Gov. highlights areas of improvement in New Mexico’s COVID fight

Coronavirus New Mexico

NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – While most of the state remains in the red with an infection rate too high to reopen, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham did deliver some positive news on Thursday. The governor points out 11 counties have positivity rates below 10%, which is inching closer to the 5% threshold. Union County has reached the yellow level and Harding County is the lone county in green.

“We really want to celebrate that we’re getting testing done, we’re stopping the rate of infection, which means we’re stopping spread and we’re creating that balance between managing in the virus, with the virus present, but introducing some risk. So, great job,” the governor said in a press conference Thursday.

The governor announced more than 153,000 vaccines have been delivered to New Mexico, with 100,600 administered so far. Nearly half a million New Mexicans registered in three weeks. New Mexico was the first state in the country to have a registration website.

People are still encouraged to register and the state says personal information is secure and not shared with the federal government. The state is currently in Phase 1B, vaccinating people 75 years and older. The public is reminded, that just because you’re vaccinated, you still need to take precautions.

“Keep in mind that getting the vaccine protects you from infection, but we are not yet aware of how well it prevents transmission. To keep your loved ones safe, continue to wear a mask, practice physical distancing, wash your hands, and avoid groups,” New Mexico Health Secretary Dr. Tracie Collins said.

Human Services Secretary Dr. David Scrase wants to remind people who have a positive test and who have at least one symptom to consider getting an outpatient treatment that’s given through IV because it can help reduce your risk for hospitalization by about 75%.

Overall, New Mexico’s 7-day rolling average of cases is increasing statewide, and the number of hospitalizations is high with six hub hospitals either full or significantly above capacity.

“This morning, 22 of our 42 hospitals are reporting critical staffing shortages, so we are clearly not out of the woods with hospitalizations,” Dr. Scrase explained.

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