New Mexico hospitals at capacity

New Mexico hospitals at capacity

A total of 433 people were hospitalized for Covid-19 in New Mexico as of Wednesday — a 23 percent increase from a week ago. On top of that, more than 50 people are on a waiting list to get an ICU bed, Cabinet Secretary Dr. David Scrase said during an update Wednesday.

In the past month, unvaccinated people accounted for 88 percent of hospitalizations, and 85 percent of deaths, according to state health officials. As cases continue to rise, officials and health care workers have asked those who’ve received a Covid vaccine to encourage others to get vaccinated as well.

The New Mexico Department of Health early last week put out an “urgent call for nurses” as well as volunteer health providers for the state’s Medical Reserve Corps.

The state requested that nurses, and anyone with a medical license, volunteer.

“Our modeling is predicting that New Mexico will see over 1,000 cases per day in the next several weeks,” Scrase said in a statement. “To get through this together, we need everyone who can provide patient care to work side by side with us during this critical time.”

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