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SANTA FE – The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in New Mexico fell to just 109 on Friday – the smallest number of patients in 15 days and a 24% decline over the last week.
The state also reported just 124 new coronavirus cases Friday, well below the Department of Health’s target of 210 cases or fewer a day.
The share of fully vaccinated adults in New Mexico remained at 55% in Friday’s update. Altogether, about 930,000 New Mexicans 16 and older have completed their vaccine shots.
The state’s goal is to reach 60% fully vaccinated by the end of June – a standard that would trigger the lifting of capacity restrictions on businesses, according to the Department of Health.
The state reported six more coronavirus-related deaths Friday, pushing the statewide total to 4,263 fatalities.
Four of the deaths happened at least a month ago and were added to tally Friday as health workers process a backlog of vital records.
The two recent deaths were a man in his 70s from Bernalillo County and a woman in her 80s from Doña Ana County.
Friday’s update included a steep drop in the number of COVID-19 patients in New Mexico hospitals. The 109 hospitalizations reported Friday are the lowest total since May 13.
This month’s peak was 156 hospitalizations May 19.
At the height of the pandemic, November-December, New Mexico routinely exceeded 900 coronavirus patients in state hospitals.