New Mexico’s COVID-19 cases are skyrocketing — and Santa Fe County is one of the launching pads.

A two-day report released by the state Department of Health reveals a state still in the throes of another major coronavirus surge, with 3,524 new cases being reported Thursday and Friday.

Thursday’s report was delayed due to the Veterans Day holiday.

Santa Fe County reported 156 new cases in the two-day period, the fifth most in the state behind Bernalillo (927), San Juan (556), Doña Ana (463) and Sandoval (201). Rio Arriba County had 55 cases and Los Alamos County nine.

Santa Fe County had been averaging about 42 cases a day.

In addition, the Department of Health said New Mexico suffered another 21 deaths, though four were in the past 30 days and not immediately reported. Four of the fatalities were from Bernalillo County and three were from Curry County.

The dead ranged in ages from their 20s to their 90s.

State Health Department officials warned during a briefing Wednesday cases in New Mexico would continue to rise as the state’s vaccination rate plateaus. The state’s overall vaccination rate is 73 percent and

15 percent have been able to obtain booster shots. But vaccinations for children between the ages of 5 and 11 have just begun.

As troubling for health officials is the burden COVID-19 is placing on the state’s hospitals, which have admitted 508 people with the illness. Two Albuquerque hospitals, University of New Mexico and Presbyterian, have implemented crisis standards of care. That declaration allows them to concentrate their efforts on those who need the most assistance.

Health officials are encouraging those who have been vaccinated to obtain a booster dose through the Department of Health’s website. Dr. David Scrase, the state’s acting Health Department chief, said it’s estimated 70 percent of adults are eligible to obtain the booster.

A vaccine clinic for children ages 5 to 11 will be held Saturday at Desert Sage Academy, 351 W. Zia Road, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parents and guardians can register kids for the vaccine ahead of the clinic at

(14) comments

carolyn dalessandro

Maybe it's time to follow Governor DeSantis of Florida...more people and less Covid but of course, mainstream media will never let you hear the real facts. They are down 88% for 6 weeks. No mask mandates, no restaurant closures. Fear is contagious! Boost your immune and breathe.[smile]

Mike Johnson

Wait, I thought the only unvaccinated were the right wing conservatives and "Trumpers". In Santa Fe Co., Bernalillo Co., Rio Arriba Co., and Dona Ana Co.? These are left wing bastions of following anything and everything the left wing says.

Robert Fields

It’s interesting how you misinterpret basically everything, Mike.

There are a number of processes at work. We have decreasing effectiveness of the vaccines in this mix since so many here got the shots as soon as they could. I got mine in January/February and my protection was getting long in the tooth until I got my booster a couple of weeks ago. Thanks to covid circulating in the unvaccinated it acts like a pilot light ready to set fire anywhere it can.

Mike, you said in other posts how you are vaccinated your post here kind of makes light of people getting the vaccine.

You continually attack any measures people should take to protect themselves - on everything. You attack vaccines when you yourself claim to be vaccinated. You don’t approve of masking. You don’t approve of anything people might do to help stop global warming. Why do you always gravitate to telling others the worst things they could do, cheer that behavior, and attack the things that can save lives?

Why do you do that, Mike? So dead set on attacking the left, MLG, Biden, etc, that nothing else matters to you?

mark Coble

Need; lockdown, close the borders, cancel flights, close schools, triple masks and close all non essential businesses. We have to get this under total control! If you disagree you hate kids and grandmas.

Robert Fields

Had covid yet, Mark? Just curious.

Cris Moore

I would really, really appreciate it if you would either report how many cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are of vaccinated vs. unvaccinated people, or tell your readers why you can't. — Cris Moore


CRIS MOORE.... yes, emphatically, yes. numbers without context are meaningless, or deceptive. the readership cannot be an informed one without more care taken in the presentation of statistics. whoever is an experienced hand at reviewing stats knows this instinctively. whoever is not [ the majority ], will understand the importance of the correct perspective.

CRIS, if this small service cannot be included in such articles, better not to print them. don't think?

Lynn Hansz

Cris...absolutely. New stats all over show that many of the new cases are indeed vaccinated, double vaccinated and boostered. Probably some un-vaccinated too. Others should not make this an issue to divide us. Fear is very dangerous and its become a tactic.

Robert Fields

But something to keep in mind is it is still the unvaccinated by a huge margin that are filling our hospitals. That should always be the take home message. Even with decreasing vaccine effectiveness as time passes from shots or boosters, you are still better protected than the unvaccinated.

Even with shots and boosters, get exposed to a big viral load and it can grab hold before your body can fight back. There can also be complicating factors that reduce a person’s ability to fight off an infection. Age, immune system issues, etc.

You say “probably some un-vaccinated too” but that is very misleading. Again, it’s largely the unvaccinated who are filling hospitals. It’s just that as vaccine effectiveness wanes over time, more vaccinated are getting covid and even being hospitalized - but the unvaccinated still are the much bigger population sick and in hospitals.

Emily Koyama

Tried scheduling a Moderna booster today.

I was told no dice, "you're not old enough".

Floyd Cable

Emily - the Governor just announced later in the day today, 11/12, that all adults in NM (regardless of age) are now eligible for boosters. Service providers will get the word, and you should be able to get an appointment next week.

Emily Koyama

Yes, just saw that on this evenings news, but apparently providers aren't letting people schedule booster shots until they get supplies in...we'll try again tomorrow.

Jim Klukkert

Emily Koyama- on Thursday I was able to schedule a Pfizer booster through the CVS website. Christus is scheduling Boosters, according to a neighbor, but I do not know of what sort.

Good luck, patience.

Khal Spencer

My wife volunteered today at the Mary Esther Gonzales Senior Center. Hundreds showed up for shots and no one turned away. Hopefully that will catch on.

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