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New Mexico’s COVID-19 case numbers continue to decline

FARMINGTON — New Mexico reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ended Sunday, adding 3,015 new cases. That’s down 13.7% from the previous week’s 3,492 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

New Mexico ranked 33rd among the states with the fastest spread of the coronavirus per person, according to a USA TODAY Network analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.

Last week added 632,914 reported cases of coronavirus in the United States, down -22.9% from the previous week. Across the country, 3 states had more cases in the last week than the week before.

In New Mexico, 130 people were reported to have died from COVID-19 in the week ended Sunday. The week before, 116 people were reported dead.

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A total of 180,571 people in New Mexico have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 3,529 people have died from the disease, data from Johns Hopkins University shows. In the United States, 27,640,282 people tested positive and 485,336 people died.

Across New Mexico, cases fell in 24 counties, with the best falls in Santa Fe, Lea and McKinley counties.

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The proportion of test results from New Mexico that came back positive was 2.7% last week, compared to 4% the week before, according to a USA TODAY Network analysis of data from the COVID Tracking Project.

113,018 tests were performed in the last week; a week earlier it had been 86,872. Experts say it’s important to look at the proportion of tests that come back positive, rather than just the number of cases, to get a better idea of ​​whether the rate of new infections is changing or whether differences in testing matter.

The World Health Organization says places should do enough testing so less than 5% come back positive. Places where the percentage is higher might struggle to complete contact tracing early enough to prevent the virus from spreading.

In New Mexico, the worst weekly outbreaks per person were in Chaves, Grant, and Dona Ana counties. Most new cases overall came from Bernalillo County with 942 cases; Dona Ana County with 460 cases; and Sandoval County, with 217. Weekly case counts increased in eight counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the previous week’s pace were in Chaves, San Miguel and Curry counties.

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