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State reports more than 3,000 COVID cases in four days


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The New Mexico Department of Health reported 3,039 new cases of COVID-19 from Friday to Monday, an average of about 760 cases a day.

The daily case update for Monday included data for Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Over the four days, Chaves County reported 170 new cases, or about 43 cases per day.

In southeast New Mexico, Curry County had the highest number of new cases with 246. Eddy County had 69, Lea County had 58, Lincoln County had 25, Roosevelt County had 21, Quay County had 15 and De Baca County had one.

Across the state, Bernalillo County had 960 new cases, followed by Doña Ana County with 277, Santa Fe County with 248, Sandoval County with 221, Otero County with 121 and Valencia County with 113.

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Thirty-two counties and three correctional facilities reported new cases in Monday’s update.

The total number of cases of COVID-19 in New Mexico since March 2020 is 345,663, including 15,183 in Chaves County.

Twenty-nine deaths were reported, including a Chaves County woman in her 70s. She had been hospitalized and had underlying health conditions, according to Monday’s update.

Bernalillo County reported nine deaths. Valencia County had five. Otero and San Juan counties each had three. Doña Ana, Eddy and Rio Arriba counties each reported two, and Grant and Santa Fe counties each reported one death. Twenty-five of the deceased had been hospitalized and 17 had underlying health conditions.

The total number of deaths in the state is now 5,775, including 232 in Chaves County.

As of Monday, 456 people were hospitalized for COVID-19, nearly 100 less than Dec. 23.

Due to holiday scheduling, NMDOH will issue a further update this week only on Thursday. Daily reports will resume on Jan. 3.

In vaccinations, the 5 to 11 age group continues to see the biggest increases, but even that is slowing down.

The number of children in that age group completing the two-dose series increased by 4,031, or 16.1%, since the previous week, according to the NMDOH vaccine website. The week before saw a 30.5% increase. A total of 29,005, or 15.4%, of the youngest group eligible have completed the vaccination series.

The number of those 5 to 11 having at least one dose also increased but by a smaller margin, only 8%, compared to 11% the previous week. A total of 50,316 children 5 to 11 have received at least one dose, or 26.6% of that age group.

Among children 12 to 17, the number of those completing the vaccine series and those who have at least one dose both increased by less than 1%. Those who have completed the series total 95,119, or 57% of the age group, while those who have at least one dose number 110,973, or 66.5% of the age group.

Another 33,343 adults in New Mexico got a booster dose since Dec. 20, totaling 550,935 or 33.9% of all adults in the state.

Data on vaccine rates for children and booster shots among adults is not available at the county level.

The number of adults getting their initial vaccine series increased by less than 1% both statewide and locally.

Statewide, 75.7% of adults have completed their vaccinations, an increase of 0.4% from the previous week. Those with at least one dose increased only slightly more, by 0.7% to 88.6% of the population.

In Chaves County, 25,123 adults have completed a vaccine series, now amounting to 52.9% of the county’s population over 18, and 28,629, or 60.3%, have 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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