New coronavirus cases rose 5.6% in New Mexico during the week ending Sunday as the state added 9,859 cases. The previous week there were 9,336 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.
New Mexico ranked third among the states with the fastest spreading coronavirus per person, according to a USA TODAY Network analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. In the past week, coronavirus cases in the United States increased 15.5% from the previous week, with 646,627 cases reported. With 0.63% of the country’s population, New Mexico recorded 1.52% of the country’s cases last week. Across the country, 39 states had more cases last week than the week before.
Luna County’s three-day total over the past weekend reported 31 new cases (Saturday, Sunday and Monday). Over the past week, the county has reported 149 cases and zero deaths. A week earlier, it had reported 141 cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic, it has reported 4,407 cases and 96 deaths.
In New Mexico, the worst weekly epidemics per person occurred in Quay County with 1,103 cases per 100,000 per week; San Juan County with 1,037; and De Baca County with 915. The Centers for Disease Control says high levels of community transmission start at 100 cases per 100,000 per week.
Bernalillo County, with 2,677 cases, added the most new cases overall; Dona Ana County, with 1,493 cases; and San Juan County with 1,286. The number of weekly cases increased in 21 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the previous week’s pace were recorded in Bernalillo, Dona Ana and Sandoval counties.
New Mexico ranked 12th among the states in terms of the proportion of people who received at least one injection, with 74.8% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 68.8%, according to a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, the most widely used in the United States, require two doses given a few weeks apart.
In the week ending Thursday, New Mexico said it administered an additional 94,459 doses of the vaccine, including 31,868 first doses. During the previous week, the state administered 54,565 doses of the vaccine, including 14,592 first doses. In total, New Mexico reported administering 3,014,699 total doses.
Across New Mexico, cases fell in 11 counties, with the best declines in Grant County, with 198 cases from 301 a week earlier; in San Juan County, with 1,286 of 1,374 cases; and in Cibola County, with 79 out of 142 cases.
In New Mexico, 94 people were reported dead from COVID-19 during the week ending Sunday. During the previous week, 56 people had been declared dead.
A total of 301,937 people in New Mexico have tested positive for the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, and 5,263 people have died from the disease, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. In the United States, 47,730,591 people have tested positive and 771,118 people have died.
New Mexico COVID-19 hospital admissions increase
USA TODAY analyzed data from federal hospitals as of Sunday, November 21.
Likely COVID Patients Admitted to State:
- Last week: 628
- The week before: 555
- Four weeks ago: 484
Likely COVID patients admitted to the country:
- Last week: 76,370
- The week before: 71 101
- Four weeks ago: 72,732
Hospitals in 36 states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in 27 states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive care beds. Hospitals in 34 states admitted more COVID-19 patients in the past week than a week earlier, according to USA TODAY analysis of U.S. health and human services data.
The USA TODAY Network is posting 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 any questions about the data or history, contact Mike Stucka at [email protected].