Screenshot of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham during Thursday’s (Oct. 1) press conference.

There are no new health orders from the state after Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham held a press conference on Thursday (Oct. 1) to address the state's latest numbers and school reentry.

But the governor did say that cases have been trending upwards in most parts throughout the state.

While the state has met all gating criteria in the past, two signs of uptick in cases were a show of concern during the news conference on Thursday.

Health and Human Services secretary David Scrase said that the seven-day rolling average of cases is at 171 – above the state's recommended goal of 168 or lower. And the state's rate of spread is currently at 1.27 – also above the state's goal, which is set at 1.05 or below.

Lujan Grisham said that hospitalizations related to COVID-19 have also gone up – 30 percent in the last week  – as those hospitalized rose from 66 last week to 86 this week.

While public education and school reentry were covered on Thursday, no changes were announced in relation to that.

New Mexico Public Education Department secretary Ryan Stewart had mentioned he visited schools and districts around the state – including Questa Independent School District – and gathered important information in regards to how they are handling the current school year.

Stewart said that PED is working with schools and districts around the state on connectivity issues, and said the state has gotten as far as pinpointing addresses of students who may not be connected remotely.

The PED secretary also announced that $45 million has – or will be – distributed to students across the state for P-EBT benefits. 243,000 students across the state will be reimbursed for missed meals in both August and September, he said.

Currently, Taos County is still in the green zone when it comes to daily case rate and test positivity.

During the press conference, the governor gave the state's latest COVID-19 numbers: there are 227 new cases announced Thursday (Oct. 1), with five new deaths.

To date, there have been nearly a million COVID-19 tests conducted statewide, with 29,661 coming back positive. 882 have died from COVID-19 complications statewide since the numbers have been tracked.

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