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

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February 17, 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 Feb. 16 reached 926,680 COVID-19-related deaths and nearly 78.1 million COVID-19 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. Currently, 64.5% of the population is fully vaccinated, and 43% 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 Feb. 15, 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: 67 (13 total deaths)
--- 79.0% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #3,079 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: 13,171 (2,551 total cases)
--- 45.2% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 377 (73 new cases, -14% change from previous week)
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#32. Santa Fe County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 162 (244 total deaths)
--- 49.2% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #2,773 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 4.7 (7 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 18,036 (27,119 total cases)
--- 24.9% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 324 (487 new cases, -37% change from previous week)
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#31. San Miguel County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 180 (49 total deaths)
--- 43.6% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #2,670 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 11.0 (3 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 20,138 (5,493 total cases)
--- 16.2% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 396 (108 new cases, -40% change from previous week)
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#30. Bernalillo County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 231 (1,566 total deaths)
--- 27.6% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #2,369 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 4.4 (30 new deaths, -12% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 20,950 (142,279 total cases)
--- 12.8% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 411 (2,793 new cases, -22% change from previous week)
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#29. Otero County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 244 (165 total deaths)
--- 23.5% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #2,289 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: 19,317 (13,037 total cases)
--- 19.6% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 445 (300 new cases, -36% change from previous week)
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#28. Sandoval County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 245 (360 total deaths)
--- 23.2% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #2,280 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 6.8 (10 new deaths, +67% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 21,981 (32,257 total cases)
--- 8.5% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 550 (807 new cases, -17% change from previous week)
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#27. Taos County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 254 (83 total deaths)
--- 20.4% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #2,211 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 3.1 (1 new deaths, -50% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 15,711 (5,141 total cases)
--- 34.6% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 226 (74 new cases, -42% change from previous week)
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#26. Grant County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 270 (73 total deaths)
--- 15.4% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #2,086 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 7.4 (2 new deaths, +100% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 23,498 (6,344 total cases)
--- 2.2% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 633 (171 new cases, -24% change from previous week)
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#25. De Baca County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 286 (5 total deaths)
--- 10.3% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #1,957 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: 31,922 (558 total cases)
--- 32.9% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,201 (21 new cases, +31% change from previous week)
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#24. Rio Arriba County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 293 (114 total deaths)
--- 8.2% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #1,903 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 5.1 (2 new deaths, +100% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 24,606 (9,577 total cases)
--- 2.4% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 308 (120 new cases, -60% change from previous week)
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#23. Union County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 296 (12 total deaths)
--- 7.2% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #1,885 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: 18,527 (752 total cases)
--- 22.9% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 296 (12 new cases, -45% change from previous week)
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#22. Lincoln County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 301 (59 total deaths)
--- 5.6% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #1,840 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 5.1 (1 new deaths, -50% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 25,884 (5,066 total cases)
--- 7.8% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 383 (75 new cases, -29% change from previous week)
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#21. Valencia County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 301 (231 total deaths)
--- 5.6% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #1,837 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 5.2 (4 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 23,430 (17,968 total cases)
--- 2.4% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 460 (353 new cases, -20% change from previous week)
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#20. Hidalgo County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 310 (13 total deaths)
--- 2.8% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #1,754 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 23.8 (1 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 24,845 (1,043 total cases)
--- 3.4% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 524 (22 new cases, -33% change from previous week)
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#19. Doña Ana County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 313 (684 total deaths)
--- 1.9% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #1,713 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 4.1 (9 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 28,109 (61,333 total cases)
--- 17.0% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 512 (1,118 new cases, -48% change from previous week)
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#18. Torrance County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 317 (49 total deaths)
--- 0.6% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #1,677 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 6.5 (1 new deaths, -50% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 16,875 (2,609 total cases)
--- 29.7% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 433 (67 new cases, +3% change from previous week)
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#17. Curry County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 337 (165 total deaths)
--- 5.6% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #1,500 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 8.2 (4 new deaths, +300% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 25,126 (12,300 total cases)
--- 4.6% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 339 (166 new cases, -51% change from previous week)
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#16. Mora County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 354 (16 total deaths)
--- 11.0% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #1,360 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: 16,125 (729 total cases)
--- 32.9% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 354 (16 new cases, -43% change from previous week)
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#15. Catron County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 369 (13 total deaths)
--- 15.7% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #1,230 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: 11,256 (397 total cases)
--- 53.1% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 284 (10 new cases, +43% change from previous week)
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#14. Guadalupe County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 372 (16 total deaths)
--- 16.6% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #1,208 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: 24,605 (1,058 total cases)
--- 2.4% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 767 (33 new cases, -35% change from previous week)
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#13. Eddy County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 426 (249 total deaths)
--- 33.5% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #812 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 8.6 (5 new deaths, +150% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 28,691 (16,773 total cases)
--- 19.5% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 363 (212 new cases, -43% change from previous week)
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#12. Lea County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 433 (308 total deaths)
--- 35.7% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #768 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 4.2 (3 new deaths, +200% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 26,707 (18,981 total cases)
--- 11.2% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 200 (142 new cases, -52% change from previous week)
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#11. Chaves County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 446 (288 total deaths)
--- 39.8% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #685 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 21.7 (14 new deaths, +600% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 32,653 (21,099 total cases)
--- 36.0% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 249 (161 new cases, -59% change from previous week)
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#10. Luna County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 485 (115 total deaths)
--- 52.0% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #470 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 8.4 (2 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 27,530 (6,527 total cases)
--- 14.6% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 468 (111 new cases, -43% change from previous week)
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#9. Roosevelt County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 486 (90 total deaths)
--- 52.4% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #465 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 5.4 (1 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 26,438 (4,891 total cases)
--- 10.1% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 643 (119 new cases, -25% change from previous week)
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#8. Socorro County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 487 (81 total deaths)
--- 52.7% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #461 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 12.0 (2 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 22,324 (3,714 total cases)
--- 7.1% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 463 (77 new cases, -16% change from previous week)
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#7. Colfax County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 528 (63 total deaths)
--- 65.5% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #305 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 16.7 (2 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 19,596 (2,340 total cases)
--- 18.4% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 410 (49 new cases, +48% change from previous week)
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#6. Quay County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 533 (44 total deaths)
--- 67.1% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #284 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 60.6 (5 new deaths, +400% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 23,664 (1,953 total cases)
--- 1.5% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 254 (21 new cases, -40% change from previous week)
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#5. San Juan County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 572 (709 total deaths)
--- 79.3% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #204 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 8.1 (10 new deaths, +11% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 31,856 (39,488 total cases)
--- 32.6% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 632 (783 new cases, -44% change from previous week)
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#4. Sierra County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 639 (69 total deaths)
--- 100.3% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #117 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: 18,293 (1,974 total cases)
--- 23.8% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 380 (41 new cases, -28% change from previous week)
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#3. Harding County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 640 (4 total deaths)
--- 100.6% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #115 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: 11,840 (74 total cases)
--- 50.7% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 160 (1 new cases, 0% change from previous week)
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#2. Cibola County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 656 (175 total deaths)
--- 105.6% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #95 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 18.7 (5 new deaths, +67% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 25,005 (6,670 total cases)
--- 4.1% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 619 (165 new cases, -27% change from previous week)
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#1. McKinley County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 783 (559 total deaths)
--- 145.5% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
--- #32 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 1.4 (1 new deaths, -80% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 35,155 (25,089 total cases)
--- 46.4% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 580 (414 new cases, -48% change from previous week)

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