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Sonora returns to moderate on national COVID-19 risk scale

After several weeks at low, Sonora is heading in the wrong direction on the national coronavirus risk scale.

Just two weeks ago, Sonora and all but one of Mexico’s other 31 states were deemed green  — or low risk — on that scale, known as the  semáforo— or traffic light.

But now, the state, along with three other border states and Baja California Sur, is at yellow, or moderate risk, and will be for the next two weeks, according to the federal health ministry.

This comes as cases have been rising in Sonora, and with mounting fears about the new omicron variant.

Nearly every municipality in Sonora is also considered moderate risk, including many of its most populous, like Hermosillo, Cajeme and Nogales, according to the state’s own scale.

Murphy Woodhouse was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2018 to 2023.