All but one New Mexico county is listed as "high risk" under a new state framework for public health, and it could be quite some time before others start to see a shift that allows for more economic re-opening.

The state announced the red-to-green framework Nov. 27, but Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said she sought to offer more details Monday in a public address about the program that allows New Mexico "to sort of move through the virus, protect New Mexicans, and provide a little bit more economic certainty."

As counties move through the three tiers of restrictions—red, yellow and green—businesses are allowed to serve more customers and groups are permitted to get larger. Health officials expect to update color-coded maps every two weeks. Counties that hit the metrics between updates, however, will still be able to choose to loosen restrictions, Lujan Grisham said.

Los Alamos County is the only of the state's 33 counties currently listed as yellow. The rest are red.

Here's how the colors are assigned:

RED: Counties with a new case incident rate of greater than 8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants during the most recent two-week period and an average percent of positive COVID-19 test results over the most recent 14-day period greater than 5%.

YELLOW: Counties with either a new COVID-19 case incidence rate of no greater than 8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants during the most recent two-week period, or an average percent of positive COVID-19 test results over the most recent 14-day period less than or equal to 5%.

GREEN: Counties that have both a new COVID-19 case incidence rate of no greater than 8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants during the most recent two-week period, and an average percent of positive COVID-19 test results over the most recent 14-day period less than or equal to 5%.

"We really need to get to green and we get to green by exhibiting COVID-safe practices," the governor said, reminding listeners that hand washing, use of sanitizer, mask-wearing and social distancing remain the best tools against transmission.

The health department dashboard lists Santa Fe County's current two-week cases per 100,000 at 87.70 and its positivity rate at 15%. Statewide, New Mexico's two-week test positivity rate is 17.54%.

Each level of risk identification comes with a list of restrictions in various categories. Details are also available at cv.nmhealth.org/redtogreen and the slides from Monday's presentations below.

Lujan Grisham said she disagreed with national studies that predicted it could take several months or longer for some areas to return to 8 cases per 100,000, but did not give a specific timeline when a reporter asked for one.

"We have the power to do it differently and we have demonstrated that we have done it better than most states and the modeling," she said, adding later, "We think this is a reasonable—plus public-health, science-based, evidence-based—model forward."

The new framework is set to go into place as the state reported an additional 1,684 new cases Monday, bringing the statewide total so far to 97,095.

Bernalillo County had 596 new cases, followed by San Juan County with 136 new cases and Doña Ana County with 131. Santa Fe County had 106 new cases.

The state also announced 28 additional deaths, including a woman in her 80s from Santa Fe County. There have now been 1,568 fatalities.

As of today, 876 people are hospitalized with COVID-19—30 fewer than were hospitalized one week ago today.*

Human Services Secretary David Scrase said "there may be some cause for optimism" in that the number of new cases for the state shows a plateau over recent days.

Hot spots in the southern and southeastern part of the state that have been identified for more than ten weeks remain active, he said, and the state is also seeing a resurgence of case counts in the northwest region that struggled earlier in the pandemic.

As noted in recent attention the state received in The New York Times, over the last two weeks, New Mexico has seen a 45% increase in cases, Scrase said, but "more troubling is that we've seen an 89% increase, almost a 90% increase, in hospitals and a 60% increase in deaths. These two numbers are disproportionate to the growth in the number of cases, so we are watching that very closely."

In addition, he noted, the impact of transmission that likely occurred over the Thanksgiving holiday won't show up on health data for about four weeks.

"My biggest fear," he said, "is that our healthcare workers will be working very long hours between Christmas and News Years trying to take care of hundreds more patients than our facilities have capacity for."

