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New Mexico health officials reported 541 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, which is about 100 more than the state had been averaging per day for the last week.
The state also reported 18 additional deaths – nine men and nine women. There have been 3,479 COVID-related deaths in the state since the start of the pandemic.
Those whose deaths were reported Thursday ranged in age from two women in their 40s – one was from Luna County and had no underlying health conditions – to a woman in her 90s, according to New Mexico Department of Health data.
Of the total cases reported Thursday, Bernalillo County, the state’s most populous county, had the most with 111. Chaves County, which has less than 1/10th the population of Bernalillo County, had the second most cases with 101.
Also reported Thursday were 27 cases among state inmates at the Lea County Correctional Facility.
New Mexico is now averaging 445 cases and 17.71 deaths per day for the last seven days, according to a Journal analysis.
Far more people in the state are being vaccinated for the coronavirus each day than are testing positive for COVID-19. Nearly 70,000 doses had been administered in the last seven days, according to a health department vaccine dashboard.
New Mexico has administered almost 384,000 total doses. About 272,000 people have received one dose and 111,000 have had two shots, according to the dashboard. Those figures don’t include the roughly 125,000 doses that have been distributed to federal agencies in the state.