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Preparing For COVID Vaccine: What You Need To Know

COUNTY News:

The following information was released by Los Alamos County’s Public Information Office today, working in conjunction with the Office of Emergency Management for the County, in an effort to better inform and educate residents about registering for future COVID-19 vaccine clinics. Many questions are coming up about the vaccine and there are still many aspects about future vaccine clinics that remain to be worked out. Given the pandemic emergency and frequent updates or changes from the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH), this information shown below may continue to change


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Scenes At COVID Drive-Through Testing Clinic At Overlook

Scene of the first Curative COVID-19 testing clinic today at Overlook Park in White Rock. This is now the permanent drive-through testing site for the community. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scene of the drive-through testing clinic today at Overlook Park. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scene of the drive-through testing clinic today at Overlook Park. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scene of the drive-through testing clinic today at Overlook Park. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com


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First Dose Of COVID-19 Vaccine Now Completed For All 309 Long-Term Care Facilities Throughout New Mexico

ALTSD News:

…Clinics will vaccinate those who may have missed their first dose and deliver second doses

NEW MEXICO – The New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department (ALTSD) announced that all of New Mexico’s nursing homes and assisted living facilities, including staff and residents, have had a vaccine clinic where the first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine was provided.

“In less than a month, New Mexico has reached every long-term care facility in the state,” said Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. “That’s something to celebrate. We know New Mexicans all want a faster process,


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Lawmakers Approve New Rules For Mostly Virtual Session

Rep. Daymon Ely, D-Albuquerque

By ROBERT NOTT
SFNM

Republicans on Monday tried to battle against changes to the way this year’s legislative session will run in the House of Representatives but were stymied by a Democratic majority.

Democrats hold a 45-25 advantage in the 70-member House of Representatives and voted to table or defeat several amendments proposed by Republicans during a three-hour-plus debate on the issue.

Democrats also led the charge Monday in a 48-22 vote to approve House Rules 1, legislation ensuring a mostly virtual session in the House against the backdrop of COVID-19


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County Library System: Compassionate Conversations About Public Health In Northern New Mexico Feb. 4

Gilberto-Romero (left), Jerrold-Salazar. Courtesy photo

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Library System presents Oral History Collection about Public Health in Northern New Mexico at 7 p.m., Feb. 4 via zoom HERE.

Their Heart Is To Serve; Compassionate Conversations about Public Health in Northern New Mexico, features personal and professional stories from physician’s assistants, nurse practitioners, community elders, doulas, family members coping with substance use disorder and addiction, and community health workers and activists.

This oral history collection is produced by


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SB 10 Bill To Repeal Abortion Criminalization In New Mexico Clears First Committee Hearing Monday In Santa Fe

A man protests Monday outside the Roundhouse against a proposal to repeal a 1969 law that criminalizes abortion in New Mexico. Photo by Luis Sánchez Saturno/SFNM

By DANIEL J. CHACÓN
SFNM

A bill to repeal a half-century-old law that criminalizes abortion in New Mexico cleared its first committee hearing Monday after emotional and sometimes rousing testimony from people on opposite sides of the contentious issue.

On a 5-3 party-line vote, the state Senate’s Health and Public Affairs Committee endorsed the legislation following a three-hour virtual hearing that started about two hours


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 494 New Cases, Total Now 169,696 With 12 New Deaths And 95,848 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 494 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 1 new cases today bringing the total to 425 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 12 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

The New Mexico Department of Health reports today’s most recent cases:

  • 143 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 14 new cases in Chaves County
  • 8 new cases in Cibola County
  • 14 new cases in Curry County
  • 68 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 11 new cases in Eddy County
  • 5 new cases in Grant County
  • 3 new cases

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Change In International Travel Takes Effect Tuesday

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County residents should be aware of a recent change in international travel that takes effect Tuesday, Jan. 26.

A COVID-19 test will be required no more than three days ahead of a departing international flight back into the United States, in order to show negative test results to the airline prior to boarding.

Anyone with coming up international travel should review the information on the CDC website here.


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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham And Rep. Deborah Armstrong Introduce Bill Establishing Health Care Affordability Fund

Rep. Deborah Armstrong

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Rep. Deborah Armstrong announced this morning the introduction of legislation that establishes a new fund to reduce the cost of health insurance and medical expenses for tens of thousands of working New Mexico families.

“Even before the pandemic, access to high-quality and affordable health care for every New Mexican was a non-negotiable priority of my administration,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “House Bill 122 will expand coverage for up to 23,000 uninsured New Mexicans in its first year and drive down premiums for tens of thousands


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State Mental Health Monday Message: A Path to Wellness

STATE News:

During these times we need to positively impact the health and well-being of the community.

