San Juan County's COVID-19 cases up 26.8%; New Mexico cases surge 41.4%

Mike Stucka

Editor's note: Due to a calculation error, local communities' death records from the latest week were repeated as the previous week in these reports between July 26 and Aug. 30. They have been removed.

FARMINGTON — New coronavirus cases leaped in New Mexico in the week ending Sunday, rising 41.4% as 4,776 cases were reported. The previous week had 3,377 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

San Juan County reported 194 cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 153 cases. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 16,356 cases and 504 deaths.

In New Mexico, 21 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 15 people were were reported dead.

A total of 218,569 people in New Mexico have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 4,446 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 36,678,753 people have tested positive and 621,635 people have died.

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New Mexico ranked 23rd 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 coronavirus cases in the United States increased 20.3% from the week before, with 914,968 cases reported. With 0.63% of the country's population, New Mexico had 0.52% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, 46 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

A syringe containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is seen on Dec. 31, 2020 at Gallup Indian Medical Center in Gallup.

Within New Mexico, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Lea, Eddy and De Baca counties. Adding the most new cases overall were Bernalillo County, with 1,044 cases; Lea County, with 1,037 cases; and Eddy County, with 430. Weekly case counts rose in 25 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Lea, Chaves and Eddy counties.

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New Mexico ranked 9th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 67.3% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 59.7%, 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 19,352 vaccine doses, including 13,224 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 28,395 vaccine doses, including 19,438 first doses. In all, New Mexico reported it has administered 2,542,728 total doses.

Across New Mexico, cases fell in seven counties, with the best declines in Hidalgo, Grant and Roosevelt counties.

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USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, Aug. 15.

Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:

  • Last week: 540
  • The week before that: 434
  • Four weeks ago: 294

Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:

  • Last week: 122,551
  • The week before that: 103,585
  • Four weeks ago: 52,507

The USA TODAY Network is publishing localized versions of this story on its news sites across the country, generated with data from Johns Hopkins University and the Centers for Disease Control. If you have questions about the data or the story, contact Mike Stucka at