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Department of Health county map update: 33 counties operating at Red Level beginning Dec. 16Dec 16, 2020 |

Vast majority of counties see marked improvements toward Yellow, Green since ‘reset’

Dec 16, 2020 |

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health on Wednesday announced the updated statewide COVID-19 map for the two-week period beginning Dec. 16, with all 33 counties at the Red Level. Twenty-seven counties, however, improved in at least one of the two health gating criteria metrics, and 23 improved in both metrics, underscoring an improving COVID-19 outlook across the state.

No counties meet the criteria to operateat the Yellow Level or Green Level at present, though several counties are rapidly approaching Yellow Level thresholds.

The state’s county-by-county system uses key health metrics – the per-capita daily incidence of new COVID-19 cases and average test positivity within county borders – to determine the level of public health risk and requirement for each county. A county that meets one criterion may operate at the Yellow Level; a county that meets both may operate at the Green Level.

The color-coding of the map, in accordance with the state’s emergency public health order, is updated biweekly on Wednesdays. The next update is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 30. The map and other associated demographic COVID-19 data are available at cv.nmhealth.org.

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