COVID hospitalizations dip slightly in New Mexico - Albuquerque Journal

COVID hospitalizations dip slightly in New Mexico

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SANTA FE – New Mexico reported 2,510 new cases of COVID-19 over the past four days and 10 more deaths.

The number of people hospitalized for the disease – 388 on Tuesday – was slightly below last week’s figures.

The nearly steady hospitalization number comes as New Mexico health care leaders say they face full hospitals amid the late-summer spike in COVID-19 infections.

The Department of Health reported Tuesday that:

• 68.3% of New Mexico adults have completed their vaccine series, and 78.2% have had at least one shot.

• 10 more people have died of COVID-19, including two from Bernalillo County, pushing the statewide death toll to 4,562. People who weren’t fully vaccinated have accounted for 93.3% of the deaths over the past four weeks.

• There were 2,510 new cases, including 709 in Bernalillo County. People who weren’t fully vaccinated have accounted for 82.3% of the cases over the last four weeks.

• 388 patients were hospitalized for COVID-19, a decline of 2% since Friday.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday traveled to McKinley County – one of the hardest-hit regions in the country when the pandemic arrived last year – to talk to local leaders about strategies for improving access to primary care, behavioral health treatment and similar services.

In a written statement, she noted that McKinley County – which includes part of the Navajo Nation – has the second-highest vaccination rate in New Mexico, with 82.7% of eligible residents having completed their vaccine series. Los Alamos is first, with 87.3% fully vaccinated.

“McKinley County has been a shining light in our state’s efforts to vaccinate New Mexicans against COVID-19,” Lujan Grisham said in a written statement. “I’m so grateful for that ongoing hard work, and I want residents here to know the state will explore every avenue for health care investments.”


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