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The epidemic curve for Taos County as of Nov. 5

Taos County saw a 10 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 24 percent, while nationally, cases were up two percent during the same time period.

Taos County reported 123 new cases of COVID-19 from Nov. 2 – Nov. 8, compared to 112 new cases the week before, according to town of Taos GIS Analyst Tim Corner. The total number of cases in the county is now 2,623.

One additional death was reported among Taos County residents in the past week – a male in his 90’s with underlying conditions who was a resident of the Taos Retirement Village – bringing the total number of deaths in Taos County to 66.

Across New Mexico, 22 of 33 counties saw an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. The average daily case count increased to 1,179 cases per day last week, up from 946 the week before. Meanwhile, the average deaths per day in the state increased to nine per day, with a high of 11 deaths on Sept. 16.

San Juan County, De Baca County and Grant County have the highest case rates in the state.

Every county in the state but Harding County has high transmission rates (Harding has a “low” transmission rate). The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines high transmission as more than 100 new cases per 100,000 persons in the past seven days.

The New Mexico Department of Health reports that the state has seen more than 287,000 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began in March 2020, with a death toll of 5,135. The CDC reports that more than 753,000 people have died in the U.S. due to COVID-19.

Taos County residents (aged 18+) are 86 percent fully vaccinated and 96 percent partially vaccinated, according to Corner. For the state as a whole, 73 percent are fully vaccinated and 83 percent are partially vaccinated. 14 percent of New Mexicans have received a booster shot. For younger New Mexicans (aged 12–17), 55 percent are fully vaccinated and 63 percent are partially vaccinated.

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