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NM tallies 10 deaths, 1,000-plus virus cases

In this file photo, a booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 is shown at Christus St. Vincent Medical Specialty Clinic in Santa Fe. (Eddie Moore/Journal)

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SANTA FE – New Mexico reported more than 1,000 cases of COVID-19 on Friday and almost 400 hospitalizations – more evidence that the pandemic hasn’t receded as hoped.

The state also reported another 10 COVID-19 deaths, bringing the toll to 5,049.

One of the fatalities was a man in his 60s from Bernalillo County.

Eight of the 10 deaths were adults at least 60 years old.

People not fully vaccinated made up 92% of the deaths in a recent four-week period, according to the state’s most recent vaccine report. Unvaccinated individuals made up 73% of new cases and 77% of hospitalizations.

The share of fully vaccinated New Mexico adults remained flat on Friday at 72.4%. The number of adults who have received booster shots, however, climbed 0.6 percentage points to 9.8%.

The state on Friday also reported:

• 1,055 new cases of COVID-19, a decrease from the 1,309 cases reported Thursday, a nine-month high. The Friday cases include 235 in Bernalillo County and 172 in San Juan County.

• 397 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in the state, down a bit from Thursday’s total but still a 14% increase since Oct. 1.

New Mexico health officials have said they aren’t sure why case totals have failed to recede following the late-summer surge in cases driven by the highly contagious delta variant.

They have said waning protection from vaccines administered early in the pandemic could be a factor.

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