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Posted on: May 5, 2021

[ARCHIVED] New Mexico Department of Health COVID-19 County Map Update for May 5

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The New Mexico Department of Health on Wednesday, May 5 announced the updated statewide COVID-19 map for the two-week period beginning May 5, with 30 of New Mexico's 33  counties at the Turquoise Level.

Doña Ana County, and Las Cruces, are now at the Turquoise Level, which has the fewest restrictions on commercial and day-to-day activities amid decreased coronavirus risk. The majority of the state’s counties remain at the least restrictive levels.

Doña Ana County is among eight counties that have advanced to a less restrictive level since the most recent update to the map criteria. Other counties include Bernalillo, Catron, Hidalgo, Otero, Sandoval, San Juan, and Valencia. According to the latest NMDOH data, 43.6 percent of Doña Ana County residents have now been fully vaccinated.

As of May 5, two counties are at the Green Level and one county remains at the Yellow Level; zero counties are at the Red Level.

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 at togethernm.org.

The state’s county-by-county system uses key health metrics – the per-capita daily incidence of new COVID-19 cases, average COVID-19 test positivity within county borders and county vaccination rate – 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 two may operate at the Green Level. A county that has met all three criteria, or two of three for two consecutive biweekly map updates, may operate at the Turquoise Level. Additionally, counties that reach the Turquoise Level will move to a four-week update, as opposed to biweekly.

Counties that may operate at the Turquoise Level as of May 5 are: Bernalillo, Cibola, Colfax, Curry, De Baca, Doña Ana, Eddy, Grant, Guadalupe, 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, and Union.

Counties that met both of the health metric thresholds and may operate at the Green Level as of May 5 are: Catron and Valencia.

Counties that met one of the health metric thresholds and may operate at the Yellow Level as of May 5 are: Chaves.

No counties must currently operate at the Red Level.

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.

As of May 5, the health metrics used to determine a county’s risk level are:

  • A new 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 of 40 percent as of May 5 that increases five percent every other week as more vaccinations are completed

The public health order, the red-to-green framework and frequently asked questions are all available at cv.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 at cv.nmhealth.org/redtogreen.

TURQUOISE LEVEL:

Counties at the Turquoise Level have three of the following or two of the following in two 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 percent, or 3) a fully vaccinated rate at or more than 40 percent.

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 percent of maximum capacity for indoor spaces and 100 percent outdoor.

Food and drink establishments, if New Mexico Safe Certified: 75 percent of maximum capacity for indoor dining; 75 percent of maximum capacity for outdoor dining.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Places of lodging: No maximum occupancy restrictions for those that have completed New Mexico Safe Certified training; 50 percent of maximum occupancy for all others; 15 guests maximum for vacation rentals.

Mass gatherings limit: 150 persons.


GREEN LEVEL:

Counties at the Green Level have two of 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 percent, or 3) a fully vaccinated rate at or more than 40 percent.

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 percent of maximum capacity, indoor and outdoor.

Food and drink establishments, if New Mexico Safe Certified: 50 percent of maximum capacity for indoor dining; 75 percent of maximum capacity for outdoor dining.

Close-contact businesses: 50 percent of maximum capacity, indoor and outdoor.

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

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

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

**All other businesses: 50 percent of maximum capacity, indoor and outdoor.

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

Places of lodging: 75 percent of maximum occupancy for those that have completed New Mexico Safe Certified training; 40 percent of maximum occupancy for all others; 10 guests maximum for vacation rentals.

Mass gatherings limit: 20 persons.

YELLOW LEVEL:

Counties at the Yellow Level are those who have one of 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 percent, or 3) a fully vaccinated rate at or more than 40 percent.


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: 33 percent of maximum capacity, indoor and outdoor.

Food and drink establishments, if New Mexico Safe Certified: 33 percent of maximum capacity for indoor dining; 75 percent of maximum capacity for outdoors dining; any establishment serving alcohol must close by 10 p.m. each night.

Close-contact businesses: 33 percent of maximum capacity or 20 customers at one time, whichever is smaller; 33 percent of any outdoor space on the premises.

Large entertainment venues: 25 percent of maximum capacity of any outdoor space on premises; indoor not permitted with the limited exception of operating as much as  25 percent of maximum capacity for recording and broadcasting entertainment without any in-person audience.

Recreational facilities: 33 percent of any outdoor space on the premises; indoor not permitted.

Bars and clubs: May not operate.

**All other businesses: 33 percent of maximum capacity, indoor and outdoor.

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

Places of lodging: 60 percent of maximum occupancy for those that have completed New Mexico Safe Certified training; 33 percent of maximum occupancy for all others; five guests maximum for vacation rentals.

Mass gatherings limit: 10 persons.

RED LEVEL:

Counties at the Red Level are those with a new COVID-19 case incident rate of greater than 10 cases per 100,000 inhabitants during the most recent two-week period; an average percent of positive COVID-19 test results over the most recent 14-day period greater than 7.5 percent; and a fully vaccinated rate less than 40 percent.

Essential businesses (non-retail): No capacity restrictions but must limit operations to only those absolutely necessary to carry out essential functions.

Essential retail spaces: 25 percent of maximum capacity, indoor and outdoor.

Food and drink establishments: No indoor dining permitted; 25 percent of maximum capacity for outdoor dining; any establishment serving alcohol must close by 9 p.m. each night.

Close-contact businesses: 25 percent of maximum capacity or 10 customers at one time, whichever is smaller; 25 percent of any outdoor space on the premises.

