Counties with highest COVID-19 infection rates in New Mexico

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July 1, 2022
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Counties with highest COVID-19 infection rates 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.

The United States as of Jun. 29 reached over 1 million COVID-19-related deaths and 87.3 million COVID-19 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. Currently, 66.9% of the population is fully vaccinated, and 47.3% of vaccinated people have received booster doses.

Stacker compiled a list of the counties with highest COVID-19 infection rates in New Mexico using data from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and vaccination data from Covid Act Now. Counties are ranked by the highest infection rate per 100,000 residents within the week leading up to Jun. 28, 2022. Cumulative cases per 100,000 served as a tiebreaker.

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

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#33. Lea County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 80 (57 new cases, +119% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 27,355 (19,441 total cases)
--- 2.3% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 502 (357 total deaths)
--- 33.2% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 40.9% (29,065 fully vaccinated)
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#32. Union County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 123 (5 new cases, +25% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 20,030 (813 total cases)
--- 25.1% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 419 (17 total deaths)
--- 11.1% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 46.0% (1,868 fully vaccinated)
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#31. Quay County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 133 (11 new cases, +267% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 25,373 (2,094 total cases)
--- 5.2% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 703 (58 total deaths)
--- 86.5% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 43.6% (3,595 fully vaccinated)
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#30. Eddy County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 135 (79 new cases, +108% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 29,672 (17,346 total cases)
--- 10.9% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 494 (289 total deaths)
--- 31.0% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 42.2% (24,659 fully vaccinated)
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#29. Socorro County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 144 (24 new cases, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 24,217 (4,029 total cases)
--- 9.5% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 553 (92 total deaths)
--- 46.7% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 58.2% (9,689 fully vaccinated)
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#28. Colfax County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 151 (18 new cases, +350% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 20,928 (2,499 total cases)
--- 21.8% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 544 (65 total deaths)
--- 44.3% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 58.4% (6,970 fully vaccinated)
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#27. Harding County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 160 (1 new cases, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 14,240 (89 total cases)
--- 46.8% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 640 (4 total deaths)
--- 69.8% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 48.5% (303 fully vaccinated)
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#26. Roosevelt County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 162 (30 new cases, +100% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 27,903 (5,162 total cases)
--- 4.3% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 530 (98 total deaths)
--- 40.6% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 36.4% (6,740 fully vaccinated)
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#25. Chaves County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 167 (108 new cases, +135% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 33,628 (21,729 total cases)
--- 25.7% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 523 (338 total deaths)
--- 38.7% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 40.9% (26,453 fully vaccinated)
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#24. Catron County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 170 (6 new cases, +50% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 12,390 (437 total cases)
--- 53.7% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 425 (15 total deaths)
--- 12.7% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 42.0% (1,480 fully vaccinated)
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#23. Hidalgo County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 214 (9 new cases, +80% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 27,180 (1,141 total cases)
--- 1.6% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 357 (15 total deaths)
--- 5.3% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 52.2% (2,190 fully vaccinated)
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#22. Otero County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 244 (165 new cases, +132% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 20,763 (14,013 total cases)
--- 22.4% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 280 (189 total deaths)
--- 25.7% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 46.0% (31,063 fully vaccinated)
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#21. Torrance County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 259 (40 new cases, +264% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 18,505 (2,861 total cases)
--- 30.8% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 375 (58 total deaths)
--- 0.5% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 41.3% (6,392 fully vaccinated)
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#20. Curry County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 282 (138 new cases, +254% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 27,107 (13,270 total cases)
--- 1.3% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 427 (209 total deaths)
--- 13.3% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 46.9% (22,962 fully vaccinated)
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#19. De Baca County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 286 (5 new cases, +25% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 35,183 (615 total cases)
--- 31.5% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 343 (6 total deaths)
--- 9.0% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 46.7% (816 fully vaccinated)
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#18. Doña Ana County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 360 (785 new cases, +121% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 30,420 (66,376 total cases)
