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Coronavirus Updates

  SANTA FE – The state’s emergency public health order on Wednesday was amended to accommodate slightly increased capacity inside essential retail spaces, such as grocery stores and certain other large “big box” retailers that generate a percentage of their revenue from consumable food and drink products, as cold weather grips most of New Mexico.
 
In accordance with the state’s graduated red-to-green system of measuring the risk of viral spread in specific counties, the changes establish that essential retail spaces:
  • May operate at 50 percent of maximum occupancy at the Green Level
  • May operate at 33 percent of maximum occupancy at the Yellow Level
  • May operate at 25 percent of maximum occupancy at the Red Level
Previously, essential retail spaces could operate with either a limit on maximum occupancy or a specific number of customers at one time, whichever was smaller. The change eliminates the latter provision.

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 1,275 additional COVID-19 cases.

As of today, there are 865 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 New Mexico Health Secretary-designate spoke with reporters on Tuesday about the rollout of the first approved COVID-19 vaccine.

New Mexico will get more than 17,500 doses as part of the first phase of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine distribution.

Dr. Tracie Collins says frontline healthcare workers will be the first to get the vaccine, followed by staff and residents of long-term care facilities.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Washington negotiators continue to reach for a long-delayed agreement on COVID-19 relief, but rank-and-file Democrats appear increasingly resigned to having to drop a demand for fiscal relief for states and local governments whose budgets have been thrown out of balance by the pandemic. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin by phone Monday evening and continues to press for help for struggling states and localities. But top Democratic allies of President-elect Joe Biden came out in support of a $748 billion plan offered by a bipartisan group of lawmakers and hinted they won’t insist on state and local aid now.

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Doña Ana Community College (DACC) announces its East Mesa campus is now a drive-through testing site for the COVID-19 virus.

The campus located at 2800 Sonoma Ranch Blvd. is available for drive-through testing Monday through Saturday from 8am to 3pm. The testing is available through a collaborative effort between DACC, the New Mexico Department of Health and Curative, a COVID-19 testing company aimed at providing quick and accurate results to cities across the nation.

The public is encouraged to make appointments for testing through www.curative.com .

Testing is drive-through and achieved by using a self-administered oral swab, it’s free for most users and the maximum turn-around time for results is 48 hours via text and email.

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 1,507 additional COVID-19 cases. 

As of today, there are 860 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) — The first coronavirus vaccines are arriving in New Mexico as hospitals prepare to distribute doses to frontline health care workers.

State officials said Monday that shipments were arriving at the state Health Department's warehouse and elsewhere. New Mexico will be getting 17,500 doses as part of the first wave.

DALLAS (AP) — The first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine are arriving throughout the U.S. including Texas, with health care workers first in line to receive the shots. The Texas Department of State Health Services says 19,500 doses of the vaccine were headed Monday to four sites in Texas. Those include MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Wellness 360 at UT Health San Antonio and UT Health Austin’s Dell Medical School. The Dallas Morning News reports that the first doses arrived about 8 a.m. Monday at Methodist Dallas Medical Center. Vaccinations are expected to begin soon.

Texas Tops 1.3 Million COVID-19 Cases

Dec 13, 2020

DALLAS (AP) — Texas reports more than 8,000 new cases of COVID-19 and another 111 deaths linked to the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. State health officials reported 6,479 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,671 probable cases Sunday. That brings the official totals to more than 1.3 million confirmed cases of the disease caused by the virus and 23,911 deaths. The actual number of cases is believed to be far higher because many people haven’t been tested. The Texas Department of State Health Services says more than 9,200 Texans were hospitalized with COVID-19 Sunday.

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Sunday announced 1,459 additional COVID-19 cases and 44 deaths.

As of today, there are 878 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 COVID-19 Surge Continues

Dec 12, 2020
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas health officials are reported 13,254 new coronavirus cases and 235 additional deaths. The Texas health department on Saturday reported 1,321,578 total cases and 23,800 people having died since the pandemic began. Data from Johns Hopkins University shows the seven-day rolling average of new cases in the state rose from 10,621 per day on Nov. 27 to 11,295 on Friday and the rolling average of deaths increased from 130 to 185 per day during the same time period. The number of hospitalizations rose slightly, from 9,109 to 9,192.

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Saturday announced 1,803 additional COVID-19 cases and 24 deaths.

As of today, there are 907 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.

Virtual New Mexico legislative session could limit public input

Dec 12, 2020

LAS CRUCES - Parents and grandparents of children who died from abuse and neglect filled the committee hearing room several years ago as Baby Brianna’s bill, a law toughening penalties for child abuse, was debated. They brought oversized photos of their lost children and personal stories of unbearable heartache.

Silver City, NM – More than 90 fall graduates of Western New Mexico University participated in a live virtual commencement ceremony on Friday afternoon.

The virtual ceremony was streamed live at wnmu.edu and on the university’s Facebook page, where thousands watched and commented as their loved ones received their symbolic diplomas.

Opening the ceremony, WNMU President Dr. Joseph Shepard said to participants, “I salute you for your dedication to your courses and your perseverance.”

SANTA FE - The New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) and the Public Education
Department (PED) today announced a delay in the return to in-person learning after the winter break, in an effort to help mitigate what may be a post-holiday surge in COVID-19 cases in New Mexico and to minimize the risk of exposure in in-person learning environments during that time. 

