Eddy County’s COVID-19 positivity rate increased during a seven-day period, according to data from the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH).
The positivity rate was 11.02 percent Nov. 1 through Nov. 15, according to DOH data. Cases in the county were reported at a rate of 43 per 100,000 during the same period.
From the Oct. 26 through Nov. 8 reporting period the positivity rate was 10.93 percent. DOH data showed COVID-19 cases were 39.70 per 100,000.
“This uptick in cases is an important reminder that everyone can take action to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” said Melissa Suggs, spokesperson for Carlsbad Medical Center.
DOH reported a total of 100 new cases in Eddy County from Nov. 13 through Nov. 16.
Two deaths as a result of the virus were reported during the same time frame, though officials said that there was a 30 day delay in the reporting of one death, a man in his 30s who was hospitalized at the time of his death.
“COVID-19 related deaths are reported when a death certificate has been issued and some death certificates are delayed due to insufficient information,” DOH said in a news release that announced the man’s death.
A woman in her 50s also died. She was hospitalized at the time and reportedly had underlying medical conditions, DOH said in a Nov. 16 news release.
The number COVID-19 deaths in Eddy County reached 213 as of Nov. 16, read DOH data. DOH reported 123,936 people were tested for COVID-19 in Eddy County.
There were 11,364 total cases reported in the County since the beginning of the pandemic, with 10,507 persons reported recovered from the virus.
“Carlsbad Medical Center, like other hospitals across the state, is seeing another increase in the number of individuals testing positive and/or being hospitalized with COVID-19,” Suggs said.
Artesia General Hospital data from Nov. 11 indicated 18 hospitalizations in Eddy County. Two were in the northern Eddy County medical facility. Ten Eddy County residents were on ventilators as a result of the virus.
“While our hospital is busy, we still have availability to care for COVID-19 patients and patients with other medical needs. We encourage those experiencing a medical emergency or those who need care to not delay seeking it,” Suggs said.
Vaccination figures changed slightly for Eddy County from Nov. 12 through Nov. 16. DOH said 60 percent of residents had one dose and 53 percent had both vaccinations.
“We encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccination and booster as soon as you can. Vaccines remain the best strategy for reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” Suggs said.
She said social distancing, wearing a face mask and covering the nose and mouth while in public were some of the ways of preventing COVID-19 spread.
“Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer often, and get vaccinated,” were other ways of preventing the spread, according to Suggs.
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