NM health officials provide COVID-19 update – Community News

NM health officials provide COVID-19 update

NEW MEXICO (KRQE) — Health officials in New Mexico are expected to provide an update on the status of the state’s COVID-19 response at a news conference Wednesday. KRQE News 13 will livestream the press conference on this page.

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham is also expected to attend Wednesday’s press conference, “schedule permitting”. The governor has not attended the state’s COVID-19 briefings since July 2021, shortly after the state dropped all reopening criteria.

COVID cases in New Mexico indicate an ongoing upward trend of the virus. A state report published on Monday, November 15, 2021, indicates that New Mexico mapped 9,720 new COVID-19 cases the week before. That’s about 1,500 cases more than the week before, when New Mexico saw 8,254 cases between Nov. 2 and Nov. 8.

At the latest COVID-19 briefing, state leaders highlighted data suggesting vaccinated New Mexicans are seeing fledgling immunity. “What we’re learning is that after about five and a half months, people are more likely to get a breakthrough infection from the vaccine,” said Dr. David Scrase last Wednesday. “Immunity is declining, we see it in our data, and what this means for us is we all have to line up to get a booster.”

Since then, the state has opened access to booster shots to all New Mexicans. The state also expanded its mandate for indoor masks.

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