Retailers and other business operators hoping to re-open early next week may only do so subject to New Mexico's new "red to green" county-by-county protocol announced Friday by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

An amended emergency public health order will be executed Monday, Nov. 30, installing the new framework with an effective date of Wednesday, Dec. 2, according to a news release. The current operative requirements of the state’s two-week “reset” remain in effect through that date.

The new framework allows businesses and nonprofit entities within the borders of eligible counties to operate under less restrictive public health measures when the counties meet health metrics demonstrating the extent of the virus' spread.

The state plans to display color-coded data on a dashboard that will be updated each Wednesday based on each county's per-capita incidence of new COVID-19 cases and average COVID-19 test positivity. Counties will operate under one of three levels: red, signifying very high risk; yellow, signifying high risk; and green, signifying medium risk. The current dashboard shows every county but Los Alamos as red.

“The county-by-county framework enables counties, and the businesses and nonprofits within their borders, to operate with fewer restrictions when they slow the spread of the virus and drive down test positivity rates,” said Lujan Grisham in a statement. “It’s been a difficult year and an especially difficult past month. We must remain as vigilant as ever to contain and beat the virus; we also must look for ways to lessen the burden on our communities wherever possible, while never swerving from our top priority—protecting New Mexicans and saving lives.”
No matter a county’s level, the following requirements remain in place statewide:
  • Facemasks are required to be worn in public.
  • Businesses that accrue a significant number of positive COVID-19 cases within their workforce in a two-week span are subject to temporary closure by the Department of Health.
  • An essential business may be permitted to continue operating if the Department of Health and Environment Department determine the business is a necessary provider of goods or services within the community in light of geographic considerations.
  • Businesses that test each employee every two weeks and regularly provide contact training data to the Environment Department shall not be subject to closure under this framework
  • This applies only to food and drink establishments; close-contact businesses; places of lodging; retail spaces; and other other businesses which members of the public regularly visit.
  • The closure process is triggered if four or more rapid responses occur within a 14-day period.
  • Businesses and nonprofits must adhere to the state’s COVID-Safe Practices.

 

The rollout of the framework comes as the state reported 3,784 new COVID-19 cases in the last two days, 1,708 on Thanksgiving and 2,076 on Friday, bringing the statewide total so far to 91,852.

Bernalillo Counties had the highest number of cases in the state, over the two days: 1,417. Santa Fe County had 229 new cases: 84 Thursday and 145 Friday.

The environment department watchlist for rapid responses updated Friday lists 21 Santa Fe establishments including restaurants Jinja, McDonald's on Cerrillos Road near the intersection with Richards Ave., New Baking Co., Olive Garden, Paper Dosa and the southernmost Taco Bell. Find the complete list here.

The state also announced 53 additional deaths, including the first in San Miguel County. Friday's reported deaths of 35 are higher than the previous single-day death report of 33 on Nov. 22. On Thursday, 18 deaths were reported. There have now been 1,504 fatalities.

As of today, 874 people are hospitalized with COVID-19.*

THURSDAY

New cases

  • 671 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 66 new cases in Chaves County
  • 10 new cases in Cibola County
  • 3 new cases in Colfax County
  • 26 new cases in Curry County
  • 3 new cases in De Baca County
  • 182 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 29 new cases in Eddy County
  • 13 new cases in Grant County
  • 4 new cases in Guadalupe County
  • 1 new case in Harding County
  • 4 new cases in Hidalgo County
  • 54 new cases in Lea County
  • 30 new cases in Lincoln County
  • 2 new cases in Los Alamos County
  • 7 new cases in Luna County
  • 100 new cases in McKinley County
  • 17 new cases in Otero County
  • 1 new case in Quay County
  • 25 new cases in Rio Arriba County
  • 14 new cases in Roosevelt County
  • 120 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 119 new cases in San Juan County
  • 8 new cases in San Miguel County
  • 84 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 3 new cases in Sierra County
  • 6 new cases in Socorro County
  • 8 new cases in Taos County
  • 5 new cases in Torrance County
  • 10 new cases in Union County
  • 78 new cases in Valencia County
  • 3 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Cibola County Correctional Center
  • 1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County
  • 1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Guadalupe County Correctional Facility

