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Quay sees coronavirus uptick

Quay County experienced four coronavirus cases in the past week, which was an uptick from the previous week’s one case.

However, the county appeared to remain on track to stay in the turquoise zone of COVID-19 risk — the best available — when assessments are announced next week.

The total number of coronavirus cases in Quay County since the pandemic began one year ago stood at 425, with eight deaths, through Sunday.

The breakdown of COVID-19 cases by ZIP code was 328 in Tucumcari, 60 in Logan, 10 in House, nine in McAlister, eight in San Jon, four in Nara Visa, three in Grady (part of which extends into Quay County), and two in Bard.

A total of 391 people in Quay County have been deemed to have recovered from the virus through Sunday.

A COVID-19 rapid response was referred to the Quay County DWI Office in Tucumcari on March 9, with one confirmed case of the virus there.

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 160 new COVID-19 cases were reported Sunday, bringing the overall total to more than 188,000 since the pandemic began.

The state’s seven-day average of cases trended down toward the 200 mark, though it remains above the gating criteria of 168 cases.

Two COVID-19 deaths were reported in the state Sunday, increasing that total to 3,852. That was the lowest number of deaths in one day since Oct. 19.

A total of 118 people were hospitalized with the disease Sunday. 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 available, totaled 369 active cases of the disease with a 4.23% hospitalization rate. Both numbers trended downward trend for weeks.

In the U.S., the total number of coronavirus cases rose to more than 29.4 million, with more than 534,000 deaths, through Sunday.


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