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COVID-19 Growth Curves For March 29, 2020

This figure shows the recent growth in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases for several US states, using data through Sunday 29 March. Dashed lines show exponential growth curves, labeled by doubling time in days. Several states (for example, California) may be seeing a slight reduction in their exponential growth rates, as recent data points seem to be dropping below the dashed lines showing their growth over the past two weeks. But Florida is on pace to overtake California soon. The growth in New York has moderated to a 4-day doubling time; its earlier rapid growth with 1.4-day doubling may


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Chart 14: COVID-19 Daily Cases By County In New Mexico

Chart shows the cumulative cases of COVID-19 by county in New Mexico. Courtesy/Eli Ben-Naim

Chart shows total cumulative tests of COVID-19 statewide in New Mexico, Courtesy/Eli Ben-Naim

Chart shows the probability of having zero cases in Los Alamos County. Under a random (Poisson) distribution, the probability of having no cases equals the inverse of the exponential of the expected average value. The expected average value was calculated using New Mexico statewide totals, New Mexico population, and Los Alamos County population. As of March 29, the expected value for Los Alamos County


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Los Alamos Summer Concert Series Covid-19 Update Video

Summer Concert Series News:

The 2020 Los Alamos Summer Concert Series presented by Toyota of Santa Fe is monitoring the Covid-19 pandemic and following the recommendations of county, state and federal authorities as they pertain to large gatherings. 

At this time there are no directives to postpone or cancel any of the 2020 Los Alamos Summer Concert Series dates, which are still two months away. The concerts will take place each Friday May 22 through Aug 28. 

Sancre Productions has produced


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County Issues Latest Updates On COVID-19 Pandemic

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County is issuing at least weekly updates to keep the community informed about County services, facilities and other information on the COVID-19 public health emergency that it is asked to share with residents by the New Mexico Department of Health.

NMDOH COVID-19 Screening At Overlook In White Rock Thursday

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) will hold a COVID-19 screening 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or while supplies last Thursday, April 2 at Overlook Park in White Rock. Priority testing will be provided for the following: 

  • People experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 infection:

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Los Alamos Virtual Teen Center Now Open

TEEN CENTER News:

While the Los Alamos Teen Center, operated by The Family YMCA under a contract with Los Alamos County, is temporarily closed, its staff members have created a new website and an online space where Teen Center staff and teen members can interact via text and voice.

Named, “Los Alamos QUARANTEEN Center”, the website can be reached at www.losalamosquaranteencenter.com and will allow youth to access a curated collection of web resources shared by their favorite Teen Center staff, other teens and community members.

Resources include links to games, music, Ted Talks, cool videos


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County Council Chair Sara Scott Issues Update On Local COVID-19 Response Following State’s Recent Actions

By Chair Sara Scott
Los Alamos County Council

In the past week, two important actions have been taken by our state government to limit the spread of COVID-19. 

These include the Stay at Home instruction issued by Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel on March 23 and the announcement by Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart (today) that schools would be closed for the remainder of the year. 

Our state is also aggressively expanding access and throughput for testing; New Mexico is currently the fourth highest in testing per capita in the nation (New York Times, March 26, 2020). While understanding that


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Changes To Council Meeting Due To COVID-19 Pandemic

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Council meeting scheduled in Council Chambers 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 31 will be using a format that complies with the recent New Mexico Department of Health’s public health emergency order governing mass gatherings because of COVID-19.

Public in-person attendance Tuesday evening will not be allowed. Minimal County staff will be in attendance to present items and most Councilors will be participating by phone.

The agenda has been streamlined to focus on time-sensitive matters. Members of the public interested in watching the meeting can view the agenda


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Health Department: COVID-19 Testings In Los Alamos April 2

NMDOH News:

Testing people sick (not needing immediate medical attention) or who have recently traveled.

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH)’s reports a COVID-19 screening Thursday, April 2, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or while supplies last, at Overlook Park in White Rock.

Priority screening will be provided for the following:

  • People experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 infection: fever, cough, or shortness of breath; and
  • People who have traveled from Europe (to include Italy), China, Iran, South Korea, Japan, Seattle, New York City, San Francisco and Portland.

