February 18, 2021

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (2/18/21 edition)

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  • While the state is among the best in the nation when it comes to administering the doses it receives from the federal government, the state DOH secretary-designate still said the limiting factor is the number of vaccines the state receives. Read more here.
    • The vaccine supplies are slowly increasing, however, including with several thousand more doses next week than the state received this week, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported.
    • The state Human Services Department Secretary predicted that a majority of counties in New Mexico would be at the yellow or green level next week, the Roswell Daily Record reported.
    • On Wednesday, the state reported 281 new cases of COVID-19 and twelve additional deaths. The number of those hospitalized in New Mexico also continued its drop, to 280 people.
  • The state’s economic outlook improved again, according to revenue projections provided to the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.
  • The Albuquerque Public Schools board voted against a motion to return to hybrid learning, which would mean the state’s largest school district will remain virtual until the end of the year, KOB-TV reported.
  • Most school districts in northern New Mexico will at least open high schools to hybrid learning, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.
  • Quay County saw a big increase in vaccinations last week, thanks in part to vaccination events in Tucumcari and Logan, the Quay County Sun reported.
  • The state Natural History Museum reopened on Wednesday, KRQE-TV reported.
  • The NMAA is waiting to make schedules for athletics until districts decide whether they will have athletics this year, KRQE-TV reported; the state will only allow prep athletics to occur if the school is in a hybrid model.
  • Popejoy Hall is hopeful that events will be able to return to the venue this year, KOB-TV reported.