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The United States government is extending the closure of the land borders with Canada and Mexico until at least Aug. 21.

The move announced Wednesday by the Department of Homeland Security came two days after the Canadian government announced it would begin letting fully vaccinated U.S. citizens into Canada on Aug. 9, and those from the rest of the world on Sept. 7.

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 271 additional COVID-19 cases and 5 deaths. As of today, there are 94 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 137 additional COVID-19 cases and 4 deaths. As of today, there are 98 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 378 additional COVID-19 cases and 4 deaths. As of today, there are 83 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Two more Texas lawmakers who left their state to hobble efforts to pass new voting restrictions have tested positive for the coronavirus, raising to five the number of infected people in the delegation. State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer of San Antonio said in a statement Sunday that he had tested positive and was quarantining. A person familiar with the delegation tells The Associated Press that the number of infected members has risen to five. The person was not authorized to discuss the matter and requested anonymity.

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Friday announced 188 additional COVID-19 cases and 7 deaths. As of today, there are 91 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.


The University of New Mexico Thursday announced an incentive program to encourage students and staff to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as it prepares to open for more normal, in-person, instruction next month.

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 155 additional COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths. As of today, there are 86 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 180 additional COVID-19 cases and 3 deaths. As of today, there are 97 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's top public health officials say that while businesses are open and restrictions have been lifted, the coronavirus pandemic is not over.

Free COVID Vaccines Without Appointments

Jul 14, 2021
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  SANTA FE- The New Mexico Department of Health and Public Education Department today announced a partnership with local pharmacies to provide back-to-school COVID-19 vaccinations for students 12 years and older. 

Participating pharmacies have committed to giving free COVID vaccines without appointments from July 15 to Aug. 15. 

"New Mexico schools are eager to welcome students back for a safe, healthy new school year. To that end, it's critical that children get all their required and recommended immunizations well ahead of time, and that includes the COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 12 and up," Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart said. "We are so grateful to New Mexico pharmacies for making this as easy as possible for parents and families with convenient walk-in hours for COVID shots.”

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 116 additional COVID-19 cases and 1 death. As of today, there are 83 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 301 additional COVID-19 cases and 4 deaths. As of today, there are 77 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

  

  Following an unprecedented 2020-2021 school year spent mostly remote, students, parents and staff in Las Cruces Public Schools are eagerly awaiting updated guidance on what the next school year will look like.  

Friday, the New Mexico Public Education Department issued a statement following newly released guidance from the CDC regarding K-12 school. Among many recommendations, the CDC concluded that students learn best in-person, and a full return to the classroom should be a priority. The CDC also recommended parents continue to take advantage of vaccination opportunities to protect their kids from COVID-19, and that people do not need to wear masks outdoors. Most notably, the CDC advised that anyone over the age of two who is not fully vaccinated should continue to wear a mask indoors.  

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Friday announced 125 additional COVID-19 cases and 1 death. As of today, there are 77 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

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  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico says it will continue to encourage that students, faculty and staff get vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus in August for the fall semester but no longer plans to require it. University President Garnett Stokes said in an email that vaccinations are key to stopping the spread of the coronavirus and that the university is working toward a 100% vaccination rate. However, the university noted in a statement Thursday that the vaccine remains under emergency use authorization by the federal government. The university previously proposed a vaccine requirement and posted a draft policy on its website.

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 132 additional COVID-19 cases and 6 deaths. As of today, there are 67 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

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  SANTA FE – The state of New Mexico confirmed the fourth winner in the second drawing of the Vax 2 the Max Sweepstakes, a $10 million cash sweepstakes funded by federal stimulus and intended to incentivize COVID-19 vaccinations. The fourth confirmed winner in the July 2nd drawing is: 

  • Jocelyn Kidd from Las Cruces

 Non-winning entries will be carried over to each successive $1 million drawing. New Mexicans who have opted in to the sweepstakes do not have to opt in again to remain eligible for future drawings. Vaccinated New Mexicans who have not yet opted in to the sweepstakes still can opt in for future drawings at vax2themaxnm.org. The deadline to opt in for each drawing is 6 p.m. the night before the drawing.