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Friday announced 43 deaths and 1,849 additional COVID-19 cases.

As of today, there are 932 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.

Silver City, NM – During a virtual public meeting on Thursday, the Western New Mexico University Board of Regents made inquiries into student engagement through transitions in course delivery, discussed current and future programs, passed proposed changes to the student handbook, and approved a pair of financial documents.

WNMU President Dr. Joseph Shepard reported that WNMU is maintaining its enrollment and budget well. While the state had originally been anticipating funding cuts up to 5% in fiscal year 2021-22, New Mexico is now looking at cuts up to just 2%. “From a budget perspective, from a finance and stability perspective, we’re as good as we can be,” he said.

With many school buildings shut down during the pandemic, students, teachers, and parents are trying to cope with remote learning.  

Some parents are facing an adjustment nearly as difficult as the challenges facing teachers and students.

With jobs and other responsibilities, they're adjusting schedules, with the kids at home. Parents like Jessica Segura of Las Cruces.

“My son was the only one of my little ones that were going to school. He was in kindergarten so that was definitely a learning curve and trying to figure out how to get things done via zoom and assignments and really keep him on track as best as I could and still work,” said Segura

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Amador Health Center Chief Executive Officer, Pamela Angell, how the Covid-19 pandemic is impacting the center. Angell became the CEO of Amador Health Center in 2018 after being the Executive Director of the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope (MVCH) for 9 years.

Amador Health Center offers comprehensive care for all, with medical care for all adults and children, behavioral health services, telehealth psychiatry, homeless clinic, LGBTQ support and harm reduction care services.

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation health officials on Thursday reported 347 new COVID-19 cases and six more deaths.

In all, the tribe has now reported 18,943 cases and 699 know deaths since the pandemic began. Navajo Department of Health officials say nearly 179,000 people on the vast reservation that includes parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah have been tested for COVID-19 and more than 10,000 have recovered. But officials have identified 77 Navajo Nation communities with uncontrolled spread of the coronavirus since late last month.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Thursday the first doses of coronavirus vaccine from drug maker Pfizer are expected to arrive in New Mexico within 24 hours of pending federal approval.

There are 17,500 doses of the vaccine reserved for New Mexico, which plans to distribute the initial allotment to health workers at high risk of exposure.

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 1,791 additional COVID-19 cases and 23 deaths.

As of today, there are 916 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, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials have received more than 30,000 applications for virus relief payments meant for residents regardless of immigration status.

State lawmakers recently approved $5 million in emergency financial assistance for low income state residents who did not receive a federal relief payment earlier this year. That includes immigrants in the country illegally, as well as spouses and children.

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FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Navajo health officials are working to boost the number of isolation and alternate care sites for those infected with the coronavirus.

The Farmington Daily Times reported Tuesday the tribe had awarded a $50 million contract to Pacific Architects and Engineers Inc. and AMI Expeditionary Healthcare in October to operate alternate care sites and to provide clinical and logistical support.

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health on Thursday announced two new public health emergency orders in response to the ongoing public health crisis in New Mexico and resulting unsustainable strain on health care providers and hospitals, one temporarily limiting non-essential surgeries and another recognizing the activation of “crisis care” standards by outlining credentialing processes for COVID-19 health care providers.

DALLAS (AP) — Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller has tested positive for COVID-19. Miller has been critical of measures Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has implemented to help slow down the coronavirus pandemic. He was among leaders from the right wing of the Texas Republican Party who staged a protest outside of Abbott’s home in October. Miller was among an estimated 200 people gathered outside the governor’s mansion to blast Abbott’s executive orders, including a continued statewide mask mandate and lockdowns. In a statement Wednesday, 65-year-old Miller said he’d be quarantining at his ranch.

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced additional COVID-19 cases and 34 deaths.

As of today, there are 917 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) — New Mexico has begun monitoring sewage from prisons and youth rehabilitation facilities to more efficiently detect COVID-19 outbreaks in the southwest of the state.

The state Environment Department announced the initiative Wednesday. The goal is to sample human feces in group-living situations to quickly identify coronavirus outbreaks. The results may be used to more effectively deploy individual testing to pinpoint infections and halt the spread.

During the early stages of the pandemic, women, racial minorities and older adults were more likely to wear face masks as a protective measure to slow the spread of COVID-19, according to a new study co-authored by a New Mexico State University researcher.

A survey of 838 adults in the United States found that females, racial minorities such as African-Americans, and low-income employees who may have been forced to work outside their homes were most likely to wear face masks in response to COVID-19, said Jagdish Khubchandani, professor of public health sciences at NMSU.

NMSU seeks to help improve food supply chain amid COVID-19

Dec 9, 2020

What does a more resilient food supply chain look like in a world still grappling with COVID-19? That’s the question researchers at New Mexico State University are now trying to answer as they work with agricultural producers and other universities to adapt an industry hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

Disruptions to the food supply chain became visible this spring after states across the country issued stay-at-home orders, halted in-person learning and implemented other measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Images and media reports showed empty shelves at grocery stores, long lines at food banks and an overabundance of fresh food intended for shuttered schools and businesses with nowhere to go.

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