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NM reports 103 new virus cases, 3 more deaths

Volunteer Sharon Argenbright, left, administer a dose of Moderna vaccine to Joshua Griego during a drive-thru clinic held at Cesar Chavez Community Center. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)

SANTA FE — New Mexico reported 103 new COVID-19 cases Thursday — well within its daily target — as vaccinations continued to inch up slowly.

About 57.2% of New Mexico’s population age 16 and over is now fully vaccinated, or roughly 3 percentage points short of the state’s goal of 60%.

To reach the target, New Mexico must vaccinate another 46,000 people.

The state has administered 29,942 doses over the last week. The figure doesn’t include any doses handled by federal agencies.

About 66.6% of New Mexicans 16 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

In its daily update, the Department of Health on Thursday reported:

— 103 new coronavirus cases, including 20 in Bernalillo County and 14 new cases in Doña Ana County. The number of new cases statewide is less than half the state’s daily target of fewer than 210 new cases a day.

— Three more COVID-19 deaths, one of which happened more than 30 days ago. The two recent deaths include a man in his 50s from Rio Arriba County and a woman in her 90s from San Juan County. The official virus-related death toll is now 4,295 residents statewide.

— 100 patients hospitalized for COVID-19, roughly in line with previous days.

— The share of coronavirus tests that come back positive is down to 2%, the lowest positivity rate since mid-March.

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