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State confirms 4 COVID cases from omicron variant


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Four cases of COVID-19 caused by the omicron variant have been confirmed in New Mexico, according to a report from the New Mexico Department of Health.

Tuesday’s Variant of Concern report does not specify which counties those cases are in but notes two of them were breakthrough cases that occurred in people who were fully vaccinated. No hospitalizations or deaths are attributed to those four cases.

The first case was identified Dec. 12 in Bernalillo County, according to a Dec. 13 press release from NMDOH.

In the daily case update Wednesday, 32 counties and two correctional facilities reported 1,371 new cases of COVID-19.

Chaves County reported 37 new cases. Also in southeast New Mexico, Lea County had 80 cases, Curry and Eddy counties each had 41, Roosevelt County had 21, Lincoln County had 11, and De Baca County had three.

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Elsewhere in the state, Bernalillo County had 407, Doña Ana County had 205, Santa Fe County had 85, Sandoval County had 76 and Grant County had 73.

The total number of cases in New Mexico since March 2020 is now 347,831, including 15,247 in Chaves County.

Thirty-three deaths were reported Wednesday. Eleven of the deceased were from Bernalillo County. Doña Ana, Eddy and San Juan counties each reported three deaths. Lincoln, Otero, Santa Fe and Valencia counties each reported two. Catron, Grant, Lea, Quay and Torrance counties each reported one death.

Twenty-six had been hospitalized and 19 had underlying health conditions. Their ages ranged from a woman in her 20s from Bernalillo County to two men and three women in their 80s from Bernalillo, Eddy, Grant, Lincoln and Otero counties.

The total number of deaths in the state is now 5,829, including 232 in Chaves County.

As of Wednesday, 471 people were hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19.

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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