New Mexico has reached a dubious new plateau in the fight against COVID-19: more than 5,000 deaths.

The state reported an additional 15 deaths for the period beginning Saturday and ending Monday, bringing the fatality count to 5,002.

Among the dead was a man in his 70s from Santa Fe County and a man in his 80s from Rio Arriba County. There were four victims from Bernalillo County and one from San Miguel County.

The individual from Santa Fe County had been hospitalized, according to the state Department of Health.

State health officials issued a statement Monday calling for more vaccinations, noting that between Feb. 1 and Oct. 11, 1,039 people died from coronavirus-related symptoms. Of those, 967 were unvaccinated.

“This means that nearly 1,000 people in New Mexico have died who didn’t need to die,” said acting Health Department Secretary David Scrase. “If every eligible New Mexican got vaccinated, we could put an end to this pandemic.”

The Department of Health reported an additional 2,335 new coronavirus cases Monday, including 592 in Bernalillo County and 422 in San Juan County, where cases have been rising in recent weeks. The ZIP code with the highest number of cases is in the Farmington area, where 165 were reported.

Another troublesome area is in lightly populated Grant County, where 103 cases were reported.

There also were 152 cases in Otero County and 140 cases in Sandoval County.

New Mexico has seen 271,212 cases since the virus spread to the state in March 2020.

New Mexico’s vaccination rate for those 18 and older now stands at 72.2 percent. Eight percent have received a booster shot.

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Mike Johnson

And the mask mandate is still in place, and obviously working so well. NM is one of only a few states that has not seen a drastic decline in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths since the early August peak. But, what do they call doing the same things over and over and expecting different results?

Robert Fields

Without a mask mandate, infections and deaths would be higher.

All you do is try to convince people to do that absolutely wrong things. SFNM can easily verify you present a danger to readers.

SFNM, will you please [ban] Mike Johnson? There is no redeeming value in his posts.

Pam Walker

I wonder the same thing Mr. Johnson. And before all you folks jump all over me I am fully vaccinated including the booster. Whatever you are doing isn't working so maybe you should talk to some of the other states doing a whole lot better.

Mike Johnson

I'm fully vaccinated too, as is all my family and friends that I know of, and I have an appointment for my booster, and I always follow whatever rules any place has for masks, but the fact is that masks are NOT very effective, and to think they are and rely on them is ignorant and not following the science (and as proven by the results here), only what political scientists order.

Robert Fields

Woohoo! Congrats anti-vaxxers and anti-maskers! Finally, a death count you can be proud of!

All you folks refusing to do your part to end this pandemic are at least partially responsible, and some are entirely responsible, for these deaths.

Might as well be proud of your contributions. I’d rather you were ashamed, but being proud is the first step to accepting responsibility - something I’m guessing few of you understand.

Angel Ortiz

5,000 deaths and people still refuse to get vaccinated and wear masks but I guess all the body bags are a hoax.

Sabine Strohem

5,000 deaths and still the hubris remains.

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