A Santa Fe County woman in her 60s and a Rio Arriba County man in his 40s were among 25 additional COVID-19 deaths reported Tuesday by state health officials. Both were hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

The daily count of coronavirus cases dipped slightly to 2,932 following days of numbers over 3,000. But New Mexico's testing positivity rate edged up to 26.2 percent, and the number hospitalized grew by nearly 13 percent from a day earlier, with 584 patients being treated for COVID-19 in medical facilities.

There were 193 newly confirmed cases in Santa Fe County on Tuesday, and the 87507 ZIP code in the city of Santa Fe ranked among the top 10 in the state, with 68 cases.

Bernalillo County had 871 new cases, while Doña Ana County had 302; Sandoval County, 220; and San Juan County, 209. McKinley County in the state's northwestern corner had triple-digit case numbers, at 141, while several counties in the southeastern part of the state also saw triple digits: Chavez, 143; Eddy, 110; Lea, 140; Otero, 107.

New Mexico has had 381,295 cases of the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 6,045 residents have died from COVID-19.

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Spencer Ralston

The article should have included that “ According to the state’s most recent vaccination case report from Jan. 10, over the last four weeks (Dec. 13-Jan. 10), 60.1% of COVID-19 cases have been among those who are not vaccinated, as have 82.6% of hospitalizations and 92.4% of deaths.” (SF Reporter 1/12/22)

Margaret Eyler

It could’ve also included that since pandemic began roughly 8,000 New Mexicans died of heart disease, 1,200 died of cirrhosis, 1,2500 died of diabetes and 1,000 died of suicide (all largely preventable and put strain on healthcare system)

Angel Ortiz

Interesting that you can simplify these deaths to numbers and statistics. Many of the pandemic related deaths could have been avoided with common sense. Buried a friend from my old barrio last month. He was 47. Non vaccinated.

Valerie Kennedy

Heart disease, cirrhosis, diabetes, and suicide aren’t communicable diseases nor do they risk collapsing the health care system all at once.

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