Public Health Gating Criteria for Reopening New Mexico

The COVID-19 pandemic is a long-term event that requires careful, evidence-based decision making and policy planning that both saves lives, and promotes economic recovery.

Therefore, the State has developed public health gating criteria that are part of New Mexico’s phased plan for a safe and gradual reopening of the economy and society. Gating criteria are thresholds New Mexico must satisfy before beginning to relax social distancing restrictions and closures.

The criteria are assessed regularly and if the levels meet predetermined, evidence-based targets, the State will assess the ability to move to the next phase. Gating criteria, in conjunction with the COVID Safe Practices Guide for Individuals and Employers (developed by the NM Economic Recovery Council), are designed to promote safety of community members, employees, and customers.

The gating criteria consists of six measures each with an assigned target. In evaluating reopening, officials will consider the State’s ability to achieve a decreasing transmission rate, adequate testing, expansive contact tracing and isolation, and sufficient hospital capacity.

 

Public Health Gating Criteria for Reopening NM

Category

Measure

Target

Current Status

Status Updated Each: 

Spread of COVID-19 1. Rate of Spread 1.05 or less 1.07 Mon, Wed, Fri
Testing Capacity (general and vulnerable populations)* 2. Number of COVID-19 tests per day (7-day rolling average) 5,000 5,994 Mon, Wed, Fri
Contact Tracing and Isolation Capacity

3. Time from COVID-19 positive test result to case isolation

24 hours or less 26 hours Tues
Contact Tracing and Isolation Capacity 4. Time from COVID-19 positive test result to quarantine of case contacts 36 hours or less  47 hours Tues
Statewide Healthcare System Capacity

5. Adult ICU Beds occupied across 7 NM Hub Hospitals**

less than 460 263 Tues
Statewide Healthcare System Capacity 6. 7-day supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) across 7 NM Hub Hospitals** 7-day supply in at least 6 out of 7 Hub Hospitals 7 out of 7 hospitals Tues

 

*Per CDC: adults 64+, people with asthma, chronic lung conditions, immune deficiency and those receiving cancer treatment, serious heart disease, diabetes, on dialysis, severe obesity, chronic liver disease, people living in nursing facilities and other congregate settings, people experiencing homelessness

** University of NM (ABQ), Presbyterian (ABQ), Lovelace Medical Center (ABQ), CHRISTUS St. Vincent (Santa Fe), San Juan Regional Medical Center (Farmington), Memorial Medical Center (Las Cruces), Eastern NM Medical Center (Roswell)