Sonoran Leaders Say New Map Will Help Reduce COVID-19 Cases Statewide

By Kendal Blust
Published: Friday, November 27, 2020 - 4:05pm

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The Sonoran Health Council meets on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020, to create a new map that shows coronavirus risk levels by municipality.

In neighboring Sonora, Mexico, leaders are publishing a new map to provide information about the level of COVID-19 risk in each of its 12 most populated municipalities.

The new map is being presented as a complement to Mexico’s federal “traffic light” system that classifies each state’s level of risk from highest to lowest — red to green.

The Sonoran map will now break down risk level by municipality into low, medium, high and maximum risk.

"The Anticipate Sonora Map is an instrument for stratification of the risk of COVID-19 transmission in Sonora, which will allow us to communicate and understand how the pandemic is behaving by municipality, and above all and most important, to communicate in a simple way with residents of the selected municipalities what their risk is and what they have to do at that level of risk," said Sonora's lead epidemiologist Denica Cruz.

The risk level in each municipality will be based on its test positivity rates, hospital occupancy and deaths. And that risk level will then determine restrictions in those cities, including which businesses can open, their hours of operation and the size of gatherings.

Sonora is currently considered orange, or high risk for coronavirus spread, according to the federal risk assessment map. As of Thursday, there have been 41,648 confirmed coronavirus cases and 3,347 deaths reported in Sonora.

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