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State announces COVID-19 vaccination dashboard


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Governor says plans for return to classroom learning in early stages

COVID-19 vaccinations and outpatient medical treatments are indicating the end of the coronavirus crisis in New Mexico, even as current hospitalizations and daily new cases remain too high, said Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham during an online press conference Thursday afternoon.

She also said the state is beginning to make plans for a return to in-person classroom learning. In addition, Dr. Tracie Collins, secretary-designate of the Department of Health, announced a new data dashboard regarding vaccinations. That is available at https://cvvaccine.nmhealth.org/public-dashboard.html.

Lujan Grisham said that she thinks New Mexicans can be hopeful about an improving outlook.

“We absolutely can see light, right at the end of this very long, dark tunnel,” said Lujan Grisham. “The way to the other side of this pandemic is absolutely these treatments and vaccines.”

The state has vaccinated 100,601 people so far. As of Thursday, 412,485 people have registered for immunizations by phone or online.

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Dr. David Scrase, secretary of Human Services, also gave information about some approved outpatient medical treatments now available to New Mexicans 12 or older who have symptoms and risk factors. Those are bamlanivimab and a two-medication “cocktails” that together are known as Regeneron.

“It reduces your chance of being in the hospital by about 75%,” Scrase said.

As Collins had announced last week, the state is now vaccinating Phase 1A and 1B populations, which includes health care workers, staff and residents of long-term care centers, people 75 or older, people 16 or older with risk factors, frontline workers and first responders, and vulnerable populations. Vaccines are expected to be available to the general population by summer 2021.

Both Lujan Grisham and Scrase stressed that New Mexicans will need to continue to practice “low tech” prevention practices of face coverings, social distancing, hand washing and limiting time outside the home and around crowds until most people in the state have been vaccinated.

They also said that COVID-19 testing and contact tracing will have to continue along with vaccinations to control the virus.

On a day when the state recorded 1,434 new cases and 29 deaths, Scrase also said that all six of the hub hospitals in the state had at least 100% occupancy of intensive care unit (ICU) beds, although he said not all are occupied by COVID-19 patients. He said other “winter” viruses are affecting the state. On Thursday, 22 of 24 main hospitals reported staff shortages.

“We are clearly not out of the woods when it comes to hospitalizations,” he said.

He also showed cellphone data that indicated that traveling among New Mexicans peaked during Christmas and other winter holidays, which he said likely contributed to current case numbers and hospitalizations.

He said the state is “not close to reopening,” and only meets four of the eight gating criteria used to determine when reopening can occur.

On Wednesday, the Department of Health updated information about the COVID-spread risk level of its 33 counties. One county had moved to the Green Level (medium risk) and one moved to the Yellow Level (high risk) in the state’s three-tier risk assessment method. Eleven counties had positivity rates of 10% or below, with the Green Level requiring 5% or below.

“It shows me that we are trending in the right direction,” Lujan Grisham said.

She added that the state is looking at policies and plans to return to in-person classroom education because peer-reviewed data indicates that transmission in COVID-safe school settings is low.

“I believe that we will be able to talk to folks very soon about when all that will be available,” she said. “We really want in-person learning in a safe model, with the hybrid models to be much more robust, as soon as possible.”

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