The 79 newly reported COVID cases from the department of health’s Tuesday report indicate that New Mexico is meeting the governor’s target seven-day average of 168 cases or less, but the state still remains in Phase 2. So what’s the hold up?
According to state officials, they said it’s because they have a different way of tabulating the rolling seven-day average. By the state's count, that average is currently 174, which is above the target goal.
The rolling average graph put together by the state’s modeling team is based a few different factors. The numbers are calculated using the date the tests were collected, and the confirmed positive cases from those days. That means the latest seven-day rolling average is based on some tests that were taken more than two weeks ago and not based on their daily report released to the public.
NMDOH officials also said the data regarding their daily totals typically contain errors like duplicate cases. Health officials only update the website with their calculations on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.