Counties with highest COVID-19 infection rates in New Mexico

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January 19, 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. 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. 25 reached 870,916 COVID-19-related deaths and 72 million COVID-19 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. Currently, 63.4% of the population is fully vaccinated, and 40.1% 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 Jan. 24, 2021. 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. Harding County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 320 (2 new cases, -33% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 10,240 (64 total cases)
--- 51.0% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 640 (4 total deaths)
--- 114.8% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 48.2% (301 fully vaccinated)
--- 29.1% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#32. Catron County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 680 (24 new cases, +9% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 9,838 (347 total cases)
--- 52.9% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 312 (11 total deaths)
--- 4.7% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 41.0% (1,446 fully vaccinated)
--- 39.7% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#31. Sierra County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 880 (95 new cases, +16% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 15,930 (1,719 total cases)
--- 23.7% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 621 (67 total deaths)
--- 108.4% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 60.7% (6,553 fully vaccinated)
--- 10.7% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#30. Union County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 985 (40 new cases, -9% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 16,063 (652 total cases)
--- 23.1% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 296 (12 total deaths)
--- 0.7% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 46.3% (1,880 fully vaccinated)
--- 31.9% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#29. Torrance County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,061 (164 new cases, +10% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 14,967 (2,314 total cases)
--- 28.3% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 285 (44 total deaths)
--- 4.4% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 39.0% (6,036 fully vaccinated)
--- 42.6% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#28. Mora County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,062 (48 new cases, +50% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 13,028 (589 total cases)
--- 37.6% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 310 (14 total deaths)
--- 4.0% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 57.3% (2,591 fully vaccinated)
--- 15.7% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#27. Quay County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,078 (89 new cases, -14% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 21,992 (1,815 total cases)
--- 5.3% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 448 (37 total deaths)
--- 50.3% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 41.8% (3,446 fully vaccinated)
--- 38.5% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#26. Colfax County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,164 (139 new cases, -1% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 17,519 (2,092 total cases)
--- 16.1% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 477 (57 total deaths)
--- 60.1% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 57.3% (6,838 fully vaccinated)
--- 15.7% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#25. Lea County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,410 (1,002 new cases, -12% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 24,991 (17,761 total cases)
--- 19.7% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 419 (298 total deaths)
--- 40.6% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 39.6% (28,115 fully vaccinated)
--- 41.8% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#24. Roosevelt County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,427 (264 new cases, -4% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 22,946 (4,245 total cases)
--- 9.9% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 465 (86 total deaths)
--- 56.0% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 35.1% (6,490 fully vaccinated)
--- 48.4% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#23. Otero County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,437 (970 new cases, +64% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 16,441 (11,096 total cases)
--- 21.3% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 231 (156 total deaths)
--- 22.5% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 44.3% (29,890 fully vaccinated)
--- 34.9% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#22. Luna County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,556 (369 new cases, +36% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 23,885 (5,663 total cases)
--- 14.4% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 464 (110 total deaths)
--- 55.7% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 63.1% (14,955 fully vaccinated)
--- 7.2% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#21. Bernalillo County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,587 (10,778 new cases, +20% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 18,365 (124,722 total cases)
--- 12.1% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 213 (1,445 total deaths)
--- 28.5% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 63.2% (429,019 fully vaccinated)
--- 7.1% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#20. Grant County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,604 (433 new cases, +32% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 20,364 (5,498 total cases)
--- 2.5% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 259 (70 total deaths)
--- 13.1% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 60.6% (16,364 fully vaccinated)
--- 10.9% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#19. Taos County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,620 (530 new cases, +73% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 13,156 (4,305 total cases)
--- 37.0% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 232 (76 total deaths)
--- 22.1% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 72.8% (23,825 fully vaccinated)
--- 7.1% higher vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#18. Valencia County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,759 (1,349 new cases, +73% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 20,077 (15,397 total cases)
--- 3.9% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 282 (216 total deaths)
--- 5.4% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 53.3% (40,844 fully vaccinated)
