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Thursday, May 20, 2021 Covid-19 update


New Mexico (population: 2.11 million)


May 19: 201,489 cases (160 new); 3,423,178 tests; 156 hosp; 4,122 died; 186,901 recovered; 2.26% 7-day positive rate

May 15-17: 201,186 cases (543 new); 3,410,354 tests; 127 hosp; 4,116 died; 186,553 recovered; 2.36% 7-day pos rate

May 12: 200,232 cases (196 new); 3,367,651 tests; 133 hosp; 4,111 died; 185,385 recovered; 7-day pos rate: 2.57%

May 10: 199,901 cases; 570 new (May 8-10); 3,355,720 tests; 143 hospitalized; 4,106 died; 185,033 recovered


Vaccinations (register at vaccineNM.org)

May 19: 1,881,047 doses administered, 63.4% at least one dose, 52.9% fully vaccinated

May 17: 1,856,049 doses administered, 63% at least one dose, 52.2% fully vaccinated

May 12: 1,816,915 doses administered, 60.9% at least one dose, 49.2% fully vaccinated

May 10: 1,789,997 doses administered, 60% at least one dose, 48% fully vaccinated

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


Doña Ana County (population: 218,836)


May 19: 24,782 cases (12 new); 458 deaths; 23,799 recovered; 319,644 tests

7-day rolling average: 2.5; cases/100,000; 7-day positive rate: 0.9%; 14-day positive rate: 1.4%

May 4-17 (14-day average): 5.4 cases/100,000; 2.33% positivity rate

May 15-17: 24,782 cases (32 new); 456 deaths; 23,740 recovered; 318,768 tests

May 17: 7-day rolling average: 3.5 cases/100,000; 7-day pos rate: 1.19%; 14-day pos rate: 1.67%

May 12: 24,744 cases; 18 new; 455 deaths; 23,616 recovered; 315,254 tests

 7-day rolling average: 5.4/100,000; 7-day positivity rate: 1.89%; 14-day positivity rate: 2.22%

May 10: 24,728 cases; 41 new cases (May 8-10); 454 deaths; 23,562 recovered; 314,244 tests

April 20-May 3: cases/100,000: 9.9, positivity rate: 3.63%; fully vaccinated: 43.6%

April 6-19:  cases/100,000: 12.30, positivity rate: 4.76%, fully vaccinated: 37%


May 19: 60.5% at least one dose, 50% fully vaccinated  

May 17: 60.3% at least one dose, 49.6% fully vaccinated

May 10: 58.7% at least one dose, 47.2% fully vaccinated

May 5: 56.7% at least one shot, 43.4% fully vaccinated

Doña Ana County stays in turquoise

Doña Ana County remained in turquoise in the May 19 update of the New Mexico Department of Health’s (NMDOH) statewide Covid-19 county-by-county risk assessment framework. The county moved into the turquoise level (low risk) under the red-yellow-green-turquoise framework for the first time May 5. The state began using the framework in July 2020.

As of May 19, 32 of New Mexico’s 33 counties are in turquoise (see criteria below). Chavez County moved from yellow (high risk) to green (medium risk). Two other counties that had been in green, Catron and Valencia, moved to turquoise. No counties are in red (very high risk). The next update is June 2.


When 60 percent of eligible New Mexicans have been fully vaccinated, the state will graduate out of the color-coded risk system and remove most pandemic-related restrictions on commercial activities, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said in a May 19 news release. NMDOH projects the state will reach 60 percent June 30 (https://cv.nmhealth.org/public-health-orders-and-executive-orders/red-to-green/).

“New Mexicans who are fully vaccinated may … opt to set aside their facemasks in most environments, per updated CDC guidance,” the release said. “Unvaccinated New Mexicans are required to retain their facemasks in public spaces – and should seek out their vaccination immediately. Regardless of vaccination status, New Mexicans must adhere to local and commercial requirements regarding facemasks. All New Mexicans are encouraged to continue adhering to Covid-safe practices. All individuals, including those who are fully vaccinated, should continue to wear well-fitted masks where required by localities, tribal entities and individual businesses.”

Los Alamos County leads the state with a fully vaccinated rate of 75.5 percent, followed by McKinley County, 65.8 percent; Taos County, 64.1 percent; Sandoval County, 60.8 percent; and Santa Fe County, 60.6 percent. Bernalillo County is 10th at 53.8 percent. Doña Ana County is 17th at 50 percent. 15 counties are below 50 percent. The bottom five, in descending order, are Quay County, 34.3 percent; Curry County, 31.3 percent; Eddy County, 31.1 percent; Torrance County, 30.8 percent; and Roosevelt County, 25.4 percent.

Turquoise level criteria

To reach turquoise, a county must meet three of these criteria or two of them in two consecutive reporting periods: 1) a Covid-19 average daily case incidence rate of no greater than 10 cases per 100,000 inhabitants during the most recent two-week period, 2) an average percent of positive Covid-19 test results less than or equal to 7.5 percent, 3) a fully vaccinated rate at or above 40 percent.



Health orders in turquoise 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: 75 percent of maximum capacity for indoor spaces, 100 percent outdoor
  • Food and drink establishments (if NM safe certified): 75 percent of maximum capacity for indoor dining, 75 percent of maximum capacity for outdoor dining
  • Close-contact businesses: 75 percent of maximum capacity; no restrictions on outdoor spaces
  • Large entertainment venues: 33 percent of maximum capacity for any indoor/enclosed space on premises, 75 percent of any outdoor space on premises
  • Recreational facilities: 50 percent of maximum capacity of any indoor/enclosed space on the premises, 75 percent of any outdoor space on premises
  • Bars and clubs: 33 percent of maximum capacity of any indoor/enclosed space on premises, 75 percent of any outdoor space on premises, where applicable
  • All other businesses: 75 percent of maximum capacity indoors, no restrictions on outdoor spaces
  • Houses of worship: May operate at 100 percent capacity indoors or outdoors should they so choose
  • Places of lodging: No maximum occupancy restrictions for those that have completed NM Safe Certified training, 50 percent for all others; 15 guests maximum for vacation rentals

• Mass gatherings limit: 150 persons.