April 17, 2020
During a recent briefing, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham held up a picture of her mother, who lives in an assisted-living facility in Albuquerque. To reduce the odds of her mother contracting COVID-19, Lujan Grisham and her brother hadn’t visited her for six weeks. But other New Mexicans, she said, weren’t taking social distancing as seriously. An analysis of cell phone location data revealed that New Mexicans were spending a relatively liberal amount of time at grocery stores, gas stations, parks, and the like. Lujan Grisham said she was “disturbed” by folks defying the state’s stay-at-home order, and that their unnecessary travel puts vulnerable populations at risk.