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State reports more than 7,000 new COVID cases over holiday

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New Mexico averaged more than 1,800 new cases of COVID-19 each day of the New Year holiday through Monday, according to the daily case update from the New Mexico Department of Health.

The update covering Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday reported 7,313 new cases in 32 counties — all but Harding County — and three correctional facilities.

That’s more than twice the number of cases reported for the four days over the Christmas holiday.

Chaves County reported 281 cases in those four days, or an average of 70.25 per day and 111 more than were reported over the Christmas holiday.

In the southeast region, Lea County had the next-highest case count at 213, followed by Curry County with 131 and Eddy County with 100. Lincoln County had 71 cases, Roosevelt County had 29, Quay County had 11 and De Baca County had nine.

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Bernalillo County led the state with 2,469 cases for the four days. Doña Ana County had 950, Santa Fe County had 690, Sandoval County had 510, Valencia County had 335, McKinley County had 195, Rio Arriba County had 168, and Grant County had 131.

The total number of cases in the state since March 2020 is 357,480, including 15,694 in Chaves County.

Eleven deaths were reported Monday. Four of the deceased were from Bernalillo County, three from Valencia County, and one each were from Doña Ana, Eddy, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe counties. Eight had been hospitalized and three had underlying health conditions. Their ages ranged from a man in his 30s from Valencia County to a man and woman in their 90s from Bernalillo and Santa Fe counties.

The total number of deaths in New Mexico is now 5,866, including 233 in Chaves County.

As of Monday, 472 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 in the state.

Young children in New Mexico continue to be the age group seeing the largest gains in vaccine rates, according to data on the NMDOH vaccine dashboard.

Since last week, 3,711 children age 5 to 11 got their second doses of the Pfizer vaccine, an increase of 28.8%. More than 32,700 young children, or 17.3% of that population, is fully vaccinated. The number having at least one dose increased by 7% from last week to 53,786, or 28.5% of that age group.

Among 12 to 17 year olds, another 512 received their second dose, raising that total to 95,631, or 57.3% of that age group. Another 656 got their first dose, increasing the total with at least one shot to 111,629, or 66.9% of the age group.

Adults getting their first or second shot each increased by less than half of a percentage point from last week. Of those age 18 and older, 1.2 million, or 75.9%, have completed a vaccine series, while 1.4 million, or 89%, have at least one dose.

Increases of adults getting vaccinated were also small in Chaves County. Another 89 people completed a vaccine series in the last week, now totaling 25,212, or 52.1% of the county’s adult population. Another 118 got their first dose, increasing the number of adults in the county with at least one dose to 28,747, or 60.5%.

Vaccine data for those under the age of 18 is not available at the county level.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.

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