As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to climb throughout the state, medical staff report that the sickest patients tend to be those who are unvaccinated. Eddy County cases are rising faster than the state average, and with increased hospitalizations and critically ill patients, resources are strained.
Take positive steps to protect yourself by registering with the New Mexico Department of Health to schedule your vaccination!
As of Monday, August 23, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has been granted full FDA approval for individuals 16 years of age and older. Emergency Use Authorization continues for children ages 12 to 16.
The CDC has recommended that immunocompromised individuals get a booster shot eight months following their second Pfizer or Moderna dose. If you are unsure whether you need a booster shot, please contact your provider for guidance.
COVID-19 vaccines are available to New Mexicans who are 12 years of age or older. To book an appointment, register with the New Mexico Department of Health. Their website now allows people to schedule a vaccine appointment at the location of their choice.
Artesia General Hospital will continue offering vaccines through Memorial Family Practice by appointment. Call 575.746.3119 to learn more.
If you would like to research where the COVID-19 vaccine is available and which type is offered, visit VaccineFinder.org.
If you need a routine COVID-19 test, please contact the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) or visit their website for more information on testing and locations.
If you are ill and suspect you have COVID-19, call your doctor. Your doctor will be able to advise you on what to do, and will be able to make a judgment of whether you need an in-person exam.
If you are in medical distress, call 911. If you think you may have COVID-19 and you are able, please alert the emergency responders.
Testing Cost at Artesia General Hospital
Patients may elect to pay out of pocket for COVID-19 testing at Artesia General Hospital, at a price of $144.00 per test. Patients who pay out of pocket but want their health insurance billed will need to file their own claim. COVID-19 testing is also available at the Public Health Office at no charge.
Eddy County Sees Significant Rise in COVID-19 Cases
August 5, 2021
All residents are urged to take additional precautions and become vaccinated if eligible
As the number of COVID-19 cases increases rapidly in Eddy County, your most effective defense is the COVID-19 vaccine.
Unfortunately, Eddy County represents one of the state’s highest resurgences in COVID-19 cases with positivity rate of 15.76%. Consequently, Artesia General Hospital is caring for a rising number of critically ill patients, and nearby healthcare facilities are exceeding capacity. The current vaccine rate in Eddy County, according to the Department of Health, is 41.1%—the fourth lowest of the state’s 33 counties.
If you haven’t been vaccinated, it is not too late! Appointments can be scheduled through the New Mexico Department of Health at the location of your choice. Visit vaccinenm.org for more information.
Appointments are currently available at Artesia General Hospital on Wednesdays. August 11 is the final date this month—we will resume on Wednesday, September 1 after relocating our COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic to Memorial Family Practice.
Additionally, you should wear a mask when in public, wash your hands frequently and practice social distancing. Please protect yourself and those around you from this disease, thereby easing the strain on our essential healthcare resources.