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County's coronavirus cases plunge


June 22, 2022

Quay County’s new cases of COVID-19 plunged last week as much as they skyrocketed the previous week.

A total of eight confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported in Quay County last week — a big decrease from the big jump of the 43 cases recorded the previous week. In recent weeks, the number of cases had been about a dozen per week.

The total number of coronavirus cases in the county since the pandemic began in spring 2020 rose to 2,083.

The breakdown of total COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Quay County through Friday was 1,607 in Tucumcari, 290 in Logan, 96 in San Jon, 34 in House, 21 in McAlister, 18 in Bard and 14 in Nara Visa. All the new cases last week were in Tucumcari or Logan.

No confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Quay County were reported last week. The county’s death toll from the virus remained at 58 since the pandemic began more than two years ago. A total of 50 coronavirus deaths have occurred in the county in a little more than a year.

The state’s Environment Department reported these rapid responses for COVID-19 employee infections at these entities last week:

• Eastern Plains CAA in Tucumcari, one case reported June 10;

• Quay Apartments in Tucumcari, one case reported June 16.

A total of 1,277 new cases of coronavirus were reported Friday in New Mexico. That raised the total since the pandemic began to more than 551,000.

New Mexico’s seven-day daily case rate rose to 964 by Friday. The rate was 891 the previous week.

A total of 157 people were hospitalized in New Mexico with the disease Friday, an increase of 27 from the previous week.

Hospitalizations have been rising steadily since early May, though the numbers aren’t nearly as high as they were during previous COVID-19 surges.

Eleven COVID-19 deaths were reported in the state Friday, raising the total to 7,883.

In the Amarillo metro region, the total number of active cases on Friday continued to rise. The number rose from 578 to 796 in one week.

The disease has killed 1,277 people in the Amarillo metro since the pandemic began.

In the U.S., more than 86.2 million people have been confirmed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, with over 1.01 million deaths, through Saturday.

New Mexico residents can schedule vaccinations through the state’s registration portal at VaccineNM.org. The Department of Health’s vaccination helpline is available at 855-600-3453, option 3.

The Department of Health recommends COVID-19 drugs for those who have contracted the disease in its early stages and are at high risk for serious illness. These drugs are highly effective at preventing hospitalization and death but must be taken within days of the first symptom.


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