As communities struggle to curb the latest surge in infections, New Mexico health officials on Wednesday reported 609 new coronavirus cases, a total the state hadn't seen in several months. 

Bernalillo County, which includes Albuquerque, accounted for a third of the new cases, with 207, while Eddy County added 40, Sandoval County had 39, Doña Ana County reported 37, Valencia County logged 36, McKinley County recorded 34 and Otero County had 32.

Three other counties reported at least 20 cases; Santa Fe County added 12.

Wednesday's case count was the state’s largest since Feb. 26, when it reported 659 infections.

Although the total was well below New Mexico's single-day record of 3,675 infections on Nov. 19, it was significantly higher than case counts from earlier in the summer. The latest surge is being fueled by the fast-spreading delta variant, health officials have said.

The state also reported two additional deaths: an Eddy County man in his 80s who was a resident of the Good Life Senior Living and Memory Care facility in Artesia and a Doña Ana County man in his 60s who was hospitalized.

To date, New Mexico has reported 212,577 confirmed cases, resulting in 4,416 fatalities.

Hospitals statewide reported 187 patients were being treated for COVID-19 on Wednesday, up from 180 on Tuesday.

(6) comments

Glenn Felton

Reports of "recovered" are not all that helpful, because there are big holes in the data for which the outcome is not certain. If you get sick but are not hospitalized or dead, who reports to the NMDOH that you have recovered? Do folks expect everyone who became ill and recovered on their own with no medical attention will call in when they're feeling better? I have not yet seen a report in which "recovered" + deaths equaled total cases. Recovered has also become something of a tricky concept if you include long-term residual pulmonary, cardiac, and neurological effects. What marks "recovery?"

mark Coble

Would SFNM print survival rates by age and condition? Or death rate by age and number of co morbidities? Wouldn't this be helpful to judge risk factors? Or should we just blindly follow "14 days to flatten the curve" and it comes..."the new variant is more deadly so take two shots and additional boosters." Yet folks don't know risk factors? No, they don't as SFNM won't print that information. Why not?

Glenn Felton

There is a wealth of information at the NMDOH website. The demographics report includes age groupings, although we all know it's starting to skew in a younger direction. The health and social characteristics report includes info on co-morbidities, poverty levels (poverty often correlates with health status), and census tracts. The Delta variant is much more contagious (a reproduction number of 9 instead of 3), and we don't know for sure what will be required. That's the nature of an unfolding pandemic. We could pretty much end this in 8 weeks if we had the will and persistence. It may mean skipping movies, gyms, and sit-down burgers for a while more.

Richard Irell

Don’t bother responding to the troll. Facts mean nothing to him.

Angel Ortiz

We have vaccines and masks. Pity that so many Americans are selfish. Another surge coming our way.

Diego Mondragon

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