Eddy County remains red in the latest COVID-19 figures

A sign greets drive-thru COVID-19 testers at the Eddy County Public Health Office in Artesia on Feb. 24, 2021.

Roswell Mayor Dennis Kintigh was shocked when the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) didn’t include Eddy County in loosening some COVID-19 public health restrictions.

Chaves and Lea counties moved from red (very high risk) to yellow (high risk) Wednesday as the State of New Mexico adjusted rules of public health orders based on county-level prevalence of COVID-19 and test positivity.

Eddy County wasn’t as fortunate as its northern and eastern neighbors and was one of four New Mexico counties in red.

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Data from DOH indicated Chaves county’s daily cases per 100,000 was 11.80 and the positivity rate was 3.22 percent. Lea county’s daily cases per 100,000 was 9.60 with a positivity rate of 4.76 percent.

Eddy county’s daily cases per 100,000 was 17.70 and the positivity rate was 5.85 percent, read DOH figures.

The New Mexico Department of Health updated its COVID-19 health restriction map on Feb. 24.

The state’s county-by-county system uses key health metrics – the per-capita daily incidence of new COVID-19 cases and average COVID-19 test positivity within county borders – to determine the level of public health risk and requirement for each county, read a DOH news release.

A county that meets one criterion may operate at the yellow level; a county that meets both may operate at the green level. A county that has met both for two consecutive biweekly map updates may operate at the turquoise level.