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

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. 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.

Supply still can’t meet COVID-19 vaccine demand, but cases continue to fall in NM

State health officials continued to express optimism over the trend of COVID-19 and vaccinations in the state, announcing that the state had administered over 450,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine as of Wednesday, including nearly 145,000 who have received both doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. The vaccination rate of 7 percent, Department of Health Secretary-designate Dr. Tracie Collins said, was the third-highest of any state in the country. It is also double the state’s rate from two weeks ago. “We’re focusing on vulnerable populations and communities moving forward,” Collins said. The state is still vaccinating those in the 1A and first two subphases of 1B groups, with an emphasis on those in 1A.

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (2/17/21 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. The state Department of Health reported 308 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and 12 additional deaths. In the press release announcing this, DOH included this new language:Daily case counts and test numbers are raw data based on information the state receives today – meaning data that has not yet been scrutinized to identify potential duplicates or late-arriving positives or negatives. By contrast, the Red Yellow Green county-level analysis provides a highly accurate picture for a two-week period of time.The state of New Mexico has administered 441,786 doses out of the 448,500 it has received from the federal government as of Tuesday.

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (2/16/21 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. The state Department of Health reported just 200 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, the lowest number in months. The state also reported nine additional deaths related to the disease. Read more here.As of Monday, the state of New Mexico reported it had administered 437,903 doses out of the 429,950 it had received.

200 new COVID-19 cases, fewest in months

The state Department of Health reported 200 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, the fewest in a single day in months. DOH also reported nine additional deaths related to the disease. The last time the state had fewer than 200 reported cases in a single day was Oct. 5. 

The low number of new cases on Monday did come with a lower-than-average number of new COVID-19 tests results compared to recent weeks. DOH has now found 180,671 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic and reported 3,538 deaths related to the disease.

NM reports 856 new COVId-19 cases, 27 deaths over the weekend, as hospitalizations plummet

Over the weekend, the state of New Mexico reported 856 new cases of COVID-19 and 27 additional deaths related to the disease. This was with 571 new cases and 14 additional deaths on Saturday and 285 new cases and 13 additional deaths on Sunday. As of Sunday, 292 individuals were hospitalized for the disease, 73 fewer than on Friday and the fewest since Oct. 26. This could include those from other states who are hospitalized in New Mexico, but would not include New Mexicans who are hospitalized in other states. 

DOH has now found 180,571 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic and reported 3,529 deaths related to the disease.

Lujan Grisham talks COVID-19 financial aid during meeting with Biden

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham joined a handful of governors and mayors in a meeting to discuss COVID-19 relief with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in the White House. Biden praised the mayors and governors and said “these are the folks that are on the ground dealing with it every single, solitary day.”

Lujan Grisham responded to the meeting in a statement. “I was humbled to represent New Mexicans in the Oval Office this afternoon and to advocate for the direct aid our businesses, front-line workers, local governments and tribal governments desperately need. President Biden made it very clear to me directly: His government wants New Mexico to succeed in our struggle against COVID-19 and he and his administration are fighting in Congress to get New Mexicans every resource we need as part of our ongoing economic recovery after this year of crisis.”

The president emphasized the importance of getting vaccines out to Americans. “But equally consequential is that we need to help the states economically in terms of unemployment to being able to ensure they’re able to get back to schools, what role the federal government should play in helping getting that done,” Biden said.

State hits most COVID-19 gating criteria goals

In the last two days, the state of New Mexico reported 948 new cases of COVID-19 and 41 additional deaths related to the disease. This was with 541 new cases and 18 additional deaths on Thursday and 407 new cases and 23 additional deaths on Friday. As of Friday, 365 individuals were hospitalized for the disease, fourteen fewer than on Wednesday and the fewest since Nov. 1. This could include those from other states who are hospitalized in New Mexico, but would not include New Mexicans who are hospitalized in other states. 

DOH has now found 179,724 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic and reported 3,502 deaths related to the disease.

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (2/12/21 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. The state Department of Health reported 541 new cases of COVID-19 (including 101 in Chaves County, the most in that county since December) on Thursday. The department also reported 18 additional deaths related to the disease. As of Thursday, there were 371 individuals hospitalized for COVID-19.Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham will leave the state of New Mexico for the first time since the start of the pandemic, when she travels to Washington D.C. to meet with President Joe Biden along with a small, bipartisan group of governors and mayors to discuss state and local aid as part of a COVID-19 relief package.The Biden administration also said it would meet with Indigenous leaders to discuss (among other things) COVID-19, Axios reported.The Navajo Nation has vaccinated 44.5 percent of residents of the reservation—and one hospital has even started vaccinating anyone over the age of 18, the Navajo Times reported.A significant winter storm is expected to hit northern and central New Mexico this weekend, bringing with it extremely low temperatures.

Most of state moves to yellow, or green levels, as cases continue to fall

COVID-19 related restrictions will be eased in many parts of the state, as the number of cases continues to drop, with more than half of all counties improving out of the “red” level of restrictions. Additionally, the state announced that it would no longer require a self-quarantine for those who visit New Mexico from “high-risk” states, but will still strongly advise those who arrive from states with a five percent positivity rate or a positive test rate of over 80 people per 1 million residents. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and two cabinet officials spoke about the positive news in a press conference on Wednesday. “It’s always more fun to do these press conferences when the news is good and the news remains good,” state Human Services Department Secretary Dr. David Scrase said. “I’m very excited about our progress, you should be too,” Lujan Grisham said.