This new page on the Beat, as of March 18, 2020, will be dedicated to news on COVID-19 as we receive it. Some articles in front page news, in legal notices,  columns, in sports, in editorials or letters to the editor, as well as in local and non-local news releases may also pertain to COVID-19. So please look at all pages in the Beat for ongoing news.

The COVID, FLU, RSV Report - December 3, 2022

THE OVERALL USA SUMMARY - December 3, 2022:

COVID, Flu, and RSV new cases are high; this season is concerning based on many health experts, caution has been advised. Two holidays, Thanksgiving and Veterans Day, in a row means cases and other data may have been under-reported based on past experience.

Covid cases rose in USA, NM, TX, but not in CO and AZ. Covid weekly cases rose to 363,933 this week up from 238,923 covid cases a week; this is still a very active virus. BQ--BF variant growth was slowing. Read on for more details.

Weekly US covid cases and beds and positivity all rose [page 5, 7, 8, 25]

Weekly Influenza cases were 33,997 up 10,000 from the prior week. Use caution. [page 38, 39]

Weekly RSV cases rose in AZ, CO, NM; but TX data undetermined. The US graph shows this year's surge much higher than last year's surge [page 40, 41]

OUR LOCAL GEOGRAPHIC AREA - Grant County Covid data:

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The COVID, FLU, RSV Report - November 26, 2022

THE OVERALL USA SUMMARY - November 26, 2022:

A long weekend, two holidays in a row, Wednesday's only reporting (except NM which is still daily), and some data types unreported, all made accurate analysis more involved. However, this report uses a lot of week-on-week analysis which is fully valid; it is just using Wednesday to Wednesday instead of Friday to Friday.

RSV weekly cases rose. FLU data was not reported. Covid cases rose in AZ, CO, NM, TX, but fell in the USA as a whole (caution: long weekends tend to report lower case numbers). However, 238,923 covid cases a week is still a very active virus. BQ--BF variant growth was slowing. Read on for more details.
Weekly US covid cases and beds fell [page 5, 7, 8, 25] but long weekends tend to report less in the CDC data files
The caution is US, AZ, TX, and CO only report Wednesday making small trends harder to see. NM has daily reporting.
Weekly Influenza cases were not reported by CDC as of 11/25/22 [page 38, 39]
Weekly RSV cases rose in AZ and CO,; TX and NM late data undetermined. [page 41, 42]

OUR LOCAL GEOGRAPHIC AREA (Grant County):

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The COVID, FLU, RSV Report - November 19, 2022

THE OVERALL USA SUMMARY - November 19, 2022:

FLU, and RSV weekly cases rose. Covid cases are a mixed bag. Read on for more details.

Weekly US covid cases and beds oscillated and fell a bit, deaths fell, and admissions oscillated [page 5, 7, 8, 25]
The caution is US, AZ, and CO only report weekly making small trends harder to see. TX and NM have better reporting.
Weekly Influenza cases have risen for the 11th week [page 38, 39]
Weekly RSV cases rose in AZ, CO, TX, and NM. [page 41, 42]
Weekly Monkeypox cases are very low and may be leveling [page 43]

OUR LOCAL GEOGRAPHIC AREA (Grant County):

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The Covid Report: Covid, Flu, RSV and mPox - November 12, 2022

THE OVERALL USA SUMMARY - November 12, 2022:

As a general rule, COVID, FLU, and RSV weekly cases rose, as did positivity. Read on for more details.

Weekly US covid new cases and beds in use rose, deaths fell, and admissions oscillated [page 5, 7, 8, 25]
Three new covid sub variants BQ.1, BQ.1.1 and BF.7 continued to rise [page 34]
Weekly Influenza cases have rapidly risen for the 10th week [page 38, 39]
Weekly RSV cases rose in AZ, CO, TX, and NM [page 40, 41, 42]
Weekly Monkeypox cases are very low and continued to fall even lower this week [page 43]

OUR LOCAL GEOGRAPHIC AREA (Grant County):

Grant County Week on Week covid cases oscillated [page 5, 16, 22]
Silver City and Bayard covid week on week cases rose, Hurley fell [page 17, 18]. Grant County covid hospital admissions were 0, but covid ED visits rose [page 23]. Deaths in Grant County 0, Luna 0, Sierra 0, Dona Ana 1 [page 15].