Click here to watch supportive videos and learn more about the diverse health promotion and prevention education programs, and specialized public health services, available through the Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board, Inc.


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Curative COVID-19 Testing Moving From Fuller Lodge To Overlook Park As Drive-Through Site In White Rock Tuesday

COUNTY News:

Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 26, the Curative COVID-19 testing clinic will move from Fuller Lodge to Overlook Park in White Rock as its permanent drive-through testing site.

Citizens who already scheduled appointments at Fuller Lodge for this coming Tuesday, need only to arrive at their scheduled time at Overlook Park instead.

Signage will direct individuals once they turn east onto Overlook Road.

Curative staff will instruct citizens how to self-administer the test from their car, will collect the sample and send it to the lab for testing. Results will be emailed or sent via text


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 635 New Cases, Total Now 169,205 With 30 New Deaths And 94,141 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 635 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 4 new cases today bringing the total to 424 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 30 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

The New Mexico Department of Health reports today’s most recent cases:

  • 146 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 21 new cases in Chaves County
  • 5 new cases in Cibola County
  • 5 new cases in Colfax County
  • 12 new cases in Curry County
  • 69 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 34 new cases in Eddy County
  • 5 new cases

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American Federation Of Teachers New Mexico And NEA New Mexico React To Cancellation Of Vaccines For Educators

AFT News:

American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly, National Education Association-New Mexico President Mary Parr-Sanchez, and Rio Rancho School Employees Union President Billie Helean released the following statement:

“Despite scheduling vaccination events in conjunction with Rio Rancho Public Schools, Sandoval County, and the Sandoval Regional Medical Center and educational staff being included in New Mexico’s vaccination Phase 1B, the last minute cancellation of distribution of vaccines to Rio Rancho Public School Employees is a cruel and short-sighted


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Committee Passes Rules Protecting Health And Safety Of House Staff And Legislators At 2021 Legislative Session

House Parliamentarian Rep. Daymon Ely

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Proposed House rule changes to help ensure that the 2021 Legislative Session is safe for the public, staff and legislators during “an ongoing and deadly pandemic”, passed the House Rules and Order of Business Committee Friday.  

House Resolution 1, sponsored by the House Parliamentarian Rep. Daymon Ely (D-Corrales), would enact rule changes, which govern the way House members participate and vote.

The proposed rule changes include:

  • Permitting members to participate and vote remotely 
  • Allowing the public to call in or provide

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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 859 New Cases, Total Now 168,579 With 38 New Deaths And 93,141 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 859 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 2 new cases today bringing the total to 420 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 38 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

The New Mexico Department of Health reports today’s most recent cases:

  • 184 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 30 new cases in Chaves County
  • 15 new cases in Cibola County
  • 22 new cases in Curry County
  • 74 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 49 new cases in Eddy County
  • 13 new cases in Grant County
  • 1 new case

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Chart 315: COVID-19 In New Mexico Jan. 23, 2021

The bars in this chart show the percentage of the population that have received a COVID-19 vaccination in each state. New Mexico and its five surrounding states are highlighted. So far, 20.5 million doses have been administered nationwide, including 184,698 in New Mexico. Source: New York Times. Created by Eli Ben-Naim

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21 New Mexico Public Schools On COVID-19 Watchlist

NMPED News:

SANTA FE — Twenty-one New Mexico public school buildings appeared on the COVID-19 Watchlist in the week ending Friday, Jan. 22, signifying they had at least two Rapid Responses within a 14-day period. 

Those school buildings are:

ALBUQUERQUE:

  • Hope Christian Elementary
  • Menaul School

BAYARD

  • Cobre High

BLOOMFIELD

  • Bloomfield High

CARLSBAD

  • Hillcrest Preschool

CLOVIS

  • Mesa Elementary

DEMING

  • Deming Public Schools-Administration Office

FARMINGTON

  • Farmington Municipal Schools — Plant Op

HOBBS

  • College Lane Elementary
  • Houston Middle

JEMEZ PUEBLO

  • Jemez Valley Elementary

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Second COVID Vaccine Dose For Category 1A Individuals Vaccinated Jan. 2 Is Scheduled For Wednesday Jan. 27

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County, in coordination with the New Mexico Department of Health, is scheduling a clinic for the second COVID vaccine doses for those category 1A individuals (healthcare workers and first responders) vaccinated Jan. 2, 2021 in White Rock. 

The new clinic is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 27. According to Los Alamos County Emergency Manager Beverley Simpson, those individuals who qualify should have already received information on how to schedule their appointment for the second dose. 

For those category 1A individuals who received the first dose Jan. 2 in White Rock,


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