COVID-19 continues to rip through Eastern New Mexico, driving the state's three-day coronavirus count.

The state Department of Health reported Monday that New Mexico saw an additional 2,286 cases and seven deaths. A major chunk of those numbers came from Eddy, Curry, Lea, Chaves and Roosevelt counties, which combined for 676 cases. Three of the deaths were in Eddy, where Carlsbad is the county seat.

Bernalillo County, the state's most populous, had 551 new cases.

Santa Fe County saw 73 cases in a three-day period. There were 36 in Rio Arriba County.

However, the state saw a decline in hospitalizations — to 394 — on Monday. They had swelled past the 400 mark last week.

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Robert Fields

Delta is so yesterday, folks. There’s a new kid on the block being looked at now to assess how much it evades current vaccines (big spike protein mutations) and how it compares to the lethality of delta. C.2.1. This is precisely why covid left to fester is still a big danger to everyone.

Andrew Lucero

You are absolutely right Robert... The South African variant is the one to watch. The scary thing is, the South African variant has already developed some vaccine resistance. As this virus continues to mutate, the virus will only become more and more resistant to vaccines. How many more mutations until it becomes something more deadly than it was and we are back under lock down again?

Laurie Buffer

It would be informative to know if these people who died from COVID had been "vaccinated" or not. Seems that would be pertinent information in my opinion.

Robert Fields

Yep. It would help shut the misinformation folks up. But we already know that it’s around 90% unvaccinated. But delta is also taking vaccinated as the first shots lose effectiveness over time and people with complicating factors succumb.

But it would be nice if each covid death had that footnote. Nothing like seeing the individual cases to impress the naysayers. They have hardened their beliefs, though, and even that probably won’t reach them. But there may be privacy issues for specifying details like that tied to identities.

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