Local Governments Want to Double-Check NM's COVID Math

(Image courtesy San Juan County)

The request from San Juan County and the City of Farmington comes as the state announces San Juan County missing moving from Red to Yellow on the NM Department of Health's COVID-19 map by scoring 0.01% above the state's positivity rate threshold. The communities have asked the state for their sources to verify the data use to make this calculation.

From San Juan County

Thursday, February 11, 2021

This morning San Juan County and the City of Farmington have each filed a request under the Inspection of Public Records Act with the NMDOH to inspect and verify the data used to calculate the test positivity rate. Both governments believe that the residents of San Juan County deserve fair, accurate, and transparent reporting when the threshold is missed by what could amount to a rounding error, one less positive case, or 15 more negative tests. 


The county’s reported test positivity of 5.01% is a drastic decrease from 12.17% reported on January 27 and proves that not only are residents of San Juan County committed to stopping the spread of COVID-19 but COVID safe practices are being implemented and working. Further, statistics reported on the NMDOH COVID vaccine dashboard this morning indicate that San Juan County ranks second in the state for total vaccines delivered. We hope the state recognizes this improvement and that it would be considered when assigning a red or yellow status. 


Further, according to data available on the NMDOH’s website, our calculations reflect a positivity rate of less than 5%. We can provide the numbers we used, but they are available from the NMDOH COVID-19 public dashboard. 


Representatives of Farmington and San Juan County have been in touch with various state officials to try and gain some insight into the data and continue to advocate for San Juan County’s struggling small businesses.


The state has 3 days to respond to this IPRA request

More from COVID-19/Coronavirus

  • San Juan Co. Remains YELLOW on NM COVID-19 Map

    Counties at the Yellow Level have either a new COVID-19 case incidence rate of no greater than 8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants during the most recent two-week period, or an average percent of positive COVID-19 test results over the most recent 14-day period less than or equal to 5%.

  • Daily NM COVID-19 Statistics: 195,990 (+228) cases, 4,023 Deaths (+3)

    There were 33 new COVID 19 cases and no additional deaths in San Juan County reported on Thursday by the Department of Health

  • *Updated* Navajo Nation Active COVID-19 Cases Total: 30,404 (+15), 1,263 Deaths (+0)

    The total number of deaths is 1,263 as of Thursday. Reports indicate that 16,522 individuals have recovered from COVID-19, and 262,009 COVID-19 tests have been administered. The total number of positive COVID-19 cases is now 30,404.

  • NM Expands COVID Vaccine Eligibility

    All New Mexicans 16+ will be eligible for the vaccine beginning Monday, April 5 as the state moves to Phase 2 of its vaccination schedule.

  • NM Modifies Red-Green Restrictions, Adds Turquoise Level

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  • Navajo Nation to Lessen Restrictions March 15

    "This is a carefully-crafted soft reopening that includes specific guidelines to continue helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19 while allowing more businesses to reopen at no more than 25-percent capacity along with strict provisions. We continue to rely on the data and the advice of public health experts as we move forward in this pandemic. The recent data shows that there is a consistent reduction in new infections, a reduction in hospital visits and hospital bed usage, and very high rates of vaccinations across the Navajo Nation,” said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez.

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