New Mexico to Lift COVID-19 rules July 1

State is within ‘margin of error’ for 60% vaccination

It’s almost over, New Mexico.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham confirmed today that as of July 1, all pandemic-related limitations on mass gatherings will be gone. Businesses, large events and organizations may operate at their maximum capacities for both indoor and outdoor spaces. The color-coded county-by-county restrictions will stop that day as well.

“I know some will say this day is late in coming. I sure wish we’d gotten here sooner. I said all along: Vaccines are the way out, getting shots gets us there quicker. We were always going to put health and safety first. All along we have taken the approach that will protect the most New Mexicans, knowing the unique health risks of our population, understanding and respecting how dangerous this virus is,” Lujan Grisham said in a statement. “I believe, on the whole, New Mexicans made the right public health decisions in their day-to-day lives, following the science and helping us get to this point quickly and, more importantly, as safely as we possibly could.”

Businesses may still adopt and require additional precautions for employees and/or patrons, at their discretion, and are still advised to enact social distancing and masking measures in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, the governor said. For the next two weeks, the turquoise level rules still apply.

Lujan Grisham had said she would lift restrictions on July if the state reached 60% vaccination this week. As of midday today, with state vaccination data through end of day Thursday, the New Mexico Department of Health reports 59.4% of eligible New Mexicans have completed their vaccination series. Officials said lags in federal vaccination data and other factors mean the state is effectively at that goal.

“There is a ‘margin of error’ in vaccination data, the state is well within it with respect to the 60 percent target,” reads the statement from the governor’s office.

As of June 14, New Mexico counties with the best rate of individuals that have completed their vaccination series are:

  • Los Alamos County: 81.5%
  • McKinley County: 77.9%
  • Taos County: 69.7%
  • Rio Arriba: 67.4%
  • Santa Fe County: 67%
  • Sandoval County: 65.6%
  • Cibola County: 64.2%
  • Bernalillo County: 62.2%
  • San Juan County: 61.7%
  • Guadalupe County: 60.9%

As of June 14, the New Mexico counties with the worst completed vaccination rates are:

  • Roosevelt County: 28.3%
  • Curry County: 34.4%
  • Torrance County: 35.5%
  • Eddy County: 35.7%
  • Quay County: 37.2%

New Mexico health officials today reported 122 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the statewide total so far to 204,698.

The state also announced six additional deaths; there have now been 4,316 fatalities.

As of today, 95 people are hospitalized with COVID-19.*

New cases

  • 35 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • new cases in Catron County
  • 3 new cases in Chaves County
  • 4 new cases in Curry County
  • 5 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 1 new case in Guadalupe County
  • 7 new cases in Lea County
  • 1 new case in Los Alamos County
  • 4 new cases in McKinley County
  • 4 new cases in Otero County
  • 1 new case in Quay County
  • 4 new cases in Rio Arriba County
  • 1 new case in Roosevelt County
  • 16 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 17 new cases in San Juan County
  • 1 new case in San Miguel County
  • 6 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 1 new case in Taos County
  • 3 new cases in Torrance County
  • 6 new cases in Valencia County
  • 2 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Torrance County Detention Facility

New fatalities

Three recent deaths:

  • A male in his 60s from Curry County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
  • A male in his 70s from Otero County.
  • A female in her 70s from Torrance County. The individual had underlying conditions.

Three* deaths >30 days:

  • A male in his 70s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of the Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque.
  • A male in his 80s from Los Alamos County. The individual was hospitalized and was a resident of the Sombrillo Nursing Home in Los Alamos.
  • A female in her 70s from Quay County. The individual was hospitalized.

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:

  • Advanced Health Care in Albuquerque
  • The Aristocrat Assisted Living Center in Alamogordo
  • Autumn Blessings Assisted Living
  • Aztec Healthcare in Aztec
  • Bear Canyon Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
  • BeeHive Homes Clovis
  • BeeHive Homes Farmington
  • BeeHive Home Portales
  • Casa de Oro in Las Cruces
  • Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
  • Elmcroft of Quintessence in Albuquerque
  • Genesis Rio Rancho Center
  • Genesis Silver City Care Center in Silver City
  • Good Samaritan Society Las Cruces
  • Laguna Rainbow Care Center in Casa Blanca
  • Lakeview Christian Home in Carlsbad
  • McKinley Care Center
  • The Meadows Home at the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute in Las Vegas
  • New Mexico State Veterans Home in Truth or Consequences
  • Princeton Place in Albuquerque
  • Retirement Ranches in Clovis
  • SeniorCare LLC in Albuquerque
  • Sierra Health Care Center in Truth or Consequences
  • St. Anthony Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Clovis
  • Sunset Vista Senior Living Center in Silver City
  • The Bridge of Farmington in Farmington
  • The Rehabilitation Center of Albuquerque
  • The Rio at Las Estancias in Albuquerque
  • The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
  • Genesis Healthcare Uptown in Albuquerque
  • Vista Hermosa in Santa Fe

Statewide cases

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19. Previously reported numbers included one case that was not lab confirmed in Sandoval County—this has now been corrected.

  • Bernalillo County: 58,892
  • Catron County: 95
  • Chaves County: 9,062
  • Cibola County: 2,899
  • Colfax County: 799
  • Curry County: 5,289
  • De Baca County: 177
  • Doña Ana County: 25,040
  • Eddy County: 6,929
  • Grant County: 1,746
  • Guadalupe County: 457
  • Harding County: 13
  • Hidalgo County: 366
  • Lea County: 8,399
  • Lincoln County: 1,763
  • Los Alamos County: 536
  • Luna County: 3,374
  • McKinley County: 12,367
  • Mora County: 173
  • Otero County: 4,055
  • Quay County: 534
  • Rio Arriba County: 3,746
  • Roosevelt County: 2,022
  • Sandoval County: 12,216
  • San Juan County: 15,653
  • San Miguel County: 1,393
  • Santa Fe County: 10,563
  • Sierra County: 781
  • Socorro County: 1,325
  • Taos County: 1,700
  • Torrance County: 878
  • Union County: 258
  • Valencia County: 6,873

Cases among people being held by federal agencies

  • Cibola County Correctional Center: 445
  • Otero County Federal Prison Facility: 447
  • Otero County Processing Center: 249
  • Torrance County Detention Facility: 198

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

  • Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 298
  • Guadalupe County Correctional Facility: 253
  • Lea County Correctional Facility: 762
  • Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 167
  • Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 128
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 473
  • Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 219
  • Roswell Correctional Center: 229
  • Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County: 231
  • Springer Correctional Center in Colfax County: 151
  • Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 75

*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.

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