Prison inmates among latest confirmed cases in New Mexico

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Ten inmates at a state prison and one inmate at a federal lockup in central New Mexico were among the latest confirmed COVID-19 cases reported Thursday by state health officials.

New Mexico reported an additional 997 cases for the day, pushing the statewide total since the pandemic began to nearly 167,000 cases. Another 35 deaths were also reported, bringing that tally to nearly 3,050.

Despite lower daily case numbers, state officials have been encouraging people to continue following mandates that include wearing masks and social distancing as all but two of New Mexico's 33 counties still have elevated spread and positive rates.

They're also pushing for more people to register to get vaccinated. Just over one-fifth of the state's population has signed up so far and about 163,000 doses have been administered around the state.

Meanwhile, the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division will allow some new vehicle registration appointments starting Jan. 25, more than two months after registrations were stopped due to a spike in COVID-19 infections.