In terms of COVID-19 hospitalizations, the situation has gotten a little better this week, but is still very serious. In mid December, all 12 of Carlsbad Medical Center’s ICU beds were occupied with 11 of them COVID-19 patients, and the situation was similar at hospitals around the area, especially in the case of stressed emergency rooms. As of this Tuesday, the hospital reports 8 ICU patients- all COVID-19 patients who are on ventilators.
Hospital officials continue to tell us that the vast majority of the most serious COVID-19 cases are from those who are unvaccinated. Let’s hope and pray that the situation continues to move in the direction it has for the past few weeks and improve. Please continue to pray for our health care workers, many of who worked through December with little or no time off.
Over the past few weeks, there have also been extra questions about COVID-19 test availability. New Mexicans are still able to order tests through Vault at https://learn.vaulthealth.com/nm/. We have been told there is no charge for a single test, but there will be a charge if a second test is ordered at the same time. Many organizations administering tests are also reporting delays in response time, both due to the holiday schedule and omicron concerns.
The weekly vaccination clinic at the civic center continued to go well. On Monday, 185 vaccinations were administered and were a combination of boosters, first doses and second doses. The next clinic will be held on the morning of January 10. COVID-19 testing is also available at the front of the clinic at the same time.
From of office of Mayor Dale Janway