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Coronavirus Updates

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 1,841 additional COVID-19 cases and 39 deaths. As of today, there are 722 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 1,496 additional COVID-19 cases and 47 deaths. As of today, there are 712 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.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Coronavirus cases are exhausting the availability of intensive-care unit beds in parts of Texas as hospitalizations with COVID-19 continue to soar into record levels.

State health officials say hospitalizations with the illness the coronavirus causes set a ninth-consecutive record by topping 13,300 on Tuesday, with 626 patients requiring intensive care. All ICU beds at hospitals in the Abilene and Bryan-College Station areas are full, while only two are available in the Laredo area with three in the Paris-Texarkana area.

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 1,201 additional COVID-19 cases and 20 deaths. As of today, there are 740 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 Las Cruces City Council unanimously adopted a Resolution supporting the creation of a COVID-19 vaccination task force in Las Cruces. The Council’s action came at its Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 meeting.

Aggies suspend activities after one positive COVID-19 test

Jan 4, 2021

  PHOENIX - As a result of one positive COVID-19 test within the NM State men's basketball team, the Aggies announced Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, that they are pausing team activities.

Because of the pause, NM State's first two WAC games of the 2020-21 season at Dixie State on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021 and Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021 have postponed. Make-up dates for those two league contests will be announced at a later date.

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 936 additional COVID-19 cases and 23 deaths. As of today, there are 703 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.

  DALLAS (AP) — Texas has hit a new record high for COVID-19 hospitalizations. State health officials reported 12,563 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals Sunday, an increase of more than 240 from Saturday. It was the sixth time in seven days that the state reported record breaking hospitalizations. A surge in the disease caused by the novel coronavirus is continuing to strain state medical resources following holiday travel and gatherings. The Texas Department of State Health Services reports 14,535 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, 1,510 more probable cases and 50 fatalities. Intensive care units in parts of Texas are full or nearly full.

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Sunday announced 1,033 additional COVID-19 cases and 17 deaths.

As of today, there are 716 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.

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More than 6,500 New Mexico businesses and nonprofits will receive up to $50,000 under a state program created to help companies cope with the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. The Albuquerque Journal reports that's about half of the companies that applied. The program uses $100 million of federal coronavirus relief funds allocated to the state. Marquita Russel, who runs the state agency that administers the program, says she expected to receive roughly 10,000 applications. The agency received over 14,000. In all, 6,530 applications were funded, which comprises about 46% of all applicants.

  FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Few Native American tribes have signed up to participate in clinical trials as coronavirus vaccines are developed. The reasons range from suspicion and distrust tied to unethical practices of the past to the quick nature of the studies, which typically may need several layers of approval from tribes. Researchers say that without participation from Native Americans, tribes won't know which vaccine might best be suited for their citizens. About a handful of tribes have agreed to allow researchers to enroll their citizens in vaccine trials, including in the Southwest and Pacific Northwest. They point to a need to slow the virus among a population that's been disproportionately affected.

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Saturday announced 1,252 additional COVID-19 cases and 32 deaths.

As of today, there are 662 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 Friday announced 1,286 additional COVID-19 cases and 25 deaths.

As of today, there are 791 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.

  FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Casinos run by the Navajo Nation plan to temporarily lay off more than 1,100 workers on New Year’s Day because of prolonged closures caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The tribe’s Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise announced the decision Thursday night, saying it was left with no choice but to move ahead with the layoffs because of lack of revenue caused by the closures. The tribe operates four casinos in Arizona and New Mexico that have been closed since March. Together they employ more than 1,200 people, including more than 775 tribal members. The Gaming Enterprise plans to keep 165 employees on the payroll.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas hit a new record high for patients hospitalized with COVID-19 for the fifth consecutive day Friday, in a continued surge of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus following holiday gatherings and travel. Texas reported 12,481 COVID-19 patients in state hospitals on New Year’s Day, an increase of more than 1,750 from a week ago. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, intensive care units in several parts of Texas were full or nearly full. State health officials on Friday reported 12,369 new, confirmed cases of the virus and another 3,658 probable cases.


 

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 1,684 additional COVID-19 cases and 41 deaths.

As of today, there are 803 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, N.M. (AP) — Immigrant taxpayers and their families are celebrating a federal relief package that includes spouses and children who are U.S. citizens. Checks sent out in the spring didn't go to families if one spouse was an immigrant in the country illegally, even if the other was a U.S. citizen or legal resident. About 5 million Americans were left out that way. But even in the new bill, some 2.2 million U.S. citizen children won't receive a check because they live in immigrant households. In Democratic-controlled areas, officials have targeted rent relief and direct payments to those families. New Mexico lawmakers are unique in sending federal money directly to immigrants.