New cases

  • 596 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 102 new cases in Chaves County
  • 7 new cases in Cibola County
  • 20 new cases in Colfax County
  • 35 new cases in Curry County
  • 131 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 39 new cases in Eddy County
  • 10 new cases in Grant County
  • 6 new cases in Guadalupe County
  • 1 new case in Hidalgo County
  • 65 new cases in Lea County
  • 3 new cases in Lincoln County
  • 4 new cases in Los Alamos County
  • 10 new cases in Luna County
  • 85 new cases in McKinley County
  • 18 new cases in Otero County
  • 17 new cases in Quay County
  • 18 new cases in Rio Arriba County
  • 15 new cases in Roosevelt County
  • 125 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 136 new cases in San Juan County
  • 6 new cases in San Miguel County
  • 106 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 6 new cases in Socorro County
  • 25 new cases in Taos County
  • 6 new cases in Torrance County
  • 3 new cases in Union County
  • 89 new cases in Valencia County

New fatalities

  • A female in her 50s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A second female in her 50s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A female in her 80s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized
  • A male in his 60s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A second male in his 60s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A male in his 90s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized, had underlying conditions and was a resident of the La Vida Llena Assisted Living in Albuquerque facility
  • A female in her 30s from Chaves County who was hospitalized
  • A female in her 50s from Chaves County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A second female in her 50s from Chaves County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A male in his 70s from Cibola County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A female in her 70s from Colfax County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A female in her 50s from Curry County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A female in her 70s from Doña Ana County who was hospitalized, had underlying conditions and was a resident of Welbrook Senior Living Las Cruces facility
  • A female in her 80s from Doña Ana County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A male in his 70s from Doña Ana County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A male in his 60s from Eddy County who was hospitalized
  • A male in his 40s from Hidalgo County who was hospitalized
  • A male in his 70s from Lea County who was hospitalized
  • A female in her 80s from Luna County who was hospitalized, had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Mimbres Memorial Nursing Home in Deming
  • A female in her 30s from McKinley County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A male in his 30s from McKinley County who was hospitalized
  • A male in his 60s from Quay County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A male in his 80s from Rio Arriba County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A female in her 70s from Roosevelt County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A male in his 70s from Sandoval County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions
  • A female in her 60s from San Juan County who was hospitalized, had underlying conditions and was a resident of Aztec Healthcare facility in Aztec
  • A female in her 80s from Santa Fe County who was hospitalized and was a resident of the Montecito in Santa Fe facility
  • A male in his 60s from Valencia County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

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 Grand Senior Living
  • 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 Portales
  • 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
  • Elite Senior Care Kathryn House in Albuquerque
  • 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
  • Hannett House in Albuquerque
  • Haven Care – Birch House in Albuquerque
  • 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
  • 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 Memorial 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
  • 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
  • The Rehabilitation Center of Albuquerque
  • 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
  • St. Anthony’s Healthcare in Clovis
  • Stardust Assisted Living in Albuquerque
  • Sunny Day Assisted Living in Gallup
  • 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
  • West Ridge Village in Albuquerque
  • 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 five cases that have been identified as duplicates (three in Bernalillo County, two in San Juan County) and one case that was not lab confirmed in San Juan County— these have now been corrected.  One case previously reported in Doña Ana County has been determined to be among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Processing Center and are now reported as such. Six cases previously reported in Union County have been determined to be among NMCD inmates at the Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County and are now reported as such.

  • Bernalillo County: 26,784
  • Catron County: 36
  • Chaves County: 4,767
  • Cibola County: 1,657
  • Colfax County: 231
  • Curry County: 3,192
  • De Baca County: 44
  • Doña Ana County: 13,487
  • Eddy County: 2,991
  • Grant County: 509
  • Guadalupe County: 133
  • Harding County: 6
  • Hidalgo County: 186
  • Lea County: 4,294
  • Lincoln County: 781
  • Los Alamos County: 146
  • Luna County: 1,956
  • McKinley County: 7,128
  • Mora County: 35
  • Otero County: 1,417
  • Quay County: 247
  • Rio Arriba County: 1,325
  • Roosevelt County: 995
  • Sandoval County: 5,216
  • San Juan County: 6,050
  • San Miguel County: 420
  • Santa Fe County: 5,159
  • Sierra County: 344
  • Socorro County: 623
  • Taos County: 841
  • Torrance County: 317
  • Union County: 115
  • Valencia County: 3,040

Cases among people being held by federal agencies

  • Cibola County Correctional Center: 385
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 426
  • Otero County Processing Center: 194
  • 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: 205
  • Guadalupe County Correctional Facility: 82
  • Lea County Correctional Facility: 146
  • Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 112
  • Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 57
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 473
  • Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 104
  • Roswell Correctional Center: 223
  • Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County: 166
  • Springer Correctional Center in Colfax County: 2
  • Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 4

*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.