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Chaves County stays in Yellow Level in revised map

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Chaves County will remain in the medium-risk Yellow Level for at least several more days as the state put new measurements into effect in its COVID-19 risk assessment system Friday.

The revised criteria were announced Wednesday by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state health officials.

Two other counties, Catron and Valencia, also remain in the Yellow Level, meaning they have met one of the three metrics now in place for determining a county’s risk level of spreading the coronavirus.

Counties meeting two of the metrics will be at the Green Level. Counties will reach the Turquoise Level by meeting all three metrics or by being in the Green Level for two consecutive reporting periods. Counties that meet none of the metrics will be in the Red Level.

Those metrics, measured over a two-week reporting period, are an average of 10 or fewer new daily COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people, a test positivity rate of 7.5% or less and 35% of the eligible population fully vaccinated.

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Chaves County, in the reporting period of March 6 through 19, was within the target for test positivity at 3.66%, but missed the mark in the other metrics with an average of 10.5 new daily cases and 29.4% of the eligible population fully vaccinated.

The majority of the state — 24 counties — is now at the Turquoise Level and six are at the Green Level. No counties are in the Red Level.

The map will be updated on Wednesday. The threshold for full vaccination will increase then to 40% and will increase by 5% every two weeks.

In its daily case update Friday, the New Mexico Department of Health reported 309 new COVID-19 cases, the first time a single-day report has been over 300 since March 5.

Chaves County reported 10 new cases. Bernalillo County reported 127. The next highest was Sandoval County with 39 followed by Doña Ana County with 28. Sandoval and Valencia counties each had 14. Eighteen other counties had 10 or fewer cases.

The total number of cases in New Mexico is 197,733. Chaves County’s total is 8,917.

Nine deaths related to COVID-19 were reported Friday, including a woman in her 60s from Chaves County. She had been hospitalized.

McKinley County reported three deaths. The others were in Cibola, Doña Ana, Roosevelt, Sandoval and San Juan counties.

The total number of deaths in the state is 4,067 including 170 in Chaves County.

As of Friday, 145 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 29 since the previous Friday.