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NEW MEXICO (KRQE) — Amid a continued high number of new COVID-19 cases statewide, New Mexico health leaders are expected to discuss the latest trends of the virus at a news conference Wednesday afternoon. KRQE News 13 will broadcast a live stream of the video briefing on this site, with coverage starting around 2:00 PM
According to a report published Monday, Nov. 8, New Mexico reported 8,254 new cases of COVID-19 the week before. That’s an increase of about 2,000 cases compared to the week before, where 6,656 cases were reported between Oct. 26 and Nov. 1, according to an NMDOH report.
The increase in state cases was predicted by Acting Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health, Dr. David Scrase, at a press conference on Wednesday, November 3, where Dr. Scrase said the state was “certainly on track for another rise” in the number of cases. The state’s continued high caseload was recently highlighted nationally in the New York Times, which on Wednesday published an article titled, “Cases are on the rise in New Mexico despite a relatively high vaccination rate.”
A recent state vaccination report shows that from February 2021 to the present, New Mexico saw 22,041 confirmed COVID cases among the vaccinated, compared to 90,373 confirmed COVID cases among the unvaccinated. Of those cases, 5,775 unvaccinated people were hospitalized, compared with 1,004 hospitalizations among the vaccinated.
The New Mexico vaccination report, published Nov. 8, shows that as of February 2021, 1,133 unvaccinated people have died from COVID-19. 93 people have died since February 2021 of the vaccinated.
Meanwhile, the push to vaccinate children ages 5 to 11 continues in New Mexico, where 188,000 children are now eligible for Pfizer’s vaccine. According to the NMDOH, about a thousand or less than 1% have received their first COVID vaccination as of Tuesday.