New Mexico extends masking order as new cases trend downward
September 17, 2021
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is on the downslope of the pandemic as the number of new infections has started to decline, state health officials said Wednesday during a virtual briefing.
Still, Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. David Scrase said that community spread remains high across the state — surpassing the benchmark of more than 300 cases a day — and precautions need to be taken to ensure more people don’t become infected. That includes extending the state’s mask mandate for at least another month in indoor public settings.
The masking mandate had been set to expire Wednesday. New Mexico in May 2020 was among the first states to require that face coverings be worn in public settings. That order was lifted last May for fully vaccinated people.