San Juan County's COVID cases up 20%; New Mexico cases surge 41.6%


FARMINGTON — New coronavirus cases leaped in New Mexico in the week ending Sunday, rising 41.6% as 4,531 cases were reported. The previous week had 3,199 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

New Mexico ranked 24th 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.

San Juan County reported 162 cases and seven deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 135 cases and six deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 41,240 cases and 768 deaths.

In New Mexico, 103 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 68 people were reported dead.

A total of 533,867 people in New Mexico have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 7,778 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 83,984,644 people have tested positive and 1,004,733 people have died.

Within New Mexico, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Cibola County with 424 cases per 100,000 per week; Santa Fe County with 374; and Los Alamos County with 346. 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 1,716 cases; Santa Fe County, with 562 cases; and Sandoval County, with 466. Weekly case counts rose in 28 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Bernalillo, Doña Ana and Sandoval counties.

In the latest week coronavirus cases in the United States decreased 11.3% from the week before, with 702,236 cases reported. With 0.63% of the country's population, New Mexico had 0.65% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, 32 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

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New Mexico ranked 9th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 87.7% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 77.7%, 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 Wednesday, New Mexico reported administering another 22,940 vaccine doses, including 4,332 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 25,827 vaccine doses, including 4,189 first doses. In all, New Mexico reported it has administered 3,946,642 total doses.

Across New Mexico, cases fell in four counties, with the best declines in Sierra County, with 6 cases from 12 a week earlier; in Union County, with 1 cases from 4; and in Catron County, with 0 cases from 2.

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New Mexico's COVID-19 hospital admissions staying flat

USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, May 29.

Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:

  • Last week: 373
  • The week before that: 373
  • Four weeks ago: 292

Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:

  • Last week: 55,952
  • The week before that: 52,036
  • Four weeks ago: 41,964

Hospitals in 34 states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in 33 states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive-care beds. Hospitals in 35 states admitted more COVID-19 patients in the latest week than a week prior, the USA TODAY analysis of U.S. Health and Human Services data shows.

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