Eddy County records 152 COVID-19 deaths

The New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) reported 152 deaths in Eddy County were related to the coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic.

The latest were a man in his 70s and a man in his 80s who died last week. Both were hospitalized at the time of their death and reportedly suffered from underlying medical conditions, DOH stated in a news release.

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An Aug. 13 update from the DOH reported 83 new cases in Eddy County. Bernalillo County reported 197 cases while Lea County reported 104.

Lea and Eddy County cities were among those with the highest reported cases, leading to an updated 23.13 percent positivity rate in Eddy County and a 25 percent positivity rate in Lea County.

Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway said Eddy County saw a significant uptick in hospitalizations as a result.

A sign at the Eddy County Public Health Office in Artesia reminded residents to get tested and vaccinated for COVID-19 on Aug. 12, 2021.

“Eddy County numbers remain very high and we need to continue to treat this wave very seriously by following COVID-19 safe practices,” he said on Aug. 12. 

Carlsbad Medical Center Spokesperson Melissa Suggs said the hospital updated visitation guidelines due to the increase of COVID-19 cases.

“Our hospital has been performing a near-record number of COVID-19 tests, with an average positivity rate over the last week of 28 percent,” she said.