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Coronavirus Updates

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Saturday announced 609 additional COVID-19 cases and 9 deaths. As of today, there are 749 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 – Today Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, the state’s Aging and Long-Term Services Department [ALTSD], and the Department of Health [DOH] announced that New Mexico will be one of the first states in the nation to begin vaccinating long-term care [LTC] staff and residents. 

Starting Sunday, December 27th, CVS, Walgreens, and local pharmacy, Vida, will begin administering 15,000 Moderna vaccines at LTCs across the state. Staff and residents will need two doses of the vaccine, and both shots must be from the same manufacturer. Pharmacy partners Vida, Walgreens, and CVS plan on visiting the facilities a total of three times over the coming months to administer vaccines. 

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Friday announced 1,465 additional COVID-19 cases and 36 deaths. As of today, there are 774 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) — Coronavirus hospitalizations in Texas are approaching a peak hit as the pandemic surged over the summer, even amid holiday gatherings and travel that health officials warn are likely to further spread the virus. State health officials on Friday reported there were 10,868 patients hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state on Christmas. That's fewer than 30 people behind the record high set in July. The Texas Department of State Health Services says intensive care units in several parts of the state were full or nearly full. Texas reported 200 more death from COVID-19 on Christmas.


SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 1,927 additional COVID-19 cases and 29 deaths.

As of today, there are 811 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 1,174 additional COVID-19 cases and 40 deaths. As of today, there are 809 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. 

$7 million in financial relief funds for New Mexico low income households

Dec 23, 2020

SANTA FE – More than 15,000 low-income New Mexico households this week began receiving a one-time payment of $465 in emergency financial assistance under a program administered by the New Mexico Human Services Department in partnership with the state Taxation and Revenue Department.

Las Cruces COVID-19 vaccine distribution site to be located at NMSU

Dec 23, 2020

  The New Mexico State University system will play a key role in helping the New Mexico Department of Health distribute doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to the general public at its campuses throughout the state. The collaboration will leverage NMSU locations, resources and expertise to help aid in vaccine distribution.

New Mexico launches vaccine website

Dec 23, 2020

  SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health announced on Wednesday the launch of a website that enables New Mexicans to receive notice when they qualify for COVID-19 vaccine. That website is available at cvvaccine.nmhealth.org/  New Mexico is currently offering vaccine doses to health care workers and staff and residents of long-term care facilities in Phase 1a of vaccine distribution. 

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton

  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A newly revealed document shows that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton asked Trump administration officials to rescind federal virus relief fuding that Houston used to expand people's voting options. Paxton said in a May 21 letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin that Harris County officials may have misused up to $12 million of the federal funding and violated state law with their plans to expand the use of mail-in ballots for the presidential election. Harris County Elections Administrator Isabel Longoria said the way the money was used helped protect elections workers and voters from the coronavirus. The Washington-based Citizens For Responsibility and Ethics obtained and published the letter Tuesday.


Dr. Tracie Collins

  SANTA FE – Health officials at the state of New Mexico on Tuesday issued public health guidance to New Mexicans to ensure residents are able to safely navigate the holiday season amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that has claimed the lives of over 2,000 New Mexicans. “This holiday season will not be what we’re used to,” said Health Secretary-designate Tracie C. Collins, M.D. “We all wish it could be. We’re all tired of the pandemic. We’d all love nothing more than to celebrate the holidays just as we always do, but the reality is that it’s just not safe. The best gift you can give your loved ones is keeping them COVID-free – so please celebrate the holidays safely with your own household members. Gathering for Christmas this year with friends and family from outside your own household is an extreme risk to the health and safety of yourself and your community. 

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 1,272 additional COVID-19 cases and 23 deaths. As of today, there are 810 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 – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday announced New Mexicans may now order free, at-home, self-administered COVID-19 saliva tests, with accurate laboratory-confirmed results returned within 24-48 hours of receipt of the sample.


The free tests are available to New Mexico residents regardless of exposure risk– whether they are symptomatic or asymptomatic, and whether they have come into close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 positive individual or not.


  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials with some of the major hospitals in New Mexico say they expect to finish giving their employees the COVID-19 vaccine in the next two to three weeks as more doses arrive. Thousands of front-line health care workers have already received their shot. Like other states, New Mexico learned last week it would be getting about one-third fewer doses of the vaccine produced by Pfizer and BioNTech. The initial shipments of the second vaccine, by Moderna, will be arriving soon. Those will be funneled to staff and residents at long-term care facilities and nursing homes.


  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 826 additional COVID-19 cases and 9 deaths. As of today, there are 796 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. 

  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, New Mexico State University faced many unprecedented challenges. While a few factors remain uncertain, a new partnership has created several positive outcomes, along with future opportunities that will help faculty and students involved in research.

This summer, Albuquerque-based TriCore Reference Laboratories established a branch lab at NMSU. To date, it has processed more than 15,000 COVID-19 tests.

