NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – While New Mexico continues to see a decrease in COVID-19 cases, it is still one of the most COVID-restrictive states, according to a WalletHub study. The website looked at 13 key metrics including whether restaurants are open, mask mandates, and workplace temperature screenings. Iowa is the least restrictive, it has a test-positivity rate of 6.7%. New Mexico, which has a much lower positivity rate of 2.5%, ranked 33.

Source: WalletHub

Most of the states with the highest restrictions are still in the red, including New York and surrounding states. One exception is California, which is listed as one of the most restrictive but has a similar positivity rate to New Mexico.

New Mexico state officials to provide COVID-19 update Wednesday, April 7. Earlier this week, Dr. David Scrase said he’s very encouraged by the data he sees playing out across the state. New Mexico Department of Health data shows just how much the state’s daily COVID-19 case average has plummeted since the beginning of the year when more vaccines entered the picture. January 2021 data showed New Mexico averaged more than 1,458 new cases per day, to now averaging 182 cases per day.

Source: WalletHub

WalletHub’s 10 states with the fewest COVID-19 restrictions

Overall RankStateWalletHub Score
4South Dakota 89.15
7South Carolina87.02
10Montana 84.11

WalletHub’s 10 states with the most COVID-19 restrictions

Overall RankStateWalletHub Score
50District of Columbia20.00
48Virginia 28.92
46New York31.24
45California 31.86
42Rhode Island 33.02