New fatalities

  • A female in her 70s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A second female in her 70s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A third female in her 70s from Bernalillo County who had underlying conditions and was a resident of Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque
  • A fourth female in her 70s from Bernalillo County
  • A male in his 50s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A male in his 70s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A male in his 80s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A female in her 70s from Doña Ana County who had underlying conditions and was a resident of Calibre Sagecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Las Cruces
  • A second female in her 70s from Doña Ana County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A female in her 90s from Doña Ana County who had underlying conditions and was a resident of Adobe Assisted Living in Las Cruces
  • A male in in his 60s from Doña Ana County who had underlying conditions and was a resident of Adobe Assisted Living in Las Cruces
  • A second male in in his 60s from Doña Ana County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A female in her 60s from Eddy County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of Artesia Healthcare and Rehabilitation facility
  • A male in his 50s from Sandoval County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A male in his 70s from San Juan County
  • A female in her 60s from San Miguel County who was hospitalized
  • A female in her 80s from San Miguel County who had underlying conditions
  • A male in his 80s from Santa Fe County who had underlying conditions and was a resident of Kingston Residence of Santa Fe facility

FRIDAY

New Cases

  • 746 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 86 new cases in Chaves County
  • 57 new cases in Cibola County
  • 21 new cases in Colfax County
  • 46 new cases in Curry County
  • 1 new case in De Baca County
  • 98 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 55 new cases in Eddy County
  • 4 new cases in Grant County
  • 2 new cases in Hidalgo County
  • 98 new cases in Lea County
  • 9 new cases in Lincoln County
  • 5 new cases in Los Alamos County
  • 25 new cases in Luna County
  • 100 new cases in McKinley County
  • 1 new case in Mora County
  • 8 new cases in Otero County
  • 1 new case in Quay County
  • 27 new cases in Rio Arriba County
  • 6 new cases in Roosevelt County
  • 168 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 121 new cases in San Juan County
  • 8 new cases in San Miguel County
  • 145 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 28 new cases in Sierra County
  • 16 new cases in Socorro County
  • 31 new cases in Taos County
  • 11 new cases in Torrance County
  • 2 new cases in Union County
  • 131 new cases in Valencia County
  • 19 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County

New Fatalities

  • A female in her 80s from Bernalillo County who had underlying conditions and was a resident of the South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
  • A second female in her 80s from Bernalillo County who had underlying conditions
  • A male in his 80s from Bernalillo County who was a resident of the Belen Meadows Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Belen
  • A second male in his 80s from Bernalillo County
  • A male in his 70s from Chaves County who was was hospitalized
  • A male in his 80s from Chaves County who had had underlying conditions and was a resident of Casa Maria Health Care Center in Roswell
  • A second male in his 80s from Chaves County who had underlying conditions and was a resident of Casa Maria Health Care Center in Roswell
  • A female in her 80s from Cibola County who had underlying conditions and was a resident of Laguna Rainbow Care Center in Casa Blanca
  • A male in his 40s from Cibola County who had underlying conditions
  • A male in his 70s from Cibola County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A female in her 80s from Curry County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of Retirement Ranches in Clovis
  • A female in her 90s from Curry County who was a resident of Retirement Ranches in Clovis
  • A male in his 90s from Curry County who was a resident of Retirement Ranches in Clovis
  • A male in his 40s from Doña Ana County who had underlying conditions
  • A male in his 80s from Lea County who had underlying conditions and was a resident of Desert Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hobbs
  • A male in his 80s from Lincoln County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A female in her 60s from Otero County who was hospitalized
  • A female in her 60s from Quay County who had underlying conditions
  • A female in her 70s from San Juan County who was hospitalized
  • A male in his 70s from San Juan County
  • A male in his 80s from San Juan County who was a resident of Aztec Healthcare in Aztec
  • A second male in his 80s from San Juan County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A female in her 80s from Santa Fe County who was a resident of  the Montecito in Santa Fe facility
  • A second female in her 80s from Santa Fe County who had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Mi Casa Bonita in Santa Fe
  • A female in her 90s from Santa Fe County who had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Mi Casa Bonita in Santa Fe
  • A male in his 90s from Santa Fe County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A female in her 80s from Sierra County who was a resident of the New Mexico State Veterans Home in Truth or Consequences
  • A second female in her 80s from Sierra County who had underlying conditions and was a resident of the New Mexico State Veterans Home in Truth or Consequences
  • A male in his 80s from Sierra County who was hospitalized and was a resident of the New Mexico State Veterans Home in Truth or Consequences
  • A female in her 70s from Taos County who was a resident of the Taos Living Center
  • A second female in her 70s from Taos County who was a resident of the Taos Living Center
  • A third female in her 70s from Taos County who was a resident of the Taos Living Center
  • A male in his 70s from Taos County who was hospitalized
  • A male in his 80s from Taos County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A female in her 80s from Valencia County who was a resident of Belen Meadows Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Belen

