According to the New Mexico Department of Health Dashboard, Eddy County moved into the Yellow gating criteria on March 10. A positivity rate of 3.79% was reported, along with a “Cases per 100,000” of 16.70.
Counties at the Yellow level either have a new COVID-19 case rate of eight per 100,000 or less for the previous two weeks or an average percent of positive COVID-19 tests over the most recent 14-day period as less than or equal to 5%. Two weeks ago, Eddy County just missed meeting this second criteria with a 5.85% positivity rate.
According the state, the Yellow level means food and drink establishments who are NM Safe Certified can open at 33% capacity for indoor dining, effective immediately. Other retail and close-contact businesses can open at 33% of maximum capacity and mass gatherings are limited to 10 individuals or 80 people. It doesn’t mean we are done with COVID-19 or limitations on businesses yet, but it is certainly a great step in the right direction. You can also go from Yellow back to Red, so we need to keep up the momentum in terms of stopping COVID-19. The City of Carlsbad will also be evaluating its own facilities and making changes over the next few days.
On Tuesday, Carlsbad Medical Center reported that they conducted 72 COVID-19 tests the day before and only had one positive. This would be a 1.3 percent positivity rate, at least for that day from that location, but it is hopefully a sign of continued good news.
According to the NMDOT’s vaccine dashboard, 18.9 percent of eligible Eddy County residents (16 and over) have now received at least one dose of vaccine. The state reports that 8,401 of our residents have received at least their first dose. A clinic at the civic center on Monday went very well and delivered vaccines to several hundred more individuals.
From the office of Mayor Dale Janway