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“In accordance with the latest official guidance from the CDC, [we recommend] fully vaccinated New Mexicans wear a face-covering in indoor settings out of an abundance of caution,” said Nora Sackett, press secretary for the governor, in an email.

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The COVID-19 case rate (cases per 100,000 people per week) increased by 48 percent across New Mexico between July 7-12, according to the town of Taos, which referenced data from the New Mexico Department of Health and Johns Hopkins University.

The case rate increase in Taos County from the previous week was nearly three-fold, jumping from 34 to 92. The county case rate had peaked in November 2020 at 627 cases per 100,000 people per week.

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Whether you are a resident of Taos County, a Rainbow Gatherer from out-of-state, or someone who cannot be categorized, the New Mexico Department of Health, FEMA and Taos County are offering free COVID-19 vaccines on Wednesday, June 30 from 11:00 a.m  to 3:00 p.m.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available at the old Senior Center Building directly behind the Taos County Sheriff’s office (601 Lovato Place) to anyone 18 and older.

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New Mexico will officially retire its red-to-turquoise framework, and all businesses will be able to operate without any of the previous color-coded restrictions beginning July 1, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Friday (June 18).

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State officials are hoping that a financial incentive will help New Mexico reach the 60 percent vaccination goal. The New Mexico Department of Health announced Sunday (June 13) they will be offering $100 to those who receive either their booster shot (from Pfizer or Moderna) or the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine between the dates of Monday, June 14 and Thursday June 17

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State health officials are urging New Mexicans who have not yet been vaccinated to do so, in hopes of the state reaching its 60 percent vaccination goal by July 1. If the goal is met, the state will reopen fully, without any limitations, according to a press release from the New Mexico Department of Health.

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I am 78 years old. I never knew my beautiful grandmother, Loretta. She died in the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918. That epidemic inspired people to find ways to prevent such devastation. They came up with vaccines.

As a child, my siblings, my friends and I all came down with measles, mumps and chicken pox. We were concerned with our own suffering and did not see the fear in the eyes of our parents. They knew the possible long term and sometimes deadly effects of those diseases. The only vaccination available was for smallpox. I had a scar on my arm for years from that.

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$10M in winnings, free N.M. travel packages, fishing licenses, state parks passes, other prizes available to residents getting COVID-19 shots.