NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – New Mexico Human Services Department Cabinet Secretary Dr. David Scrase and Behavioral Health Services Division Director Dr. Neal Bowen provided a COVID-19 modeling and reopening webinar update Tuesday, Sept. 29.
During Tuesday’s webinar, Dr. Scrase says people shouldn’t expect any more reopenings because cases are going back up. There has also been significant growth in cases in the southeastern part of the state. Dr. Scrase says based on the numbers the state is seeing, they are putting the brakes on any additional reopenings.
During a Sept. 22 webinar update, Dr. Scrase discussed school reopenings as well as schools that are already open. He urged parents not to send their children to school if they are showing any respiratory symptoms. Dr. Chad Smelser also highlighted the importance of getting a flu shot amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The New Mexico executive order that requires quarantine for out-of-state visitors from high-risk states was updated on Wednesday, Sept. 23. Colorado, Oregon, and Rhode Island were added to the list of high-risk states, which requires individuals who arrive from these states to quarantine for 14-days or the duration of their stay in New Mexico.
Michigan and Hawaii were also moved from high-risk to low-risk according to their rolling positivity and test rates. As of Sept. 23, the list of high-risk states includes the following: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
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