The State's Red To Green Map Has Been Update (5/19); 32 Counties Turquiose

Department of Health COVID-19 map update: May 19

Thirty-two counties are Turquoise

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health on Wednesday announced the updatedstatewide COVID-19 map, with 32 New Mexico counties at the Turquoise Level and one at the Green Level, at which there are fewer restrictions on commercial and day-to-day activities amid decreased virus risk.

There are no counties at the Yellow or Red Levels as of May 19. Counties may still backslide with enhancing risk upon the next biweekly map update, however, if vaccination thresholds are not reached and key health metrics indicating the spread of the virus worsen.

When60 percent of eligible New Mexicanshave been fully vaccinated,the state will graduate out of the color-coded county risk system and remove most pandemic-related restrictionson commercial activities.

New Mexicans who are fully vaccinatedmay as of late last week opt to set aside their facemasks in most environments, per updated CDC guidance. Unvaccinated New Mexicans are required to retain their facemasks in public spaces – and shouldseek out their vaccinationimmediately. Regardless of vaccination status, New Mexicans must adhere to local and commercial requirements regarding facemasks. All New Mexicans are encouraged to continue adhering to COVID-safe practices.

All individuals, including those who are fully vaccinated, should continue to wear well-fitted masks where required by localities, tribal entities, and individual businesses.

“New Mexicans should continue to get vaccinated at the very first opportunity,” said HealthSecretary Tracie Collins, M.D.“Not only will it hasten the end of the worst of the pandemic, it will enhance counties’ and communities’ ability to safely begin more and more commercial and day-to-day activities without endangering public health.”

New Mexicans may schedule their COVID-19 vaccination atvaccineNM.org.

Counties that may operate at theTurquoise Levelas of May 19 are:Bernalillo, Catron, Cibola, Colfax, Curry, De Baca, Dona Ana, Eddy, Guadalupe, Grant, Harding, Hidalgo, Lea, Lincoln, Los Alamos, Luna, McKinley, Mora, Otero, Quay, Rio Arriba, Roosevelt, Sandoval, San Juan, San Miguel, Santa Fe, Sierra, Socorro, Taos, Torrance, UnionandValencia.

Counties that met both of the health metric thresholds and may operate at theGreen Levelas of May 19 are:Chaves.

The health metrics used to determine a county’s risk level are:

  • A per-capita rate of new COVID-19 cases of no greater than 10 per 100,000 inhabitants over the most recent 14-day reporting period
  • An average positivity rate less than or equal to 7.5 percent over the most recent 14-day reporting period
  • A county with a fully vaccinated rate at or above a target (45% as of May 19) that increases 5% every other week as more vaccinations are completed

A county that meets none of the criteria upon the biweekly Department of Health map update will be at the Red Level. A county meeting one will be at the Yellow Level. A county meeting two criteria is at the Green Level. A county meeting all three criteria, or having maintained the Green Level for two consecutive biweekly map update periods, is at the Turquoise Level.

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.

TURQUOISE LEVEL:

Counties at the Turquoise Level havethreeof the followingortwoof the following intwo consecutive reporting periods: 1) a new 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%, or 3) a fully vaccinated rate at or above 40%.

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% of maximum capacity for indoor spaces and 100% outdoor

Food and drink establishments (if NM Safe Certified):75% of maximum capacity for indoor dining; 75% of maximum capacity for outdoor dining

Close-contact businesses:75% of maximum capacity; no restrictions on outdoor spaces

Large entertainment venues:33% of maximum capacity for any indoor/enclosed space on premises; 75% of any outdoor space on premises

Recreational facilities:50% of maximum capacity of any indoor/enclosed space on the premises; 75% of any outdoor space on premises

Bars and clubs:33% of maximum capacity of any indoor/enclosed space on premises; 75% of any outdoor space on premises, where applicable

**All other businesses:75% of maximum capacity indoors; no restrictions on outdoor spaces

Houses of worship:May operate at 100% 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% of maximum occupancy for all others; 15 guests maximum for vacation rentals

Mass gatherings limit:150 persons

GREEN LEVEL:

Counties at the Green Level havetwoof the following: 1) a new 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 no greater than 7.5%, or 3) a fully vaccinated rate at or above 40%.

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:50% of maximum capacity (indoor and outdoor)

Food and drink establishments (if NM Safe Certified):50% of maximum capacity for indoor dining; 75% of maximum capacity for outdoor dining

Close-contact businesses:50% of maximum capacity (indoor and outdoor)

Large entertainment venues:25% of maximum capacity for any indoor/enclosed space on premises; 50% of any outdoor space on premises

Recreational facilities:25% of maximum capacity of any indoor/enclosed space on the premises; 50% of any outdoor space on the premises

Bars and clubs:25% of maximum capacity of any outdoor space on premises, where applicable; indoor not permitted

**All other businesses:50% of maximum capacity (indoor and outdoor)

Houses of worship:May operate at 100% capacity indoors or outdoors should they so choose

Places of lodging:75% of maximum occupancy for those that have completed NM Safe Certified training; 40% of maximum occupancy for all others; 10 guests maximum for vacation rentals

Mass gatherings limit:20 persons


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