Three Santa Fe County residents were among the state's 30 additional COVID-19 deaths Sunday, but New Mexico's daily count of new infections continued to level off.

The newly reported fatalities included a Santa Fe County man in his 60s who had underlying conditions and two women who lived at the Sierra Vista Retirement Community in Santa Fe — one in her 80s and the other in her 90s.

In all, 70 people in Santa Fe County have died of COVID-19, according to the state Department of Health.

But New Mexico no longer is seeing explosive growth in the number of people testing positive for the coronavirus. The state reported 747 additional infections Sunday, a decline from counts that often surpassed 1,000 cases in recent weeks.

Of the infections reported Sunday, 46 were in Santa Fe County.

The state said 758 people were receiving hospital care for COVID-19.

(4) comments

Chris Mechels

As usual, the New Mexican fails to note the NUMBER of tests, which of course affects the number of positives. That was a large part of the reason for the current "reduction". As the Trump said; "test less, find less"... Duhhhhh.

David Martinez

Test more, have the positivity rate go down.

Amy Earle

I also pray our numbers remain lower once the long holiday season finally ends. What is terribly sad is that 20 of the 30 deaths statewide yesterday were people living in long term care facilities. Tragically this is not an unusual occurrence. We haven’t done a very good job of protecting these highly vulnerable population. The only silver lining is we are beginning the vaccination process with them and the employees who have no doubt brought the virus into the care homes.

M Barton

Fingers crossed we don’t see an uptick after the holidays.

Welcome to the discussion.

Thank you for joining the conversation on Please familiarize yourself with the community guidelines. Avoid personal attacks: Lively, vigorous conversation is welcomed and encouraged, insults, name-calling and other personal attacks are not. No commercial peddling: Promotions of commercial goods and services are inappropriate to the purposes of this forum and can be removed. Respect copyrights: Post citations to sources appropriate to support your arguments, but refrain from posting entire copyrighted pieces. Be yourself: Accounts suspected of using fake identities can be removed from the forum.