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N.M. Gov. MIchelle Lujan Grisham at a 2020 meeting.

Hospitals in New Mexico are being authorized to use "crisis standards of care" to determine who gets treatment, as unvaccinated COVID patients are placing an "enormous, ongoing, and unsustainable strain" on that state's health care system. Read more»

The bump in testing numbers is an encouraging sign because getting tested is more normalized than in the early days of COVID-19, according to Jessica Rigler, assistant director at the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Embry Health launched an initiative in Arizona this month to hire 800 workers across its COVID-19 testing sites as schools reopened and the number of children of all ages being tested increased - while Arizona on Friday passed more than 1 million cases of COVID-19. Read more»

The kindergarten immunization rate for measles, mumps and rubella fell to 93 percent this year – below the threshold needed to provide herd immunity from the spread of diseases.

The Arizona Department of Health Services issued a report warning that increased exemptions from vaccines are putting the state at risk this year for an outbreak of measles, mumps and other preventable diseases. Read more»