Santa Fe County reported 242 COVID-19 cases over the past three days — an average of just over 80 per day, according to the state Department of Health.

The rising case count in the county was part of a statewide report that included 3,658 new cases and 14 more deaths.

Bernalillo County had 993 cases Saturday, Sunday and Monday, with 737 in Doña Ana County.

Other counties in triple-figures besides Santa Fe were: McKinley (130), Otero (105), Sandoval (246) and Valencia (153).

Those who died ranged in age from their 40s to their 90s and included six victims from Bernalillo County and two from Valencia County.

Since the first cases appeared in New Mexico in March 2020, 5,277 people have died.

The state's positivity rate has dipped a bit in the past few days, down to 12 percent. It was at 12.4 percent at one point last week.

The state Department of Health said 559 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 in New Mexico.

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Mike Johnson

Isn't it amazing the ABQ TV stations are hyping new testing sites opening and so many people at them and how wonderful that is, while people still refuse to spend a few minutes to get vaccinated? Something wrong with people in this state, and the news media.

Joe Estrada

New Mexico actually has a higher vaccination rate than most other states. It’s about 5% higher than the national average. Equally amazing that you would not know that before you bash New Mexicans!

Mike Johnson

I guess you missed that NM is one of the states with the fastest growing new infections, deaths, and hospitalization rates in the nation. And then there is this: "Health officials have said the coronavirus’s faster-spreading delta variant is infecting the unvaccinated population by at least twice the rate as previous strains. This more infectious variant, combined with vaccinations wearing off after about six months, has led to an increasing number of breakthrough cases among the immunized, health officials say.

Roughly a quarter of those hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19 were vaccinated, according to recent state health data." And you still think it is best to expand testing and promote it instead of vaccinations and boosters? You need to wake up friend.

Joe Estrada

Where in my comments did I mention that I favor or promote testing over vaccinations? I only commented that the people of NM have done a better than average job getting vaccinated and that maybe you should temper your criticism of them. You, my friend, should probably work on your reading comprehension skills.

Mike Johnson

You really should educate yourself, this graph and data should scare anyone.....

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