New Mexico - COVID-19 Covered

New Mexico

Total Cases: 21,130 (August 4)
Tests Administered: 574,253 (August 2)
Fatalities: 655 (August 4)
Testing:
  • An active list of all New Mexican test sites can be found here.
  • The New Mexico Department of Health will provide drive-thru screening for the COVID-19 virus on Sunday, July 5th at the Portales Public Health Office, 1513 W. Fir St., for essential workers, contacts to COVID-positive patients, and childcare workers from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. (June 30) 
  • The NM Department of Health is setting time slots for food industry workers to access COVID-19 testing at the Department of Health field offices throughout the state. From 8 am to 11 am every Monday, workers from restaurants, grocery stores, farmer’s markets, distribution centers, and food manufacturing facilities can get tested. (June 10)
  • Testing is now available for all New Mexico workers. (May 12)

ECONOMIC RESPONSE

Essential Service Designations:

  • A list of essential businesses can be found here.

Labor & Workforce Guidance, Standards and Regulations:

  • New Mexico released official reopening guidance for businesses based on sector. Details for each sector can be found here.

Economic Stimulus & Relief:

  • Governor Lujan Grisham announced that applications have gone out for $178 million of CARES Act funding for tribal and local governments – $28 million will be available for tribal government grants and $150 million for city and county grants. (July 27) 
  • The New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department extended some modifications to its collection and enforcement efforts through July 31. (July 2) 
  • Governor Lujan Grisham signed a law that will give New Mexico taxpayers a break on interest and penalties typically levied on unpaid taxes, under legislation signed into law by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday. (June 29) 
  • Governor Lujan Grisham announced that she would ask the State Legislature to consider tax relief for individuals, loans for small businesses and local governments” among other subjects beginning in a special session on Thursday. (June 17) 
  • The Department of Justice has awarded $2 million to Albuquerque, Española, Gallup, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, and San Juan County as part of the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program. (June 12) 
  • Following federal approval of the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program, the State will receive over $97 million in food benefits. (May 5) 
  • Nursing facilities within the state will receive and share $46.2 million in aid from Medicaid payments. (May 1) 
  • New Mexico Arts of the State’s Department of Cultural Affairs plans to give $1.5 million in relief to 200 arts organizations, schools, tribal governments, and government entities. (April 29) 
  • The State’s Department of Workforce Solutions opened the application for unemployment insurance benefits for self-employed, independent contractors, and gig economy workers. (April 26) 
  • All Together NM Fund, a state relief fund, is providing grants totaling $550,000 to unemployed New Mexicans struggling with food distribution. (April 24) 
  • The State’s Superintendent of Insurance has issued orders regarding surprise medical billing including having providers cover expenses for out-of-network care for COVID-19. (April 20) 
  • The New Mexico Supreme Court issued an order placing a temporary moratorium on evictions for those who are unable to pay rent during the COVID-19 public health emergency. (March 26 

Business Support & Resources:

  • Governor Lujan Grisham signed the Small Business Recovery Act of 2020, which allocates $400 million from the state’s $5 billion Severance Tax Permanent Fund for loans to small businesses and nonprofits and almost $50 million for loans to local governments. (July 7) 
  • The All Together NM Fund will provide grants of up to $5,000 for small businesses with five employees or fewer. The Fund has $750,000 to award these grants. (May 8)
  • The State’s Tourism Department is partnering with the Small Business Development Center to offer tourism and hospitality businesses coaching and mentorship. (April 20)
  • The State’s Department of Agriculture and the Tourism Department are partnering to promote homegrown and homemade products from the state. (April 17)
  • New Mexico’s Department of Workforce Solutions announced two thousand one-time $750 stimulus payments for self-employed citizens. (April 9)
  • The New Mexico State Investment Council has directed $100 million to help enterprises struggling with the impact of COVID-19. (March 24)
  • The New Mexico State Investment Council approved $100 million to a Business Recovery Fund to help medium-sized companies meet payroll obligations and avoid layoffs during the coronavirus pandemic. (March 24)
  • The New Mexico Economic Development Department has created a program to assist businesses seeking emergency loans or lines of credit to deal with negative economic impacts from COVID-19. NMEDD guarantees a portion of a loan or line of credit up to 80% of principal or $50,000. Loan proceeds are flexible and can be used for (and not limited to) working capital, inventory, and payroll. (NM EDD)

SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS

Reopening:

  • Governor Lujan Grisham extended the current restrictions on businesses as well as related public health orders through the month of August. (July 30) 
  • Governor Lujan Grisham reinstating emergency public health restrictions on high-contact indoor environments where face coverings are not worn in order to slow the rising spread of COVID-19 across the state. (July 13) 
  • Governor Lujan Grisham announced an executive order which will require anyone traveling to and from New Mexico to self-quarantine for 14 days. (July 6) 
  • Governor Lujan Grisham extended the state’s emergency public health order through July 15 and issued a severe warning about the risk of New Mexico being forced to reinstate severe public health restrictions. (July 1) 
  • The New Mexico State Fair has been canceled. (June 26) 
  • Governor Lujan Grisham announced that the State will pause on Phase Two of reopeninginitially scheduled for July 1(June 25) 
  • The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta was postponed until October 2021. (June 22) 
  • Governor Lujan Grisham reminded New Mexicans that face masks are required when in public. (June 22) 
  • Due to increases in coronavirus cases, the Navajo Nation will resume lockdowns for the next two weekends. (June 17)
  • A number of tribal casinos in the State have reopened despite the governor’s recommendations to remain closed. (June 17)
  • Starting June 12, breweries may open in a limited capacity with outdoor seating at 50 percent of maximum occupancy. (June 12)
  • The State Department of Health has detected community spread throughout the state and Governor Lujan Grisham instructed New Mexicans to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety, and welfare. (June 8)
  • The Navajo Nation extended its closure of tribal casinos until July 5. (June 6)
  • Starting June 1, restaurants may allow indoor seating at 50 percent maximum occupancy provided customers must be seated at tables positioned at least 6 feet apart. (May 28)
  • Starting June 1, gyms may reopen at 50 percent occupancy among other restrictions. (May 28)
  • Starting June 1, indoor malls may reopen at 25 percent occupancy provided food courts remain closed, and loitering is prohibited. (May 28)
  • Starting June 1, hair and nail salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors, and massage services may begin operating at 25 percent occupancy and must operate on a by-appointment basis. (May 28)
  • Governor Lujan amended his public health order to allow nine state parks to reopen for day use on May 31 with five others following on June 1. (May 28)
  • The State Supreme Court lifted its suspension on jury trials and allowing courts to resume jury trials between June 15 and July 15. (May 28)
  • Governor Lujan Grisham amended the public health order so that limited outdoor dining is permitted beginning May 27. (May 26)
  • Eight State Parks were reopened in the State for day use beginning May 1, with additional parks to follow in a phased reopening. (April 30)
  • Health Secretary Kunkel has amended her health order, allowing for partial re-openings for businesses deemed non-essential; allowing curbside pickup and delivery service if it is included in the business’s license. State parks and golf courses may also reopen. (April 30)

SCHOOL PLANNING

K-12:

  • The state has delayed the eligibility date for the return of in-person learning until September 8. (July 23) 
  • The State’s Public Education Department released their plan to reopen schools in the fall which will include limiting the number of students in the building and students will rotate between in-person and online learning Details can be found here. (June 23) 

State Higher Education:

  • A list of New Mexico universities and colleges planning to reopen in the fall can be found here. 

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