The Department of Health on Thursday said the state's COVID-19 death count rose by 11, with nine of the victims from Southern New Mexico.

The state reported deaths in Chaves, Doña Ana, Eddy, Lea, Lincoln, Otero and Sierra counties. The other two victims were in San Juan and McKinley counties in the northern part of the state.

New Mexico has reported 3,974 coronavirus deaths since the crisis began in March 2020.

The state also announced 266 additional COVID-19 cases, with nine from Santa Fe County.

Eighty-seven people in New Mexico hospitals are battling the coronavirus. The Department of Health said 32.7 percent of the state's eligible residents have been fully vaccinated.

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