County COVID-19 numbers stay stable; risk rises


November 16, 2022

Quay County’s number of confirmed coronavirus cases remained stable last week as infections and hospitalizations continued to rise in New Mexico.

The number of COVID-19 cases in the county last week totaled seven for the second straight week. The county’s weekly cases had dropped to as low as two in early October.

The COVID Act Now website on Friday increased Quay County’s risk rating for community spread of the disease from “low” to “medium.” Quay County’s rate of new cases fell somewhat, to 92.9 cases per 100,000 people last week, from 121.2 in the previous week.

Neighboring De Baca County also was seeing a “medium” risk of community spread. High-risk rates were being seen in northwest New Mexico.

The total number of coronavirus cases in Quay County since the pandemic began in spring 2020 rose to 2,410 at the end of last week.

The breakdown of total COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Quay County through Friday was 1,841 in Tucumcari, 345 in Logan, 111 in San Jon, 44 in House, 27 in McAlister, 21 in Nara Visa and 20 in Bard since the pandemic began more than two years ago.

New cases last week were reported in the Tucumcari and Logan ZIP codes.

No confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Quay County were reported last week, keeping the death toll at 69 since the pandemic began more than two years ago.

A total of 889 new cases of coronavirus were reported Friday in New Mexico. That raised the total since the pandemic began to more than 635,000.

New Mexico’s seven-day daily case rate rose to 634 by Friday, the sixth straight week the rate had increased. The rate was 500 the previous week.

A total of 156 people were hospitalized in New Mexico with the disease Friday, a rise of 21 from the previous week.

Two COVID-19 deaths were reported in the state Friday, raising the pandemic’s overall toll to 8,677.

In the Amarillo metro region, the total number of active cases rose slightly for the second straight week Friday after weeks of declines. The total that day was 462, compared to 450 a week ago.

The disease has killed 1,310 people in the Amarillo metro since the pandemic began more than two years ago.

In the U.S., about 97.8 million COVID-19 cases have been confirmed since the pandemic began, with more than 1.07 million deaths, on Saturday.

The New Mexico Department of Health’s vaccination helpline is available at 855-600-3453, option 3, or by going to

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 effective at preventing hospitalization and death but must be taken within days of the first symptom. More information on finding these treatments can be found at


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