Effective Friday, April 30, the health metrics that will be used to determine a county’s risk level will be:
A county that meets none of the criteria upon the biweekly Department of Health map update will be at the Red Level. A county meeting one metric will be at the Yellow Level. A county meeting two criteria is at the Green Level. A county meeting all three criteria, or having maintained the Green Level for two consecutive biweekly map update periods, is at the Turquoise Level.
In addition, counties that reach the Turquoise Level will move to a four-week update, as opposed to biweekly. In other words, once a county reaches the Turquoise Level, as of May 5, they will maintain the Turquoise Level for at least the next four weeks, whereas up until now the time period between updates has been two weeks.
Previously, the health metrics were more restrictive; the new per-capita case rate was 8 per 100,000 inhabitants and the average new positivity rate was 5 percent. Vaccination rates were not part of the equation.
Based on CDC guidelines, if you think you may have COVID-19 and are experiencing minor symptoms, Gerald Champion recommends you self-quarantine at home for at least 14 days and consult with your healthcare provider. For severe symptoms, call ahead to your local Emergency Center prior to arriving or dial 911 if you need emergent care.
There are a limited number of COVID-19 test kits available nationwide. To determine who gets tested for the virus, Gerald Champion follows Public Health guidelines, which includes evaluating for relevant symptoms, travel history and potential exposure.
If a patient is confirmed with COVID-19, the decision to hospitalize the patient or recommend self-quarantine will be made in consultation with healthcare providers.
Please read the important information compiled and shared by the City of Albuquerque related to COVID-19 Stimulus Check Scams. Be vigilant and aware and share this information with friends and family. Thank You.