On Friday, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s New Mexico Department of Health renewed COVID-19 “emergency health orders” throughout May 16, 2022.
In a news release, the Department wrote, “COVID-19 cases have dropped since March and hospitalizations continue to be low. However, the most recent two-week data shows the new Omicron BA.2 variant makes up 22.1 percent of cases in New Mexico and continues to expand across the state, trailing behind the rest of the county.”
Health Secretary Dr. David Scrase, who has repeatedly flip-flopped on science during the pandemic, claimed that New Mexicans must now get another dose of the coronavirus shot.
“If you need your first, second, third or fourth vaccine dose, please get vaccinated – this is especially important for more socially vulnerable individuals and communities, where the risk of severe disease is more than doubled.”
In response to the renewed health orders, state Rep. Rebecca Dow (R-Truth or Consequences), who is running for governor, wrote, “MLG just renewed the ‘emergency health orders’ through May 16th. As long as she is in office they will never end!”
She added, “No more COVID tyranny. No more mandates. No More vaccination requirements as a condition or employment or enrollment at public colleges. End it now!”
Other Democrat-run places like Philadelphia, Pennsylvania have already begun new lockdown orders, with mask mandates returning.
It is unclear if similar measures will be reimplemented again in New Mexico, but it may be unlikely due to Gov. Lujan Grisham facing a tough reelection. Any extension of the pandemic theatre may significantly lose independent and Democrat votes she would need to secure a second term.