COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to decline in NM ”Albuquerque Journal
SANTA FE – The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in New Mexico fell to 109 just on Friday – the smallest number of patients in 15 days and a 24% drop in the past week.
The state also reported just 124 new cases of coronavirus on Friday, well below the Department of Health’s target of 210 or fewer cases per day.
The share of fully vaccinated adults in New Mexico remained at 55% in Friday’s update. In total, approximately 930,000 New Mexicans aged 16 and over have completed their vaccines.
The state’s goal is to reach 60% of fully vaccinated vaccines by the end of June – a standard that would trigger the lifting of capacity restrictions on companies, according to the health ministry.
The state reported six more coronavirus-related deaths on Friday, bringing the state’s total to 4,263 deaths.
Four of the deaths occurred at least a month ago and were added to the tally on Friday as health workers dealt with a backlog of vital cases.
The two recent deaths were a man in his 60s from Bernalillo County and a woman in his 80s from Doña Ana County.
Friday’s update included a sharp drop in the number of COVID-19 patients in New Mexico hospitals. The 109 hospitalizations reported on Friday are the lowest total since May 13.
This month’s peak was 156 hospitalizations on May 19.
At the height of the pandemic, in November and December, New Mexico steadily exceeded 900 coronavirus patients in public hospitals.