It is critical to


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Diamond Drive Utility Work Has Begun

The utility work on Diamond Drive near North Road has begun. Water crews with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) are dropping the east northbound lane on Diamond Drive just past the Sandia intersection to repair a water transmission line. Work is scheduled to be completed by 7 p.m. today. No interruption of water services is anticipated. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com


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Los Alamos County Parks And Recreation Board Recommends Naming Softball Field To Honor Hope Jaramillo

Minors A Field at Overlook Park in White Rock may be renamed Hope Field to honor Hope Jaramillo. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.c

Los Alamos resident Hope Jaramillo died in January, and community members and the Los Alamos County Parks and Recreation Board are considering naming a softball field after her.

Jaramillo, who died from cancer, was extremely active in the high school softball program. A player herself in school, Jaramillo went on to be a coach and a volunteer in the local softball programs.

In honor of her contributions,


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Traffic Alert: Waterline Repair On Diamond Thursday

COUNTY News:

Water crews with the Los Department of Public Utilities (DPU) will drop the east northbound lane on Diamond Drive just past the Sandia intersection to repair a water transmission line. 

Work is scheduled 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 26. No interruption of water services is anticipated. 

Motorists should expect some delays and are urged to use caution when driving near the construction zone.

DPU officials thank the public for its patience during this time. 

For more information contact the Customer Care Center at 505.662.8333 or CustomerCare@lacnm.us.

About the DPU

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Los Alamos Police Department Cautions Coronavirus Precautions Could Lead To Increased Domestic Violence

LAPD News:

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham made the announcement Monday of a statewide stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 virus. 

Many people are staying inside their homes as COVID-19 spreads across the nation. Self-isolation and social distancing is necessary to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

When people are cooped up together for a long period of time, emotions are high, people are stressed, and there is a greater risk for domestic violence.

Some Examples of Domestic Violence Include:

  • Physical Abuse: Hitting, slapping, shoving, grabbing, pinching, biting, hair pulling;

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County Council Chair Sara Scott Issues Update On Local COVID-19 Response Following State’s Stay At Home Order

By Chair Sara Scott
Los Alamos County Council

By now most of you are aware of the new Stay at Home Instruction issued March 23 by the Secretary of Health Kathy Kunkel, which states that New Mexicans “must stay at home and undertake only those outings absolutely necessary for their health, safety or welfare” and further prohibits most gatherings of five or more individuals indoors or outdoors.

It is essential that as a community we have and continue to take the responsibility and important steps needed to limit the transmission of COVID-19 and give our health care system the best chance possible


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Public Attendance Prohibited At Utilities Board Meeting

COUNTY News:

Public in-person attendance at the Wednesday, March 25 Board of Public Utilities (BPU) meeting will be prohibited in accordance with the Public Health Emergency Order Closing All Businesses and Non-Profit Entities Except for those Deemed Essential and Providing Additional Restrictions on Mass Gatherings Due to COVID-19 issued March 23 from the New Mexico Department of Health.

Officials with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities encourage citizens to live-stream the meeting and submit public comment via email.

The BPU meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Wednesday


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Traffic Alert: North Road Remains Closed At Diamond

COUNTY News:

North Road at the intersection of Diamond Drive remains closed due to a water break that occurred Thursday morning. 

Traffic to and from Quemazon is rerouted on Sycamore.

Other traffic impacts include a southbound lane drop on Diamond, which includes the closure of the bike lane and sidewalk on the west side of Diamond.

Temporary repairs are estimated to be complete by early next week.

According to Traffic and Streets Division Manager Juan Rael, county crews made progress on repairing this section of Diamond and North Road.  However, due to the severity of the break and the amount


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Traffic Alert: North Road Closed At Diamond Drive

Traffic Alert:

The Department of Public Utilities reports that a water break, which occurred Thursday morning, forced a closure of North Road at Diamond Drive.

While the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities water crews were able to isolate the line at noon Thursday and stop the flow of water, North Road was compromised and remains closed to all vehicles. 

Traffic to and from the Quemazon community is being rerouted on Sycamore Street.

County crews will be evaluating the integrity of the affected roadways and more specifically the sub-grade material beneath the asphalt, where the water


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County Update 9 On COVID-19: Public Works ‘Still At Work’

COUNTY News:

Public Works Director Anne Laurent commented today on questions from residents wondering what kinds of services are still available. 

“At this point, it’s business as usual for Public Works,” she said, adding that they are still receiving and processing routine requests for items such as filling potholes and monitoring streetlights to ensure they are functioning properly. 

“We understand that people are at home and relying upon us to provide standard services,” she said, such as trash and recycling pick up. “We are not scaling back on the level of service or established schedules


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