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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 15,028 With 2 New Deaths And 6,322 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 262 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County has another new case today, bringing the total to 12 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update announces 2 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

The New Mexico Department of Health reported today the most recent cases: 

  • 111 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 2 new cases in Chaves County
  • 2 new cases in Cibola County
  • 4 new cases in Curry County
  • 32 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 2 new cases in Eddy County
  • 1 new case in

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World Health Organization Announces Independent Panel To Evaluate Global Response To COVID-19 Pandemic

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

WHO News:

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has announced the initiation of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response (IPPR) to evaluate the world’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In remarks to WHO Member States, Dr. Tedros said the Panel will be co-chaired by former Prime Minister of New Zealand Helen Clark and former President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Prime Minister Clark went to on lead the United Nations Development Programme and President Sirleaf is a recipient


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Neeper: The Complexity Of COVID

By DON NEEPER
Formerly of Los Alamos

COVID-19 shocked the complex system that is our society. Our collective reactions to COVID might be as dangerous as the virus itself.

Society is one example of what scientists call a complex system—many actors (in this case people and institutions) altering individual moves based on responses of the other actors. Complex systems can have emergent system-wide patterns, like the schooling of fish or the fluctuations of the stock market.

Systems become complex as the number of contacts between actors increases. Within two human generations, the number of


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New Mexico Environment Department Posts Notice Of Imminent Endangerment After Four Employees Test Positive For COVID-19 At Las Cruces Walmart

Walmart Supercenter at 3331 Rinconada Blvd. in Las Cruces. Courtesy photo

NMED News: 

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 at 3331 Rinconada Blvd. in Las Cruces.

The store, which employs more than 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,


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 14,773 With 4 New Deaths And 6,271 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 230 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 11 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update announces 4 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

The New Mexico Department of Health reported today the most recent cases:

  • 80 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Catron County
  • 1 new case in Chaves County
  • 2 new cases in Cibola County
  • 12 new cases in Curry County
  • 32 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 13 new cases in Eddy County
  • 2 new cases in Grant County

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Chart 119: COVID-19 In New Mexico July 11

Positive test rates by state. The bars display the percentage of COVID-19 tests that came back positive by state during the seven day period ending July 11. New Mexico and its five surrounding states are highlighted. The World Health Organization recommends that positive test rates remain below 5%. Source: Johns Hopkins University. Created by Eli Ben-Naim


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Environment Department Seeks Nearly 30 New Employees To Assist In New Mexico’s Fight Against COVID-19 Pandemic

NMED News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environment Department and the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions announces that 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


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 14,549 With 6 New Deaths And 6,181 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 301 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 11 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update announces 6 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

The New Mexico Department of Health reported today the most recent cases:

  • 73 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 7 new cases in Chaves County
  • 1 new case in Cibola County
  • 8 new cases in Curry County
  • 44 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 3 new cases in Eddy County
  • 1 new case in Grant County
  • 8 new cases in Hidalgo County

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LARC Board Issues COVID-19 Testing Update To Members

LARC News:

The Los Alamos Retirement Community (LARC) Board issued the following message today to its members:

For several weeks now, the Los Alamos Retirement Community has been conducting routine COVID-19 testing of its residents and employees. On July 5, we received notification of our first positive test, an employee who works at Sombrillo Nursing & Rehabilitation.

In response to this, we have instituted strict resident isolation and other temporary measures recommended by CDC and CMS and implemented in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Health.

In addition to these


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Santa Fe Animal Shelter, Modelo Team Up For Veterans By Providing Fee-Waived Adoptions, Training Classes

Courtesy photo

SFAS News:

The Santa Fe Animal Shelter, along with Modelo Especial, is providing a helping hand to veterans who would like a furry friend.

The Modelo Especial “Pets for Vets” program provides fee-waived adoptions for veterans and they will also receive six training classes provided by the shelter. Studies have shown that pets can help reduce the symptoms of PTSD including depression and anxiety.

“It feels good to know these animals and people can go on and help each other,” said Murad Kirdar, the shelter’s public information officer. “Vets have provided our country an incredible


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Udall, Heinrich Urge ICE And DHS To Withdraw New Guidance That Threatens International Students With Deportation

CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today joined 96 Senate and House Democrats in a letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), urging the agencies to withdraw new guidance issued by ICE that imperils the status of international students who would be studying online at U.S. institutions this coming academic year.

The guidance threatens international students with deportation if they do not comply with the requirement that they take in-person classes.

In the letter, the lawmakers


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Gessing: COVID-19 Must Spur Long-Overdue Reform To New Mexico Education System

By PAUL J. GESSING
Rio Grande Institute

Recently, a judge denied a request made by the Lujan Grisham Administration that the Yazzie lawsuit be dropped.

That lawsuit claims that New Mexico’s K-12 system is “inadequate”. Many would argue that our K-12 system has long been “inadequate” due to the State’s poor outcomes.

We wholeheartedly agree that New Mexico’s education system has long been “inadequate”, though the issue is not a lack of funding. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the many inadequacies of our K-12 system as well. Parents (and when schools closed this spring, I had two children


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New Mexico To Re-Enact Certain Public Health Restrictions

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham this afternoon announced the state will re-enact emergency public health restrictions including indoor seating at restaurants, breweries prohibited and said state parks are accessible only to residents of New Mexico. Screenshot/LADP

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Courtesy/Governor’s Office

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday announced the state of New Mexico will re-enact emergency public health restrictions on high-contact indoor environments where face-coverings are not worn in order to slow the rising


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Patterson Siblings Express Awe For Healthcare Workers

Noah, Grace and Luke Patterson of Los Alamos thank the healthcare workers at Los Alamos Medical Center for all of the service they have done for this community. ‘Thank you for always being there for us and helping us no matter what. We are in awe of your bravery and willingness to help people throughout these difficult times. You are the best!’ Photo by Christy Patterson


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 14,251 With 6 New Deaths And 6,118 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 238 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 11 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update announces 6 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

The New Mexico Department of Health reported today the most recent cases:

  • 97 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 4 new cases in Chaves County
  • 1 new case in Cibola County
  • 20 new cases in Curry County
  • 21 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 6 new cases in Eddy County
  • 2 new cases in Grant County
  • 2 new cases in Hidalgo County

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Chart 117: COVID-19 In New Mexico July 9

Change in the number of diagnoses during a two week period by county. The percentages indicate change in number of diagnoses between June 25 and July 8 as compared with the period starting June 11 and ending June 24. Counties with less than 40 diagnoses are not shown. The statewide change is highlighted. Source: New Mexico Department of Health. Created by Eli Ben-Naim

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Los Alamos County Continues Response Against COVID-19

Shoppers embrace COVID-19 safety practices on Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
bjgordon@ladailypost.com

As the COVID-19 pandemic grows and cases increase in the Southwest, New Mexico continues to update its response. Last week Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued public health orders, including the newly instituted face covering mandate enforcement.

In a legal finding, Attorney General Hector Balderas wrote, “Pursuant to Section 24-1-21, “any person violating any of the provisions of . . . any order . . . adopted pursuant


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