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COVID-19: This is the Least Dangerous County in the Albuquerque, NM Metro Area

24/7 Wall St. logo 24/7 Wall St. 6/18/2021 Samuel Stebbins

a man and a dog in a kitchen preparing food © Provided by 24/7 Wall St. Despite the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination efforts, the novel coronavirus continues to spread through the United States. To date, 33,151,678 Americans have been infected with the virus -- and 594,888 have died as a result. On a per capita basis, the U.S. has one of the highest known infections rates in the world.

In the Albuquerque metropolitan area, located in New Mexico, a total of 78,700 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 8,648 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area -- below the national rate of 10,133 cases per 100,000 people.

The lower than average per capita COVID-19 infection rate across Albuquerque is being driven by one area in particular.

The broader Albuquerque metro area comprises four counties or county equivalents -- and of them, Torrance County in New Mexico has the fewest COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 873 infections in Torrance County, or 5,598 for every 100,000 people.

Not only does Torrance County have the lowest per capita infection rate in the Albuquerque metro area, it also has a relatively low per capita fatality rate.

There have been a total of 90 coronavirus-related deaths for every 100,000 people in Torrance County, below the 146 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Albuquerque metro area.

All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of June 16, 2021.

These are all the counties in New Mexico where COVID-19 is slowing (and where it's still getting worse).

Rank Geography COVID cases per 100,000 people Total cases Deaths per 100,000 people Total deaths
1 Torrance County, NM 5,598 873 90 14
2 Sandoval County, NM 8,657 12,186 171 241
3 Bernalillo County, NM 8,675 58,790 141 958
4 Valencia County, NM 9,020 6,851 154 117

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