DEMING — Coronavirus cases continued to rise across the state this weekend, and Luna County was no exception. The province collected 60 new COVID-19 cases during the Saturday, Sunday and Monday weekend census by the New Mexico Department of Health. The province also reported 102 cases and one death in the past week. A week earlier, 86 cases and one death had been reported. During the pandemic, 4,117 cases and 96 deaths have been reported.
New cases of coronavirus are up 19.2% in New Mexico as 7,533 cases were reported. The week before, there were 6,318 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.
New Mexico ranked seventh among the states where the coronavirus spread most per person, according to a USA TODAY Network analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.
The cases were most notable in Luna County within the Deming Public Schools, where the increase in cases may prompt the school district to act by moving four high schools to distance learning from Wednesday, Nov. 10 through Friday, Nov. 12.
Luna County’s positivity rate is 11.75 based on 50 new COVID cases per 100,000 residents based on the New Mexico Department of Health’s findings for this week. During the colored tier concept, a 5 percent positivity rate qualified for ‘Yellow’.
According to positivity numbers posted on the school district’s website (demingps.org), 77 tested positive in a total of 12 schools in the past 14 days. Red Mountain Middle School reported 20 positive cases of COVID-19. Enrollment is 950 students for a 2.11 percent positivity rate of the population.
Deming High School reported 17 new COVID cases. The school population is 1,423 for a positivity rate of 1.19 percent.
Bataan Elementary School is the only other school in double-digit cases with 15. They had a positivity rate of 2.54 percent with a student enrollment of 590.
Early College High School had the highest positivity rate (3.54 percent) based on low student enrollment. Six new cases of COVID-19 have been reported among the 168 high school students.
The Deming Public Schools is asking the community to help slow the spread by following NMDOH guidelines:
• Avoid being in large crowds or groups
• Wash your hands often with soap and water
• Properly wear masks indoors (masks must cover nose and mouth)
• Keep a physical distance of one and a half meters
• If you are sick (fever, chills, shortness of breath, headache, runny nose) STAY HOME.
• Parents: keep children at home when they are sick
• Stay at home after you have been tested and wait for results
• Get vaccinated if you qualify.
In the past week, coronavirus cases in the United States are down 2.8% from the week before, with 503,769 cases reported. With 0.63% of the country’s population, New Mexico had 1.5% of cases in the country in the past week. Across the country, 22 states had more cases in the past week than the week before.
Within New Mexico, the worst weekly outbreaks per person were in De Baca County with 1,545 cases per 100,000 per week; Grant County with 1,030; and San Juan County with 936. The Centers for Disease Control says high levels of community transmission start at 100 cases per 100,000 per week.
Most new cases were added to Bernalillo County in total, with 1,808 cases; San Juan County, with 1,160 cases; and Dona Ana County, with 945. Weekly cases increased in 22 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the previous week’s pace were in Bernalillo, Dona Ana and San Juan counties.
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