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Chaves County reaches Green Level

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Chaves County’s continued improvement in reducing the spread of COVID-19 pushed it into the medium-risk Green Level in the state’s Wednesday update of the risk assessment system.

The county averaged four new cases of COVID-19 per day per 100,000 people from March 9 to March 22, dropping from 9.1 for the previous two-week period, according to the New Mexico Department of Health’s COVID-19 dashboard. The threshold for the Green Level is eight or fewer.

The county’s test positivity rate also improved, dropping almost a full percentage point to 1.33%, well under the target of 5% for the Green Level.

Changes of restrictions under the public health order went into effect immediately upon the update Wednesday afternoon, meaning most businesses and other activities such as indoor dining and houses of worship could increase to 50% capacity from the 33% allowed in the Yellow Level.

Large entertainment venues such as theaters, racetracks and concert venues can now open for indoor business at 25% of the maximum capacity and increase outdoor capacity to 50%.

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Bars and clubs can open for outdoor business at 25% capacity.

Andrea Moore, Roswell Chamber of Commerce executive director, said Wednesday afternoon she didn’t know of any businesses in town that would open specifically because of the move to the Green Level.

“It might take a day or two for everybody to get the information,” Moore said of those businesses that can now open.

Attempts to contact the management of Apex Cinema, 900 W. Hobbs, and Galaxy 8, 4501 N. Main, were not successful by press time.

Moore noted several more restaurants that have been closed planned to reopen in early April. Those include Cattle Baron, 1113 N. Main; Farley’s, 1315 N. Main; and Golden Corral, 2624 N. Main. Peppers Grill and Bar, 500 N. Main, recently opened.

In all, 17 counties advanced to a less restrictive level in Wednesday’s update. No counties went to a more restrictive level, and no counties are in the Red Level in the latest assessment. Thirteen are now in the low-risk Turquoise Level, having achieved the criteria for the Green Level for two consecutive assessment periods.

Ten counties are in the Green Level and the remaining 10 are in the Yellow Level.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.

To keep up with local coverage of the coronavirus, go to rdrnews.com/category/news/covid-19-situation/.

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