SANTA FE — New Mexico reported 21 more coronavirus deaths Monday, making it the deadliest seven-day stretch of the pandemic so far.
The state has averaged about 32 deaths a day over the last week — or roughly three times as many as its longtime peak from mid-May, when about 10 residents a day died.
But New Mexico’s daily coronavirus report also included some promising news: Hospitalizations fell for the third straight day, and the state is now averaging it’s lowest number of new cases a day since mid-November.
The 21 deaths reported Monday included adults ranging in age from their 40s to their 90s. Six were from Bernalillo County, the most populous county in the state.
The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll now stands at 1,978 residents.
New Mexico reported 860 coronavirus patients in its hospitals — an 8% drop in the last three days.
The seven-day rolling average of new cases now stands at 1,624 a day — the lowest average since Nov. 17.