STATE OFFICIALS BREAK DOWN RE-ENTRY PLAN FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Some pandemic stay-at-home orders in New Mexico are relaxing beginning tomorrow, including indoor dining at restricted capacity, larger gatherings of up to 10 people as well as provide limited access to museums with static displays. The new order is in effect until September 18th. Human Services Secretary David Scrase used the analogy of a dimmer switch, that is slowly turned up. New Mexico officials note that the state will not be flipping the switch on reopening, but rather slowly turning up the dimmer switch. Also, Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart announced that a post-Labor Day return to part-time learning in classrooms around the state would be broken down by county. In order for classrooms to reopen, counties need have fewer than eight new daily cases on average per 100,000 residents as well as a positivity rate under 5%. The state’s total positivity rate is 2.1% – the lowest number in the western US. This measure, if applied today, would mean in Eastern New Mexico, Roosevelt, Curry, Quay, Chaves, Lea and Eddy counties would not make the return to school. The PED is reviewing re-entry plans that can introduce some classroom learning Sept. 8th.