FARMINGTON — San Juan County saw a sharp drop in new COVID-19 cases last week — 49.8% from the previous week — dropping to nearly double the rate of decline in new infections nationwide of the State of New Mexico.
New Mexico reported significantly fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 1,853 new cases. That’s a 26.7% drop from the previous week’s tally of 2,528 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19, according to a USA TODAY Network analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.
San Juan County has reported 120 cases and eight deaths in the past week. A week earlier, it had reported 239 cases and six deaths. Throughout the pandemic, it has reported 40,433 cases and 731 deaths.
New Mexico ranked 16th among the states with the fastest coronavirus spread per person.
Across New Mexico, cases fell in 23 counties, with the best declines in Bernalillo County, with 503 cases from 749 a week earlier; in San Juan County, with 120 of 239 cases; and in McKinley County, with 89 of 157 cases.
Over the past week, coronavirus cases in the United States are down 28.3% from the previous week, with 239,094 cases reported. With 0.63% of the country’s population, New Mexico recorded 0.78% of the country’s cases last week. Across the country, seven states had more cases in the past week than the previous week.
In New Mexico, 78 people were reported dead from COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. The previous week, 69 people had been killed.
A total of 515,164 people in New Mexico have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 7,050 people have died from the disease, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. In the United States, 79,523,228 people have tested positive and 967,720 people have died.
Vaccination rates remain above average
New Mexico ranked 10th among states in the share of people receiving at least one vaccine, with 86.4% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 76.7%, according to a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data.
In the week ending Sunday, New Mexico said it administered 12,186 additional vaccine doses, including 3,377 first doses. The previous week, the state administered 19,683 vaccine doses, including 5,479 first doses. In total, New Mexico said it administered 3,795,801 total doses.
In New Mexico, the worst weekly outbreaks per person occurred in Harding County with 480 cases per 100,000 per week; County of Cibola with 315; and Hidalgo County with 214. The Centers for Disease Control says high levels of community transmission are starting at 100 cases per 100,000 per week.
Bernalillo County, with 503 cases, added the most new cases overall; Dona Ana County, with 177 cases; and Santa Fe County, with 177. Weekly case counts increased in five counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the previous week’s pace were in Cibola, Torrance and Quay counties.
New Mexico’s COVID-19 hospital admissions plummet
USA TODAY analyzed data from federal hospitals as of Sunday, March 13.
Probable COVID patients admitted in the state:
- Last week: 369
- The week before: 394
- Four weeks ago: 699
Probable COVID patients admitted to the country:
- Last week: 50,226
- The week before: 56,780
- Four weeks ago: 105,668
Hospitals in one state reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in two states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive care beds. Hospitals in six 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 posts 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 the story, contact Mike Stucka at [email protected].