Over the last week, the New Mexico Department of Health has moved ahead with a state plan to widely distribute rapid COVID tests to communities across the state through county governments. In the Albuquerque-area, Bernalillo County announced a plan Monday to deliver tests first to some community centers and senior centers with high case positivity rates. On Tuesday, New Mexico reported 3,354 new COVID-19 cases and 25 additional deaths. The numbers bring the state’s pandemic totals up to 455,947 cases and 6,317 COVID-related deaths.
The state may be inching closer toward the peak of the omicron-driven surge, which has helped reset the records for the daily number of new COVID cases multiple times in the last month. At a news conference last week, the New Mexico Department of Health’s Acting Secretary Dr. David Scrase said the state’s modeling team projected the omicron-related surge would likely peak by the end of January, somewhere between January 27 and February 2.
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