NM Governor Allowing Visits to Care Facilities in 21 Counties. Excludes Lea, Eddy, Chaves, Roosevelt, Lincoln, and Curry in South and Eastern New Mexico

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Includes the three counties with the highest number of cases: San Juan-3,026, McKinley-4,033, and Bernalillo- 5,029

Outdoor visits with residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities could begin as soon as next week, state officials said Thursday. It is a goal, however, and New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham stressed that state residents have a part to play in helping to make those visits possible.

If the plan for allowing visitations goes forward, they would occur outside at facilities in 21 counties identified as meeting specific targets, said Katrina Hotrum-Lopez, the state Cabinet secretary for Aging & Long Term Services. Those targets are having less than 10 daily cases per 100,000 residents and a positive case rate of less than 5, she said.

In addition, visitors would have to make appointments, and the goal is to have one such visit per month. Visitors must pass a screening, keep an appropriate distance and wear personal protective equipment.

The 21 counties identified as meeting criteria as of Thursday include:

  • Bernalillo
  • Colfax
  • De Baca
  • Grant
  • Guadalupe
  • Harding
  • Hidalgo
  • Los Alamos
  • McKinley
  • Otero
  • Quay
  • Sandoval
  • Santa Fe
  • San Juan
  • San Miguel
  • Sierra
  • Socorro
  • Taos
  • Torrance
  • Valencia

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