SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico is managing COVID-19 and the entire state is trending in the right direction. That is the latest message from the governor who says the state’s progress is allowing us to take on more risk and open up more businesses.
Every single county is improving and the vaccine plays a big role in that. So far, 20% of the population has been at least partially vaccinated and it’s showing in the state’s COVID-19 rates.
New Mexico is making considerable strides in its fight against COVID-19. “We are on the road to recovery. This is exactly where we deserve to be given our hard work,” said Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham.
The vast majority of the state is in the Yellow phase of reopening with a handful of counties in the Green, or the new Turquoise phase. Governor Lujan Grisham says it’s thanks to continued COVID-safe practices and of course, the vaccine.
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“We are succeeding at managing the virus and congrats New Mexico,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham. The state is also aiming for vaccine distribution to be more equitable, using a vulnerability index that takes factors like income and minority status into consideration.
“This is welcome news and a sign of incredible progress,” said Lujan Grisham. In fact, the state is distributing 33 times the number of vaccines per day than cases the state is reporting per day.
“Unquestionable formula for success here in New Mexico,” said Dr. David Scrase with the Human Services Department. More than 520,000 doses have been administered which is lowering the daily case rates by 25 to 30%.
New Mexico ranks number one in the nation for the percentage of doses used and the state is the third-fastest nationwide for vaccine administration. The state is expecting more vaccines to roll in next week along with the anticipated approval this weekend of the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine dose.
Dr. Tracie Collins says it is 85% effective for preventing hospitalizations and death. The governor says while we still have work to do, we have a lot to be proud of.
This will be used to identify where in the state needs the vaccine the most, naming McKinley and Chaves counties as examples. The state also wants to use mobile vaccine clinics to get the vaccine to remore areas where people may not be able to get a provider.
New Mexico says it will increase vaccinations to seniors by 10% in the next two weeks.