  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas health officials are acknowledging some vaccine shipments have been delayed or have had to be replaced. And some Texas hospitals are reporting  they don’t yet have enough to start giving shots to the next round of eligible patients. Some shipments expected last week didn’t arrive until Monday or Tuesday. The Texas Hospital Association said Wednesday that several shipments of the Moderna version of the vaccine had to be set aside and replaced because of concerns that cold storage requirements had been compromised. A spokesperson for the Secretary of Defense, which is overseeing seeing the Trump Administration’s vaccine rollout, confirmed the temperature storage problems.

  Santa Fe – Today the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department’s (EMNRD) State Parks Division announces that day-use will remain open at 32 State Parks for New Mexico residents only pursuant to the December 30, 2020 Public Health Order. El Vado Lake, Morphy Lake, and Manzano State Parks remain closed due to seasonal closures. All camping reservations will be cancelled and refunded through January 29, 2021.

It is important for visitors to continue to check for details on specific park hours of operation and additional information before visiting. Check the State Parks website and know before you go.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham / Office of the New Mexico Governor

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A group of businesses has sued in federal court to try to end New Mexico's COVID-19 public health order. They claim that Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state health officials have imposed arbitrary and unnecessary rules in response to the pandemic. A spokesman for the state Health Department called it the worst pandemic in a century and said the lawsuit “appears to be out of step with these realities.” Confirmed COVID-19 infections in New Mexico have topped 141,000, while more than 2,430 people have died. Health Secretary Dr. Tracie Collins said Wednesday that planning continues for the rollout of vaccinations.

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 1,316 additional COVID-19 cases and 33 deaths.

As of today, there are 792 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 – The New Mexico Department of Health on Wednesday announced the updated statewide COVID-19 map for the two-week period beginning Dec. 30, with 32 counties at the Red Level. Twenty-eight counties improved in at least one of the two health gating criteria metrics, and 21 counties improved in both health metrics. More counties are in close range of advancing to a less-restrictive level than at any point since the advent of the state’s color-coding system.

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  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two Albuquerque churches have been fined for violating New Mexico's COVID-19 public health order. Both venues held Christmas gatherings. The state Health Department fined Legacy Church and Calvary Church $5,000 each on Monday after photos and video showed violations of mandates that call for capacity limits, mask wearing and social distancing. Legacy Church officials accused the state of trampling on their constitutional rights. Calvary Church’s pastor said they urged people to follow guidelines and blocked every other row to practice social distancing. New Mexico health officials on Tuesday reported an additional 1,221 confirmed infections, bringing the statewide total to nearly 140,000.

  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas has hit a new record of COVID-19 hospitalizations, smashing the previous high mark set in July. The state reported Monday that 11,351 people were hospitalized with the disease caused by the coronavirus. The previous record was set in July with 10,893 hospitalizations. The current mark is a climb of nearly 2,500 more patients since the end of November. State health officials also noted 49 newly reported deaths Monday. researchers from Johns Hopkins University say Texas is nearing 27,000 virus-related deaths to date. That is the second highest death count in the United States. 

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 1,221 additional COVID-19 cases and 23 deaths.

As of today, there are 806 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 – The New Mexico Human Services Department received $5.3 million from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, & Economic Security Act (CARES Act). A one-time $300 payment will be provided to utility vendors for households that received a Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) payment and are at least one month behind in their utility payments. LIHEAP is a program that assists approximately 70,000 New Mexico households with their home heating and cooling costs. 

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 700 additional COVID-19 cases.

As of today, there are 788 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.

  HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico schools have ranked at the bottom for years and parents, lawmakers and others are concerned the state is worse off now with no in-person learning due to the pandemic. Superintendents from districts in southeastern New Mexico say a number of their students already have moved with their families to Texas, where in-person learning is allowed. Data from local districts and the state show thousands of students have switched to private schools, Bureau of Indian Education schools, or have moved out of state.

  DALLAS (AP) — The outgoing speaker of the Texas House of Representatives says he has tested positive for COVID-19 after his wife became sick last week. Dennis Bonnen wrote on Facebook Sunday that he was diagnosed with the disease caused by the coronavirus this weekend. The 48-year-old Republican says his symptoms have so far been mild and that his family is quarantined. The speaker announced his illness as coronavirus hospitalizations in the state hovered just below their summer peak. Texas Department of State Health Services says 10,886 people are hospitalized in Texas with confirmed cases of COVID-19.


SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Sunday announced 747 additional COVID-19 cases and 30 deaths.

As of today, there are 758 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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