Significant Drop In COVID-19 Cases All Over New Mexico
February 19, 2021
As the state continues to carry out vaccination rounds, New Mexico's coronavirus caseload is dropping sharply, with the Department of Health anticipating another big shipment of shots next week, health officials claimed. An article from the Santa Fe New Mexican titled "New Mexico Sees Drop in Virus Cases as More Residents Get Vaccinated
" explains how Dr. David Scrase, New Mexico's human services secretary, feels about this; he sees good progress in every area of the state. A steady downward trend in cases has been spotted as well.
The state hopes a new vaccine will be available by March to help reinforce supplies since around 800,000 New Mexicans are believed to be eligible for the vaccine, with some of them complaining about how the vaccination process is being managed. While New Mexico expects the arrival of 72,510 additional shots, over 628,000 of its residents have completed the registration process on the state's online system.
At a larger proportion than any other age group, around 16% of New Mexicans 75 and older have received both shots, but some other residents argue that it's been difficult to get access to the vaccine. There are wide variations in vaccination rates between counties, with some counties having higher rates than others. Of all New Mexico residents who have been fully vaccinated, around 9% are white compared to near 6% who identify as Latino or Hispanic.
So many New Mexicans are eager to get vaccinated, but they depend on the federal government for their supply, which is why only so much can be done in this case. Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center is providing around 1,000 doses per week. Its spokesman, Arturo Delgado, affirms that they're prepared to increase the number of vaccinations they administer to the community by 4,000 or more per week; if and when their supply increases.
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