Kai Porter, Giuli Frendak
Updated: January 05, 2022 10:21 PM
Created: January 05, 2022 04:25 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — State health officials hosted a COVID-19 briefing for the first time since the holidays. Omicron now makes up more than half of the COVID-19 cases in New Mexico.
On Wednesday, New Mexico reported 2,514 additional COVID-19 cases and 36 deaths.
Dr. David Scrase, acting cabinet secretary with the New Mexico Department of Health, said Omicron cases currently make up about 50% to 60% of all new cases. He expects it will make up 100% of new cases in another week or two.
Scrase also said hospitals are still struggling – there are just nine ICU beds and 40 surgical beds in the state. The shortage is due to 497 COVID patients in the hospitals.
"They are still struggling, they're struggling getting staff, they're struggling covering shifts," Scrase said. "They're struggling getting the work done, they still have long emergency room waits and delays in care."
Over the last month, unvaccinated people made up about 66% of new COVID-19 cases, more than 83% of hospitalizations and 88% of deaths.
New Mexico has also adopted the CDC's recommendation to stay home for just five days after a positive test – as long as you have no symptoms.
State health officials are also reminding people what to do if you are a close contact:
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