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COVID-19 cases continue to drop across state

 

Last updated 3/2/2021 at 4:25pm



COVID-19 cases continue to drop across the state, with the state reporting 166 new cases on Monday.

Between Feb. 23 and Monday, the state has confirmed 2,406 new cases of COVID-19 for an average of 344 new cases per day. That number was largely impacted by Friday’s report of 659 cases, more than 200 cases above any other daily report in the last week.

Locally, Curry County had 37 cases while Roosevelt County had eight in the last week. The two counties have accounted for two of the state’s 94 deaths over that period — a Curry County female in her 50s reported Sunday who was a resident of St. Anthony Healthcare and Rehabilitation and a Curry County male in his 50s on Feb. 23.

Red to Green update: Counties, since Nov. 30, have been measured every two weeks on the gating criteria of making 8 daily cases per 100,000 residents and test positivity at or below 5%. Counties are designated as red counties if they make neither, yellow if they make one, green if they make both and turquoise if they make the green designation in two straight data collection periods. Each designation has a separate public health order with different levels of restrictions.

Curry County make the yellow designation for its second consecutive time last week, while Roosevelt County make yellow for the first time.

Provided the counties stay at or below 5% test positivity, Roosevelt County could make the green designation next week while Curry County has an outside chance. To make the 8 daily cases per 100,000 resident threshold, Curry County would require 56 or fewer new cases while Roosevelt would require 23.

SNAP benefits: New Mexico college students are encouraged to check eligibility be eligible for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits by the New Mexico Human Services Department and Higher Education Department.

“The pandemic has created many economic challenges particularly for college students and families with limited resources,” Cabinet Secretary David Scrase said. “Jobs for college students are scarce. College students have either had their hours reduced or lost their job altogether, making it difficult to meet their basic needs. We look forward to working with the Higher Education Department to spread the word and extend food benefits to New Mexico college students and urge congress to make this a permanent change.”

Eligibility has been temporarily altered to include students enrolled at least half-time in an institution of higher education, who either are eligible to participate in state or federally financed work study during the regular school year, or have an expected family contribution (EFC) of $0 in the current academic year.

New Mexico college students who would like to apply should visit yes.state.nm.us

VA vaccination clinic: The Amarillo Veterans Affairs Health Care System is hosting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic today at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3015, 2815 W. Seventh St. The clinic will offer the Moderna vaccine.

The clinic is for enrolled veterans in any age group, CHAMP VA beneficiaries and those registered in the VA Caregiver Program.

To participate, call 806-355-9703 and push option 2 to reserve a time.

Rapid response watchlist: There were 38 establishments Monday on the state’s rapid response watchlist, which tracks entities with multiple rapid responses in a 14-day timeframe.

Interim Health Care in Clovis became the first local establishment to make the list in nearly three weeks, with two rapid reponses.

The state initiates a rapid response when it learns of a positive COVID-19 case in a workplace. The state agency initiating the rapid response will offer direction to establishments regarding testing, quarantining and isolating, disinfecting, and COVID-safe practices.

An establishment that reaches four rapid responses inside 14 days is under consideration for a 14-day closure, but no local establishment has been closed under such a directive.

 
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