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March 11, 2021
March 10, 2021 COVID-19 UPDATE

Safe. Open. Together #AllTogetherSantaFe #SantaFePromise. WE’RE ON THE TURQUOISE TRAIL: The New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) updated its numbers today, and Santa Fe County has earned the Green risk level rating we’ve been striving for since the color system was introduced.

WE’RE ON THE TURQUOISE TRAIL: The New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) updated its numbers today, and Santa Fe County has earned the Green risk level rating we’ve been striving for since the color system was introduced.

MAYOR WEBBER'S WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT: “Everyone in Santa Fe should be proud because today we ‘got to Green.’ Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of the first COVID case in New Mexico. It’s been a year of compassion and of sacrifice, a year of loss and of community service. My thanks go to everyone in our city—our healthcare providers and essential workers who have carried us through this unprecedented time. Today we made it to Green and our next goal is Turquoise. We’ll get there the same way we got to Green: We’ll keep wearing masks in public, use hand sanitizer and practice physical distancing. We’re seeing more and more vaccinations and we’re fulfilling the Santa Fe Promise: Safe, open, together. Thanks, Santa Fe!”

CH-CH-CH-CHANGES: Following are the changes in restrictions that come with being rated Green, according to State orders and the amendments to the Emergency Proclamation that Mayor Webber issued today: 

  • Mass gathering size increases from 10 to 20 persons and from 80 to 120 vehicles (the City’s Order moves up as the State’s changes).
  • Indoor retail occupancy limitations increase to 50% (up from 33%).
  • Grocery stores and supermarkets will no longer have limitations on occupancy.
  • Indoor dining may occur with up to 50% indoor occupancy and 75% outdoor capacity (up from 33% and continuing at 75%), for restaurants that have completed the various training and improvements required by the State’s orders and COVID-19 Safe Practices (CSPs).
  • Lodging facilities occupancy limitations increase to 75% for those business trained in CSPs and 10 persons in other rentals.
  • Gym occupancies increase to 50% (up from 25%).
  • The GCCC ice rink will reopen on a restricted basis this Saturday (for more information, refer to chavezcenter.com/ice-arena). Other recreation facilities such as swimming pools, basketball courts and large event centers, such as the Convention Center and movie theaters, are limited to an occupancy of 25%. City-owned facilities will maintain mass gathering limitations of 20 persons inside these facilities at least through the term of the current City orders (March 29).
  • Bars and clubs can open in outdoor spaces up to 25% occupancy and cannot open indoor spaces.

MORE GOOD NEWS!: The state is expecting at least 93,650 doses next week, including some of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, up from 87,800 last week. The Department of Health advises:

  • All vaccines available in the U.S. were highly effective at preventing COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths in clinical trials.
  • All vaccines authorized by the FDA are safe and effective.
  • Vaccines, testing, and COVID-safe practices will keep more of our loved ones from being hospitalized or dying due to COVID-19.
  • New Mexico is distributing vaccines as swiftly, efficiently, and equitably as possible. 

DON’T LOOK BACK: Under the color-coded system, the County can’t stay Green for more than two weeks--we either progress to Turquoise or backslide to Yellow, and the restrictions that come with it. That would be a mess. Everybody wants to be able to make plans based on predictable levels of occupancy and service--the full-spectrum recovery from COVID-19 depends on it. The only way to make sure we keep going in the right direction is by being extra vigilant with our COVID-safe practices. The updated COVID-Save Practices for Individuals and Employers (CSP) document (February 24, 2021) is here.

SENIORS DRIVE-THRU REGISTRATION: For those seniors 75+ and people 60+ with underlying health conditions who have not registered with the DOH yet to get vaccinated, there will be drive-through registrations this Saturday at the County Fair Grounds on Rodeo Drive from 9-2. This is an especially important opportunity for older residents of the 87505/07 ZIP codes, where vaccine distribution is lagging. So if you are in one of those groups—or you have older relatives who haven’t registered yet because they don’t have access to computers—make sure you take advantage of this opportunity, which is sponsored by the County and the Fiesta Council.

SCHOOLS REOPENING: On Monday the State communicated a plan to reopen schools statewide by April 5, 2021. Teachers and all school personnel have now been moved up in line to receive their vaccinations over the next three weeks. Students will have the option of either in-person or remote learning, and NMAA sanctioned activities can resume. Find details about the SFPS plan to open April 6th here. 

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, so register to get vaccinated and show up for your appointment when the time comes, one and all.

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, of La Familia Medical Center. It can’t hurt, and it sure can help. Treatment of early-stage COVID is way preferable to critical care treatment, and testing negative helps with the county's risk rating. It’s a no-lose deal.

STOP COVID WITH NOVID: Using the NOVID app could be incredibly helpful as residents start to move about the city, and institutions like schools begin to reopen. NOVID uses Bluetooth technology and serves as a radar-like early warning system for proximity to COVID infections. It’s anonymous and self-reporting, so privacy is not a concern. The more people that use it, the more effective it will be in helping to continually bend the curve in the right direction. Learn more about it here, download the app, and enter the code SANTAFE.

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/CONNECT for 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 more helpful resources:

  • org: Spanish-language materials and organizations aiding efforts in the fight against COVID
  • Order your free test from vaulthealth.com and get it delivered to your home.

Register to get vaccinated: cvvaccine.nmhealth.org

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