Coronavirus COVID-19 under the microscope. 3d illustration

Taos County reported 56 new cases of COVID-19 from Oct. 5 – Oct. 11, compared to 32 new cases the week before, according to town of Taos GIS Analyst Tim Corner. The total number of cases in the county stood at 2,293 as of Wednesday (Oct. 13).

There were no additional deaths reported among Taos County residents last week, leaving the total number of deaths at 62.

Across New Mexico, 19 of 33 counties saw a decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases. The other counties, including Taos, saw an increase.

The average daily case count for the state overall increased to 686 cases per day last week, up from 649 the week before, and the average deaths per day in the state decreased to eight per day.

Catron County and Harding County have the highest case rates in the state. San Juan County and Mora County now also rank in the top five.

Sixteen counties in the state continue to show a “very high risk” of transmission, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which defines high transmission as more than 100 new cases per 100,000 persons in the past seven days. Sixteen counties have a “high risk” of transmission. De Baca County remains the least risky, with a “high risk” of transmission. No counties in the state have a moderate or low transmission rate.

The New Mexico Department of Health reports that the state has seen more than 261,000 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began in March 2020, with a death toll of 4,885. Johns Hopkins University reports that more than 714,000 people have died in the U.S. due to COVID-19.

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