In New Mexico, where the seven-day rotating average of new Covid-19 cases tops 1,000 a day, the state’s two largest hospital systems announced Thursday that they are transitioning to ” crisis care standards” to allow for the allocation of services as needed. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham also extended the statewide mask requirement in all indoor public spaces, regardless of immunization status, through at least December 10.
Idaho, which has handled some of the nation’s highest Covid-19 hospitalizations since the spike, confirmed its first child death from Covid-19 in October when a infants died of the virus, health officials said on Tuesday.
“Our hearts go out to this child’s family,” said Elke Shaw-Tulloch, manager of the Idaho Division of Public Health. “Having the virus can have devastating effects on families, and the situation shows just how serious Covid-19 is.”
Colorado works to limit super-spreading events
“Arapahoe, Adams, Boulder, Jefferson counties – as well as the City and County of Denver, City and County of Broomfield will issue additional protocols to prevent super-spreading events. more than 500 people,” said CDPHE. in a press release.
The protocols are expected to go into effect on Friday, November 19.
“The order also recommends that counties adopt vaccine requirements for employees in high-risk settings,” said CDPHE.
Jill Hunsaker Ryan, chief executive officer of CDPHE, said: “I am grateful to the counties that have worked with the state to slow the spread of the virus. Major venues and local governments are part of the solution to the end. end the pandemic”.
“We also need all Coloradons to do their part by getting vaccinated if they haven’t already; booster shots; and following basic public health precautions like wearing a mask, staying home while get sick and wash your hands,” she said.
Governor Jared Polis declared the entire state at high risk for Covid-19 exposure or transmission in an executive order Thursday, extending access to booster vaccinations to any resident. over 18 years of age and six months after their first vaccination.
“We want to make sure that the people of Colorado know they can and should continue to access the health care they need. If you’re sick and need care, go get it,” said Dr. Eric France, CDPHE Medical Director said. “Enabling staffing crisis care standards allows healthcare systems to maximize the care they can provide in the community with the staff they have available.”
CNN’s Jennifer Henderson, Ana Cabrera, Andy Rose, Jenn Selva, Amanda Sealy and Dave Alsup contributed to this report.