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Coronavirus Updates

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 16,456

Jul 17, 2020

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Friday announced 319 additional COVID-19 cases and 3 deaths.

As of today, there are 166 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 16,138

Jul 16, 2020

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 300 additional COVID-19 cases and 5 deaths.

 

As of today, there are 170 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) — People who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Arizona are being transferred to New Mexico hospitals because of staffing shortages and a lack of bed space, under a federal law that requires hospitals to accept patients from neighboring states if beds are available.

Las Cruces Parks & Recreation COVID-19 Status

Jul 15, 2020

The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department continues to observe its Phase 2 status for parks and recreational programs that follows COVID-19 safe practices and the State Public Health Order (https://cv.nmhealth.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/7.13.20-PHO.pdf) still in place which includes:

  1. Wearing face coverings in public settings except when eating, drinking, or swimming.
  2. Practicing social distancing.
  3. Limiting the numbers of people gathering to five or fewer.

Phase 3 of the Parks & Recreation Department plan for reopening more public parks and adding services is on hold indefinitely due to the local increase in COVID-19 positive cases.
 

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 15,841

Jul 15, 2020

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 330 additional COVID-19 cases and 6 deaths.

As of today, there are 174 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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FARMINGTON, N.M, (AP) — Officials say a riot at a northwestern New Mexico jail sparked by demands for more COVID-19 testing and warm meals left one inmate injured and damage to the jail.  

Authorities say the disturbance at the San Juan County Adult Detention in Farmington, New Mexico, began Monday after 35 inmates barricaded themselves and started a fire. Officials say the inmates also were armed with shards of porcelain from broken toilets.

Updated July 16, 9:40 a.m. ET

The Trump Administration has mandated that hospitals sidestep the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and send critical information about COVID-19 hospitalizations and equipment to a different federal database.

From the start of the pandemic, the CDC has collected data on COVID-19 hospitalizations, availability of intensive care beds and personal protective equipment. But hospitals must now report that information to the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the CDC.

Updated at 5 p.m. ET

Walmart says shoppers must wear masks inside its stores starting Monday — the largest retailer to join a growing list of companies making face covering mandatory across the nation.

  Las Cruces Public Schools is extending the deadline to enroll in the Virtual Learning Academy (VLA), an online option for LCPS students in the 2020-2021 school year. The last day to complete the VLA survey, which provides registration information, is Friday, July 17 at 11:59 p.m.  

All parents and guardians of students attending school in the LCPS district are asked to complete the survey, whether or not they intend to register for VLA. Information from the survey will be used to properly assess technology, transportation and nutrition needs.  

 

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 15,514

Jul 14, 2020

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 227 additional COVID-19 cases and 3 deaths.

As of today, there are 171 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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Yesterday, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) suspended food permits from four restaurants that opened for dine-in service in violation of the current public health orders, endangering the health of their employees and customers.

All the establishments provided dine-in service to customers, which presents a public health risk to employees and customers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's aides are misrepresenting the record on kids and the coronavirus as they push for schools to reopen.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Monday inaccurately characterized what the chief of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said on the matter. A day earlier, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos also was wrong in stating that the research shows there is no danger “in any way” if kids are in school.

No such conclusion has been reached.

New Mexico 4-H state conference goes virtual

Jul 14, 2020

Thinking out of the box is the new norm since the arrival of COVID-19.

New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service professionals, both county agents and state specialists, have been finding ways to provide programs and services to their clientele, since they are restricted from having large group events.

“It is exciting to see the Extension professionals planning events,” said Laura Bittner, interim department head of 4-H Youth Development. “They have come up with creative solutions to provide opportunities for the youth to participate.”

  Las Cruces Public Schools, following the collective work of the Re-Entry Task Force, has finalized a hybrid plan for students, teachers and staff to return to the classroom in the fall. The Return Plan follows the guidelines for 50% occupancy under the yellow model as outlined by the New Mexico Public Education Department.  

“We have always maintained that this is a fluid plan,” said LCPS Superintendent Dr. Karen Trujillo. “As public health orders change, and as our own situation might change in our community, we will be flexible to accommodate all students and staff in the best interest of their health and safety.” 

 

82 new COVID-19 cases in Doña Ana County; more than any other New Mexico county

Jul 13, 2020

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 264 additional COVID-19 cases and 3 deaths.

As of today, there are 172 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 re-enacts certain public health restrictions

Jul 13, 2020
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SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday announced a new public health emergency order re-enacting emergency public health restrictions on high-contact indoor environments where face-coverings are not worn in order to slow the rising spread of COVID-19 across the state. The public health order declaring the state's renewed public health protections is effective today, Monday, July 13th.​ The order is effective through July 30.

New Mexico’s statewide cases of COVID-19 and rolling average of cases have risen and continue to rise. In the past two weeks, the state has seen 3,049 new positive cases of COVID-19, representing 20.2% of the total positive cases statewide over the course of the pandemic. These trends are similar to frightening upticks creating health care and hospital resource shortages in neighboring states and across the country.

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Santa Fe – Today the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department’s (EMNRD) State Parks Division provides the following updates in response to changes to the public health order.

Limitations on Visitors:

  • Anyone coming to New Mexico from out of state must self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • Beginning Monday, July 13th, only New Mexico residents may enter New Mexico State Parks.
  • Visitors must show either a valid New Mexico license plate, a New Mexico driver’s license or ID card, a New Mexico vehicle registration, a federal document attesting to residency, or a military ID to be admitted to a State Park.

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 15,028

Jul 12, 2020

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Sunday announced 262 additional COVID-19 cases and 2 deaths.

