As of January 14th, 2021; there are1,434 new positive cases in New Mexico, raising the total statewide to 160,543. There were 29 additional deaths as of today, raising the state total to 2, 836. 691 current patients hospitalized due to COVID-19 with 126 New Mexico residents on ventilators. As of Jan 13th, Union County has reached the Yellow level, and Harding County has reached Green. That leaves 31 other counties in New Mexico in the red, but 11 of those counties have positivity rates below 10%- nearing the 5% threshold for entering the Yellow level.
Governor Lujan Grisham wanted to remind everyone that, “we all have a role to play in protecting our communities. COVID-safe behaviors are the same no matter what level you’re at. The virus can and does spread if it is given to opportunity to do so.”
After the Governor spoke, Dr. Tracie Collins came on to deliver a vaccine update.
There have been 153,475 doses of the vaccine delivered to New Mexico, with 100,601 of those administered to residents of the state. Within the last seven days, a total of 38,479 vaccines have been administered. According to the CDC, New Mexico has one of the highest administration rates in the country.
As to the progression the vaccine registration website, nearly half a million New Mexicans have registered in three weeks. This website is the first of its kind in the country. The DOH wants to ensure everyone that that your personal information is secure and only to be seen by designated state officials, and your vaccine provider. Once you are registered, NMDOH will notify you when vaccine is available and you can schedule an appointment. The website to register is: vaccinenm.org if you need additional support, the call center is also available. The toll-free number is 1-855-600-3453.
Currently New Mexico is in Phase 1B, meaning, individuals 75 years of age and older, individuals 16 years and older that have underlying medical conditions, frontline essential workers, and vulnerable populations are being called to get vaccinated. The New Mexico Department of Health is hoping to offer vaccine to the general public by mid-2021.
Please keep in mind, that getting vaccinated protected YOU from infection, the DOH doesn’t know how well it prevents transmission. Keep loved ones safe by continuing to practice COVID-safe guidelines.