--- 21.6% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#17. Socorro County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,815 (302 new cases, +60% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 19,036 (3,167 total cases)
--- 8.9% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 445 (74 total deaths)
--- 49.3% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 57.0% (9,488 fully vaccinated)
--- 16.2% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#16. Hidalgo County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,834 (77 new cases, +4% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 22,034 (925 total cases)
--- 5.5% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 286 (12 total deaths)
--- 4.0% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 51.0% (2,141 fully vaccinated)
--- 25.0% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#15. Lincoln County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,855 (363 new cases, +30% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 23,074 (4,516 total cases)
--- 10.5% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 281 (55 total deaths)
--- 5.7% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 52.3% (10,245 fully vaccinated)
--- 23.1% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#14. De Baca County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,888 (33 new cases, -8% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 28,318 (495 total cases)
--- 35.6% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 172 (3 total deaths)
--- 42.3% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 45.4% (794 fully vaccinated)
--- 33.2% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#13. Santa Fe County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,928 (2,899 new cases, +41% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 15,597 (23,452 total cases)
--- 25.3% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 146 (219 total deaths)
--- 51.0% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 70.9% (106,532 fully vaccinated)
--- 4.3% higher vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#12. Curry County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,949 (954 new cases, +69% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 22,270 (10,902 total cases)
--- 6.6% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 308 (151 total deaths)
--- 3.4% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 45.0% (22,045 fully vaccinated)
--- 33.8% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#11. Cibola County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,961 (523 new cases, +22% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 21,008 (5,604 total cases)
--- 0.6% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 622 (166 total deaths)
--- 108.7% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 59.7% (15,916 fully vaccinated)
--- 12.2% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#10. San Juan County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 2,022 (2,506 new cases, +19% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 27,438 (34,011 total cases)
--- 31.4% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 545 (676 total deaths)
--- 82.9% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 61.9% (76,783 fully vaccinated)
--- 9.0% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#9. Sandoval County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 2,053 (3,013 new cases, +55% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 18,742 (27,503 total cases)
--- 10.3% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 226 (331 total deaths)
--- 24.2% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 63.4% (92,974 fully vaccinated)
--- 6.8% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#8. San Miguel County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 2,115 (577 new cases, +40% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 17,106 (4,666 total cases)
--- 18.1% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 154 (42 total deaths)
--- 48.3% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 59.9% (16,346 fully vaccinated)
--- 11.9% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#7. Guadalupe County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 2,116 (91 new cases, +69% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 20,581 (885 total cases)
--- 1.5% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 349 (15 total deaths)
--- 17.1% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 61.5% (2,645 fully vaccinated)
--- 9.6% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#6. Eddy County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 2,160 (1,263 new cases, +110% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 25,496 (14,905 total cases)
--- 22.1% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 407 (238 total deaths)
--- 36.6% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 41.0% (23,980 fully vaccinated)
--- 39.7% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#5. Chaves County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 2,273 (1,469 new cases, -5% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 29,242 (18,895 total cases)
--- 40.0% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 401 (259 total deaths)
--- 34.6% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 39.5% (25,534 fully vaccinated)
--- 41.9% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#4. Rio Arriba County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 2,300 (895 new cases, +57% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 21,066 (8,199 total cases)
--- 0.9% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 275 (107 total deaths)
--- 7.7% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 68.4% (26,629 fully vaccinated)
--- 0.6% higher vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#3. Doña Ana County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 2,391 (5,216 new cases, +31% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 23,931 (52,217 total cases)
--- 14.6% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 298 (650 total deaths)
--- 0.0% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 61.4% (134,070 fully vaccinated)
--- 9.7% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#2. McKinley County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 2,517 (1,796 new cases, +25% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 30,223 (21,569 total cases)
--- 44.7% more cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 764 (545 total deaths)
--- 156.4% more deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 66.4% (47,408 fully vaccinated)
--- 2.4% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#1. Los Alamos County, NM

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 2,674 (518 new cases, +95% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 10,424 (2,019 total cases)
--- 50.1% less cases per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 62 (12 total deaths)
--- 79.2% less deaths per 100k residents than New Mexico
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 70.9% (13,738 fully vaccinated)
--- 4.3% higher vaccination rate than New Mexico

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