Congregate facilities

The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following facilities:

  • Adobe Assisted Living in Las Cruces
  • Advantage Assisted Living in Rio Rancho
  • Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center
  • Albuquerque Uptown Assisted Living
  • The Aldea House – Heaven Sent LLC in Albuquerque
  • The Arbors of Del Rey in Las Cruces
  • Artesia Healthcare and Rehabilitation
  • The Aristocrat Assisted Living Community in Las Cruces
  • Atria Vista Del Rio in Albuquerque
  • Avamere at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
  • Avamere at Rio Rancho
  • Avamere at Roswell
  • Aztec Healthcare in Aztec
  • Bear Canyon Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
  • BeeHive Homes Raton
  • BeeHive Homes Deming
  • BeeHive Homes Roswell
  • BeeHive Homes of San Pedro in Albuquerque
  • Belen Meadows Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Belen
  • Blue Horizon Boutique Assisted Living & Memory Care in Las Cruces
  • Brookdale Santa Fe
  • Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
  • Brookdale Valencia Albuquerque
  • Buena Vista Senior Care in Albuquerque
  • Calibre Sagecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Las Cruces
  • Camino Retirement Homes in Albuquerque
  • Carefree Assisted Living in Albuquerque
  • Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Center in Alamogordo
  • Casa del Sol Center in Las Cruces
  • Casa de Oro Center in Las Cruces
  • Casa Palo Duro in Albuquerque
  • Casa de Palomas in Albuquerque
  • Casa de Paz in Rio Rancho
  • Casa de Rosa in Albuquerque
  • Casa Maria Health Care Center in Roswell
  • Casa Mis Abuelos in Albuquerque
  • Casa Real in Santa Fe
  • Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
  • Cielos Abiertos Assisted Living in Albuquerque
  • Clovis Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Clovis
  • Cuesta Manor in Albuquerque
  • Desert Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hobbs
  • El Castillo in Santa Fe
  • Elmcroft of Quintessence in Albuquerque
  • Fairwinds Assisted Living in Rio Rancho
  • Fort Bayard Medical Center in Santa Clara
  • Good Life Senior Living in Lovington
  • Good Life Senior Living in Artesia
  • Good Life Senior Living in Carlsbad
  • Good Life Senior Living in Hobbs
  • Good Life Memory Care Los Lunas
  • Good Samaritan Society – Manzano del Sol Village in Albuquerque
  • Good Samaritan Society Betty Dare in Alamogordo
  • Good Samaritan Society Grants
  • Good Samaritan Society Las Cruces
  • Good Samaritan Society Socorro
  • Grace Adult Care Homes in Albuquerque
  • Haciendas of Grace Village in Las Cruces
  • Haven Care – Fir House in Albuquerque
  • Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
  • Hilldale House in Albuquerque
  • Ladera Center in Albuquerque
  • Laguna Rainbow Care Center in Casa Blanca
  • Lakeview Christian Home in Carlsbad
  • Landmark at Desert Gardens in Hobbs
  • Landsun Unit of Lakeview Christian Home in Carlsbad
  • Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque
  • La Vida Llena Assisted Living in Albuquerque
  • The Legacy at Santa Fe
  • Life Spire Assisted Living Rio Rancho
  • Life Spire Assisted Living Albuquerque
  • Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
  • Lotus Care Homes Galaxia in Albuquerque
  • Life Care Center in Farmington
  • Lovington Healthcare in Lovington
  • Kingston Residence of Santa Fe
  • Mariah House in Albuquerque
  • Mescalero Care Center in Mescalero
  • Mi Casa Bonita in Santa Fe
  • Mimbres Nursing Home in Deming
  • Mission Arch Center in Roswell
  • The Montebello on Academy in Albuquerque
  • The Montecito in Santa Fe
  • MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Albuquerque
  • MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Rio Rancho
  • The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho
  • The New Beginnings Senior Living in Albuquerque
  • New Mexico State Veterans Home in Truth or Consequences
  • North Ridge Care Center in Albuquerque
  • Odelia Healthcare (Camino Healthcare) in Albuquerque
  • Pacifica Senior Living in Santa Fe
  • Palmilla Senior Living in Albuquerque
  • Princeton Place in Albuquerque
  • Ravenna Assisted Living in Albuquerque
  • Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
  • Retirement Ranches in Clovis
  • Retreat Healthcare in Rio Rancho
  • The Rio at Las Estancias in Albuquerque
  • Rio Rancho Center
  • Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
  • Sandia Senior Suites in Albuquerque
  • Senior Living Systems in Los Lunas
  • Sierra Healthcare Center in Truth or Consequences
  • Sierra Vista Retirement Community in Santa Fe
  • Silver City Care Center in Silver City
  • Skies Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
  • Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation in Los Alamos
  • South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
  • Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
  • Stardust Assisted Living in Albuquerque
  • The Suites at Rio Vista in Rio Rancho
  • Sunset Villa Care Center in Roswell
  • Taos Living Center
  • Tender Heart Assisted Living in Albuquerque
  • Tercer Cielo Assisted Living in Albuquerque
  • Uptown Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
  • Vida Encantada Nursing and Rehabilitation in Las Vegas
  • The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
  • The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
  • Village Retirement Community in Roswell
  • Vista Hermosa in Santa Fe
  • Vista Sandia Assisted Living in Albuquerque
  • The Watermark at Cherry Hills in Albuquerque
  • Welbrook Senior Living Farmington
  • Welbrook Senior Living Las Cruces
  • Wheatfields Senior Living Community in Clovis
  • White Sands Healthcare in Hobbs
  • Willow Manor in Deming
  • Willow Wood Assisted Living in Albuquerque

