Eddy County remained in the “Turquoise” Wednesday category, according to the New Mexico Department of Health, meaning that businesses and events may remain open at the highest levels within the state’s gating criteria. We remained Turquoise by meeting two of the requirements- positivity rate and “Cases Per 100,000.” According to the state, our positivity rate was 3.44%- and it needed to be below 7.5% and our “Cases Per 100,000” was 9.7- and it needed to be below 10. Going Turquoise on May 5 also means that we will remain at that level for the next four weeks. Consistency makes everything a lot easier for local businesses and, for that matter, for local government. Restrictions will be fully lifted in June.
We did not meet the state’s “Fully Vaccinated Rate” criteria, which is now at 40% and will continue to go up by five percent every two weeks. Eddy County is currently at 27.80%. COVID-19 vaccines are still being offered in Eddy County for those who are interested. The next clinic at the civic center will be from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, but they are also being offered at other locations. You do not have to have registered in advance to receive a vaccine at the civic center clinic.
From the office of Mayor Dale Janway