San Juan County's new COVID-19 case rates fall 40.8%; New Mexico cases surge 26.4%

Mike Stucka

FARMINGTON — San Juan County is bucking a state trend where COVID-19 is concerned, and in a good way.

New coronavirus cases leaped in New Mexico in the week ending Sunday, rising 26.4% as 537 cases were reported. The previous week had 425 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

San Juan County reported 29 cases and two deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 49 cases and two deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 15,774 cases and 499 deaths.

Across New Mexico, cases fell in 10 counties, with the best declines in San Juan, Rio Arriba and Cibola counties.

New Mexico ranked 28th 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.

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In the latest week coronavirus cases in the United States increased 47.5% from the week before, with 136,187 cases reported. With 0.63% of the country's population, New Mexico had 0.39% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, 43 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Many places did not report cases and deaths around the Fourth of July, which would shift those cases into the following week and make week-to-week comparisons inaccurate.

Within New Mexico, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Hidalgo, Guadalupe and Taos counties. Adding the most new cases overall were Bernalillo County, with 174 cases; Dona Ana County, with 51 cases; and Santa Fe County, with 42. Weekly case counts rose in 19 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Bernalillo, McKinley and Sandoval counties.

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New Mexico ranked 8th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 63.8% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 55.5%, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are the most used in the United States, require two doses administered a few weeks apart.

In the week ending Sunday, New Mexico reported administering another 20,182 vaccine doses, including 9,522 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 64,072 vaccine doses, including 34,374 first doses. In all, New Mexico reported it has administered 2,421,623 total doses.

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In New Mexico, 10 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, nine people were reported dead.

A total of 206,252 people in New Mexico have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 4,354 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 33,853,948 people have tested positive and 607,156 people have died.

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