Gov. Lujan Grisham: Phase two of reopening on hold for now

Coronavirus New Mexico

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico is no longer improving in the fight against COVID-19. On Thursday, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham says because of the rise of COVID-19 cases, phase two of reopening is on hold for now.

“On Monday we had 128 cases. On Tuesday 148 cases. Yesterday 156 cases with increases now in every single region we can manage being flat. Our goal should be to reduce cases,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham.

A graph shown during Thursday’s news conference showed a trend of COVID-19 cases going up across the state. Another chart showed the spread rate increasing in four of the five New Mexico regions. The governor says because of case increases, updates to the public health order scheduled for July 1 may be delayed by a week or more. That means everything will remain the same on July 1 which includes occupancy limits for many businesses, gyms, restaurants and churches.

During Thursday’s conference, the governor kept reiterating New Mexicans need to do more, especially if they want to send their children back to school. “Do your part, we owe it to every single student, their parents, and their educators… and if we don’t do a better job you’re basically signaling to New Mexico families and their students that we don’t care enough about their education,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham.

The governor also said that the state will continue to evaluate transmission rates and alarming rises in cases for another week before making decisions bout raising the mass gatherings limit.

Health officials also pointed to the spike in cases and hospitalizations in Arizona and Texas saying New Mexico can’t afford the same result by reopening too quickly. “We measure our seven hub hospital systems. They are above their capacity of ICU beds, but still below their expanded capacity,” said Dr. David Scrase, Human Services Secretary.

Health officials say wearing a mask and practicing social distancing is still important. They also said big contributors to new cases in the state are due to travel. The 14-day quarantine rule is also still in place.

Festivals and other mass gatherings are still not allowed at this time.

Graphs/Charts

Total COVID-19 positive cases throughout New Mexico. Chart shown during June 25, 2020 news conference.
Children and COVID-19 in New Mexico. Chart shown during June 25, 2020 news conference.
Spread rate of COVID-19 is increasing in 4 of 5 New Mexico regions. Chart shown during June 25, 2020 news conference.
COVID-19 spread of rate increasing in New Mexico. Chart shown during June 25, 2020 news conference.
Chart shown during June 25, 2020 news conference.
Areas in Arizona with most COVID-19 cases. Many are along the border between Arizona and New Mexico. Chart shown during June 25, 2020 news conference.
Health experts say rise in COVID-19 cases due to end of stay at home order. Chart shown during June 25, 2020 news conference.
El Paso, Texas has the 6th highest number of COVID-19 cases in Texas. Chart shown during June 25, 2020 news conference.
Texas governor urges Texas residents to stay home after rise in COVID-19 cases. Chart shown during June 25, 2020 news conference.
7-day average of daily COVID-19 cases in New mexico by regions. Chart shown during June 25, 2020 news conference.
Gating criteria for reopening New Mexico. Chart shown during June 25, 2020 news conference.
Chart shown during June 25, 2020 news conference.
Phased approach to school reentry. Chart shown during June 25 2020 news conference.

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