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Local man among 37 COVID deaths reported Monday

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The New Mexico Department of Health reported 3,110 new cases of COVID-19 and 37 related deaths, including a Chaves County man, in Monday’s daily case update.

The update, covering Saturday, Sunday and Monday, reported new cases in 32 counties and three correctional facilities.

Chaves County reported 94 new cases. Other reports from southeast New Mexico were 92 cases in Curry County, 57 in Lea County, 40 in Eddy County, 19 in Roosevelt County, 14 in Lincoln County, 12 in Quay County and three in De Baca County.

Bernalillo County reported 1,158 cases over the three days, the most by far in the state. The next highest case count was from Doña Ana County with 377, followed by Valencia County with 370, Santa Fe County with 207, Sandoval County with 189 and San Juan County with 110.

The total number of cases in New Mexico since March 2020 is 339,894, including 14,861 in Chaves County.

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A Chaves County man in his 50s was among the deaths related to COVID-19 reported Monday. He had been hospitalized and had underlying health conditions, according to the update.

Eleven of the deceased were from Bernalillo County and four from Doña Ana County. Otero and Sandoval counties each reported three deaths. Quay, Roosevelt, San Miguel and Valencia counties each reported two, and Cibola, Eddy, Grant, McKinley, Santa Fe, Socorro and Torrance counties each reported one.

Thirty-one had been hospitalized and 29 had underlying health conditions. Their ages ranged from a man and woman in their 30s from Grant and Valencia counties to two men and a woman in their 90s from Bernalillo and Santa Fe counties.

The total number of deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19 is 5,614, including 225 in Chaves County.

The number of people hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19 dropped to 539 as of Monday, a decrease of 78 from Friday.

In vaccinations, people getting booster shots and the 5 to 11 age group continue to see the most increases. Adults getting booster shots increased by 9.7% to 516,592 or 31.8%.

The number of children age 5 to 11 who completed the vaccine series increased by 30.5% to 24,974 or 13.2% of that age group. The increase of those who received their first shots increased by 11% to 46,401 or 24.6% of the age group. The increases were smaller than the previous week, however.

Among 12 to 17 year olds, 94,516, or 56.7% of that group, have completed the vaccine series, and 109,993, or 65.9%, have had at least one dose.

Statewide, the number of adults completing a vaccine series increased by 0.4% to 1,225,717 or 75.4%. Those with at least one dose now number 1,429,665, or 88% of the population.

In Chaves County, 25,034 adults, or 52.7%, have completed a vaccine series, an increase of 0.5%. Those who have received at least one dose in Chaves County increased by 0.7% to 28,483, or 60% of the population.

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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