  Santa Fe-- New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 83 additional COVID-19 cases and 1 death. As of today, there are 70 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

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  WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez signed legislation Tuesday to rescind an order that closed the reservation to outside visitors. It lifts several COVID-19 restrictions that will allow tribal parks to reopen at 50% capacity with safety protocols in place as early as Thursday and also allow schools to eventually reopen under a required safety plan. The Navajo Department of Health will issue a new Public Health Emergency Order on Wednesday, outlining safety protocols and requirements for reopening. The mask mandate remains in effect for the entire Navajo Nation. The tribe's vast reservation covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 203 additional COVID-19 cases and 2 deaths. As of today, there are 62 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

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(Santa Fe) – The New Mexico Department of Health, the New Mexico Immunization Coalition (NMIC), the New Mexico Primary Care Association (NMPCA), and healthcare providers from across the state are helping parents prepare children for going back to school.

Special immunization clinics will be held from July 24th through August 14th for all children 18 years old and younger. The special clinics are part of the Got Shots? immunization campaign. 

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SANTA FE- The New Mexico Department of Health will be hosting several vaccine events on July 4th for those wishing to receive their COVID-19 vaccine. These are “walk-up” events which do not require New Mexicans to schedule ahead of time.

In Doña Ana County:

5:00pm - 7:00pm (Johnson & Johnson)

Pat and Lou Sisbarro Park at NMSU

205 Arrowhead Drive

Las Cruces

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Friday announced 86 additional COVID-19 cases and 1 death. As of today, there are 67 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 87 additional COVID-19 cases and 3 deaths. As of today, there are 72 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

New Mexico dramatically expands Child Care Assistance

Jul 1, 2021
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SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday announced the state of New Mexico will dramatically expand its Child Care Assistance Program, doubling eligibility for families from 200 percent of the federal poverty level to as much as 400 percent, a move targeted at supporting tens of thousands more families in need all across the state -- as well as helping more working families stabilize their financial situations, and potentially be able to return to work, as the COVID-19 pandemic winds down.  Here is a statement from the Governor's office:

The state also announced that New Mexico has used a cutting-edge cost estimation model to set new child care subsidy rates paid to providers – the first state in the nation to do so. The new rates, effective immediately, will increase subsidy payments to providers in all settings. These across-the-board increases will allow child care businesses to better support the true costs of providing high-quality education and care to New Mexico’s children. This move will help child care providers improve quality and expand offerings and, as a result, enhance choices for parents and families seeking a full range of high-quality child care services.

New Mexico Lifts Pandemic Restrictions, Continues Vaccination Efforts

Jul 1, 2021
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SANTA FE – Having met Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s goal of 60 percent of eligible residents completing their COVID-19 vaccination series, the state of New Mexico on Thursday enjoyed the removal of remaining pandemic occupancy restrictions on commercial and day-to-day activities, including the color-coded county-by-county system.  Here is a statement from the Governor's office:

The governor marked the day by making an announcement about a major expansion of child care assistance eligibility at state offices in Santa Fe and visiting businesses in Albuquerque.

Sixty-two percent of eligible New Mexicans have completed their vaccination series as of Tuesday, according to Department of Health data. The agency reports almost 71 percent of eligible New Mexicans have received at least one dose. The state’s vaccination distribution and education efforts will continue.

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 66 additional COVID-19 cases and 2 deaths. As of today, there are 64 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

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  DALLAS (AP) — First lady Jill Biden is playing offense in the fight against COVID-19. She teamed up with an NFL Hall of Fame running back on Tuesday to encourage Texans to get vaccinated against the disease. The first lady appeared at a pop-up vaccination clinic at a Dallas high school with former Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith, who told people the nation is “in the fourth quarter" in fighting the virus, but ”the game is far from over." The first lady flew to Texas as part of President Joe Biden’s campaign to vaccinate as many Americans as possible against COVID-19.

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 52 additional COVID-19 cases and 2 deaths. As of today, there are 75 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

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