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COVID-19 update: Doña Ana County reaches green status for first time

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Effective April 30, the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) has updated the statewide COVID-19 map, with updated key health metrics used to assign risk levels to counties under the state’s red-yellow-green COVID-19 framework it began in December.

New Mexico continues to lead the nation in per capita vaccine distribution.

As of April 30, 24 New Mexico counties are at the turquoise level (the highest level of the red-yellow-green framework) and six are at the Green Level. Both levels have fewer restrictions on commercial and day-to-day activities amid decreased virus risk. 30 of 33 New Mexico counties are at the least restrictive levels.

New Mexico

May 3 statewide stats:

Total cases: 197,733; total tests: 3,274,367; current hospitalizations: 145; deaths: 4,067; recovered: 178,593

Vaccinations: 58.5 percent with at least one shot; 44.5 percent fully vaccinated

All New Mexicans 16+ are eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine. Register at vaccineNM.org.

Visit https://cvprovider.nmhealth.org/public-dashboard.html and https://cvvaccine.nmhealth.org/public-dashboard.html.

Doña Ana County

On April 30, for the first time, Doña Ana County moved to the green level.

Averages April 6-19:  cases per 100,000: 12.30, positivity rate: 4.76 percent, fully vaccinated rate: 37.00 percent

May 3 stats for the county:

Total cases: 24,589; deaths: 448; recovered: 22,602; total tests: 307,902

Vaccinations: 56.7 percent of residents with at least one shot; 43.4 percent fully vaccinated

Counties at the green level

  • Essential businesses (non-retail): No capacity restrictions but operations must be limited to only those absolutely necessary to carry out essential functions
  • Essential retail spaces: 50 percent of maximum capacity (indoor and outdoor)
  • Food and drink establishments (if NM Safe Certified): 50 percent of maximum capacity for indoor dining; 75 percent of maximum capacity for outdoor dining
  • Close-contact businesses: 50 percent of maximum capacity (indoor and outdoor)
  • Large entertainment venues: 25 percent of maximum capacity for any indoor/enclosed space on premises; 50% of any outdoor space on premises
  • Recreational facilities: 25 percent of maximum capacity of any indoor/enclosed space on the premises; 50 percent of any outdoor space on the premises
  • Bars and clubs: 25 percent of maximum capacity of any outdoor space on premises, where applicable; indoor not permitted
  • All other businesses: 50 percent of maximum capacity (indoor and outdoor)
  • Houses of worship: May operate at 100 percent capacity indoors or outdoors should they so choose
  • Places of lodging: 75 percent of maximum occupancy for those that have completed NM Safe Certified training; 40 percent of maximum occupancy for all others; 10 guests maximum for vacation rentals

Mass gatherings limit: 20 persons.

Effective April 30, NMDOH made the state health metrics less restrictive with these changes:

  • It created a new per-capita rate of new COVID-19 cases of no greater than 10 per 100,000 inhabitants over the most recent 14-day reporting period
  • An average positivity rate less than or equal to 7.5 percent over the most recent 14-day reporting period
  • A county with a fully vaccinated rate at or above a target, beginning at 35 percent as of April 30 and increasing to 40 percent for the regularly scheduled map update on May 5, that will increase 5 percent every other week as more vaccinations are completed.