The New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) reported eight deaths Sept. 24 through Sept. 29 in Eddy County, but none on Sept. 30.
Three deaths were reported Sept. 24: A woman in her 40s, a woman in her 70s and a man in his 70s.
Both women were hospitalized at the time of their death and suffered from underlying medical conditions.
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A man in his 40s reportedly died the weekend of Sept. 25 through Sept. 27. On Sept. 28 a man in his 70s and a woman in her woman 80s both died as a result of the virus.
Sept. 29 two elderly women died: One was a woman in her 60s who was hospitalized and a woman in her 80s who suffered from had underlying medical conditions.
As of Sept. 30, DOH said 183 Eddy County resident’s deaths were attributed to COVID-19 since the first cases were cited in the County since the first in 2020.
DOH said Eddy County recorded 10,317 total COVID-19 cases as of Sept. 30 and data from Artesia General Hospital’s website noted 6,427 Carlsbad residents and 3,157 people in Artesia had COVID-19 as of Sept. 30.
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DOH stated 111,029 Eddy County residents were tested for COVID-19 as of Sept. 30 and 8,965 recovered.
Across New Mexico Sept. 30, DOH cited 1,009 new cases and 253,024 cases overall, per DOH.
Artesia General Hospital cited 13 COVID-19 hospitalizations in Eddy County, including three at the north Eddy County hospital. Four Eddy County residents were on ventilators as of Sept. 30, none were in Artesia.
Vaccination rates rose in New Mexico and Eddy County as of Sept. 30, according to DOH.
In New Mexico, 80 percent of the population had at least one dose and 71 percent received both vaccinations.
Fifty-seven percent of Eddy County residents received one shot and 49 percent had both vaccinations, per DOH data.
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