As confirmed coronavirus cases spike in the western United States, the governor of New Mexico says they are putting further economic reopening plans on hold.
“What we’re seeing around us, and what we’re seeing right here in our home state, is a clear indication that we’re not quite ready to go to phase two,” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Thursday during a briefing.
While New Mexico’s case load has not gotten as dramatically high as its neighbors, Arizona and Texas, Grisham said there is still too much risk.
“We can manage being flat. Our goal should be to reduce cases,” the governor said.
Grisham said “the last thing anyone wants” is to have to roll back economic progress since businesses began to reopen.
“The virus has not gone anywhere. I think there’s a false sense of security now,” the governor said. “New Mexicans actually have gotten really lax, I think, about wearing masks and taking this seriously.”