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New Mexico shifts metrics, some virus restrictions relaxed

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Friday marks the start of New Mexico's updated color-coded framework for determining COVID-19 risks in each of the state's 33 counties. State health officials have shifted the metrics, meaning more counties are now at a level at which there are fewer restrictions on commercial and day-to-day activities. In all, 24 counties are at the least-restrictive turquoise level, followed by six at green and three at yellow. The framework was adjusted to accommodate increasing vaccination rates. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said earlier this week that the state is on track to have at least 60% of residents fully vaccinated by the end of June.