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Thursday, May 27, 2021 Covid-19 update


New Mexico (population: 2.11 million)


May 26: 202,570 cases (167 new); 3,472,993 tests; 130 hosp; 4,254 died; 188,333 recovered; 2.17% 7-day positive rate

May 22-24: 202,221 cases (366 new); 3,461,886 tests; 120 hosp; 4,245 died; 187,937 recovered; 2% 7-day positive rate

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


Vaccinations (register at vaccineNM.org)

May 26: 1,961,775 doses administered, 65% ages 16+ at least one dose (1,092,606), 55.1% ages 16+ fully vaccinated (925,797); 18.7% ages 12-15 at least one dose (20,8633), 9 individuals ages 12-15 fully vaccinated

May 24: 1,923,751 doses administered, 64.4% at least one dose (1,082,567), 54.2% fully vaccinated (910,231)

15.4% ages 12-15 at least one dose (17,223), 2 individuals are fully vaccinated

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

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


Doña Ana County (population: 218,836)


May 26: 24,847 cases (21 new); 484 deaths; 23,956 recovered; 322,938 tests

7-day rolling average: 4.2; cases/100,000; 7-day positive rate: 1.97%; 14-day positive rate: 1.34%

May 22-24: 24,820 cases (41 new); 484 deaths; 23,911 recovered; 322,309 tests

7-day rolling average: 2.5; cases/100,000; 7-day positive rate: 1.07%; 14-day positive rate: 1.14%

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%

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 26: No update 

May 24: 61.7% at least one dose, 51.9% fully vaccinated 

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

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

Doña Ana County 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 were in turquoise. Chaves 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 May 26 total was 56.6 percent), the state will graduate out of the color-coded risk system and remove most 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 individuals, including those who are fully vaccinated, should continue to wear well-fitted masks where required by localities, tribal entities and individual businesses.”

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.