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COVID hospitalizations continue to increase


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The number of people hospitalized Tuesday in New Mexico for COVID-19 was 542, the highest number since the end of January, according to the New Mexico Department of Health’s daily case update.

On Jan. 30, 548 people were hospitalized for COVID-19. That was on the downslope of last winter’s surge of COVID-19 cases, with the peak number of hospitalizations reaching 947 on Dec. 3, according to data on the NMDOH COVID-19 dashboard. That was prior to the availability of vaccines.

Hospitalizations have been on the increase since the end of September, with 85.2% of patients since Feb. 1 unvaccinated, according to a NMDOH report. From Oct. 11 to Nov. 8, 76.9% of those hospitalized were not vaccinated.

In the daily case update, 29 counties reported 1,048 new cases and the state had a seven-day test positivity rate of 12.4%.

Chaves County reported 10 new cases. In southeast New Mexico, Eddy County had the highest number of cases with 39, followed by Quay County with 29. Lincoln County had 14, Curry and Lea counties each had 12, De Baca County had five and Roosevelt County had four.

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Elsewhere in the state, Bernalillo County had 302 new cases, Doña Ana County had 179 and San Juan County had 86.

The total number of cases in the state is 296,790, including 13,330 in Chaves County.

Twelve deaths related to COVID-19 were reported Tuesday, half of them in San Juan County. Bernalillo County reported two deaths and Eddy, McKinley, Otero and Sierra counties each reported one.

The ages of the deceased ranged from a man in his 30s from Bernalillo County to a woman in her 90s from San Juan County. Seven had been hospitalized and eight had underlying health conditions.

The total number of deaths in the state is 5,203, including 213 in Chaves County.

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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