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San Juan County’s COVID cases rose by 774

FARMINGTON – New Mexico reported 5,128 new cases of coronavirus in the week ending Sunday, up from 5,027 the week before of the virus causing COVID-19.

San Juan County reported 774 cases and three deaths in the past week. A week earlier, it had reported 514 cases and three deaths. 19,347 cases and 537 deaths were reported during the pandemic.

New Mexico was ranked 21st among the states where coronavirus spread fastest per person, according to an analysis by the USA TODAY Network of data from Johns Hopkins University.

Last week, coronavirus cases in the United States were down 12.6% from the previous week, with 656,699 cases reported. At 0.63% of the country’s population, New Mexico had 0.78% of the country’s cases last week. Across the country, 12 states had more cases in the past week than the week before.

In New Mexico, 57 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. The week before, 63 people had been reported dead.

A total of 258,943 people in New Mexico have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 4,869 people have died from the disease, data from Johns Hopkins University shows. In the United States, 44,339,747 people tested positive and 713,227 people have died.

New Mexico had the worst weekly outbreaks per person in Harding County, with 2,880 cases per 100,000 per week; San Juan County at 624; and Mora County at 553. The Centers for Disease Control say high transmission rates in the community start at 100 cases per 100,000 per week.

Most of the total new cases were Bernalillo County with 1,228 cases; San Juan County with 774 cases; and Sandoval County at 314. Weekly case numbers were up in 15 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the previous week’s pace were in the San Juan, Otero and McKinley counties.

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Vaccination Rate in New Mexico

New Mexico ranked 9th among the states for the proportion of people who received at least one vaccination, with 73.1% of the population being at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 65.1%, according to an analysis of USA TODAY’s CDC data. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are most commonly used in the United States, require two doses given a few weeks apart.

For the week that ended Thursday, New Mexico reported an additional 43,235 vaccine doses, including 10,749 first-time doses. In the previous week, the state administered 40,394 vaccine doses, including 13,627 initial doses. In total, New Mexico reported that it delivered a total of 2,829,283 doses.

Cases decreased in 18 counties across New Mexico, with the best declines in Bernalillo County at 1,228 cases from 1,396 a week earlier; in Lea County with 180 cases out of 290; and in Curry County with 69 cases out of 137.

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USA TODAY analyzed the federal hospital data on Sunday, October 10th.

Probably State-Admitted COVID Patients:

  • Last week: 410
  • The week before: 413
  • Four weeks ago: 455

Likely COVID Patients Admitted to the Nation:

  • Last week: 86,965
  • The week before: 90,378
  • Four weeks ago: 120,803

The USA TODAY Network publishes localized versions of this story on its news sites across the country, generated using data from Johns Hopkins University and the Centers for Disease Control. If you have any questions about the dates or history, contact Mike Stucka at [email protected]

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