NMDOH Releases Update on COVID-19 and Flu Cases in New Mexico

According to the latest data, the seven-day median for COVID-19 cases in New Mexico is 580. But with many tests being conducted at home, health leaders say the numbers are likely higher. “We know that the number of cases is perhaps two or three times higher than what we have reported. We don’t know the exact number,” said Dr. David Scrase, Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health. Hospital admissions due to COVID-19 have also increased. At the beginning of October we were at 92, today we are at 170. But those in the hospital have less serious illnesses. “A much smaller percentage of people on ventilators, about 3% right now. And those of you remember when the pandemic started when that number was over 20%.” Scrase said, “Many counties in New Mexico are now changing color as we head into the cooler months. 18 counties are still at low risk for COVID-19, seven counties are intermediate risk, and eight counties are orange, the highest risk. “Actually in the orange area now includes both Bernalillo and Santa Fe counties,” Scrase said. “In addition, we’ve had a sharp increase in flu cases in New Mexico,” said Dr Cases this year to fewer people wearing masks , as restrictions are lifted Ask everyone to do their part to not spread viruses. “The vaccines are still your best protection. So if you have not yet been vaccinated against COVID or have not yet received your booster shot, please get your booster shot. The same goes for the flu,” Parajon said. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu-like symptoms such as fever and cough are currently very high in the state of New Mexico. About 10 states currently have rates this high.

According to the latest data, the seven-day average for COVID-19 cases in New Mexico is 580.

But with plenty of at-home testing, health leaders say the number is likely higher.

“We know that the number of cases is perhaps two or three times higher than what we have reported. We don’t know the exact number,” said Dr. David Scrase, Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health.

Hospital admissions due to COVID-19 have also increased. At the beginning of October we were at 92, today we are at 170. But those in the hospital are less seriously ill.

“A much smaller percentage of people on ventilators, currently around 3%. And those of you remember at the beginning of the pandemic when that number was over 20%,” Sccrase said.

Many counties in New Mexico are now changing color as we move into the cooler months. 18 counties are still at low risk for COVID-19, seven counties are medium risk, and eight counties are orange, the highest risk.

“Actually, both Bernalillo and Santa Fe counties are now in the orange zone,” Sccrase said.

“Also, we have a sharp increase in flu cases in New Mexico,” said Dr. NMDOH’s Laura Parajon.

State health leaders attribute the rise in flu cases this year to fewer people wearing masks as restrictions were lifted.

They urge everyone to do their part to not spread viruses.

“The vaccines are still your best protection. So if you have not yet been vaccinated against COVID or have not yet received your booster shot, please get your booster shot. The same goes for the flu,” Parajon said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu-like symptoms such as fever and cough are currently very high in the state of New Mexico. About 10 states currently have rates this high.

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