As of December 22, the NMDOH has reported 132,075 confirmed COVID-19 cases in New Mexico, including 2,204 deaths and 56,844 recoveries.
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Mapping the outbreak in New Mexico
The 'curve' in NM's counties
Bernalillo County: 37859 cases (15245 recoveries, 484 deaths)
Catron County: 55 cases (16 recoveries, 3 deaths)
Chaves County: 6262 cases (2839 recoveries, 81 deaths)
Cibola County: 2075 cases (943 recoveries, 63 deaths)
Colfax County: 457 cases (74 recoveries, 11 deaths)
Curry County: 3804 cases (2093 recoveries, 40 deaths)
Doña Ana County: 16374 cases (8715 recoveries, 261 deaths)
Eddy County: 4112 cases (1923 recoveries, 62 deaths)
Grant County: 785 cases (278 recoveries, 9 deaths)
Guadalupe County: 253 cases (57 recoveries, 3 deaths)
Harding County: 8 cases (1 recovery, 0 deaths)
Hidalgo County: 219 cases (136 recoveries, 6 deaths)
Lea County: 6143 cases (2708 recoveries, 75 deaths)
Lincoln County: 981 cases (476 recoveries, 10 deaths)
Los Alamos County: 246 cases (80 recoveries, 0 deaths)
Luna County: 2241 cases (1411 recoveries, 38 deaths)
McKinley County: 9187 cases (4812 recoveries, 327 deaths)
Otero County: 2024 cases (713 recoveries, 35 deaths)
Quay County: 324 cases (140 recoveries, 6 deaths)
Rio Arriba County: 2053 cases (710 recoveries, 35 deaths)
Roosevelt County: 1380 cases (625 recoveries, 21 deaths)
Sandoval County: 7497 cases (3123 recoveries, 118 deaths)
San Juan County: 9085 cases (4053 recoveries, 280 deaths)
San Miguel County: 726 cases (257 recoveries, 3 deaths)
Santa Fe County: 6848 cases (2659 recoveries, 63 deaths)
Sierra County: 491 cases (188 recoveries, 27 deaths)
Socorro County: 877 cases (379 recoveries, 40 deaths)
Taos County: 1088 cases (445 recoveries, 37 deaths)
Torrance County: 439 cases (150 recoveries, 3 deaths)
Union County: 184 cases (46 recoveries, 7 deaths)
Valencia County: 4537 cases (1508 recoveries, 54 deaths)
In addition, the NMDOH recently began reporting case totals from various prisons and holding centers independently from the counties where they reside. These cases include:
1091 cases in federal agencies:
Cibola County Correctional Center: 419 cases
Otero County Prison Facility: 431 cases
Otero County Processing Center: 194 cases
Torrance County Detention Facility: 47 cases
2203 cases in New Mexico Corrections Department agencies:
Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 276 cases
Guadalupe County Correctional Facility: 249 cases
Lea County Correctional Facility: 218 cases
Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 160 cases
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 96 cases
Otero County Prison Facility: 472 cases
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 174 cases
Roswell Correctional Center: 225 cases
Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County: 187 cases
Springer Correctional Center in Colfax County: 140 cases
Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 6 cases
Raw case growth vs. per capita growth
Because of that, it's just as important to look at the per-capita case growth in NM counties, which illustrates below the number of new cases that each county reports per every 100,000 people that live in each county.
COVID-19 testing in New Mexico, by the day
How NM stacks up to the rest of the U.S.
Throughout the pandemic, we've seen that New Mexico has returned one of the highest test density marks in the country while seeing a low percentage of positive tests.
How infectious is COVID-19?
An R₀ value of 1 or below suggests an illness which is expected to die out, while a value greater than 1 demonstrates an illness' ability to spread throughout a population. Current estimates of the R₀ of the coronavirus range from 1.5 to 3.5, though this number has varied as the situation has evolved.
Public health funding and COVID-19 prevalence
There are a number of ways to look at New Mexico's ability to respond to the pandemic, including public health funding. The United Health Foundation releases annual reports outlining each state's per capita public health funding, which it defines as being a two-year estimate of "state dollars dedicated to public health and federal dollars directed to states per person by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Resources and Services Administration."
In this regard, New Mexico's $220-per-person mark is the second highest in the nation. Paired with a (currently) below-average cases-per-million mark, New Mexico is in the lower risk tier when it comes to public health funding and COVID-19 prevalence.
Joe Rull is the data editor at the Daily Lobo. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @rulljoe.