SANTA FE – New Mexico on Saturday announced 1,507 additional known COVID-19 cases and 22 more deaths, increasing the state’s totals since the pandemic began to 154,954 cases and 2,732 deaths.
The number of infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.
Bernalillo, Dona Aña, San Juan and Santa Fe had triple-digit numbers of additional cases, while the additional deaths were spread among 12 counties.
The state on Friday expanded eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations to people 75 and older as well as residents with underlying medical conditions that place them at greater risk.
The expanded list under what is known as Phase 1B of the distribution plan also includes front-line essential workers who can’t work remotely and certain vulnerable populations such as the homeless and those in correctional facilities or residential treatment centers.