San Juan County's COVID cases up 154.6%; New Mexico cases surge 31%

Mike Stucka
Farmington Daily Times

FARMINGTON — New coronavirus cases leaped in New Mexico in the week ending Sunday, rising 31% as 6,238 cases were reported. The previous week had 4,762 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

New Mexico ranked seventh 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 415 cases and 14 deaths in the latest week, a 154.6% rise in cases. A week earlier, it had reported 163 cases and one death. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 41,818 cases and 783 deaths.

Hospital admissions across the state fell last week, but were still higher than they were four weeks ago.

Within New Mexico, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Los Alamos County with 1,156 cases per 100,000 per week; Grant County with 622; and Cibola County with 611. The Centers for Disease Control says high levels of community transmission begin at 100 cases per 100,000 per week.

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Adding the most new cases overall were Bernalillo County, with 2,798 cases; Santa Fe County, with 782 cases; and Sandoval County, with 610. Weekly case counts rose in 31 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Bernalillo, Santa Fe and Doña Ana counties.

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In New Mexico, 48 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 47 people were reported dead.

A total of 544,867 people in New Mexico have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 7,873 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 85,515,795 people have tested positive and 1,011,275 people have died.

In the latest week coronavirus cases in the United States decreased 0.9% from the week before, with 753,773 cases reported. With 0.63% of the country's population, New Mexico had 0.83% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, 31 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

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New Mexico's COVID-19 hospital admissions falling

USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, June 12.

Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:

  • Last week: 338
  • The week before that: 396
  • Four weeks ago: 304

Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:

  • Last week: 59,343
  • The week before that: 56,290
  • Four weeks ago: 49,207

Hospitals in 30 states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in 31 states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive-care beds. Hospitals in 29 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.

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