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As of December 17, 2020, there are 1,702 new positive covid-19 cases, and 126,045 for total cases statewide. There have been 48 deaths today, raising the total amount of deaths statewide to 2,097. 852 people are currently hospitalized, with 162 on ventilators. Over the course of the pandemic, it took the state of New Mexico 234 days to reach 1,000 deaths caused by COVID-19. It only took 48 days to go from 1,000 to 2,000 deaths. New Mexicans have and must change this trajectory.

As of December 16th, all 33 counties in New Mexico are operating at the Red Level, meaning 0 counties meet either of the gating criteria (new daily case rates and test positivity.) Something that is very encouraging, is the overwhelming majority of counties have shown improvements towards yellow and green levels. 27 counties improved in at least 1 of the 2 health metrics. 23 counties improved in both.

Several counties are within only a few test positivity percentage points of the 5% threshold for the Yellow Level: Grant (5.6%), San Miguel (6.6%), Taos (6.68%), Los Alamos (6.9%), Harding (8.3%), Rio Arriba (9.6%), Santa Fe (10.1%), Socorro (10.1%), and Otero (10.7%).

Cibola, Luna, and Taos counties have cut their positivity rates by over 50% over the last two weeks. Cibola, Harding, and Taos all cut their new daily case rates by more than 50% over the last two weeks. So, what does that mean? This means we can all make significant improvements in two weeks. We can keep our communities healthy, and we can get back to safely reopening.

As for an update on the vaccine; New Mexico has received its entire first shipment of the Pfizer vaccine earlier this week. There was 17,550 doses total and they were directly delivered to larger hospitals and are being distributed by the New Mexico Department of Health. New Mexico is expecting another shipment from Pfizer early next week, and doses will continue to go to frontline health care workers. Pending the FDA’s approval, New Mexico is preparing to receive the Moderna Vaccine. Those doses will go primarily to residents and staff in long-term care facilities.

With the holiday’s right around the corner, the Governor is again asking, that all of us New Mexicans participate in a social distanced Christmas/ Hanukah. Continue to support your local businesses, but don’t celebrate in person. Do everything you can this holiday season to stay safe. All together New Mexico, we are making a difference. The sooner we get to the other side of this, the sooner our kids are back in school full time, and the sooner our economy is back where it should be.

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