  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Texas continues to increase, as more doses of the vaccine are expected this week for front-line health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities. The Texas Department of State Health Services reported Sunday that 9,856 people with COVID-19 were hospitalized across the state. This month Texas surpassed 9,000 hospitalized coronavirus patients for the first time since a deadly summer outbreak. State health officials said Friday that Texas will receive 620,000 more doses of COVID-19 vaccines over the next week. More than 224,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine have already been delivered in Texas


SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Sunday announced 1,077 additional COVID-19 cases and 16 deaths.

As of today, there are 820 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.

 WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers have cleared away the last major obstacle to agreement on a COVID-19 economic relief package costing nearly $1 trillion. Votes could come as early as Sunday. A fight over Federal Reserve emergency powers was resolved by Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and GOP Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania. Toomey has been pressing a provision to close down Fed lending facilities that Democrats say would have tied the hands of the incoming Biden administration. Schumer is hoping the House and Senate will vote on Sunday. That would take more cooperation than the Senate can usually muster, but a government shutdown deadline looms at midnight Sunday and all sides are eager to leave for the holiday.

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  HOUSTON (AP) — Texas has surpassed 25,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic, the second highest total in the country. State health officials reported 272 new deaths on Saturday linked to COVID-19. That brings Texas’ death toll to 25,226 overall. Cases of COVID-19 and virus-related hospitalizations continue to rise in the state. On Saturday, the state reported nearly 9,800 people hospitalized with the virus, an increase of nearly 23% over the last month. The increase in cases comes after state health officials announced Friday that Texas will receive 620,000 more doses of COVID-19 vaccines over the next week. More than 224,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine have already been delivered.  


  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Saturday announced 1,442 additional COVID-19 cases and 27 deaths. As of today, there are 891 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 1,463 additional COVID-19 cases and 31 deaths. As of today, there are 889 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.

  Administrators and staff at Las Cruces Public Schools are grieving the loss of a longtime educator who passed away Wednesday from complications related to COVID-19.  

Gloria Garza, 55, worked as an educational assistant at Mesilla Elementary for over 20 years.   

Miss Gloria, as her students and colleagues knew her, primarily worked with preschool children in the deaf education program. In the summer months, Garza was a dedicated volunteer at the Mesilla Recreation Center, working with children of all ages.  

  SANTA FE — The Environmental Improvement Board (Board), the rulemaking body of the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED), voted to pass an amendment to state workplace safety law requiring employers to report COVID-19 cases among employees to NMED within four hours of being notified of the positive case during a public hearing today.

The amendment codifies the reporting requirement, which has been in place since an emergency amendment was adopted by the Secretary of the Environment Department in August and readopted in early December. The amendment passed by the Board will replace the emergency rule once the Board delivers the final rule to the state records administrator.

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Health officials in New Mexico say the state has discarded a 75-dose shipment of the new COVID-19 vaccine this week after a digital device showed it overheated during transportation to a hospital. The Albuquerque Journal reported that a temperature-tracking device may have malfunctioned but state officials threw out the doses to be safe. The problem appears to be isolated. Pfizer had already delivered the doses to New Mexico, and temperature problems arose during transportation from a state Department of Health warehouse to Union County General Hospital in Clayton. Officials say a new shipment was sent Wednesday to the hospital.


Russell Toal, New Mexico Superintendent of Insurance / Courtesy photo

SANTA FE, NM – The New Mexico Office of Superintendent of Insurance (“OSI”) has directed all health insurers operating in the state to cover COVID-19 vaccinations and related services at no cost to a patient.

“Costs must not be a barrier to getting a COVID-19 vaccine,” said Superintendent Russell Toal. “Having a number of safe and effective vaccines available marks a turning point in the fight against this deadly virus – but a vaccine is only effective if people can afford to get vaccinated.”

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with New Mexico State University College of Education Interim Division Director, Dr. David Rutledge, School of Teacher Preparation, Administration, and Leadership. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about the ability of New Mexico teachers to adjust and develop their teaching skills for emergency remote teaching and learning. He said teachers and school districts have demonstrated their commitment to develop a variety of new skills to support New Mexico learners.

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 1,702 additional COVID-19 cases and 48 deaths. As of today, there are 852 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) — More than 50 inmates have sued the Penitentiary of New Mexico claiming the facility near Santa Fe did not protect its inmates from the coronavirus. The Santa Fe New Mexican reported that the New Mexico Supreme Court was asked to intervene after 56 inmates submitted a handwritten petition alleging safety regulations intended to prevent the spread of COVID-19 were too lax and caused an outbreak in late October. The lawsuit said prison officials did not conduct enough tests and did not separate inmates from those possibly infected. The New Mexico Corrections Department and governor’s office declined to comment on the pending litigation.


  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 1,816 additional COVID-19 cases and 43 deaths.

 

As of today, there are 838 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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