This summer, as cases of COVID-19 surged in many parts of the nation, New Mexico really did seem to stand apart. New Mexico’s governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has taken an aggressive approach toward the pandemic. She closed K–12 schools two days later, and quickly issued public health orders to limit public gatherings and shut down nonessential businesses. Another advantage for New Mexico is that it has a centralized public health agency, whereas Texas has a regionalized system. Vallo issued a declaration of public health crisis on March 13 and closed the pueblo’s borders.