If you missed the live stream from the Governor, here are the main highlights. As of Feb 25th 2021, there are 4 counties at the new turquoise level, 6 counties at the green level, 19 at the yellow level, and only 4 at the Red level. Every county in the state now shows a positivity rate below 10%.
As of yesterday; there has been 299 new cases, 184,080 total cases statewide, 245 current hospitalizations and 54 people on ventilators, 13 additional deaths, 3,671 total deaths statewide; and 520,029 vaccine doses administered.
The newest addition of the public health order is of course the turquoise level, allowing the least restrictive commercial activity within our state. Expanded dining options, indoor and outdoor options for bars, theaters, event venues and more.
There has also been expansions to the ‘Red to Green’ system. Instead of the previous 25% max capacity at the yellow level, it has now increased to 33%. Previously, all event venues were closed, now, at the yellow 25% occupancy is allowed outdoors, 50% outdoor/ 25% indoor for the green level, and at turquoise; 75% outdoor/33% indoor. Recreational facilities, Bars, and clubs were also previously closed. Rec facilities are now allowed to operated beginning at 33% at the yellow level, and businesses like bars are allowed to operate beginning at 25% at the green level.
Dr. Tracie Collins then discussed the next processes for the vaccine administration. The Department of Health has released its vaccine equity plan – a statewide effort to ensure that vaccine goes to the most exposed and vulnerable New Mexicans.
The plan includes:
- EQUITABLE ALLOCATION, DISTRIBUTION and ACCESS
To ensure allocation equity, DOH has:
- Added an equity-based component to our allocation system based on CDC’s Social Vulnerability Index (SVIs) and COVID+ rates
- Prioritized onboarding of new providers which meet the needs of underserved communities
To ensure distribution equity, DOH is:
- Distributing more consistent allocations to individual providers to allow for improved planning
To ensure equal access, DOH is:
- Developing alternate registration modalities for vaccine administration
- Walk-in or locally scheduled clinics
- Mobile vaccination teams
- ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE AND COMMUNICATIONS FOR EQUITY
- Vaccine Equity Advisory Committee:
- Support Local Health Councils to develop vaccine equity advisory subcommittees to feed into Vaccine Equity Advisory Committee
- Communications: Develop external and internal plan focusing on vaccine equity
III. COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT TO BUILD VACCINE CONFIDENCE
Work with Local Community Health Councils and DOH Health Promotion Specialists to:
- Identify barriers and facilitators for COVID-19 vaccine uptake
- Adapt key messages from local data to develop local communications plans and strategies
- Train networks of Community Health Workers (CHW) and Community Health Representatives (CHR) to communicate messaging in local communities
- Deploy CHWs and CHRs in areas with high SVI index including door-to-door home visits and development of local community sites for vaccination
- MONITOR AND EVALUATE FOR EQUITY
- Collect and track data on vaccine phases, counties, age, and race and ethnicity for those receiving vaccines through NMSIIS
- Display data on public vaccine dashboard
- Monitor vaccine coverage with reference to SVI and COVID outbreaks
- Share data with local communities to support data-driven actions