4:47 pm CDT, Sunday, August 16, 2020
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Health officials in New Mexico report 113 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and three additional deaths.
The latest numbers released Sunday push the state’s totals to 23,408 cases and 714 known deaths.
Officials said 22 of the new cases occurred in Bernalillo County, the state’s largest that includes the Albuquerque metro area.
According to Johns Hopkins University data analyzed by The Associated Press, the seven-day rolling averages of daily new cases and daily deaths in New Mexico dropped over the past two weeks.
The new case average went from 318 on July 31 to 173 on Aug. 14, while the deaths average went from 5.5 on July 31 to 4 on Aug. 14.
The number of infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested. Studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks.
But for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.