The COVID-19 case rate has increased over the past week, up by 23 percent throughout Taos County after a 31 percent decrease in cases the previous week.

The county saw 80 new cases in the past week, compared to 65 cases the week before. Meanwhile, cases were up 10 percent throughout the state over the past two weeks and up 24 percent nationally.

In New Mexico, the 14-day-average daily case count has increased to 967 cases, compared to 866 for the previous reporting period. The total number of cases in Taos County is now at 6,232, while 5,800 patients in Taos County are reported to have recovered from the virus.

Hospitalizations throughout the state have increased by two percent over the past 14 days, with a state average of 230 hospitalizations last week. The number was as low as 42 at the end of April.

No additional deaths were reported among Taos County residents in the past week, leaving the total number of deaths to 96 since March 1, 2020.

The New Mexico Department of Health reports that the state has seen more than 580,000 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began in March of 2020, with a death toll of 8,116, up from 7,990 the previous week. The CDC reports that over 1,019,000 people have died in the U.S. due to COVID-19, and is reporting there are approximately 33,333 hospitalizations nationwide as of press time.

Taos County residents (aged 18+) remain 90 percent fully vaccinated, 99 percent partially vaccinated and 60 percent boosted. For the state as a whole, 80 percent are fully vaccinated and 95 percent are partially vaccinated. Sixty-eight percent of New Mexicans have received one booster shot, while seven percent have received more than one.

For younger New Mexicans (aged 12–17), 62 percent are fully vaccinated and 70 percent are partially vaccinated and 43 percent with one booster. Thirty-two percent of children aged 5-11 have been fully vaccinated, and 40 percent have been partially vaccinated.

To get vaccinated or sign up to get a booster shot, go to vaccinenm.org.

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