The COVID-19 case rate decreased over the past week, down slightly by four percent throughout Taos County after a 33 percent decrease in cases the previous week.

The county saw 21 new cases in the past week, compared to 22 cases the week before, according to the state Department of Health. Meanwhile, cases were down 46 percent throughout the state over the past two weeks and down 18 percent nationally, continuing a general downward trend for the past month.

In New Mexico, the fourteen-day-average daily case count is at 308 cases, compared to 490 for the previous reporting period. The total number of cases in Taos County is now at 6,472, while 6,252 patients in Taos County are reported to have recovered from the virus.

Hospitalizations throughout the state have continued to decrease, down by 10 percent over the past 14-day counting period, with a state average of 139 people hospitalized per day. The number was as low as 42 per week 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 97 since March 1, 2020.

The New Mexico Department of Health reports that the state has seen more than 613,000 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began in March of 2020, with a death toll of 8,471, up from 8,432 the previous week. The CDC reports that over 1,042,000 people have died in the U.S. due to COVID-19, and is reporting there are approximately 16,581 hospitalizations nationwide as of press time, down from 29,963 the previous week.

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, 70 percent are partially vaccinated and 43 percent have received one booster. Thirty-two percent of children aged 5-11 have been fully vaccinated, and 40 percent have been partially vaccinated.

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