Taos goes turquoise

Taos County, along with most of the rest of the State, moved to "turquoise" status following an announcement from the NMDOH on Wednesday (April 7).

The NMDOH announced Wednesday (April 7) that Taos County has officially reached “Turquoise” status.

The NMDOH also announced the updated statewide COVID-19 map for the two-week period beginning April 7, with 20 New Mexico counties at the Turquoise Level and three at the Green Level, at which there are fewer restrictions on commercial and day-to-day activities amid decreased virus risk. The majority of the state’s counties are now at or approaching the least restrictive levels.

Ten counties are at the Yellow Level as of March 24. None are at the Red Level, signifying the highest risk.

Twelve counties advanced to a less restrictive level since the most recent biweekly map update: Chaves, Cibola, Colfax, Curry, Eddy, Harding, Lincoln, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Taos and Torrance. Three counties, meanwhile, regressed to the Yellow Level; San Juan and Hidalgo regressed from Turquoise to Yellow, and Guadalupe regressed from Green to Yellow.

Counties that met both of the health metric thresholds for two consecutive biweekly map updates and may operate at the Turquoise Level as of April 7 are: Catron, Chaves, Colfax, Curry, De Baca, Eddy, Lea, Lincoln, Los Alamos, McKinley, Mora, Rio Arriba, Roosevelt, Santa Fe, Sierra, Socorro, Taos, Torrance, Quay and Union.

Counties that met both of the health metric thresholds and may operate at the Green Level as of April 7 are: Cibola, Harding and San Miguel.

Counties that met one of the health metric thresholds and may operate at the Yellow Level as of April 7 are: Bernalillo, Dona Ana, Grant, Guadalupe, Hidalgo, Luna, Otero, Sandoval, San Juan and Valencia.

Counties that met neither of the health metric thresholds and must operate at the Red Level are: none.

The categories and definitions for each risk level are available at cv.nmhealth.org/redtogreen.

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