FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:Nora Meyers Sackett
Press Secretary, Office of the Governor
March 24, 2021
Department of Health county map update March 24:
More counties advance to Turquoise, Green
SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health on Wednesday announced the updatedstatewide COVID-19 mapfor 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 supply, 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 attogethernm.org.
The state’s county-by-county system useskey 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 two consecutive biweekly map updates may operate at the Turquoise Level.
Counties that met both of the health metric thresholds for two consecutive biweekly map updates and may operate at theTurquoise Levelbeginning March 24 are:Catron, De Baca, Hidalgo, Lea, Los Alamos, McKinley, Quay, Roosevelt, San Juan, Santa Fe, Sierra, SocorroandUnion.
Counties that met both of the health metric thresholds and may operate at theGreen Levelbeginning March 24 are:Chaves, Colfax, Curry, Eddy, Guadalupe, Lincoln, Mora, Rio Arriba, TaosandTorrance.
Counties that met one of the health metric thresholds and may operate at theYellow Levelbeginning March 24 are:Bernalillo, Cibola, Dona Ana, Grant, Harding, Luna, Otero, Sandoval, San MiguelandValencia.
Counties that met neither of the health metric thresholds and must operate at the Red Level are: none.
The color-coded tier system – Red Level, Yellow Level, Green Level and Turquoise Level – enables counties to shed restrictions and provide local communities the flexibility to operate more day-to-day activities as soon as public health data show the virus is retreating within their borders.
The public health order, the red-to-green framework and frequently asked questions are all available atcv.nmhealth.org/redtogreen, where New Mexicans can also view the test positivity rate and new case incidence for each county.
The categories and definitions for each risk level are available below and available atcv.nmhealth.org/redtogreen.