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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 893 New Cases, Total Now 157,974 With 30 New Deaths And 80,580 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 893 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 2 more cases today … the total is now 350 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:

  • 231 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 2 new cases in Catron County
  • 35 new cases in Chaves County
  • 7 new cases in Cibola County
  • 3 new cases in Colfax County
  • 22 new cases in Curry County
  • 2 new cases in De Baca County
  • 105 new cases

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Chandler Discusses Her Pre-Filed Bills For 60-Day Session

Rep. Christine Chandler, Dist. 43

From the Office of Rep. Christine Chandler:

Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler (D-Los Alamos) announced this morning that she is sponsoring four pre-filed bills for the upcoming 60-day legislative session.

These bills are part of a broader effort by Rep. Chandler and her House Democratic colleagues to introduce legislation that is not only aimed at helping families and small businesses get back on their feet, but also at lifting the state up and creating opportunity for a generation, she said.

Rep. Chandler is sponsoring the following pre-filed bills:

The


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Balderas Secures Conviction Of Former Personal Care Organization Owner Who Defrauded Medicaid Program

Attorney General Hector Balderas

AG News:

SANTA FE — Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that his office has secured a guilty plea from Lolita Begay-Yazzie to one count of Fraud in excess of $20,000, a second degree felony, and one count of Failure to Retain Documents, a fourth degree felony for defrauding New Mexico’s Medicaid program of more than $400,000.

Begay-Yazzie owned and operated a personal care agency in Gallup.

“Medicaid ensures that almost half of all New Mexicans have access to healthcare, and we must do all we can to protect these resources that are so vital to our families,”


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 933 New Cases, Total Now 157,087 With 15 New Deaths And 78,826 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 933 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 2 more cases today … the total is now 348 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 15 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 261 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 19 new cases in Chaves County
  • 17 new cases in Cibola County
  • 5 new cases in Colfax County
  • 33 new cases in Curry County
  • 102 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 34 new cases in Eddy County
  • 13 new cases

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NMED Fighting Pandemic From Sewers: COVID-19 Wastewater Surveillance Program Shows Early Success

NMED conducts wastewater sampling for COVID-19 at congregate settings in southern New Mexico. Courtesy/NMED

NMED News:

  • Program prevents outbreak at Las Cruces juvenile justice facility

In early December, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) launched an innovative wastewater monitoring program to protect New Mexicans from COVID-19 at congregate settings in southern New Mexico.

Just a few weeks later, the program prevented a COVID-19 outbreak at a southern New Mexico juvenile justice facility. NMED is applying cutting-edge science to protect public health in southern New


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DOE/NNSA: Los Alamos Field Office Proposes Facility For Isotope Production Used In Cancer Therapies

DOE/NNSA News:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office has issued a categorical exclusion (CX) determination to construct and operate a Light Manufacturing Facility to support DOE/NNSA’s Isotope Production Program.

The Light Manufacturing Facility will be used to for the processing of alpha emitting isotopes that will be shipped throughout the country and be used for varying cancer therapies.

The CX is available here.


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Environment Department COVID-19 Watchlist: Jan. 10, 2021

NMED News:

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) has updated its daily Rapid Response COVID-19 Watchlist, which includes New Mexico places of employment that have had two or more rapid responses in the last 14 days.

There are 95 establishments on the Watchlist.

The current Rapid Response COVID-19 Watchlist and closure list, which includes all establishments that have been required to close, are posted here.

The state initiates a rapid response when it learns of a positive COVID-19 case in a workplace. The state agency initiating the rapid response will offer direction to establishments


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 1,208 New Cases, Total Now 156,157 With 17 New Deaths And 77,731 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 1,208 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 6 more cases today … the total is now 346 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 17 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 270 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 58 new cases in Chaves County
  • 1 new case in Cibola County
  • 3 new cases in Colfax County
  • 25 new cases in Curry County
  • 3 new cases in De Baca County
  • 152 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 97 new cases

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Environmental Public Health Group Became Program Of New Mexico Voices For Children Jan. 1

New Mexico Voices for Children staff members in Albuquerque. Courtesy/NMVFC

NMVFC News:

ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Environmental Public Health Network (NMEPHN) became a program of New Mexico Voices for Children (NMVFC) Jan. 1, 2021.

