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Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 19,791

Jul 28, 2020

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 301 additional COVID-19 cases and 7 deaths.

As of today, there are 160 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.

Texas AG Ken Paxton

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' attorney general says local health officials don’t have the authority to shut down schools solely to prevent a future spread of the coronavirus.

Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton said Tuesday that such a decision rests solely with school officials. Paxton issued his “legal guidance” amid a fierce debate in Texas among local governments, health officials, parents and teachers as to how and when to open school.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas reported an increase of nearly 700 additional coronavirus deaths due to a change in how the state collects fatality data.

The new total represents a grim uptick in the state’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The new figures released Monday show the state now with 5,713 fatalities from the virus, compared with 5,038 reported Sunday.

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico health officials say the state has shattered its record on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in a single day.

The state said Monday it has recorded 467 new cases of the novel coronavirus. That tops a July 23 report when New Mexico recorded 338 cases. New Mexico now has a total of 19,502 confirmed cases.

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 19,042

Jul 26, 2020

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Sunday announced 266 additional COVID-19 cases and 7 deaths.

As of today, there are 144 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.

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 18,788

Jul 26, 2020

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Saturday announced 324 additional COVID-19 cases and 6 deaths.

As of today, there are 148 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 Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham / Office of the New Mexico Governor

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says there are not enough people are wearing masks.

She said during her latest briefing that she wants to see at least 80% or 90% of people wearing face coverings. The state’s mandate that everyone must wear a mask in public has been in effect since May 16 and the Democratic governor vowed more enforcement at the start of July. But since then, New Mexico State Police officers have issued only one citation for a violation.

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 18,475

Jul 24, 2020

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Friday announced 317 additional COVID-19 cases and 5 deaths.

As of today, there are 161 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.

El Paso Jazz Girls - An All-Girl Jazz Band

Jul 23, 2020

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Founder and Director of El Paso Jazz Girls, Amanda Ekery, about their unique all-girl jazz band which she started three years ago.

Major Ruidoso Attractions Temporarily Closed Due To COVID-19

Jul 23, 2020

Major attractions operated by the Mescalero Apache Tribe have temporarily closed due to COVID-19.  Here is a statement from the Tribe:

The Mescalero Apache Tribe and related enterprises have made the decision to temporarily close Inn of the Mountain Gods, Casino Apache and Ski Apache. This is a precautionary measure to help keep tribal members, team members and guests healthy and safe.

Thank you for being patient and understanding. We hope you’ll continue to engage with us on social media and look to our website for updates. We look forward to welcoming you back very soon.

New Mexico: No In-Person Classes Through At Least Labor Day

Jul 23, 2020

  SANTA FE – The New Mexico Public Education Department on Thursday announced updates to the state’s plan for the safe and methodical reentry into school for students and educators this fall amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Reflecting the change in the state’s overall COVID-19 trajectory and continued steady rise in the spread of the virus around the state, the state has delayed the eligibility date for the return to in-person learning until September 8.

 

This means New Mexico public school students will not attend classes in person through at least Labor Day.

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 18,163

Jul 23, 2020

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 343 additional COVID-19 cases and 5 deaths.

As of today, there are 167 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.

Updated at 4:52 p.m. ET

Another day, another mind-boggling milestone: 4 million people in the U.S. have tested positive for the coronavirus. The U.S. hit the 3 million mark just 15 days ago.

That's according to a tracker from Johns Hopkins University.

Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice-President/President Jonathan Nez

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Navajo Nation officials say President Jonathan Nez will sign a new executive order to keep a portion of the tribal government closed through Aug. 16 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Divisions, departments and offices under the executive branch were due to reopen July 27 under the previous executive order that Nez signed late last month.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials with major health care providers in Albuquerque say they are having to temporarily stop COVID-19 testing for people who are asymptomatic.

That's because there has been an unanticipated disruption in testing supplies. University of New Mexico Hospital, Presbyterian and Lovelace health system locations will conduct testing only for patients showing symptoms.

When Irem Ozturk got the email from Dickinson College in mid-June announcing "we intend to bring all students back to campus," she was elated. She's originally from Turkey, but after two years on campus, she's come to think of Carlisle, Pa., as home. "I was thrilled because I felt like I was returning back home, excited to see friends and faculty," she says. "I felt happy. I felt like I had something to look forward to."

That happiness lasted a little more than a month.

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

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is thanking President Donald Trump for telling Americans that they should wear masks when they're unable to keep distance between themselves and other people.

The Democrat tweeted her appreciation Tuesday, saying: “Thanks for joining us, Mr. President.” Masks are mandated in New Mexico as the state has been dealing with an uptick in COVID-19 cases.

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 17,517

Jul 21, 2020

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 307 additional COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths.

As of today, there are 154 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 will provide drive up screening for the COVID-19 virus on Saturday, July 25th at the Mesilla Town Hall, 2231 Avenida De Mesilla from 7:00 to 9:00 am.

