NM reports 148 new infections, seven deaths

NM reports 148 new infections, seven deaths

Tuesday's report from the New Mexico Department of Health also includes 148 new COVID-19 infections.

There were three more deaths related to the disease in B.C. on Wednesday, bringing the province's COVID-19 death toll to 1,458.

For the first time in the COVID-19 pandemic, B.C. has recorded more than 1,000 daily cases, hitting 1,013 in the last 24 hours, pushing the provincial total to 100,048.

There are now 7,405 active cases of coronavirus in the province, the most since early January.

An Eddy County woman in her 20s and a Chaves County woman in her 100s are among the latest New Mexico COVID-19 patients to die, according to the state Department of Health.

Another 406 variant cases were detected in province, setting a daily record high number.

Of the active cases, 301 individuals are now hospitalized with COVID-19, 80 of whom are in intensive care. Cases the county reports as "other", or people whose ethnicities go unreported, are at 17.8%.

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In terms of vaccinations, to date, 756,080 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 87,351 of which are second doses.

For COVID-19 testing in Jackson County, residents can contact the Henry Ford COVID-19 patient hotline at 517-205-6100, or the Center for Family Health hotline at 517-748-5363. "The risk for all of us is too great, which means any of our usual travel and holiday weekend gatherings need to be put on hold this year", they said.

".Everyone will have access to a safe and effective vaccine, and that remains on track to happen before Canada Day", said Dix and Henry.

Health officials said there has been a delay in genetic sequencing for variants of concern, so no update on those numbers was provided on Wednesday.

People between age 20-29 remain the group with the highest rate of positive cases, at 16.7%, while people between age 50-59 make up 16.3% of positive cases, the health department reported.

Some 634,997 doses of vaccine have been given out as of March 30.

With the Easter long weekend coming up, provincial officials once again asked British Columbians to avoid leisure travel outside of their communities.

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