The NMEPHN, which was formed in 2018, is committed to advocating for environmental policies that positively impact public health. Its Advisory Board is comprised of medical, environmental and public health professionals from throughout the state, including retired pediatrician Lance Chilton, MD, Anna Rondon of the New Mexico Social Justice Equity Institute


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New Mexico Environment Department Issues Administrative Compliance Order At Kirtland Mobile Home Park

NMED News:

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) issued an administrative compliance order to the Vision Mobile Home Park, LLC in Kirtland for its failure to properly manage and monitor sewage to protect groundwater and the health of residents.

The administrative compliance order requires the owner to come into compliance with water protection laws and take other steps to address the situation. 

The owner of Vision Mobile Home Park, Marisela Ornelas, failed to comply with multiple monitoring and reporting requirements included in permits issued by NMED in 2012 and 2020. These permits


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Indian Affairs Department Announces Partnership With Navajo Farmers To Provide Food Relief In Eastern Agency

NMIAD News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Indian Affairs Department (IAD) has announced a partnership with Native American farmers in the Eastern Agency of the Navajo Nation to get food to families in need.

The food distribution project is a partnership between Indian Affairs, the McCune Charitable Trust, and the Shiprock Chapter of the Navajo Nation. Local organic produce is being sourced by the Shiprock Chapter and distributed to families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

IAD is working to ensure that Native American families in the Eastern Agency have access to food and that local farmers can


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Environment Department COVID-19 Watchlist: Jan. 9

NMED News:

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) has updated its daily Rapid Response COVID-19 Watchlist, which includes New Mexico places of employment that have had two or more rapid responses in the last 14 days.

There are 101 establishments on the Watchlist.

The current Rapid Response COVID-19 Watchlist and closure list, which includes all establishments that have been required to close, are posted here.

The state initiates a rapid response when it learns of a positive COVID-19 case in a workplace. The state agency initiating the rapid response will offer direction to establishments


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 1,507 New Cases, Total Now 154,954 With 22 New Deaths And 76,801 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 1,507 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 6 new cases today … the total is now 340 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 22 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 374 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 2 new cases in Catron County
  • 60 new cases in Chaves County
  • 18 new cases in Cibola County
  • 6 new cases in Colfax County
  • 22 new cases in Curry County
  • 163 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 72 new cases

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Rotary Hosts Dr. Sandy Farmer Of Pfizer Pharmaceutical

By LINDA HULL
Vice President
Rotary Club of Los Alamos

Dr. Sandy Farmer of Pfizer Pharmaceutical was the featured speaker via Zoom at the Jan. 5 meeting of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos. 

In his presentation, How the COVID-19 Vaccine Came to Be: A Confluence of Innovation Along Many Dimensions, Farmer outlined the evolution of vaccine development. He explained that although the world’s first vaccine was administered in 1798 to reduce the spread of smallpox, it wasn’t until the late 1960s and into the 1970s that purified forms were steadily developed to eliminate use of live viruses which can generate


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New Mexico Educators Now In Line For COVID-19 Vaccine

Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart

DOH News:

Phase 1B of vaccination plan includes K-12 educators as essential workers

SANTA FE — New Mexico educators are now in line for the COVID-19 vaccine, a critical step in returning to greater in-person learning amid the global pandemic, the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) announced today.

Phase 1B of New Mexico’s vaccine distribution plan is now under way and will include classroom teachers, school-based cafeteria and janitorial workers and administrative and support staff, DOH said.

“This is welcome news and a critical step in getting


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