Coronavirus COVID-19 under the microscope. 3d illustration

Taos County saw a 45 percent decline in its COVID-19 case rate (cases per 100,000 people per week) from the previous week. In New Mexico, cases were down 1 percent, while nationally, cases were down 12 percent during the same time period.

Taos County reported 22 new cases of COVID-19 from Sep. 21-27, compared to 40 new cases the week before, according to town of Taos GIS Analyst Tim Corner. The total number of cases in the county is now 2,205.

There were two additional deaths reported among Taos County residents last week, bringing the total number of deaths to 60.

Across New Mexico, 16 of 33 counties saw an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. The average daily case count decreased to 649 cases per day last week, down from 652 the week before, and the average deaths per day in the state increased to 11 per day.

The eastern half of the state, including Mora County, Colfax County, Lincoln County, Lea County, Eddy County, Chaves County and Quay County, have seen the highest high case rates.

Twenty-nine counties in the state continue to have high transmission rates. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines high transmission as more than 100 new cases per 100,000 persons in the past seven days. Taos County, Socorro County and Luna County have a substantial transmission rate and Los Alamos County has a moderate transmission rate.

The New Mexico Department of Health reports that the state has seen more than 251,000 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began in March 2020, with a death toll of 4,776. Johns Hopkins University reports that more than 693,000 people have died in the U.S. from COVID-19; deaths of the disease are often related to the co-occurrence of other underlying health conditions, such as heart disease, cancer and obesity.

Taos County residents (aged 18 and older) are 83 percent fully vaccinated and 93 percent partially vaccinated, according to Corner. For the state as a whole, 70 percent are fully vaccinated and 80 percent are partially vaccinated. For younger New Mexicans (aged 12-17), 54 percent are fully vaccinated and 64 percent are partially vaccinated.

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