Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham noted during her address Thursday that New Mexico is beyond the point of prevention.
With 672 new COVID-19 cases and one new death, the governor announced precautions to take to combat the virus:
First: Stay home, if you do not have to go out, don’t. Shop and support local businesses online from home.
Second: If you must go out, wear a mask at all times. Cover both nose and mouth.
Third: Avoid groups of people. Avoid indoor activities. Thoroughly wash your hands.
She reminded the daily COVID-Safe Triangle, to only do three or less activities outside of the home a day.
Effective Friday, October 16th:
Food and drink establishments serving alcohol must close at 10 p.m.
Maximum occupancy for hotels, places of lodging is reduced to 60%.
Visitors or residents from high-risk states must quarantine for 14 days or the length of their stay in New Mexico.
Gatherings of 5 or more is now prohibited.
Governor Lujan Grisham reiterated that if numbers do not turn around, indoor dining will be affected as well as stricter occupancy limits on retail stores, businesses, and nonprofit of all sizes.
Dr. David Scrase, cabinet secretary of the New Mexico Human Services Department, said non-critical transfers to border cities in Texas, including El Paso, Amarillo, Lubbock, Odessa and Midland, are closed to New Mexicans, in an effort to provide space for locals.
Gating target for the state is 1.05, which is currently at 1.25.
The 7-day rolling average case count is 404, with a state goal average of 168.
Curry and Roosevelt Counties still remain in the Red Zone with Curry County at 42.30 cases per 100,000 and a positivity rate of 14.70%. Roosevelt County shows 24.70 cases per 100,000 and a positivity rate of 11.80%.