Those interested in testing are strongly encouraged to pre-register online, day or night, at https://cvtestreg.nmhealth.org/. When arriving to the testing location, please enter from northbound Avenida de Mesilla. This would be a right turn into the Mesilla Town Hall.

  Silver City, NM – Western New Mexico University released the fall 2020 campus reopening plan, which details a three-phased blueprint for the semester, on Monday.

“WNMU, like institutions throughout the nation, has had limited on-campus operations since March. During this time, we have been diligently preparing for the return of life on our campus,” said Dr. Joseph Shepard, who is President of WNMU and who guided other university leaders in developing a strategy that considers the health of the Mustang community, the instructional needs of students and the operational needs of the institution.

 

Online Life Insurance Policy Locator

Jul 21, 2020

Albuquerque, NM – As of July 19, 2020, 571 New Mexicans have lost their lives to COVID-19. We grieve with every New Mexican who has lost a friend or family member to this horrible virus. When someone passes, in addition to the emotional toll, it can have serious economic consequences for their family, who often have continuing costs even as household income decreases. Life insurance can help provide stability during these difficult times.

The New Mexico Office of Superintendent of Insurance (OSI) has received calls from individuals who aren’t able to find information about the life insurance policy of someone who has passed away. Fortunately, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) has created a free Life Insurance Policy Locator. OSI encourages New Mexicans to visit https://eapps.naic.org/life-policy-locator if they need to track down a life insurance policy.

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 17,215

Jul 20, 2020

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 255 additional COVID-19 cases and 7 deaths.

As of today, there are 154 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.

Guidelines For Outside Dining At Las Cruces Restaurants

Jul 20, 2020

  The City of Las Cruces realizes that the Governor’s updated Public Health Order heavily impacts restaurants. The City of Las Cruces has received several inquiries from local restauranteurs asking about the requirements to establish outdoor dining for their customers. Please see below the guidelines for restaurants to receive a permit for temporary outdoor dining.
 GUIDELINES FOR TEMPORARY OUTDOOR DINING VENUEThe Public Health Criteria:

  • Comply with the Public Health Order amendment issued on July 14, 2020.
  • Comply with COVID-Safe Practices for restaurants section (CSP)
  • Alcoholic Beverage Control application to be filed for floor plan changes. (outdoor)   
  • Tables are to be six feet apart
  • No more than six patrons per table
  • Outdoor Tent Occupancy limited to 50% of maximum occupancy limit

wnmu

  Silver City, NM – The Western New Mexico University Board of Regents reviewed the fall 2020 campus reopening plan, approved the university president’s retention initiative, and voted on a number of business items pertinent to the turn of the fiscal year during their workshop and meeting on Monday.

Introducing the reopening plan, WNMU President Dr. Joseph Shepard stressed that the university’s strategy is continually changing based on health guidelines and also procedures put in place by governing bodies like the NCAA. “It’s a moving target at best,” Dr. Shepard said.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Navajo Nation lawmakers are meeting remotely this week for their summer session.

The lawmakers are considering overturning a presidential veto of a bill that canceled the tribe's primary election.

Navajo voters narrow the list of candidates for local chapter officials in early August, in line with the statewide primary election in Arizona.

Supreme Court grants governor’s request for stay in indoor dining case

Jul 20, 2020
Albuquerque Journal / Pool photo

  SANTA FE – The state Supreme Court on Monday afternoon granted Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s emergency request to stay an order issued by a judge in Carlsbad earlier Monday that would have temporarily permitted indoor dining at restaurants in New Mexico despite the state’s emergency public health order and the emergent need to take all necessary action to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

 

As a result, all provisions of the state’s emergency public health order of July 13 remain in effect.

 

El Paso’s largest spike to date is being reported Sunday with 441 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the cumulative total to 11,573. The total number of deaths remains at 179.

To date, 7,413 residents have recovered from the virus and active cases significantly rise to 3,981.

Additionally, 46 percent of the newest cases are made-up of residents in their 20s and 30s. Residents in their teens and younger made up 15 percent of the new cases and those in their 60s and older made up only 14.4 percent of the latest cases.

 

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State health officials are charting a recent surge in coronavirus cases in the Albuquerque area as New Mexico nears 17,000 reported cases of the COVID-19 illness. The Albuquerque Journal reported Sunday the number of infections tallied by the New Mexico Department of Health nearly doubled from mid-June to mid-July in Bernalillo County. That includes the state’s most urban area, and compares with a 60% increase statewide over the same period. State Human Services Secretary David Scrase calls it an almost a vertical line uptick in recent cases, and says it might stem from Fourth of July gatherings.

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 16,971

Jul 19, 2020

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Sunday announced 241 additional COVID-19 cases and 2 deaths.

As of today, there are 161 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.

Las Cruces Resident Among 4 More COVID-19 New Mexico Deaths

Jul 18, 2020

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Saturday announced 280 additional COVID-19 cases and 4 deaths, including a resident of the Good Samaritan Society facility in Las Cruces.

As of today, there are 160 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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