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May 4, 2021
COVID-19 Update, April 28, 2021

Safe. Open. Together #AllTogetherSantaFe #SantaFePromise

FACIAL COVERING ORDER AMENDED: Yesterday Mayor Webber signed an Amended Facial Covering Order based on new, less stringent CDC recommendations about face coverings when outdoors. "Given our City ordinance’s link to the CDC recommendations, I’ve signed a 'modified order' to be issued pursuant to Proclamation VIII that would require facial coverings when recommended by the CDC or by the State’s facial covering requirements, whichever is more protective," the Mayor said. The amended order concludes, “Unless a healthcare provider instructs otherwise, and subject to the State’s Public Health Order requirements that may be more strict, persons in Santa Fe must wear a facial covering in indoor public settings and when attending outdoor ticketed public events, such as concerts and sporting events, except when eating or drinking; as used here, ‘public setting’ means places that are open to the public.”

LEADING THE NATION IN VACCINATION: Noting that statewide, 41.6 percent of eligible New Mexico residents have been fully vaccinated as of today and the distribution program is going strong, Governor Lujan Grisham proclaimed, “We are conquering COVID.” During a Facebook Live press conference in which she announced changes in the Department of Health's color-coded gating criteria, she said that if we stay on track and that fully-vaccinated number gets up to 60 percent by the end of June, “In nine weeks we are open.” Asked what she means by “open,” the Governor said, "capacity limits go away."

STAY THE COURSE: Reaching that target will require that people still keep getting registered and vaccinated (both doses, if Pfizer or Moderna), and maintaining the basic COVID-safe practices. This will also help prevent our population from invasion by variants. “Everybody getting vaccinated is the best way out of this,” the Governor said. “This is a monumental achievement by all of us,” she added. “We are basically there. But this is not a message about letting our guards down. It means our efforts have in fact paid off.”

MASK OR NO MASK? IN PRIVATE? OUTSIDE? VACCINATED OR NOT VACCINATED?: President Biden said it plainly: “The bottom line is clear: If you’re vaccinated, you can do more things, more safely, both outdoors as well as indoors. So for those who haven’t gotten their vaccinations yet, especially if you’re younger or thinking you don’t need it, this is another great reason to go get vaccinated now.” The CDC website has helpful pages about situational face-covering for vaccinated and unvaccinated people here and here.

STUDENT VACCINE WEEK: The Department of Health and the Public Education Department announced Student COVID-19 Vaccination Week, May 3-8. “With public schools back in session and summer just around the corner, we want students to know that getting vaccinated against COVID-19 protects them and their families--and will help us all get back to doing the things we miss,” said Department of Health Secretary Dr. Tracie Collins. Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart said, “Vaccinating against this virus protects students’ health and the health of the school community. Additionally, once students are fully vaccinated, they won’t have to quarantine if they’re identified as close contacts of someone with COVID-19.” 

HOW TO SIGN UP: Students ages 16 and up are encouraged to self-schedule their vaccination appointments starting now at vaccinenm.org. For help and technical support call 1-855-600-3453, press option 0 for vaccine questions, and then option 4 for tech support. The call center is open every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

MORE DRIVE-THROUGH VACCINATION DAYS: Several vaccination events will be taking place in and around Santa Fe. Christus St. Vincent will have three more drive-thru events on May 6, 7, and 13. The City will continue to work closely to provide logistics with the Police and Fire Departments pitching in directing traffic and providing medical support. The Christus St. Vincent Facebook page here has been sharing regular announcements of their vaccine availability as well as information on how community members can schedule appointments by visiting stvin.org or calling (505) 913-3080. 

87505 AND 87507 MOST VACCINATED ZIP CODES: 87505 and 87507 are two of the most populated Zip codes in our County and have been experiencing some high daily case counts lately. But these Zip codes also have some of our highest vaccination rates in the state! As of today, 70% of Santa Fe County residents are registered to get vaccinated and 67.5% have already received their first shot. But many thousands of residents still don't have appointments. Now there's a variety of options for getting vaccinated, from self-scheduling at the vaccinenm.org website, to calling Christus for their appointment scheduling hotline at (505) 913-3080, and La Familia asking 18+ patients to call and schedule their vaccination appointments at (505) 988-4425. If you or someone you know is still not registered, please go to vaccinenm.org. If you have any questions about the efficacy, safety or general questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, please talk to your doctor. Additionally, you can visit vaccinenm.org/facts.

OPERATION FACE MASK: We’re still masking indoors in public settings and in some outdoors situations, so the City is continuing its mask distribution campaign by equipping libraries, recreation centers, fire departments, tourism offices, and municipal buildings with mask packs. These are reusable/washable cotton masks that come in packs of five and one pack is provided per individual or two packs per household, while supplies last. 

SANCTUARY CITY: Undocumented residents of Santa Fe may understandably be wary about registering for and receiving vaccines--but there’s nothing to worry about. There is no requirement at any stage of the process to declare immigration status. In a pandemic, what’s good for one of us is good for all of us.

NEED HELP? GET HELP:

  • If you need help with the rent, the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) offered by the state of New Mexico is available as a resource to all Santa Fe County Residents. Apply at RentHelpNM.org or call 1-833-485-1334 to speak to a representative.
  • If you are in need of resources, whether it’s food, or help due to unemployment, or dealing with a housing crisis, go to gov/CONNECTfor direction to resources that help during these tough economic times.
  • COVID-fatigue is real. If you or a loved one is suffering with mental and/or behavioral health issues, please call 1-855-NMCRISIS hotline, reach out to your health care provider, and talk to a family member or friend immediately. 

BEFORE YOU GO: Here are reminders of some helpful resources:

  • org: Spanish-language materials and organizations aiding efforts in the fight against COVID

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