COVID-19 infection rates rose slightly in Lincoln County at the beginning of May, while other southeast New Mexico regions held steady, according to data from the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH).
Lincoln County, Southeast New Mexico’s least populous county, had 7.8 cases per 100,000 population and a 3.4 positivity rate during a DOH reporting cycle of April 19 through May 2.
Near the end of April, Lincoln County reported 6 cases per 100,000 people with a 2.6 percent positivity.
Average daily cases are the average number of new cases a day for the past seven days, and cases per 100,000 people measure the average daily cases per 100,000 people in a given county, per information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
COVID-19 cases remained consistent across four other southeast New Mexico counties during DOH’s latest reporting period.
Eddy County had a positivity rate of 1.6 percent and 1.9 cases per 100,000 people.
Lea County had 2 cases per 100,000 people with a positivity rate of 1.4 percent, read DOH data.
Chaves County reported a positivity rate of 2.2 percent and 2.5 cases per 100,000.
Otero County had 2.7 cases per 100,000 people and a positivity rate of 1.2 percent, DOH figures read.
COVID-19 infections throughout southeast New Mexico held lower than New Mexico’s population centers, per DOH data.
Dona Ana County had a positivity rate of 5.2 percent and 8.3 cases per 100,000 people, during DOH’s April 19 through May 2 time frame.
Bernalillo County had 10 cases per 100,000 people and a positivity rate of 4.4 percent.
COVID-19 infections were higher in Santa Fe County with 16.4 cases per 100,000 people and a positivity rate of 6 percent.
Threats of COVID-19 remained low in 29 New Mexico counties, per the CDC’s COVID-19 community levels.
De Baca, Cibola and Harding counties were medium under the CDC’s COVID-19 community guidance levels.
DOH does not keep track of individual daily COVID-19 data in New Mexico’s counties.
Across New Mexico as of May 6, DOH cited 37 hospitalizations, 9 deaths, 323 new cases and 8,193 tests, DOH figures read.
Lincoln County led Southeast New Mexico’s vaccination rates, according to DOH’s vaccination dashboard, with 74 percent of residents having at least one COVID-19 vaccination.
Sixty-four percent of people in Lincoln County had both shots, records show.
Seventy-one percent of Otero County residents had one shot and 59 percent had both vaccinations, per the report.
Sixty-seven percent of Lea County residents had one COVID-19 shot, records show, and 58 percent had both vaccinations.
Eddy County reported 65 percent of its residents had one dose and 57 percent received both vaccinations, the DOH said.
Chaves County had the lowest vaccination rate in the region with 62 percent of residents getting one shot and 55 percent receiving both COVID-19 vaccinations.
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