New COVID-19 cases continue to decline across New Mexico

San Juan, Bernalillo and Dona Ana counties see the biggest declines in new cases

Mike Stucka

 New Mexico reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 5,568 new cases. That's down 25.6% from the previous week's toll of 7,480 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

New Mexico ranked No. 31 among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week the United States added 1,190,227 reported cases of coronavirus, a decrease of -22% from the week before. Across the country, 1 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

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Across New Mexico, cases fell in 28 counties, with the best declines in Bernalillo, Dona Ana and San Juan counties.

The share of New Mexico test results that came back positive was 6.4% in the latest week, compared with 11.7% in the week before, a USA TODAY Network analysis of COVID Tracking Project data shows. In the latest week, 87,590 tests were administered; a week earlier, that figure was 63,943. Experts say it is important to look at the share of tests that come back positive, not just case counts, to get a better idea of whether the rate of new infections is changing or if differences in testing are playing a role.

The World Health Organization says places should be conducting enough tests to have fewer than 5% coming back positive. Places where the percentage is higher could struggle to complete contact tracing soon enough to prevent spread of the virus.

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Within New Mexico, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Luna, Lincoln and Hidalgo ​counties​. Adding the most new cases overall were Bernalillo County, with 1,378 cases; Dona Ana County, with 673 cases; and San Juan County, with 458. Weekly case counts rose in four counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Luna, Lincoln and Hidalgo counties.

In New Mexico, 213 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 183 people were reported dead.

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A total of 169,205 people in New Mexico have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 3,145 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 25,127,000 people have tested positive and 419,214 people have died.