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Virus patients in NM on the rise

N-95 masks are disinfected at the University of New Mexico Hospital. (Courtesy of UNM Health Sciences Center)

SANTA FE – New Mexico reported upticks Tuesday in the number of daily COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations.

In their daily report, state health officials said 130 virus patients are in New Mexico hospitals – a figure that’s climbed 35% since April 1, according to state data.

It’s still well below the peak in November and December, when New Mexico routinely exceeded 900 COVID-19 patients in its hospitals.

The state on Tuesday also reported:

• The coronavirus deaths of 12 more residents, ranging in age from their 50s to their 90s.

The statewide COVID-19 death toll now stands at 4,039 people since the pandemic reached New Mexico last spring.

The latest fatalities included five adults from Doña Ana County and three from Lea County.

The number of daily COVID-19 deaths in New Mexico have generally been in the single digits this month.

• 181 new cases of the disease, roughly in line with the recent daily average.

• About 57% of the state’s adults have had at least one vaccine dose, and about 41% are fully vaccinated.

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