New Mexico Eases COVID-19 Restrictions While Increasing Vaccinations Rates
May 05, 2021
New Mexico closes the month of April with a series of changes and a steady increase in vaccination rates. A recent article released by AP News titled "New Mexico Shifts Metrics, Some Virus Restrictions Relaxed"
expands on the color-coded framework that has now reduced public restrictions for all the counties within the state. According to the updated metrics, 24 counties are now at the least restrictive risk level.
The state has introduced a new per-capita rate within this framework to identify counties with 10 or fewer COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents and a higher average positivity rate of less than or equal to 7.5% over a 14-day reporting period.
Increased vaccination rates are one of the driving forces encouraging the shift in regulations, along with the hope of increasing commercial activity and capacity limits within public establishments. As of now, over 42% of residents 16 and older are fully vaccinated. According to statements from health officials and Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, New Mexico would complete vaccinations for 60% of its population by the end of June.
While counties like Bernalillo and San Juan saw a slight increase in COVID-19 infections, Human Services Secretary Dr. David Scrase stated that the state's vaccination efforts can keep the situation from escalating. "As our models show, test positivity is likely to become more elastic over time, and as fewer New Mexicans will require COVID-19 testing amid increasing vaccinations, we want to provide counties the assurance that they can continue to progress in accordance with the actual risk they face," he said.
You can read the complete article here: "New Mexico Shifts Metrics, Some Virus Restrictions Relaxed"