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Curry, Roosevelt among 30 turquoise counties

Counties will remain in highest designation for COVID-19 reopening until at least June 2.


Last updated 5/5/2021 at 2:03pm

SANTA FE — New Mexico’s newest update of the “Red to Green” framework shows most of the state is in the vaunted turquoise designation, and they’ll stay there until at least June 2.

The newest county map update from the Department of Health shows Curry and Roosevelt among 30 of the 33 New Mexico counties in the turquoise zone.

The new measurement system, which debuted April 30, grades counties on meeting three COVID-19 metrics:

• Test positivity 7.5% or lower

• No more than 10 daily cases per 100,000 residents

• A full vaccination rate of 40%, increasing by 5% every two weeks to reach 60% by the end of June.

Turquoise counties meet all three metrics, green counties meet two, yellow counties meet one and red counties meet none.

Counties are evaluated every two weeks, but counties that reach the turquoise designation are only evaluated every four weeks. Curry and Roosevelt counties, which were both in the turquoise designation Friday, stayed there despite missing one or more of the three metrics and will remain there until at least June 2.

Curry registered 8.9 daily cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 residents and 4.58% test positivity between April 20 and May 3, with at 29.4% vaccination rate.

Roosevelt County had 19 daily cases per 100,000 residents and 10.93% test positivity with a 23.4% vaccination rate.

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