Testing can help curb surge in cases
New coronavirus cases increased 8.2% in New Mexico in the week ending Sunday as the state added 6,747 cases. The previous week had 6,238 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.
New Mexico ranked fourth 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 0.7% from the week before, with 730,572 cases reported. With 0.63% of the country’s population, New Mexico had 0.92% of the country’s cases in the last week. Across the country, 15 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.
Luna County reported 62 cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 62 cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 6,929 cases and 131 deaths.
Within New Mexico, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Los Alamos County with 847 cases per 100,000 per week; Grant County with 696; and McKinley County with 589. 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 2,426 cases; Santa Fe County, with 617 cases; and Sandoval County, with 606. Weekly case counts rose in seven counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week’s pace were in McKinley, Otero and Grant counties.
Across New Mexico, cases fell in 25 counties, with the best declines in Bernalillo County, with 2,426 cases from 2,798 a week earlier; in Santa Fe County, with 617 cases from 782; and in Los Alamos County, with 164 cases from 224.
In New Mexico, 10 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 48 people were reported dead.
A total of 551,614 people in New Mexico have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 7,883 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 86,246,101 people have tested positive and 1,013,413 people have died.
New Mexico’s COVID-19 hospital admissions rising
USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, June 19.
Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:
- Last week: 416
- The week before that: 324
- Four weeks ago: 373
Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:
- Last week: 59,526
- The week before that: 57,395
- Four weeks ago: 52,179
Hospitals in 29 states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in 25 states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive-care beds. Hospitals in 31 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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