New Mexico - COVID-19 Covered

New Mexico

Total Cases: 167,731 (January 23)
Tests Administered: 2,214,495 (January 22)
Fatalities: 3,077 (January 23)
Testing:
  • An active list of all New Mexican test sites can be found here. 
  • Governor Lujan Grisham announced New Mexicans may now order free, at-home, self-administered COVID-19 saliva tests, with accurate laboratory-confirmed results returned within 24-48 hours of receipt of the sample. (December 22) 
  • The New Mexico Department of Health, evolving with the demands of COVID-19, will begin administering an FDA-approved COVID-19 test that involves swabbing the mouth to collect a saliva sample. The department will begin offering the test at Balloon Fiesta Park on Monday. (November 23) 

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 signed a $330 million relief package into law that would provide supplemental payments to the unemployed and other emergency food and housing relief, among other provisions. (November 25) 
  • New Mexico began paying out supplemental federal unemployment benefits of $300 a week. (September 11) 
  • Governor Lujan Grisham and the Department of Finance & Administration announced $150 million in CARES Act grants to local governments across New Mexico to cover the cost of necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency. (September 1) 
  • Governor Lujan Grisham announced that the New Mexico Community Development Council would allocate more than $13.3 million in CARES Act funding for emergency housing assistance for low- and moderate-income New Mexicans. (August 20) 
  • Governor Lujan Grisham signed a law that would give New Mexico taxpayers a break on interest and penalties typically levied on unpaid taxes. (June 29) 

Business Support & Resources:

  • Governor Lujan Grisham signed a $330 million relief package into law that would provide grants to small New Mexico businesses, among other provisions. (November 25) 
  • Governor Lujan Grisham’s Economic Recovery Council urged small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to apply for an emergency loan program available through the New Mexico Finance Authority. (August 26) 
  • The New Mexico Human Services Department applied for federal approval to implement the Restaurant Meals Plan as a means of continuing state assistance to businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. (July 29) 
  • Governor Lujan Grisham signed the Small Business Recovery Act of 2020, which allocated $400 million from the state’s $5 billion Severance Tax Permanent Fund for loans to small businesses and nonprofits, and nearly $50 million for loans to local governments. (July 7) 

SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS

Reopening:

  • The New Mexico Department of Health announced the updated statewide COVID-19 map for the two-week period beginning December 16, with all thirty-three counties at the Red Level. Twenty-seven counties, however, improved in at least one of the two health gating criteria metrics, and twenty-three improved in both metrics, underscoring an improving COVID-19 outlook across the state. (December 16) 
  • The state’s emergency public health order was amended to accommodate slightly increased capacity inside essential retail spaces, such as grocery stores and certain other large “big box” retailers that generate a percentage of their revenue from consumable food and drink products. (December 16) 
  • The New Mexico Department of Health announced new public health emergency order that implemented temporary limitations on non-essential surgeries is effective December 11 through January 4, 2021. (December 10) 
  • New Mexico transitioned to a tiered county-by-county COVID-19 risk system on December 2, enabling local communities to ease restrictions as soon as public health data showed the virus was retreating within their borders. (November 25) 
  • New Mexico’s newest mitigation efforts included an enhanced strategy for enforcing safety requirements at food and drink establishments offering limited indoor-dining options, a targeting of higher-risk hotspot places of business reporting clusters of infections, and a statewide mandatory closing time for retail entities among other measures. (October 23) 
  • Governor Lujan Grisham announced that effective August 29, the following changes would be implemented: Houses of worship would be permitted to operate at 40 percent of maximum occupancy of any enclosed building, an increase from 25 percent. Houses of worship could conduct services outdoors, or provide services through audiovisual means. Food and drink establishments (including restaurants, breweries, wineries, distillers, cafes, coffee shops, or other similar establishments) could provide indoor dining service at 25 percent of maximum occupancy. Food and drink establishments could continue to provide outdoor dining options, carryout, and delivery services. Tables – inside or outside – were required to be spaced at least six feet apart, and no more than six patrons are permitted at a single table. (August 26) 

SCHOOL PLANNING

K-12:

  • 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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