SAN LUIS R.C. (KYMA/KECY) - Cases in the state of Sonora are continuing to drop as expected and health officials are now giving the green light to ease restrictions statewide, as indicated by their health tiers.
Sonora is still not entirely in the clear. Out of all 12 municipalities that make up the Mexican state of Sonora, 5 are a point below the yellow tier, therefore, indicating a medium to low risk. This comes as positivity rates in Sonora increased to 26% to which Sonora's Secretary of Health Enrique Clausen Iberri warned to 'not drop preventive measures'.
"We can let our guard down," said Clausen Iberri. "COVID-19 is still spreading and letting your guard down can be dangerous, that is why we implore to the community: be responsible."
Huatabampo, Navojoa, Caborca, Hermosillo and Cajeme are at the highest risk. San Luis Rio Colorado, Guaymas and Cananea face a medium risk. Agua Prieta, Nogales, Empalme and Puerto Peñasco are in the lowest of risks.
Hospital capacity was another factor that played into the decision to lessen restrictions, Sonora currently stands at a 13% ICU capacity at public hospitals, while private hospitals are at 10%.
Clausen Iberri commented that we should keep a close eye on how other countries handled resurgent waves of the virus but should also serve as a reminder not to let our guard down. Face coverings, frequent hand-washing, social distancing, large gatherings, and keeping enclosed spaces ventilated are all practices that should continue.