New Mexico - COVID-19 Covered

New Mexico

Total Cases: 41,040 (October 25)
Fatalities: 965 (October 25)
Testing:
  • An active list of all New Mexican test sites can be found here. 

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:

  • The Lujan Grisham administration announced $9.75 million in essential infrastructure projects in rural communities across New Mexico. (September 21) 
  • New Mexico labor officials say they have started paying out supplemental federal unemployment benefits of $300 a week. The Workforce Solutions Department announced Friday that it has begun processing supplemental benefits for the five-week period starting on July 26. That is when a larger $600 weekly federal supplement to unemployment benefits expired. (September 11) 
  • Governor Lujan Grisham and the Department of Finance and Administration on Tuesday 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 will invest more than $13.3 million of Community Development Block Grant CARES Act funds in emergency housing assistance for low- and moderate-income New Mexicans. (August 20) 
  • FEMA approved the first round of grants to New Mexico. It will provide an extra $300 per week to unemployed workers, for every $100 the state puts in. (August 17) 
  • Governor Lujan Grisham signed a law that will give New Mexico taxpayers a break on interest and penalties typically levied on unpaid taxes. (June 29) 
  • 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’s Economic Recovery Council is urging small businesses that have been hard hit by the COVID-19 public health crisis to apply for an emergency loan program now available through the New Mexico Finance Authority. (August 26) 
  • The New Mexico Human Services Department has applied for federal approval to implement the Restaurant Meals Plan (RMP) as a means of continuing state assistance to businesses that have been impacted by the economic crisis sparked 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 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) 
  • New Mexico’s Department of Workforce Solutions announced two thousand onetime $750 stimulus payments for self-employed citizens(April 9) 
  • 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 the 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:

  • The state of New Mexico’s amended emergency public health order is in effect. The state’s newest mitigation efforts include 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) 
  • The state of New Mexico, pursuant to Governor Lujan Grisham’s executive order requiring quarantine for out-of-state visitors arriving from high-risk states, on Wednesday, October 21, amended the list of states from which visitors and arriving residents must quarantine. As of October 21, the list of high-risk states is as follows: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. (October 21)  
  • Governor Lujan Grisham and state health and workplace safety officials on Tuesday announced that Hotspot businesses to be temporarily closed; retail hours limited; safety requirements for food and drink establishments enhanced. (October 20) 
  • The state of New Mexico’s amended emergency public health order came into effect Friday after successive days of record-breaking daily COVID-19 infection rates. Governor Lujan Grisham’s amended executive order calls for mandatory quarantine upon travel out of state. (October 16) 
  • Governor Grisham announced that New Mexico will implementand in some cases re-implementseveral public health regulations later in the week to stem the alarming rise of COVID-19 illnesses statewide. (October 13) 
  • New Mexico amended the list of states from which visitors and arriving residents must quarantine. (September 23) 
  • Governor Lujan Grisham on Thursday announced the state will update its guidance within the emergency public health order to permit small groups in exercise settings and safe outdoor activities for New Mexicans. An amended emergency public health order, which will be effective through mid-October, will permit youth sports conditioning and skills development, with no more than 10 individuals in any one group, in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices. Competitive contact play remains off-limits. (September 17) 
  • Governor Lujan Grisham issued a revised executive order amending the mandatory quarantine for individuals arriving into the state of New Mexico, exempting travelers and residents arriving from states with lower COVID-positivity rates while retaining the quarantine requirement for those arriving from high-risk states, starting Friday, September 4. The governor also announced a change to the state’s operative emergency public health order, amending occupancy limits for hotels. (September 3) 
  • Governor Lujan Grisham announced that effective Saturday, August 29, the following changes will be implemented: Houses of worship may operate at 40 percent of the maximum occupancy of any enclosed building, an increase from 25 percent, in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices. Houses of worship may, as before, 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) may provide indoor dining service at 25 percent of maximum occupancy, in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices. Food and drink establishments may continue to provide outdoor dining options, carryout, and delivery services, in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices. Tables – inside or outside – must be spaced at least six feet apart, and no more than six patrons are permitted at a single table. (August 26) 
  • Governor Lujan Grisham issued a revised executive order requiring quarantine for individuals arriving in the state of New Mexico, incorporating adjustments for those leaving the state for urgent medical and family needs. (August 6) 
  • 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) 
  • Starting June 12, breweries may open in a limited capacity with outdoor seating at 50 percent of maximum occupancy. (June 12) 
  • 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) 
  • 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:

  • Governor Lujan Grisham says the state seems to be on track to reopen school next month. (August 19) 
  • 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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