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The Department of Health announced the updated statewide COVID-19 map with seven counties at the least-restrictive Turquoise Level and seven at the Green Level.
As of March 10, 18 counties are at the Yellow Level, including Bernalillo County.

Counties that met both of the health metric thresholds for two consecutive biweekly map updates and may operate at the Turquoise Level beginning March 10 are: Catron, De Baca, Harding, Los Alamos, Quay, Sierra and Union.


Counties that met both of the health metric thresholds and may operate at the Green Level beginning March 10 are: Hidalgo, Lea, McKinley, Roosevelt, San Juan, Santa Fe and Socorro.


Counties that met one of the health metric thresholds and may operate at the Yellow Level beginning March 10 are: Bernalillo, Chaves, Cibola, Colfax, Curry, Doña Ana, Eddy, Grant, Lincoln, Luna, Mora, Otero, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Taos, Torrance and Valencia.


Four counties, however, moved backward to a more restrictive level. Those counties are: Guadalupe, Mora, Taos and Torrance. Mora, Taos and Torrance each moved from the Green Level–which if they had maintained would have put them into the Turquoise Level, or least restrictive–to the Yellow Level. A county where the virus is on the rise has two days to move back to a more restrictive level.


Even as the state rapidly vaccinates eligible populations with all available supply, the DOH says it’s still important to seek out COVID-19 tests if they feel symptomatic, have traveled, spent time unmasked in the company of others–particularly non-household members and particularly indoors. So please, please, wear a mask.


The state’s county-by-county system uses key health metrics to determine the level of public health risk and requirement for each county. A county that meets one criterion may operate at the Yellow Level; a county that meets both may operate at the Green Level. A county that has met both for two consecutive biweekly map updates moves to the Turquoise Level.

Guadalupe County slid back from Yellow to Red, and is the lone county that continues to operate at the Red Level.

Find out how Bernalillo County gets to Turquoise. Hint: it’s not hard. Let’s all have some fun this summer.


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