As of today, there are 170 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) — If saying things 100 times could make them true, President Donald Trump's account of how the U.S. is doing with the coronavirus would be true.

COVID-19 testing would be the envy of the world, the economy would be on the cusp of roaring back, the threat would be receding in a pandemic that has sickened more than 3.1 million Americans and killed more than 134,000.

But repetition doesn't make for reality. The U.S. is taking a disproportionate hit from the coronavirus globally and does not have it under control.

  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The new coronavirus continues to cut its record-setting swath through Texas as state officials reported a record 10,351 new cases for the day Saturday. That brought the total cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, to just over a quarter-million dating to the start of tracking in early March. A record 10,083 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized, while 99 new fatalities were reported Saturday. The total is second only to the record 105 reported Thursday. Harris County has the most active cases with almost 27,000, with Dallas County coming in a distant second with 12,996.

 

UPDATE:  The Walmart store on Rinconada Boulevard in Las Cruces reopened on Sunday after closing Saturday evening.

LAS CRUCES — This morning, the Occupational Health and Safety Bureau of the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) posted a notice of imminent and substantial endangerment to employees and the public at the Walmart Supercenter located at 3331 Rinconada Boulevard in Las Cruces.

The store, which employs over 400 people, must close immediately after four employees tested positive for COVID-19 over the last three weeks. Walmart stated they do not require employees who test positive to self-quarantine for 14 days, nor do they notify individuals who came into close personal contact with such employees to get tested.

NMED is also requiring the store to test all its workers for COVID-19 and thoroughly disinfect the building.  

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 14,773

Jul 11, 2020

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Saturday announced 230 additional COVID-19 cases and 4 deaths.

As of today, there are 158 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 14,549

Jul 10, 2020

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Friday announced 301 additional COVID-19 cases. 

As of today, there are 151 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.

  Athletic programs that were participating in an abbreviated summer workout schedule have been canceled, effective immediately. 

The announcement was made Friday on behalf of Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Karen Trujillo, Executive Director of Athletics Ernie Viramontes, and high school athletic coordinators following the governor’s announcement that fall football and soccer were postponed until the spring. High school fall sports had opened to summer workouts on June 22, with strict health and safety guidelines.  

“We put a lot of work into this plan, and we thank everyone who helped get our athletes and coaches back on the field,” said Viramontes. “Though unfortunate, the safety and well-being of everyone involved in LCPS Athletics will always come first. We remain hopeful that our athletes will still have a season to look forward to.” 

The New Mexico Activities Association is expected to release a calendar next week that indicates when all sports seasons will occur in the 2020-2021 school year. According to Viramontes, LCPS Athletics will then adjust accordingly.   

 

Around the world, countries are debating what to do about schools during a pandemic.

In many places, they've been shut. In some they've reopened.

Hong Kong offers a cautionary tale of how difficult these decisions can be.

Schoolchildren were sent home at the end of January as the first wave of the outbreak began, originating from visitors from mainland China. Schools stayed closed through a second wave, sparked largely by European and North American travelers.

  SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Honduran family's quest for asylum in United States shows how difficult it has become to seek asylum during the coronavirus pandemic. Because of the coronavirus, U.S. authorities wield extraordinary power to immediately expel Mexicans and Central Americans to Mexico, waiving laws that include rights to seek asylum. The father and 9-year-old son were whisked back to Mexico when encountered in San Diego. They were separated from the mother as she began going into labor. Two days later, she was also back in Tijuana — with her newborn son, a U.S. citizen.

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  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — As New Mexico rolls out increased precautions to combat a spike in COVID-19 cases, two rural counties still haven't had a single confirmed case. Residents in Mora and De Baca counties are safe for now. Residents with underlying medical conditions fear their neighbors are using the “zero” statistic to lower their guard, gather in groups and go without masks. Others are growing impatient as they're forced to follow health guidelines in a place where the threat hasn't revealed itself. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has cited accelerating rates of infection across large expanses of the state for new restrictions and the rolling back of restaurant reopenings.

SANTA FE - The New Mexico Environment Department and the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions are excited to announce the state’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) program is seeking nearly 30 new employees ready to assist in New Mexico’s fight against COVID-19.

The Environment Department’s OSHA program ensures all employers in New Mexico provide a safe and healthy place to work for their employees. As COVID-19 continues to spread across the state, it is critical that every employer safeguards their employees from contracting or transmitting COVID in the workplace.

El Paso Area Schools Won't Reopen Campuses Until After Labor Day

Jul 9, 2020

  Public Health officials issued an updated order for all independent school districts and private schools in El Paso County for the reopening of on-campus instruction. The order goes into effect today, Thursday, July 9.Health and area school system officials met earlier this week to discuss ongoing preventative measures to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.As the situation regarding COVID-19 in El Paso is rapidly evolving with observed rapid rate of transmission through community spread, health officials are recommending the following guidance to local schools:

  • All school systems (public and private) shall not re-open schools for on-campus, face-to-face instruction until after September 7, 2020.
  • Virtual instruction shall be permitted as per a school system’s own plan.
  • To the extent permitted under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”), and consistent with the procedures required under the federal regulations and state rules implementing the IDEA, all children with special healthcare needs that are considered medically fragile under the IDEA shall not return to school for on-campus, face-to-face instruction, until the 2021-2022 school year.
  • Extracurricular sports and activities shall not take place until school systems re-open for on-campus instruction.
  • School systems shall develop a plan for re-opening on-campus activities and instruction and it make available to parents and the public, at least two weeks prior to reopening.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with New Mexico State Representative for District 33, Micaela Lara Cadena, about a Special Session held in June amidst concerns for safety during COVID-19.

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