Large entertainment venues: May not operate.

Recreational facilities: 25 percent of maximum capacity of any outdoor space on the premises; indoor not permitted.

Bars and clubs: May not operate.

**All other businesses: 25 percent of maximum capacity, indoor and outdoor.

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

Places of lodging: 40 percent of maximum occupancy for those that have completed New Mexico Safe Certified training; 25 percent of maximum occupancy for all others; five guests maximum for vacation rentals.

Mass gatherings limit: Five persons.

Categories and definitions within the public health order:

Essential businesses (non-retail): These are any business or nonprofit entity falling within one or more of the following categories:
  • Health care operations including hospitals, walk-in-care health facilities, pharmacies, medical wholesale and distribution, home health care workers or aides for the elderly, emergency dental facilities, nursing homes, residential health care facilities, research facilities, congregate care facilities, intermediate care facilities for those with intellectual or developmental disabilities, supportive living homes, home health care providers, drug and alcohol recovery support services, and medical supplies and equipment manufacturers and providers;
  • Homeless shelters, food banks, and other services providing care to indigent or needy populations;
  • Childcare facilities;
  • Farms, ranches, and other food cultivation, processing, or packaging operations;
  • Infrastructure operations including, but not limited to, public works construction, commercial and residential construction and maintenance, self-storage facilities, airport operations, public transportation, airlines, taxis, private transportation providers, transportation network companies, water, gas, electrical, oil drilling, oil refining, natural resources extraction or mining operations, nuclear material research and enrichment, those attendant to the repair and construction of roads and highways, gas stations, solid waste collection and removal, trash and recycling collection, processing and disposal, sewer, data and internet providers, data centers, technology support operations, and telecommunications systems;
  • Manufacturing operations involved in food processing, manufacturing agents, chemicals, fertilizer, pharmaceuticals, sanitary products, household paper products, microelectronics/semiconductor, primary metals manufacturers, electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturers, and transportation equipment manufacturers;
  • Services necessary to maintain the safety and sanitation of residences or essential businesses including security services, towing services, custodial services, plumbers, electricians, and other skilled trades;
  • Veterinary and livestock services, animal shelters and facilities providing pet adoption, daycare, or boarding services;
  • Media services;
  • Utilities, including their contractors, suppliers, and supportive operations, engaged in power generation, fuel supply and transmission, water and wastewater supply;
  • Crematoriums, funeral homes and cemeteries;
  • Banks, credit unions, insurance providers, payroll services, brokerage services, and investment management firms;
  • Businesses providing mailing and shipping services
  • Laboratories and defense and national security-related operations supporting the United States government, a contractor to the United States government, or any federal entity;
  • Professional services, such as legal or accounting services, but only where necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities; and
  • Logistics, and also businesses that store, transport, or deliver groceries, food, materials, goods or services directly to residences, retailers, government institutions, or essential businesses.

Essential retail spaces: These include grocery stores, supermarkets, food banks, farmers’ markets and vendors who sell food, convenience stores, and other businesses that generate more than one-third of their revenue from the sale of canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet food, animal feed or supplies, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, and any other consumable food and drink products; automobile repair facilities, bike repair facilities, and retailers who generate the majority of their revenue from the sale of automobile or bike repair products; hardware stores; laundromats; and dry cleaner services.

Food and drink establishments: These are restaurants, breweries, wineries, distillers, cafes, coffee shops, or other similar establishments that offer food or drink.

Close-contact businesses: These are barbershops, hair salons, tattoo parlors, nail salons, spas, massage therapy services, esthetician clinics and tanning salons.

Recreational facilities: These are any publicly or privately owned facility typically or actually used for recreational activities capable of bringing persons within close proximity of one another, including aquariums, amusement parks, arcades, basketball courts, baseball fields, bowling alleys, botanical gardens, family entertainment centers, football fields, go-kart courses, golf courses, ice-skating rinks, museums with interactive displays or exhibits, miniature golf courses, ski areas, soccer fields, swimming pools, tennis courts, youth programs, guided raft tours, guided balloon tours and zoos.

Bars and clubs: These are any business that typically or actually generates more than half of its revenue from the sale of alcohol for on-premises consumption — including adult entertainment venues, nightclubs, and dance clubs, regardless of the source of their revenue.

Large entertainment venues: These are as any publicly or privately owned venue typically or actually used to host large audiences for the purposes of entertainment or amusement, including racetracks, concert venues, movie theaters, performance venues, professional sports venues and theaters.

Houses of worship: These are any church, synagogue, mosque, or other gathering space where persons congregate to exercise their religious beliefs.

Places of lodging: These are hotels, motels, RV parks, and short-term vacation rentals.

Mass gatherings: These are any public gathering, private gathering, organized event, ceremony, parade, funeral, or any other grouping that brings together a specified number of individuals in a single room or connected space, confined outdoor space, or open outdoor space. “Mass gatherings” also include coordinated events in which individuals gather in vehicles. “Mass gatherings” do not include the presence of any number of individuals where those individuals regularly reside. “Mass gathering” does not include individuals who are public officials or public employees in the course and scope of their employment.

**All other businesses: These are any entities that are not identified explicitly as an “essential business,” “house of worship,” “recreational facility,” “large entertainment venue,” “food and drink establishment,” “bars or clubs” or “place of lodging”.” Examples would include non-essential retail spaces like a clothing store, a gym, a group fitness class or a personal training service, among others.

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