Low vaccination percentages in Eddy County lead to COVID-19 increase

Eddy County fell behind the state in the average of vaccinated individuals, which Carlsbad officials said contributed to the increased number of COVID-19 cases reported in Eddy County this week. 

The New Mexico Department of Health’s (DOH) COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard indicated 41 percent of Eddy County’s population was fully vaccinated as of Wednesday. The percentage of residents with at least one vaccination was slightly higher at 47 percent.

Eddy County’s vaccination rate was below the State averages of 64 percent receiving both vaccines and 72 percent with at least one vaccine, per DOH data.

Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway said in his Tuesday daily COVID-19 update published in the Carlsbad Current-Argus that 14 positive cases were reported by the Carlsbad Medicl Center out of 80 total tests over the weekend.