Coronavirus COVID-19 under the microscope. 3d illustration

Taos County saw a 74 percent drop in COVID-19 cases between July 27 and August 2, in stark contrast to the state and national trends which are seeing increases in the number of Delta variant cases.

Across New Mexico, cases were up 60 percent, and up 50 percent across the nation during the same time frame, according to Town of Taos GIS Analyst Tim Corner.

There were five new cases in Taos County last week, down from 19 the week prior, bringing the total to 1,805. There were no additional deaths reported among Taos County residents last week. That total remains at 56.

On July 27, the CDC updated its public health recommendations, and added a recommendation for fully vaccinated people to wear masks in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission. 

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said she supported the indoor masking recommendation following the agency’s update.

The CDC also recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status.

Taos Municipal Schools District Superintendent Lillian Torrez said the district’s policy will require full mask wearing for all students, staff and adults at all times except while eating or drinking. 

Torrez added that the Operating Recommendation Committee would reassess the district’s requirements every 5–6 weeks.

This story is developing.

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