Counties with the highest COVID-19 death rate in New Mexico

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January 20, 2022
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Counties with the highest COVID-19 death rate in New Mexico

The vaccine deployment in December 2020 signaled a turning point in the COVID-19 pandemic. By the end of May 2021, 40% of the U.S. population was fully vaccinated. But as vaccination rates lagged over the summer, new surges of COVID-19 came, including Delta in the summer of 2021, and now the Omicron variant, which comprises the majority of cases in the U.S.

Researchers around the world have reported that Omicron is more transmissible than Delta, making breakthrough and repeat infections more likely. Early research suggests this strain may cause less severe illness than Delta and the original virus, however, health officials have warned an Omicron-driven surge could still increase hospitalization and death rates—especially in areas with less vaccinated populations.

The United States as of Jan. 19 reached 854,292 COVID-19-related deaths and 67.6 million COVID-19 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. Currently, 63% of the population is fully vaccinated, and 38.7% have received booster doses.

Stacker compiled a list of the counties with highest cumulative COVID-19 death rates in New Mexico using data from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Counties are ranked by the highest death rate per 100,000 residents as of Jan. 18, 2021.

Keep reading to see whether your county ranks among the highest COVID-19 death rates in your state.

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#33. Los Alamos County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 62 (12 total deaths)
--- 78.8% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #3,082 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 5.2 (1 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 7,749 (1,501 total cases)
--- 59.3% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 780 (151 new cases, -33% change from previous week)
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#32. Santa Fe County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 143 (215 total deaths)
--- 51.2% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #2,785 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 3.3 (5 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 13,669 (20,553 total cases)
--- 28.2% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 929 (1,397 new cases, -10% change from previous week)
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#31. San Miguel County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 147 (40 total deaths)
--- 49.8% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #2,771 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 7.3 (2 new deaths, -50% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 14,991 (4,089 total cases)
--- 21.2% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,070 (292 new cases, +4% change from previous week)
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#30. De Baca County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 172 (3 total deaths)
--- 41.3% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #2,633 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 26,430 (462 total cases)
--- 38.9% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,773 (31 new cases, +41% change from previous week)
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#29. Bernalillo County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 208 (1,415 total deaths)
--- 29.0% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #2,401 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 4.0 (27 new deaths, -46% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 16,778 (113,944 total cases)
--- 11.8% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 847 (5,749 new cases, -18% change from previous week)
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#28. Sandoval County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 221 (325 total deaths)
--- 24.6% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #2,302 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 6.1 (9 new deaths, +80% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 16,688 (24,490 total cases)
--- 12.3% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 916 (1,344 new cases, -7% change from previous week)
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#27. Otero County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 225 (152 total deaths)
--- 23.2% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #2,273 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 4.4 (3 new deaths, -25% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 15,004 (10,126 total cases)
--- 21.1% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 602 (406 new cases, -4% change from previous week)
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#26. Taos County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 229 (75 total deaths)
--- 21.8% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #2,236 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, -100% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 11,536 (3,775 total cases)
--- 39.4% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 504 (165 new cases, -30% change from previous week)
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#25. Grant County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 259 (70 total deaths)
--- 11.6% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #1,999 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 18.5 (5 new deaths, +400% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 18,761 (5,065 total cases)
--- 1.4% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 804 (217 new cases, -38% change from previous week)
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#24. Lincoln County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 261 (51 total deaths)
--- 10.9% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #1,982 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 5.1 (1 new deaths, -75% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 21,219 (4,153 total cases)
--- 11.5% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,099 (215 new cases, +41% change from previous week)
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#23. Torrance County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 265 (41 total deaths)
--- 9.6% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #1,952 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 12.9 (2 new deaths, -50% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 13,906 (2,150 total cases)
--- 26.9% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 750 (116 new cases, +18% change from previous week)
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#22. Rio Arriba County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 267 (104 total deaths)
--- 8.9% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #1,932 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 5.1 (2 new deaths, -67% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 18,766 (7,304 total cases)
--- 1.4% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 987 (384 new cases, -9% change from previous week)
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#21. Valencia County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 273 (209 total deaths)
--- 6.8% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #1,871 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 6.5 (5 new deaths, -38% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 18,318 (14,048 total cases)
--- 3.7% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 548 (420 new cases, -29% change from previous week)
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#20. Hidalgo County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 286 (12 total deaths)
--- 2.4% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #1,754 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 20,200 (848 total cases)
--- 6.2% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,120 (47 new cases, -37% change from previous week)
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#19. Doña Ana County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 291 (635 total deaths)
