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13 New Mexico Counties Move to Turquoise Level

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By Tierna Unruh-Enos

The New Mexico Department of Health Wednesday announced the updated statewide COVID-19 map for the two-week period beginning March 24, with 13 New Mexico counties at the Turquoise level and 10 at the Green Level, at which there are fewer restrictions on commercial and day-to-day activities amid decreased virus risk. The majority of the state’s counties are now at or approaching the least restrictive levels.

Ten counties are at the Yellow Level as of March 24. None are at the Red Level, signifying the highest risk.

Seventeen counties advanced to a less restrictive level since the most recent biweekly map update.

Even as New Mexico rapidly vaccinates eligible populations with all available supplies, it is important that New Mexicans still seek out COVID-19 tests if they feel symptomatic, if they have traveled, if they have spent time unmasked in the company of others – particularly non-household members and particularly indoors. Getting tested not only helps slow the spread; it helps counties maintain their risk levels and advance to less restrictive levels when the viral risk in the community is sufficiently reduced. Please seek out COVID-19 testing at togethernm.org.

The state’s county-by-county system uses key health metrics – the per-capita daily incidence of new COVID-19 cases and average COVID-19 test positivity within county borders – to determine the level of public health risk and requirement for each county. A county that meets one criterion may operate at the Yellow Level; a county that meets both may operate at the Green Level. A county that has met both for 2 consecutive biweekly map updates may operate at the Turquoise Level.

Counties that met both of the health metric thresholds for 2 consecutive biweekly map updates and may operate at the Turquoise Level beginning March 24 are Catron, De Baca, Hidalgo, Lea, Los Alamos, McKinley, Quay, Roosevelt, San Juan, Santa Fe, Sierra, Socorro, and Union.

Counties that met both of the health metric thresholds and may operate at the Green Level beginning March 24 are Chaves, Colfax, Curry, Eddy, Guadalupe, Lincoln, Mora, Rio Arriba, Taos, and Torrance.

Counties that met one of the health metric thresholds and may operate at the Yellow Level beginning March 24 are: Bernalillo, Cibola, Dona Ana, Grant, Harding, Luna, Otero, Sandoval, San Miguel, and Valencia