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Quay coronavirus cases drop considerably


February 17, 2021

Quay County dropped back into a low ebb in coronavirus cases, totaling five in the past week.

That was a significant drop from the previous week, when county recorded 10 cases. New Mexico continued trending downward in its caseload, as well.

With no cases Sunday and Monday, the county’s overall total stayed at 413 since the pandemic began last spring, with eight deaths.

The breakdown by ZIP code through Monday was 320 in Tucumcari, 59 in Logan, 10 in House, eight in McAlister, seven in San Jon, four in Nara Visa, three in Grady (part of which extends into Quay County), and two in Bard.

A total of 305 people in Quay County have been deemed to have recovered from the virus through Monday.

COVID-19 rapid responses were referred last week because of confirmed cases of the virus with these entities:

• Trigg Memorial Hospital in Tucumcari, once case reported Feb. 9;

• 10th Judicial District in Tucumcari, one case reported Feb. 9 and Feb. 12.

A typical rapid response consists of isolating positive cases, quarantining close contacts for 14 days, ceasing operations to the extent necessary to isolate affected areas, disinfecting these areas, implementing safety procedures and resuming operations. Typically, operations are ceased for fewer than 24 hours before it is safe to reopen.

In New Mexico, a total of 200 new COVID-19 cases were reported Monday, bringing the overall total to more than 180,000 since the pandemic began. That was the lowest daily total since Sept. 28.

The decline in the seven-day average for cases in New Mexico slowed but continued its trend toward the 400 mark – a far cry from the average of more than 2,600 in late November.

The state remains well above the gating criteria of 168 cases in a seven-day average.

A total of nine deaths were reported in the state Monday, increasing that total to 3,538.

A total of 286 people were hospitalized with the disease Monday. That number has continued a downward trend from a peak of more than 900 earlier this winter.

The Amarillo metro region on Friday, the latest day reported, totaled more than 1,500 active cases of the disease with a 7.5% hospitalization rate. Both numbers have been trending downward for weeks.

In the U.S., the total number of coronavirus cases rose to more than 27.7 million, with more than 486,000 deaths, through Monday.


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