San Juan County's COVID-19 cases up 34.8%; New Mexico cases up 6.7%

Mike Stucka

FARMINGTON — New coronavirus cases increased 6.7% in New Mexico in the week ending Sunday as the state added 5,136 cases. The previous week had 4,812 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19. 

San Juan County reported 891 cases and six deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 661 cases and five deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 20,899 cases and 548 deaths.

New Mexico ranked 15th 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 decreased 14.2% from the week before, with 509,903 cases reported. With 0.63% of the country's population, New Mexico had 1.01% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, 11 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Within New Mexico, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in San Juan County with 719 cases per 100,000 per week; Lincoln County with 542; and Grant County with 467. The Centers for Disease Control says high levels of community transmission begin at 100 cases per 100,000 per week.

Adding the most new cases overall were Bernalillo County, with 1,169 cases; San Juan County, with 891 cases; and Dona Ana County, with 452. Weekly case counts rose in 17 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in San Juan, Dona Ana and Rio Arriba counties.

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New Mexico ranked 8th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 75.6% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 66.4%, 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 56,903 vaccine doses, including 38,333 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 48,102 vaccine doses, including 10,848 first doses. In all, New Mexico reported it has administered 2,950,926 total doses.

Across New Mexico, cases fell in 15 counties, with the best declines in Cibola County, with 67 cases from 151 a week earlier; in Eddy County, with 108 cases from 160; and in Lea County, with 102 cases from 147.

In New Mexico, 57 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 61 people were reported dead.

A total of 268,891 people in New Mexico have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 4,987 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 45,444,260 people have tested positive and 735,941 people have died.

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USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, Oct. 24.

Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:

  • Last week: 500
  • The week before that: 409
  • Four weeks ago: 379

Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:

  • Last week: 75,101
  • The week before that: 78,803
  • Four weeks ago: 100,136

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