Albuquerque Metropolis Officers Present COVID-19 Replace
ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller and several other city guides are expected to provide an update on COVID-19-related efforts Thursday morning. The update will mark the first time the city has held a press conference to fully address pandemic-related matters since New Mexico lifted the state’s color-coded reopening criteria and capacity restrictions on July 1. The press conference is expected to start at 11:30 a.m. KRQE News 13 the press conference will be broadcast live on this page.
Mayor Tim Keller, Deputy Director for Environmental Health, Mark DiMenna and Director for Economic Development, Synthia Jaramillo, are scheduled for the press conference on Thursday. Further information on the press conference is not yet available.
Albuquerque and Bernalillo Counties, along with the rest of the state, saw a surge in COVID-19 cases over the past month. Data from the New Mexico Department of Health shows the state has an average of about 69 new COVID-19 cases per day as of July 29, 2021. On June 29, 2021, the 7-day average was only 15 new COVID-19 cases per day.
State health officials say the more transmissible delta variant of COVID-19 has contributed to an increase in cases. The state estimates the Delta variant now accounts for more than 80% of COVID-19 cases in New Mexico.
The CDC recently updated recommendations on when masks should be worn indoors, including those who are fully vaccinated. The CDC says counties where COVID transmission is “significant” or “high” should follow the latest mask recommendations. As of Thursday, Bernalillo County was still listed as having “high” COVID-19 transmission rates.
To date, the City of Albuquerque has not made any changes to city services in response to changed cases. However, Albuquerque City Council has canceled plans to return to face-to-face meetings this week and move on to virtual meetings instead.
“The rapid emergence of the Delta variant in New Mexico, which has increased from 25% to 80% in four weeks, means that many more New Mexicans may be infected in the coming weeks,” wrote the reigning NMDOH and Human Services- Secretary Dr. David Scrase in a recent press release. “Testing is the first important step that allows us to identify and isolate cases before the virus can spread to friends, family and others. PLEASE have yourself tested if you meet one of the test guidelines. “