Coronavirus Update

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New Mexico:



Part 1 - Prepared By Dr. Howard Topoff

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Vaccinations In Arizona -October 14, 2021

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Vaccinations In New Mexico -October 14, 2021

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Cases In Arizona -October 13, 2021

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Cases In New Mexico - October 13 , 2021

Rate of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the United States as of October 14, 2021, by state

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Cases In Hidalgo County: 556

Rodeo: 15 Animas: 58 Lordsburg: 487


Part 2 - Prepared By Dr. Eskild Petersen

News and trends for the week 10/8-15/2021

  • Cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are all declining.

  • We are no longer the country in the worst shape from Covid-19
  • The unvaccinated have been the source of the recent 3rd wave of infections, strained hospitals, and incredible numbers of unnecessary deaths.
  • To remain unvaccinated means you might cause harm to other people

  • Daily case reports are flat or falling in more than 40 states, but hotspots have emerged in the northern third of the country, includingAlaska, MontanaandIdaho.
  • I am currently in Montana where there is no mask mandate, and hardly any are wearing them. Their Covid case numbers and deaths reflect this.
  • The delta covid wave has carved a dividing line across the country defined by one rule: Regions with more vaccinations have fewer hospitalizations.
  • The mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) are signifantly better in inducing immunity than the Johnson&Johnson vaccine.
  • Prior Covid infection is very variable in inducing protective immunity. You still need vaccination.
  • Covid vaccine booster dose is now approved for receipients of the Pfizer vaccine. Later today I expect it to also will be approved for most receipients of the Moderna and Johnson&Johnson vaccines.
  • The Pfizer mRNA vaccine should get FDA approval for children age 5-11 soon.
  • Vaccine passports work. To dine-in in SF or British Columbia you must provide proof of vaccination
  • All healthcare workers must be vaccinated to protect patients.

For those fully vaccinated you should get a booster shot this Fall. Soon fully vaccinated, like in Israel, will mean 3 jabs.

If you got the much less effective J&J single shot vaccine, you should get a mRNA vaccine -Moderna or Pfizer shot now. Mixing is highly effective.


Hidalgo County is a very low vaccination county. Rodeo has an extreme risk for infection. Be careful. Get vaccinated. Get a 3rd booster dose. Use a mask.

Cochise County is a low vaccination county. Portal has an extreme risk for infection. Be careful. Get vaccinated. Get a 3rd booster dose. Use a mask.

Adjusted rates for cases, covid-19 deaths and hospitalizations the country’s summer upswing is slamming the unprotected and are posing a danger to the vaccinated.

If you are not vaccinated and are not wearing a mask, you pose a risk to yourself and to the rest of us. Take the jab. Wear a mask.

If you are vaccinated, if possible, stay away from indoor events where people’s vaccine status is unknown. Wear a mask.

Health officials also called for all teachers, staffers, and students in schools to wear masks, regardless of their vaccination status. Healthcare workers must be fully vaccinated.

Face masks have somehow become controversial, but they are a key public health tool that can help slow the spread of the virus.

Two Americas are emerging as Delta variant spreads. The America with high vaccination rates and the other America with low vaccination rates.

Global trends

The World

Vaccine is the way to normalcy.

The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are both effective in preventing severe disease and deaths but immunity wanes over time and Delta is much more infectious. If you are 50 or older, get a 3rd shot.

J&J - 1 jab vaccine is a viral vector vaccine and is much less effective and is even less effective against the Delta variant than against the original virus. It probably never should have gotten an emergency use authorization from FDA . If you have a choice take the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine.

If you have received the J&J vaccine, get a second shot with an m-RNA vaccine - Moderna or Pfizer now. Mixing is highly effective and clealy better than getting a 2nd J&J shot.


US had a head start with vaccination but has since been hindered by the folly of vaccine hesitancy fueled by antivaxxers and political opportunists spreading misinformation. US lack way behind Canada, Denmark, UK, and many other countries in share of population fully vaccinated and/or with at least one dose. Some states and counties are even further behind and represent a real danger to all of us. New Mexico as a state is doing a good job however many rural counties like Hidalgo have decidedly not.

The global picture is also very grim with total confirmed cases of 236million and 4.8 million deaths.

The true numbers are actually many times higher.

How do we compare to other countries?

Arizona and New Mexico data

The threat of Covid-19 still spreading in our communities is very real.

New Mexico Data:

Comparing AZ to NM

AZ and parts of NM are doing badly with vaccinations. However,

New Mexico has had a much more robust public health response to Covid-19 than Arizona. The lack of public health leadership by Arizona leaders has been appalling.

Hidalgo County has a dismal 43% vaccination rate. Also, other rural areas in NM have large numbers of anti-vaxxers.

Howard Topoff 2011