COVID-19 is still hitting Taos hard. The county saw a 45-percent increase in its COVID-19 case rate (cases per 100,000 people per week) from the previous week. In New Mexico, cases were up 6 percent, while nationally, cases were down 14 percent during the same time period.
Taos County reported 32 new cases of COVID-19 from Sep. 28 - Oct. 4, compared to 22 new cases the week before, according to Town of Taos GIS Analyst Tim Corner. The total number of cases in the county is now 2,237.
There were two additional deaths - five in the last month - reported among Taos County residents last week, bringing the total number of deaths to 62.
Across New Mexico, 19 of 33 counties saw a decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases. The average daily case count increased to 686 cases per day last week, up from 649 the week before, and the average deaths in the state decreased to eight per day.
Neighboring Mora County and Harding County have the highest case rates in the state, while the northwest region experienced a doubling of case counts. San Juan County and McKinley County are now in the top five counties for case rates.
Thirty-one counties in the state continue to have high transmission rates. The U.S. 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 and De Baca County have a substantial transmission rate. 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 255,000 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began in March 2020, with a death toll of 4,823. Johns Hopkins University reports that more than 703,000 people have died in the U.S. due to COVID-19.
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, 71 percent are fully vaccinated and 80 percent are partially vaccinated. For younger New Mexicans (aged 12-17), 55 percent are fully vaccinated and 64 percent are partially vaccinated.