New Mexico’s COVID-19 seven-day positivity rate — the percentage of people who test positive for the virus of those overall who have been tested — has jumped to 12.9 percent, the state Health Department reported Monday.

The state released a three-day count that included weekend numbers plus Monday, with New Mexico adding 3,712 cases and 22 deaths.

Bernalillo County accounted for 1,009 cases. There were 580 in San Juan County, 566 in Doña Ana County and 241 in Otero County.

Santa Fe County had 146 cases. Its positivity rate from Oct. 28 to Nov. 8 is 6.83 percent, according to the state’s COVID-19 dashboard.

The state said 498 people are hospitalized with COVID-19. Overall, 5,191 have died from the virus.

More than one-third of the fatalities reported Monday were from Bernalillo County. Three of the dead came from Chaves County.

New Mexico’s average case rate per 100,000 people has increased by 48 percent over a 14-day period, according to the New York Times and is one of the highest rates in the nation. Its hospitalizations have increased by 17 percent in a two-week period.

New Mexico also has two counties — San Juan and Grant — among the nation’s leaders in average daily cases per 100,000 people.

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Chris Mechels

The Chinese have shown that Covid can be contained, and the economy kept open. It certainly take discipline, teamwork, and trust in the government. All lacking in our county, esp in New Mexico.

The "scary" part is; what comes AFTER Delta. We have no reason to believe this is over. At some point we must move toward a broad response to Covid, as the Chinese have, as well as some other Asian countries. If not Covid will become the "new normal", and part of our culture.

This is a serious game, and shows up the weakness of our chaotic culture. In some sense a wakeup call. Will we wake up?? Beating up folks who refuse the vax is not productive. We nee to build trust, and we have been destroying it. Time for a reboot.

David Gunter

Of the just over 400 people who have died from COVID-19 in New Mexico since the end of August, only 4 were vaccinated but had other health issues that contributed to the disease's effects. The rest, 96%, were people who chose remain unvaccinated.

I don't care about that 96%. Not one bit.

Nancy Lockland

Vaccinated people are also contacting covid. Vaccinated people are ALSO dying.

Emily Hartigan

David, I do care about the 96%. They are people, misled though they may be.

Some vaccinated people do pass along the virus - those unfortunate 4%, (anyone truly unable medically to take the vaccine should stay totally masked) - but in part because of the delta variant that developed because so many unvaccinated passed along the virus.

This virus kills, overwhelms hospitals, and causes long-term disabilities. As long as people believe stupid stuff, they will help kill people. I can't believe they intend the harm, but thinking that "liberty" is the issue is to live in a tiny, lethal, self-referential universe. G-d help them, and us.

James Boyd

David I did not vax. I got covid. It took just over two weeks to get through it. I got no help from state health system. It knocked me down, but I feel great now. I would not take the shots. I had a friend who did died two days later. And family member in Cali's, an ex paralyzed from JJ vax. I heard in dona ana another friend same in dona ana. To each his own. I have had worse respiratory flu's before. If I had some help, family in Nm, with getting food water and cold medicine I would have had easier getting through it. Over all I choose no shots and my natural immunity worked just fine.

Steve Tebbetts


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