Doña Ana County's COVID cases up 37.2%; New Mexico cases surge 19.2%

New coronavirus cases leaped in New Mexico in the week ending Sunday, rising 19.2% as 7,533 cases were reported. The previous week had 6,318 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. In the latest week coronavirus cases in the United States decreased 2.8% from the week before, with 503,769 cases reported. With 0.63% of the country's population, New Mexico had 1.5% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, 22 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Doña Ana County reported 945 cases and four deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 689 cases and three deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 31,403 cases and 540 deaths.

Luna County reported 102 cases and one death in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 86 cases and one death. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 4,117 cases and 96 deaths.

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Within New Mexico, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in De Baca County with 1,545 cases per 100,000 per week; Grant County with 1,030; and San Juan County with 936. 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 1,808 cases; San Juan County, with 1,160 cases; and Doña Ana County, with 945. Weekly case counts rose in 22 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Bernalillo, Doña Ana and San Juan counties.

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Across New Mexico, cases fell in 10 counties, with the best declines in Lea County, with 99 cases from 128 a week earlier; in Eddy County, with 143 cases from 152; and in Quay County, with 20 cases from 28.

In New Mexico, 64 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 62 people were reported dead.

A total of 282,742 people in New Mexico have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 5,113 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 46,487,791 people have tested positive and 754,429 people have died.

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USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, Nov. 7.

Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:

  • Last week: 584

  • The week before that: 528

  • Four weeks ago: 422

Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:

  • Last week: 69,049

  • The week before that: 69,531

  • Four weeks ago: 84,705

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

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