the adult population.

The numbers for those completing a vaccine series and who have at least one dose both increased by less than 1% from last week. New Mexico is now at 73% of the adult population fully vaccinated and 83.1% with at least one dose.

With federal authorization given last week for children age 5 to 11 to start receiving the Pfizer vaccine, 918 New Mexico children in that age group have had their first doses, according to the vaccine dashboard.

The site also listed 29 children as having completed the vaccine series, although the second dose must be given at least three weeks after the first. David Morgan, media and social media manager for NMDOH, said in an email to the Roswell Daily Record some of those 29 are from errors as dates of birth were entered into a database, but there were children in New Mexico who participated in clinical trials who have had both doses. The department is working to correct the errors, he said.

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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