New Mexico sees declining case numbers during ‘reset’; clarifies red-to-green program for re-opening counties

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EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — During a news conference about the state’s shift to county-by-county health restrictions, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham emphasized that the coronavirus is still a danger for all residents.

The state reported 1,684 new virus cases, as well as 28 deaths, with 876 patients hospitalized. Hospitals in New Mexico are still stressed. “We have to take this much more seriously than we have,” she said.

Lujan Grisham mentioned Sylvia Garcia, a Las Cruces teacher who died of COVID-19 on Sunday, saying she spoke with Garcia’s family and that it is a heartbreaking situation.

Lujan Grisham said that the two-week ‘reset,’ however, was helpful in reducing the number of COVID-19 cases, and that the state is moving in the right direction.

On Wednesday, the state will transition to the red-to-green system. The new system will be broken down into three categories based on each county’s gating criteria: green, signifying medium risk, yellow, signifying high risk, and red, signifying extremely high risk.

As of Monday, every county in the state, except for Los Alamos County, falls into the red category.

“If their communities can get their constituents and residents to work a little more closely together, we can get there,” Lujan Grisham said. “The more COVID-safe practices we engage in, the more things are available.”

Starting Wednesday, county-by-county information will be updated every two weeks at https://cv.nmhealth.org/.

When a county moves to a less-restrictive level, it may begin operating at that level immediately upon the map’s update. If a county moves back to a more restrictive level, however, it will begin operating at that restriction level within 48 hours after the map updates.

For those counties in the red zone, the following restrictions will be in place:

  • Essential Retail: 25 percent of maximum occupancy or 75 customers, whichever is smaller
  • Food and Drink Establishments: No indoor dining, outdoor dining allowed at 25 percent of maximum occupancy, establishments serving alcohol must close by 9 p.m.
  • Houses of worship: 25 percent of maximum occupancy
  • Places of lodging: 40 percent of maximum occupancy for those that are NM Safe Certified, 25 percent for those that are not, 5 guests maximum for vacation rentals
  • Essential businesses: Must limit operation to only those that are absolutely necessary to carry out essential functions
  • Mass gatherings limit: 5 persons, 10 vehicles
  • Close-contact businesses (salons, gyms, etc.): 25 percent of maximum occupancy
  • Outdoor recreational facilities: 25 percent of maximum occupancy
  • Close-contact recreational facilities (movie theaters, etc.): Remain closed
  • All other businesses, including non-essential retail stores: 25 percent of maximum occupancy or 75 customers at one time, whichever is smaller

Those in the yellow level must adhere to the following restrictions:

  • Essential retail: 25 percent of maximum occupancy or 125 customers, whichever is smaller
  • Food and drink establishments: Indoor dining allowed at 25 percent of maximum occupancy, outdoor dining allowed at 75 percent of maximum occupancy, establishments serving alcohol must close by 10 p.m.
  • Houses of worship: 25 percent of maximum occupancy
  • Places of lodging: 60 percent of maximum occupancy for those that are NM Safe Certified, 25 percent for those that are not, 5 guests maximum for vacation rentals
  • Essential businesses: Must limit operation to only those that are absolutely necessary to carry out essential functions
  • Mass gatherings limit: 10 persons, 25 vehicles
  • Close-contact businesses (salons, gyms, etc.): 25 percent of maximum occupancy or 20 customers at one time, whichever is smaller
  • Outdoor recreational facilities: 25 percent of maximum occupancy
  • Close-contact recreational facilities (movie theaters, etc.): Remain closed
  • All other businesses, including non-essential retail stores: 25 percent of maximum occupancy or 125 customers at one time, whichever is smaller

Those in the green level have the following restrictions:

  • Essential retail: 50 percent of maximum occupancy
  • Food and drink establishments: Indoor dining allowed at 50 percent of maximum occupancy; outdoor dining allowed at 75 percent of maximum occupancy
  • Houses of worship: 50 percent of maximum occupancy
  • Places of lodging: 75 percent of maximum occupancy for those that are NM Safe Certified, 40 percent for those that are not, 10 guests max for vacation rentals
  • Essential business: Must limit operations to only those absolutely necessary to carry out essential functions
  • Mass gatherings limit: 20 persons, 100 vehicles
  • Close-contact businesses (salons, gyms, etc.): 50 percent of maximum occupancy
  • Outdoor recreational facilities: 50 percent of maximum occupancy
  • Close-contact recreational facilities (movie theaters, etc.): Remain closed
  • All other businesses, including non-essential retail stores: 50 percent of maximum occupancy

“Keep vigilant, New Mexico,” Lujan Grisham said. “We can do this.”

You can view the full conference in the player below:

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