New Mexico inched closer to the 1,000 mark in daily COVID-19 cases Friday.

The state Department of Health reported 914 new cases and eight more deaths, with the spike in Eastern New Mexico continuing to drive the numbers.

Bernalillo County led the state with 171 new cases. But Chaves (96), Lea (82),  Eddy (63), Curry (55) and Roosevelt (28) counties on the state's eastern edge are struggling to corral an outbreak that began earlier in the summer.

Santa Fe County had 21 cases, with 13 in Rio Arriba County and three in Los Alamos County.

The fatalities spanned the length and breadth of the state, including two victims in San Juan County and two in Grant County. 

There were 396 COVID-19 hospitalizations Friday.

Congregate care facilities continue to be a problem area: 52 long-term care outlets have reported a case among residents or staff members in the past 28 days.

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Robert Fields

You seem to be misinterpreting the results. The real take home from the Israeli research is that delta is highly infectious and vaccinated and unvaccinated are becoming infected with delta. The Israeli Minister of Health got their booster last month as Israel is one of the first countries to be giving those out.

Israel interprets the data as showing how important vaccines are to the health of their population as well as how important it is to have as many vaccinated as possible because infection with delta is a sure thing among unvaccinated.

Here’s an easy read:

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Charlotte Rowe

Carlos, that's the biggest load of BS that has ever appeared in writing. You need better rreading comprehension skills, or to learn how to spot lies when you see them - before you choose to spew them.

Janet Lucks

So please explain all the not vaccinated deaths of ALL ages and non deaths in vaccinated? I will research the "Israel" study meanwhile all the news I read from Israel they are already giving 3rd Boosters!

Robert Fields

Exactly. Israel has not stopped vaccinating its citizens and instead is pushing to get as many vaccinated as possible and giving out those boosters - while warning other countries just how dangerous delta is. The Minister of Health got their booster last month. Vaccines work and save lives. I don’t know why these others are so bent on tricking people into what could be unintentional suicide and/or denying others the care they need by taking up a hospital bed.

Angel Ortiz

Mmmm. Eastern side of the state. Right along the Texas border. Low vaccination rate and no regard for others by refusing to wear masks. Here we go again.

Robert Fields


Charlotte Rowe

Yup. It's theoretically possible to educate the ignorant, but you cannot fix stupid - or pathologically selfish.

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