News & Announcements
SANTA FE COVID-19 UPDATE
March 24, 2021
Safe. Open. Together
PRECIOUS TURQUOISE: Today Santa Fe County achieved the Department of Health’s most low-risk rating. “We’re the most populous county in the state that’s in Turquoise,” says Mayor Webber. “It’s a tribute to the folks in Santa Fe County who’ve worn masks, practiced physical distancing, and gotten vaccinated! But turning Turquoise isn’t the end of the story, and COVID isn’t gone. So everyone please keep doing the things that got us here so we can keep moving forward with healing, recovering, and rebuilding.”
NOW WHAT? Official City operations and facilities remain status quo until the new City health order is issued next Monday. For now, these are the newly relaxed restrictions under the state’s Department of Health guidelines that apply under Turquoise:
- Essential businesses (non-retail): No capacity restrictions, but operations must be limited to only those absolutely necessary to carry out essential functions
- Essential retail spaces: 75% of maximum capacity (indoor and outdoor)
- Food and drink establishments (if NM Safe Certified): 75% of maximum capacity for indoor dining; 75% of maximum capacity for outdoor dining
- Close-contact businesses: 75% of maximum capacity; no restrictions on outdoor spaces
- Large entertainment venues: 33% of maximum capacity for any indoor/enclosed space on premises; 75% of any outdoor space on premises
- Recreational facilities: 50% of maximum capacity of any indoor/enclosed space on the premises; 75% of any outdoor space on premises
- Bars and clubs: 33% of maximum capacity of any indoor/enclosed space on premises; 75% of any outdoor space on premises, where applicable
- All other businesses: 75% of maximum capacity indoors; no restrictions on outdoor spaces
- Houses of worship: May hold religious services, indoors or outdoors, or provide services through audiovisual means, but may not exceed 75% of the maximum capacity of any enclosed space on the premises
- Places of lodging: No maximum occupancy restrictions for those that have completed NM Safe Certified training; 50% of maximum occupancy for all others; 15 guests maximum for vacation rentals
- Mass gatherings limit: 150 persons (20 percent in City facilities), or 200 vehicles
RELIEF PLAN WILL BOOST RECOVERY FROM COVID: On the very afternoon that Santa Fe County turned Turquoise, Mayor Webber, Senator Ben Ray Luján, and Representative Teresa Leger Fernández held a virtual press conference on how the American Rescue Plan will help Santa Fe, starting with $15 million in direct aid to the City. “Thanks to the hard work of our delegation, Santa Fe will receive direct aid to boost our community’s road to recovery,” says Mayor Webber. “The ARP will help us restore City services and provide direct support for our hard-hit mom-and-pop businesses. It will also give much needed funding to our shuttered venues, our fiestas and markets that are the heart and soul of Santa Fe. As we pivot from Green to Turquoise and help our local health care providers with vaccinations, the American Rescue Plan will enable Santa Fe to build back better.” Watch the virtual press conference to learn the details and feel the enthusiasm of our elected officials.
REGISTRATION FOR VACCINE IS VITAL: With more vaccine and resources for distribution coming soon, it’s urgent for everyone to sign up with the Department of Health. Currently, 62% of Santa Fe County residents are registered to be vaccinated, which leaves 38% who aren't. If you or someone you know needs help getting registered, you can now 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. You can also register online at vaccinenm.org. On the website there are options to choose your preferred language of English, Spanish, or Vietnemese.
ELIGIBLITY: All New Mexicans in phases 1A, 1B, and 1C of the state’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan are now eligible to receive the vaccine:
- Educators, early childhood professionals, and school staff
- New Mexicans with a chronic health condition
- Frontline essential workers
- Residents of congregate care facilities
- New Mexicans age 60 and older
- Other essential workers
Phase 2 (members of the general public not included in one of the above categories) will likely become eligible in mid-late April. You can track the numbers on the DOH dashboard.
AVAILABILITY: Outreach to vulnerable groups who need help navigating the vaccination distribution system is a high priority. The New Mexico Department of Health is holding a special invitation-only vaccination event that will serve eligible seniors 60 and older. It is especially for seniors who are unable to navigate the DOH website. Only eligible seniors who have received a code from DOH can attend. City and Country Public Safety are providing support.
TAX RETURN ADVICE: Depending on your situation, you might be able to increase your third stimulus check by filing your tax return right away. That's because your next stimulus check will be based on either your 2019 tax return or your 2020 return – whichever one was most recently filed and processed when the IRS starts processing your third stimulus payment. For those whose income was less in 2020, that would mean a higher check.
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.
WHEN IS AN ALLERGY NOT AN ALLERGY? Those sniffly-sneezy-clogged up symptoms are coming around again, but allergy-sufferers should not assume they’re just the usual seasonal attack--it could be you-know-what. "Get tested to make sure," says Dr. Wendy Johnson, Medical Director of La Familia Medical Center.
NEED HELP? GET HELP:
- Anyone who’s 75+ and having trouble registering online for the vaccine, or is concerned that they have registered but haven’t gotten an appointment, please call the DOH hotline at 1-855-600-3453 to see if they can offer direct assistance.
- 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.
- If you have a primary health provider, whether a doctor or nurse practitioner, check in with them to see if they have advice or assistance about vaccinations.
- If you are a regular patient at one of our major hospitals, whether it be LaFamilia, CHRISTUS, or Presbyterian, they can offer assistance.
- 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
- Order your free testfrom vaulthealth.com and get it delivered to your home.
Register to get vaccinated: cvvaccine.nmhealth.org