Eddy County’s COVID-19 positivity rate increased slightly before Thanksgiving, according to the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH).
During a nearly two week period from Nov. 9 through Nov. 22, the positivity rate was 11.34 percent and the cases per 100,000 was 44.90, per DOH data.
From Nov. 1 through Nov. 15 DOH said Eddy County had a positivity rate of 11.02 percent and cases per 100,000 was 43.
As of Nov. 8, Eddy County had a positivity rate of 10.93 and cases per 100,000 was 39.70.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Protection calculated total new cases over a seven day per 100,000 people and percent positivity referred to the percentage of positive COVID-19 tests in a county over a seven-day period, the CDC’s website indicated.
DOH did not report any COVID-19 deaths in Eddy County from Nov. 20 through Nov. 23 and a total of 72 new cases were cited during the four-day reporting period.
Sixty new cases were reported during Nov. 20 through Nov. 22 and 12 on Nov. 23, read DOH data.
DOH said Eddy County had 11,553 total COVID-19 cases since 2020. Data from Artesia General Hospital (AGH) indicated 7,248 total cases in Carlsbad and 3,485 total cases in Artesia as of Nov. 22.
DOH noted 126,077 total tests in Eddy County as of Nov. 24 and 10,625 recovered and 213 deaths.
Twenty Eddy County residents were hospitalized with COVID-19 symptoms as of Nov. 22, according to AGH’s website. The northern Eddy County hospital said five patients were hospitalized in Artesia.
Ten Eddy County residents were on ventilators as of Nov. 22, per AGH’s website. None were in Artesia.
DOH said 639 individuals were hospitalized in New Mexico with COVID-19 as of Nov. 23.
“This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state,” DOH stated in a press release.
DOH emphasized vaccinations for New Mexicans and as of Nov. 23, 61 percent of Eddy County residents had at least one dose and 53 percent had both vaccinations, read DOH data.
Eddy County was behind the rest of the State, 85 percent of New Mexicans had at least one dose as of Nov. 23, according to DOH and 74 percent had both vaccinations.
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