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COVID in the Land of Enchantment: New Mexico “up” to Fifth-Worst State, Los Alamos is its Least-Worst County

The headline: New Mexico has the fifth-worst weekly COVID rate (as of November 29th), and Los Alamos County is the least-worst county in the state.

Feature Chart: The featured image illustrates the weekly COVID rates for all 50 states and DC from March through to November 29th. Each line (or state) is colored proportionally to the estimated 2020 election results: Red lines/states voted for Trump (dark red indicates s strong Trump vote, light red a weaker Trump vote) and blue lines/states voted for Biden (dark blue indicates a strong Biden vote, light blue a weaker Biden vote).

New Mexico counties weekly COVID rates

Secondary chart: The second chart illustrates New Mexico county rates. Red lines/states voted for Trump (dark red indicates a strong Trump vote, light red a weaker Trump vote) and blue lines/states voted for Biden (dark blue indicates a strong Biden vote, light blue a weaker Biden vote). The thick green line indicates the state-wide rate.

Observations:

  • New Mexico had the fifth-worst COVID rate as of November 29th (it had the fourth-worst rate as of November 27th).
  • More than two-thirds of US states have plateaued or declining weekly COVID rates. Notable exceptions include Ohio, Oklahoma, and Nevada.
  • Los Alamos County currently has the lowest county rate in New Mexico, followed by Mora County and Harding County.
  • New Mexico’s overall rate has been declining for three consecutive days.
  • Of New Mexico’s 33 counties, only a few (e.g., Los Alamos County and Colfax County) have not plateaued or declined in the last week.
  • Los Alamos is the tenth most populous county (19,369 residents according to the Census Bureau in 209) in the US without recording a resident’s COVID-related death. Clatsop County in Oregon (40,224 people) is the largest.
  • Of the 2,424 US counties with at least 10,000 people (there are 3,142 US counties), Los Alamos has the 45th lowest cumulative rate. Los Alamos has 142 cumulative cases translating to a case rate of 7,331 per million people.
  • Kauai County has the lowest cumulative rate of counties with at least 10,000 people, with a rate of 1,549 per million.
  • The counties with the 10-best rates are in Hawaii, Maine, Washington, Virginia, and Vermont.
  • The counties with the 10-worst rates are in Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas, North Dakota, and Montana.  

The data: COVID-19 data were collected from USAFacts (https://usafacts.org/visualizations/coronavirus-covid-19-spread-map/). All data were collected and compiled by Charted Territory.

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