Eddy County remains in the least restrictive COVID-19 category

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Eddy County continued to meet criteria to remain in the turquoise category with the least restrictive COVID-19 regulations set by the State of New Mexico, according to the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH).

On Wednesday, DOH said in a news release 30 New Mexico counties were at the Turquoise Level, at which there are the fewest restrictions on commercial and day-to-day activities amid decreased virus risk.

A new per-capita rate of new COVID-19 cases of no greater 10 per 100,000 inhabitants over a 14-day reporting period, and an average positivity rate less than or equal to 7.5 percent during the most recent 14-day reporting period and a county with a fully vaccinated rate or a target of 40 percent that increases five percent every other as more vaccinations are completed, were key health metrics to determine a county’s risk level, according to DOH.