Number of COVID cases in hospital falls 3% - Albuquerque Journal

Number of COVID cases in hospital falls 3%

University of New Mexico Hospital, photographed last year. (Roberto E. Rosales/Journal)

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SANTA FE – Hospitalizations for COVID-19 in New Mexico have fallen 3% over the past week, hitting their lowest total since mid-August.

An epidemiological report released by the Department of Health, meanwhile, estimates that New Mexicans who aren’t fully vaccinated are nine times more likely to end up hospitalized with the disease. They made up 88% of the hospitalizations in a recent four-week period.

The state vaccination rate among adults, meanwhile, climbed to 69.8%, about 4 percentage points higher than the national average. New Mexico is No. 5 among states for vaccine doses administered to adults on a per-person basis.

The Department of Health on Monday reported:

• 1,525 new cases of COVID-19 over the past three days, including 380 in Bernalillo County and 125 in Doña Ana County.

• 14 more COVID-19 deaths, including three that happened 30 days ago.

Seven of the 11 who died recently were Bernalillo County adults, including a man in his 20s and another in his 30s.

People who aren’t fully vaccinated account for 98% of the state’s recent COVID-19 fatalities. The statewide death toll is 4,689.

• COVID-19 hospitalizations fell to 310 patients Monday, a 3% decline since a week ago. It’s also the lowest total in about a month.

The decrease in hospitalizations comes as New Mexico health officials say new COVID-19 infections are declining overall. The decrease comes after the state endured a late-summer surge driven by the highly contagious delta variant of the virus. The state last week extended its mask mandate for indoor public places to Oct. 15.


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