Because of this, for the first time in more than a month, there was an increase across the country.
In the 21 US States, there was a weekly increase in the incidence of COVID-19. In Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico, the number of new cases in the first week of June was at least 40 percent higher than in the previous week, according to a Reuter’s analysis.
The situation in these three states in the Southwest, as well as in the centers of the epidemic in the Southern United States, led to a 3 percent increase in the total number of new infections in the first week of June.
Before that, this indicator fell for five consecutive weeks.
In New Mexico, about half of the new cases were at a prison in Otero County, state health officials said.
At least 287 of the 2,269 new cases in Utah are linked to an outbreak at a meat processing plant in Cache County.
Arizona authorities did not respond to a request for comment.