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NM virus cases are lowest in 9 months

Diane Johnson. a registered nurse, prepares syringes with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during a walk-up shot clinic at the Cesár Chávez Community Center in this April 30 file photo. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

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SANTA FE – The average number of new COVID-19 cases in New Mexico has fallen to its lowest level in nine months, according to state data released Tuesday.

The Department of Health detected an average of 93 new cases a day over the most recent seven-day period – a 60% decline from a month ago. It’s also the lowest average since the week of Labor Day.

Daily cases peaked at nearly 2,100 in late November.

The new cases reported Tuesday reinforced the downward trend. The Department of Health announced 79 more COVID-19 cases, including 27 in Bernalillo County, the state’s most populous county.

The state also reported one death, that of a Bernalillo County woman in her 70s. The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll is 4,287.

The state said 89 people were hospitalized Tuesday in New Mexico for COVID-19. The number of people in hospitals has fluctuated from 81 to 105 this month.

The share of New Mexicans 16 and older who are fully vaccinated rose 0.2 percentage points to 56.9% on Tuesday, the state said. About 66.4% have received at least one dose.

The state’s goal is to reach 60% of adults fully vaccinated by June 30.

Two weeks after hitting the target, state officials say, New Mexico plans to lift capacity limits on businesses, although some regulations may remain in place.

New Mexicans under 16 are not counted toward the goal. But about 22.2% of residents 12 to 15 years old have received at least one dose.

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