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All of New Mexico moves into least-restrictive COVID-19 measures

San Juan County still has high cases per 100,000 people
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, seen here in 2019, said this week: “New Mexicans are making the right choices: Getting vaccinated so we can all safely resume our lives and so our small businesses and economy can roar back to life.” (Associated Press file)

FARMINGTON – All of New Mexico, including San Juan County, has been placed in the Turquoise Level, the least-restrictive of the state’s color-coded system for COVID-19 risk.

The Department of Health reported only 380 new COVID-19 cases covering a four-day cumulative period – from Saturday to Tuesday – an average of fewer than 100 cases each day, according to a news release from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office.

“We’re almost there,” Lujan Grisham said in the release. “New Mexicans are making the right choices: Getting vaccinated so we can all safely resume our lives and so our small businesses and economy can roar back to life.”

An updated county map shows all of New Mexico at the Turquoise Level. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham this week pushed every county into the least-restrictive level of operations.

Once 60% of eligible New Mexicans have been fully vaccinated, the state will move out of the color-coded county risk system and remove most pandemic-related restrictions on commercial activities, the release said.

According to the latest data, San Juan County has 15.9 cases per 100,000 people, a positivity rate of 5.52% and a fully vaccinated rate of 58.7%. To qualify for the Turquoise Level, a county must meet two of these three benchmarks:

  • No greater than 10 cases per 100,000.
  • An average positivity rate at or less than 7.5%.
  • And/or a fully vaccinated rate at or above 50%.

San Juan County qualifies for two of the three.

Under the Turquoise Level, essential businesses have no capacity restrictions; essential retail is limited to 75% capacity; food and drink businesses, if NM Safe Certified, can operate at 75%; all other business can operate at 75% capacity; entertainment venues are at 33% capacity indoors and 75% outdoors; recreational facilities are at 50% indoors and 75% outdoors; bars and clubs at 33% indoors and 75% outdoors; houses of worship can operate at 100% capacity indoors if they so choose; and mass gatherings are limited to 150 people.

mmitchell@durangoherald.com

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