--- 13.7% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 369 (805 total deaths)
--- 2.1% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 64.1% (139,968 fully vaccinated)
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#17. Cibola County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 367 (98 new cases, +15% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 29,211 (7,792 total cases)
--- 9.2% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 739 (197 total deaths)
--- 96.0% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 61.3% (16,350 fully vaccinated)
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#16. Taos County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 409 (134 new cases, +58% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 18,293 (5,986 total cases)
--- 31.6% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 284 (93 total deaths)
--- 24.7% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 74.2% (24,291 fully vaccinated)
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#15. Lincoln County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 439 (86 new cases, +161% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 28,198 (5,519 total cases)
--- 5.4% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 347 (68 total deaths)
--- 8.0% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 53.4% (10,458 fully vaccinated)
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#14. Valencia County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 463 (355 new cases, +161% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 26,003 (19,941 total cases)
--- 2.8% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 373 (286 total deaths)
--- 1.1% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 55.1% (42,253 fully vaccinated)
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#13. Luna County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 468 (111 new cases, +158% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 29,693 (7,040 total cases)
--- 11.0% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 557 (132 total deaths)
--- 47.7% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 65.6% (15,557 fully vaccinated)
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#12. Sandoval County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 477 (700 new cases, +111% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 25,311 (37,144 total cases)
--- 5.4% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 311 (457 total deaths)
--- 17.5% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 65.4% (96,024 fully vaccinated)
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#11. Mora County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 487 (22 new cases, +340% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 18,668 (844 total cases)
--- 30.2% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 442 (20 total deaths)
--- 17.2% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 58.1% (2,627 fully vaccinated)
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#10. Guadalupe County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 488 (21 new cases, +425% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 26,907 (1,157 total cases)
--- 0.6% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 395 (17 total deaths)
--- 4.8% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 62.0% (2,666 fully vaccinated)
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#9. Rio Arriba County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 498 (194 new cases, +75% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 28,080 (10,929 total cases)
--- 5.0% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 370 (144 total deaths)
--- 1.9% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 69.6% (27,070 fully vaccinated)
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#8. Bernalillo County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 508 (3,453 new cases, +136% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 23,963 (162,739 total cases)
--- 10.4% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 286 (1,942 total deaths)
--- 24.1% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 65.0% (441,162 fully vaccinated)
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#7. McKinley County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 545 (389 new cases, +13% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 38,327 (27,353 total cases)
--- 43.3% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 830 (592 total deaths)
--- 120.2% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 72.5% (51,718 fully vaccinated)
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#6. Santa Fe County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 559 (840 new cases, +135% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 21,876 (32,893 total cases)
--- 18.2% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 206 (310 total deaths)
--- 45.4% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 72.9% (109,636 fully vaccinated)
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#5. San Miguel County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 601 (164 new cases, +209% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 23,481 (6,405 total cases)
--- 12.2% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 246 (67 total deaths)
--- 34.7% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 61.3% (16,715 fully vaccinated)
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#4. Grant County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 652 (176 new cases, +17% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 27,980 (7,554 total cases)
--- 4.6% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 352 (95 total deaths)
--- 6.6% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 62.1% (16,760 fully vaccinated)
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#3. San Juan County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 674 (836 new cases, +234% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 34,714 (43,031 total cases)
--- 29.8% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 632 (783 total deaths)
--- 67.6% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 65.0% (80,578 fully vaccinated)
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#2. Los Alamos County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 723 (140 new cases, +33% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 18,504 (3,584 total cases)
--- 30.8% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 83 (16 total deaths)
--- 78.0% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 73.0% (14,137 fully vaccinated)
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#1. Sierra County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 769 (83 new cases, +246% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 20,628 (2,226 total cases)
--- 22.9% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 714 (77 total deaths)
--- 89.4% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 62.1% (6,697 fully vaccinated)

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