OUR STATE (New Mexico):

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The COVID, FLU, RSV, mPOX REPORT - November 5, 2022

THE OVERALL USA SUMMARY - November 5, 2022:

Weekly US covid new cases rose, deaths fell, covid beds in use leveled but admissions stopped falling [page 5, 7, 8, 25]
Three new covid sub variants BQ.1, BQ.1.1 and BF.7 are rapidly rising [page 34]
Weekly Influenza cases have rapidly risen for the 9th week [page 38, 39]
Weekly RSV cases have risen in AZ, CO, and TX. NOTE: NM data questionable [page 40, 41, 42]
Weekly Monkeypox cases are very low and continued to fall even lower this week [page 43, 44]

OUR LOCAL GEOGRAPHIC AREA (Grant County):

Grant County Week on Week covid cases fell, case rate 86, last week 91 [page 5, 16, 22]
Silver City, Bayard, and Hurley covid week on week cases fell [page 17, 18]. Grant County covid hospital admissions rose to 2, and covid ED visits also rose [page 23]. Deaths in Grant County 0, Luna 0, Sierra 0, Dona Ana 2 [page 15].

OUR STATE (New Mexico):

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The COVID, FLU, RSV, mPOX REPORT 10/29/22 - Grant County weekly cases rose to 91 up from 47 prior week

THE OVERALL USA SUMMARY - October 29, 2022:

Weekly US covid new cases and deaths rose, and covid beds rose a bit. [page 5, 7, 8].
Three new sub variants BQ.1, BQ.1.1 and BF.7 are rapidly rising; [page 34].
Weekly Influenza cases, while still low, have risen for the 8th week [page 38, 39].
Weekly RSV cases, while still low, have risen in AZ and NM [page 40, 41]. And CO and TX are also rising.
Weekly Monkeypox cases, are still low, and continued to fall even lower this week.

OUR LOCAL GEOGRAPHIC AREA:

Grant County week on week cases rose to 91 this week up from 47 the week before [page 5, 16, 22].
Silver City, Bayard, and Hurley covid week on week cases rose [page 17, 18]. The good news is that Grant County covid hospital admissions were 0, however covid ED visits rose [pages 21, 23]. Deaths in Grant County 0, Luna 0, Sierra 0, Dona Ana 0 [page 15].

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The COVID. Flu, Monkeypox REPORT - October 22, 2022 (Grant County and NM cases rose)

THE OVERALL USA SUMMARY - October 22, 2022:

Weekly flu cases, while still low, have risen for the 7th week [page 38, 39]. Weekly Monkeypox cases fell this week; the decline is attributed to Monkeypox not being airborne (unlike Flu and COVID) and to behavioral changes. Recent US covid new cases and deaths fell, but covid beds had a small rise [page 5, 7, 8]. This is an active mutating virus going into winter, and the 4 and 2 week etc case trends suggest a clear rise [page 5]. Three new sub variants are now rapidly rising; BQ.1, BQ.1.1 and BF.7 [page 34], and both the UK and CDC say they may evade current antibody defenses. Experts suggest a winter flu and covid wave may appear as indoor gatherings and little mask protection increase transmission.

OUR LOCAL GEOGRAPHIC AREA:

Grant County is seeing a rise in COVID impact. Grant County covid hospital admissions were 0, covid ED visits leveled [pages 21, 23]; but the Grant County week on week cases rose [page 5, 16, 22]. Silver City, Bayard, and Hurley covid week on week cases rose [page 17, 18]. Deaths in Grant County 0, Luna 0, Sierra 0, Dona Ana 0 [page 15].

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The COVID, Flu, and Monkeypox Report - October 15, 2022

THIS WEEK'S OVERALL USA SUMMARY - October 15, 2022:

Weekly flu cases, while still low, have risen for the 6th week [page 38, 39]. Weekly Monkeypox cases rose this week but are declining overall; decline attributed to Monkeypox not being airborne (unlike Flu and COVID) and to behavioral changes. The covid wave fell again [page 5, 7] but with high weekly cases and deaths this is an active virus going into winter; and the 4 and 2 week etc case trends suggest a possible rise [page 5]. Three new sub variants are now rapidly rising; BQ.1, BQ.1.1 and BD.7 and UK and CDC say they may evade antibody defenses. Experts suggest a winter flu and covid wave may appear as indoor gatherings and little mask protection increase transmission.

OUR LOCAL GEOGRAPHIC AREA:

Grant County covid hospital admissions were 0, and covid ED visits fell [pages 21, 22, 23]. But the Grant County 2 week trend rose a bit [page 5, 16]. Silver City and Hurley covid cases fell, but Bayard week on week cases rose a bit [page 17, 18]. Deaths in Grant County 0, Luna 0, Sierra 0, Dona Ana 2 [page 15].

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