--- 0.7% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #1,694 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 7.3 (16 new deaths, +7% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 21,541 (47,001 total cases)
--- 13.2% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,350 (2,946 new cases, +28% change from previous week)
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#18. Union County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 296 (12 total deaths)
--- 1.0% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #1,659 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 15,078 (612 total cases)
--- 20.8% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 813 (33 new cases, -6% change from previous week)
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#17. Curry County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 298 (146 total deaths)
--- 1.7% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #1,630 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 12.3 (6 new deaths, +20% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 20,321 (9,948 total cases)
--- 6.8% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 825 (404 new cases, -3% change from previous week)
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#16. Mora County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 310 (14 total deaths)
--- 5.8% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #1,517 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 11,966 (541 total cases)
--- 37.1% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 420 (19 new cases, -49% change from previous week)
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#15. Catron County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 312 (11 total deaths)
--- 6.5% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #1,503 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 9,158 (323 total cases)
--- 51.9% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 454 (16 new cases, +100% change from previous week)
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#14. Guadalupe County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 349 (15 total deaths)
--- 19.1% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #1,178 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 18,465 (794 total cases)
--- 2.9% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 907 (39 new cases, -19% change from previous week)
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#13. Chaves County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 390 (252 total deaths)
--- 33.1% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #872 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 18.6 (12 new deaths, +71% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 26,969 (17,426 total cases)
--- 41.7% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 2,187 (1,413 new cases, +343% change from previous week)
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#12. Eddy County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 407 (238 total deaths)
--- 38.9% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #750 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 8.6 (5 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 23,336 (13,642 total cases)
--- 22.7% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 821 (480 new cases, +6% change from previous week)
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#11. Lea County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 419 (298 total deaths)
--- 43.0% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #667 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 9.8 (7 new deaths, +133% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 23,581 (16,759 total cases)
--- 23.9% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,140 (810 new cases, -7% change from previous week)
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#10. Quay County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 424 (35 total deaths)
--- 44.7% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #641 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 24.2 (2 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 20,914 (1,726 total cases)
--- 9.9% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,175 (97 new cases, +149% change from previous week)
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#9. Socorro County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 427 (71 total deaths)
--- 45.7% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #616 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, -100% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 17,221 (2,865 total cases)
--- 9.5% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 799 (133 new cases, -1% change from previous week)
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#8. Roosevelt County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 454 (84 total deaths)
--- 54.9% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #473 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 5.4 (1 new deaths, -50% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 21,519 (3,981 total cases)
--- 13.1% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,346 (249 new cases, +28% change from previous week)
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#7. Colfax County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 461 (55 total deaths)
--- 57.3% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #443 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 16,355 (1,953 total cases)
--- 14.0% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 888 (106 new cases, +26% change from previous week)
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#6. Luna County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 464 (110 total deaths)
--- 58.4% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #432 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, -100% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 22,329 (5,294 total cases)
--- 17.4% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 683 (162 new cases, -2% change from previous week)
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#5. San Juan County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 541 (671 total deaths)
--- 84.6% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #190 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 4.8 (6 new deaths, -50% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 25,416 (31,505 total cases)
--- 33.6% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,159 (1,437 new cases, +5% change from previous week)
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#4. Sierra County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 602 (65 total deaths)
--- 105.5% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #118 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, -100% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 15,050 (1,624 total cases)
--- 20.9% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 519 (56 new cases, +12% change from previous week)
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#3. Cibola County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 607 (162 total deaths)
--- 107.2% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #110 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 7.5 (2 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 19,048 (5,081 total cases)
--- 0.1% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,057 (282 new cases, -7% change from previous week)
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#2. Harding County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 640 (4 total deaths)
--- 118.4% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #81 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 9,920 (62 total cases)
--- 47.9% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 320 (2 new cases, 0% change from previous week)
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#1. McKinley County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 761 (543 total deaths)
--- 159.7% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #24 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 8.4 (6 new deaths, +200% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 27,706 (19,773 total cases)
--- 45.6% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,288 (919 new cases, -18% change from previous week)

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