ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Leaders from New Mexico’s major metro-area hospitals held a news conference Thursday morning to address the latest surge in COVID-19 patients. The latest hospital Q&A comes as New Mexico has seen a dramatic increase in the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients this week.

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On Monday, the state registered 304 people in the hospital with COVID-19. By Tuesday, that number grew to 341 people. As of Wednesday, 353 people were in New Mexico hospitals with COVID-19.

Experts from the University of New Mexico Hospital, Presbyterian and Lovelace Health System took part in the Thursday news conference. The update comes as the state released two new public health orders this week, one in part requiring all hospital workers to get vaccinated.