As most people saw on Wednesday, Eddy County dropped from “Turquoise” to “Yellow” in the state’s COVID-19 gating criteria.
Many residents have asked us if this means youth sports, such as baseball and softball, can no longer take place. That is not the case. The decision to return youth sports is independent from the color system, as we understand. It has been wonderful seeing our youth getting to play sports again.
Other residents have asked how it is that we dropped from Turquoise to Yellow without first going back to Green. This is based on how the State’s system is structured: if we’d met both gating criteria elements, we’d stay Turquoise, but you drop down to Yellow if you don’t meet one of the two gating criteria. There is no way to fall back down to Green. According to the state, Eddy County had a “Cases Per 100,000” of 9.10 over the previous two weeks, while we needed an average of 8 or lower. We also had a positivity rate of 2.81 – which was below the required 5%. This is certainly an instance where updated population numbers for our country would have made a difference.
We think almost everyone would agree that the COVID-19 gating system is long overdue for a change, and we understand that discussions are in place for that to take place in the next two weeks. In the meantime, we remain committed to providing services for our citizens and supporting our local businesses and community, while also remaining aware of the need to continue with reasonable COVID-19 safe practices. If you have any questions about New Mexico’s gating criteria, this information is available on their web page: https://cv.nmhealth.org/public-health-orders-and-executive-orders/red-to-green/.
Let’s talk about some good news. Trevor Rogers now leads all MLB lefties in strikeouts this season. Rogers pitched seven innings and had eight strikeouts Wednesday to put the Marlins over the Orioles, 3-0. The former Carlsbad High standout now has a 2-1 record and an earned run average of 1.64. MLB.com described him at being on a “historic pace”- it certainly is exciting to see Trevor continue to excel.
Also, the LifeHouse program is doing an open house on April 26 from 4-6 p.m. at the organization’s new location at 1900 Westridge Dr. A Ribbon cutting and blessing are planned for 5 p.m. Visitors will be able to learn more about their treatment plan and all the good they have planned for the community. This great program is making a difference in the lives of our residents.