DOH rolls out new COVID-19 testing places in Eddy County

The New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) announced changes for COVID-19 testing and vaccinations in Eddy County for the rest of September.

In a news release Friday, DOH public health offices in New Mexico would no longer offer COVID-19 testing.

Instead, testing in Carlsbad would be available on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the front parking lot of Walter Gerrells Performing Arts Center at 4012 National Parks Highway.

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Testing in Artesia can be accessed Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Bulldog Bowl.

Some pharmacies, medical providers and employers offered COVID-19 testing, read the release.

Carlsbad residents can still receive a COVID-19 vaccination on Monday and Friday mornings from 8:30 until 11:30 a.m. at the Walter Gerrells Performing Arts Center Exhibition Center.

Drive thru vaccinations are offered in Artesia at the Eddy County Public Health Office at 1001 West Memorial Drive Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., per the DOH release.

A sign at the Eddy County Public Health Office in Artesia reminds people to mask up for COVID-19 tests and vaccinations.

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As of Friday, Eddy County lagged behind the rest of New Mexico in COVID-19 vaccinations as 79 percent had at least one dose and 69 percent had both vaccinations, DOH data read.

Fifty-five percent of Eddy County residents had at least one COVID-19 dose and 46 percent had both vaccinations, according to DOH.

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DOH reported two deaths in Eddy County Friday as the overall death total rose to 170.

Two women, one in her 40s and the other in her 90s, died while hospitalized, DOH said in a separate news release.

Southeast New Mexico had 10 COVID-19 deaths overall Friday. Chaves and Eddy Counties had two and Lea County had six, DOH figures indicated.

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Twenty deaths were reported across New Mexico Friday by DOH.

Eddy County had 67 new cases with 43 reported in Carlsbad.

DOH noted Carlsbad was second in New Mexico’s top-10 zip codes with the most new cases Friday.

Hobbs was first with 57 and Roswell was third with 35, read the DOH news release.

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