Two Eddy County residents infected with COVID-19 died of complications from the virus this week, according to the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH).
A man in his 30s, who was hospitalized at the time of his death, and a man in his 70s died Dec. 8.
DOH said 218 Eddy County residents have died from COVID-19 since the first deaths were reported in March 2020.
During the latest five-day reporting period, DOH cited a total of 119 new COVID-19 cases in Eddy County.
Eddy County had 11,965 total cases as of Dec. 9 with 130,186 total tests conducted and 10,921 persons reportedly recovered from COVID-19, per DOH data.
Artesia General Hospital (AGH) said 7,488 Carlsbad residents and 3,587 Artesia residents had tested positive for COVID-19 as of Dec. 6.
Eddy County’s younger population remain impacted by COVID-19 as of Dec. 9, DOH’s demographic breakdown stated. The 20 through 29 age group had 2,0002 COVID-19 positive cases. The number of positive cases rose to 2,177 among those 30 through 39 years old.
Positive cases fell to 1,777 for those 40 to 49 and decreased as the population aged, according to DOH.
Fifteen Eddy County residents were hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Dec. 6, read AGH’s website. The northern Eddy County hospital had two COVID-19 patients.
Ten Eddy County residents were on ventilators as of Dec. 6, per AGH’s website.
Eddy County remained behind the State of New Mexico in COVID-19 vaccinations.
As of Dec. 9, 87 percent of New Mexicans received at least one COVID-19 dose. Eddy County had 62 percent of its residents with at least one dose, DOH stated.
Seventy-five percent of New Mexicans had both COVID-19 vaccinations and 54 percent of Eddy County residents had both shots, DOH cited.
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