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  • According to the latest CDC data accounting for hospitalization and case rates, four New Mexico counties, including Bernalillo and Sandoval, have high community levels of COVID-19. But in terms of just the spread of the virus, 21 counties show the highest levels of transmission. As hospitals fill with sick children and adults from various respiratory viruses, state health officials cautioned people to use masks and get the latest Omicron booster.
  • Seven New Mexico counties, including McKinley and San Miguel, have Medium community levels of COVID19 according to the latest CDC data. But when the metric is COVID transmission alone without considering hospitalizations, that green and yellow map turns an alarming red and orange. Nationally, health officials warn that colder months could bring a surge in cases as people gather indoors. But Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said mandatory measures are not going to happen.
  • State health officials Thursday rolled out a new website for the COVID omicron booster shot and gave an update on other public health risks in the state. The CDC also announced a change from daily to weekly COVID case and death reports starting October 20.
  • Three New Mexico counties - Catron, Grant and Hidalgo - have shifted into high community levels of COVID19 after two weeks when the entire state showed low COVID Community Levels. That’s according to the latest federal data. Two new COVID variants are also raising concerns just as the CDC repeals universal masking guidance for hospitals and health clinics.
  • Last week President Joe Biden said the pandemic had ended. Yet the federal public health emergency order is good until mid-October and will likely be extended into January. For two weeks in a row all 33 New Mexico counties are pastel green on the CDC COVID Community Levels map showing low hospitalization rates from the virus across the state. Yet, only two counties, Harding and Hidalgo actually have low COVID transmission rates.
  • For the first time in months, the CDC’s COVID-19 Community Level map shows not a single county in New Mexico is red, which would indicate high levels. That means fewer people are being hospitalized due to the virus.But the same updated data from the CDC continues to show that the transmission rates of COVID remain high, with the map turning very red. Fortunately, New Mexicans can now access boosters that target the Omicron variants of the virus.
  • Based on community levels of COVID-19, which measures the virus’s impact in hospitalizations and strain on the healthcare system, the latest CDC data shows that New Mexico’s map is pretty green – indicating low levels. But, when you look at transmission —the presence and spread of the virus — the map is very red. This latest data comes as we head into a holiday weekend, and as the federal government stops supplying free COVID tests.
  • Nationally, almost 500 people are dying daily of COVID-19 on average. In New Mexico, it’s five per day. That’s fewer than two weeks ago and hospitalizations have declined. But the number of counties at the highest levels of the virus rose to 11 this week according to the latest data from the CDC, including Bernalillo. The CDC and state health officials recommend wearing N95 masks indoors, in public settings in such counties, but there are no mandates in place. KUNM’s Jered Ebenreck has this update.
  • State health officials on August 4, 2022 said Monkeypox is a new public health emergency and that COVID cases remain high in a third of New Mexico counties thanks to the highly transmissible BA.5 variant. However the growth in case numbers has plateaued. Acting Health Secretary Dr. David Scrase and Deputy Health Secretary Dr. Laura Parajon both spoke about the diseases.
  • New Mexico now has 8 counties at the highest orange level, 3 less than last week, on the updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID community levels map. Still populous counties like Bernalillo and Sandoval are orange and the CDC and NMDOH recommend that anyone in orange counties wear N95 masks indoors in public settings. KUNM’s Jered Ebenreck provides this update.