San Miguel County is experiencing a renewed surge in the COVID-19 pandemic, with 86 cases reported in the county over the past five days.
In addition to the high number of cases, state officials reported a death in San Miguel County last Friday, a man in his 80s with underlying conditions.
Statewide, cases are at the highest level in several months, with 7,236 reported over the past five days. A total of 43 deaths have been reported across the state during that time.
In response, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has extended the indoor mask mandate across the state through at least Dec. 10.
Lujan Grisham also signed an executive order Friday making COVID-19 booster shots available to all adults 18 and older. Previously, they were only available to older members of the population, those with underlying conditions and those in high-risk professions.
“As we have throughout this unpredictable and unprecedented global pandemic, we always stand ready to quickly implement new tools and policies in our fight against this terrible disease,” Lujan Grisham said. “I strongly encourage every New Mexican to register for a booster today – we have appointments available and are ready to get shots in arms.”
Booster shots are now available to everyone who received their Pfizer or Moderna vaccines at least six months ago, or received their Johnson & Johnson vaccines at least two months ago.
To find an appointment, visit Vaccinenm.org. More appointments will be made available on the site as providers receive shipments of the vaccine, so check back often if a convenient appointment is not available immediately.
According to the New Mexico Department of Health, 73.5 percent of New Mexicans have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, while 83.8 percent of residents have received at least their first dose.
Locally, the numbers are slightly lower. In San Miguel County, just over 68 percent of residents are fully vaccinated, while just over 66 percent of Mora County residents are fully vaccinated. Though local county booster statistics have not yet been made available by NMDOH, 15.5 percent of adults across the state have received their third shot.