Statewide cases

According to a state news release, previously reported numbers included sixteen cases that have been identified as duplicates (three in Bernalillo County, seven in Lea County, one in Lincoln County, two in McKinley County, three in Santa Fe County); two cases that were not lab-confirmed (one in Bernalillo County, one in Valencia County). Previously reported numbers in correctional facilities included one additional case in the Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center that had been previously identified as a Bernalillo County resident and one case of a Doña Ana County resident that had been previously identified as an inmate at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility. These have now been corrected.

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

  • Bernalillo County: 25,134
  • Catron County: 34
  • Chaves County: 4,368
  • Cibola County: 1,599
  • Colfax County: 194
  • Curry County: 3,084
  • De Baca County: 42
  • Doña Ana County: 12,976
  • Eddy County: 2,839
  • Grant County: 464
  • Guadalupe County: 119
  • Harding County: 6
  • Hidalgo County: 181
  • Lea County: 4,072
  • Lincoln County: 752
  • Los Alamos County: 129
  • Luna County: 1,886
  • McKinley County: 6,846
  • Mora County: 35
  • Otero County: 1,333
  • Quay County: 219
  • Rio Arriba County: 1,248
  • Roosevelt County: 961
  • Sandoval County: 4,823
  • San Juan County: 5,753
  • San Miguel County: 402
  • Santa Fe County: 4,838
  • Sierra County: 322
  • Socorro County: 591
  • Taos County: 794
  • Torrance County: 293
  • Union County: 114
  • Valencia County: 2,809

Cases among people being held by federal agencies

  • Cibola County Correctional Center: 385
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 426
  • Otero County Processing Center: 193
  • Torrance County Detention Facility: 44

Cases among people being held by the New Mexico Department of Corrections

  • Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 204
  • Guadalupe County Correctional Facility: 67
  • Lea County Correctional Facility: 146
  • Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 101
  • Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 54
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 475
  • Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 104
  • Roswell Correctional Center: 223
  • Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County: 164
  • Springer Correctional Center in Colfax County: 1
  • Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 5

*Per the health department, hospitalization figures include people who were tested elsewhere but are hospitalized in New Mexico, but don't include people who were tested here but are hospitalized out of state.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story erroneously reported all 33 counties were listed as red. One county is not red: Los Alamos. The error has been corrected above.