By Associated Press - Sunday, December 20, 2020

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Health officials in New Mexico on Sunday reported 1,077 new COVID-19 cases and 16 related deaths.

The statewide totals increased to 129,993 cases and 2,171 known deaths as seven-day rolling averages for daily new cases dropped and daily deaths rose over the last two weeks.

Of the 1,077 new cases, New Mexico Department of Health officials said 278 of them were in Bernalillo County, the state’s largest county that includes the metro Albuquerque area.

According to data from Johns Hopkins University and The COVID Tracking Project, the rolling average of daily new cases in New Mexico dropped from 1,869 on Dec. 4 to 1,542.1 on Friday while the rolling average of deaths rose from 28.9 to 34.1.

On Thursday, when the state reported a pandemic-high 48 daily deaths linked to the pandemic, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said she was concerned that daily deaths could grow even higher over the year-end holidays.

The number of overall infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.

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