SANTA FE — New Mexico is now averaging just over 1,100 new coronavirus cases a day — its lowest average in seven weeks.
But virus deaths remain high. New Mexico reported 36 more virus deaths Monday and has averaged 29 deaths a day over the week, just 19% below the peak from earlier this month.
The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll now stands at 2,380 residents.
Ten of the 36 deaths reported Monday were adults from Bernalillo County, the state’s most-populous county.
The youngest victims statewide were a man and woman in their 30s, one of whom was an inmate at the Guadalupe County Correctional Facility.
The oldest fatalities reported Monday were six people in their 90s.
Monday marked the third day in row with fewer than 1,000 cases. The state reported 700 new cases Monday.
The state has averaged 1,122 cases a day over the last seven days.
The share of tests that come back positive is falling. Less than 12% of the tests over the last seven days have been positive, a steep drop from the 24% positivity rate in late November.
Health officials said 788 coronavirus patients are hospitalized in New Mexico, roughly steady from a week ago.