State health officials said Tuesday another 12 New Mexicans have died from COVID-19, including a Rio Arriba County man in his 60s.

In addition, another 749 residents became infected with the coronavirus. Since the beginning of the crisis, there have been 242,399 cases — more than 10 percent of New Mexico's population.

Bernalillo County had 215 cases Tuesday, with 15 in Santa Fe County. There were three new cases among inmates at the Penitentiary of New Mexico south of Santa Fe.

Victims of the disease were spread throughout all regions of the state in Tuesday's report, ranging from a man in his 30s from Bernalillo County to a woman in her 40s from Roosevelt County to a woman in her 70s from Grant County.

Most had been hospitalized before their deaths.

The Department of Health said 352 people are in hospitals battling the disease.

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Mike Johnson

And MLG extended the mask manage for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, in indoor public places for at least another month. Good move, after all it is working so well. Consider this, at this time last year we had no vaccines and had an average of about 180 cases per day and 6 deaths. Now we have the above, with 70% of people eligible for vaccines vaccinated. Yes, mask mandates are really working......[lol]

Robert Fields

This time last year we did not have a much more infectious delta variant.

Yes, mask mandates are working, Mike. The equation changed even if you refuse to notice. Delta is more infectious and more deadly than the original strain or the alpha variant. Now we have delta and even some others spreading throughout the population that have some level of vaccine resistance and are more infectuous.

The equilibrium has shifted. Things are different now and could conceivably get even worse. We need mask mandates again because of the large anti-vaxx population making sure everyone can be repeatedly exposed. Vaccinated folks with complicating health issues are in real danger again thanks to the prolific covid factories walking among us. They refuse to vaccinate so the damage and death they would otherwise cause is at least mitigated.

If you people would get your shots, the mask mandates may be able to be lifted again. Like I said, the equilibrium was shifted by delta’s much higher infection rates. We have to shift it back by increasing vaccination rates, wearing masks, and distancing.

This stuff isn’t hard.

And we need to get rid of these infection pockets that expose others before we get another variant that given a foothold, will possibly or probably be even worse and could have even more vaccine resistance.

Yes, mask mandates are really working, Mike. MLG is doing the prudent thing for New Mexico and saving lives. What are you doing?

Carolyn DM

Yes, the mask mandates are really working, dolt. Anyone that hasn't been brainwashed by the ignorant Right can see that. Move to Texas or Florida. Your complete ignorance would be completely accepted there, and you certainly won't be missed here.

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