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Los Alamos County Prepares For COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Los Alamos County Emergency Operations Center is set up at the Los Alamos Police Department and currently operating virtually. Courtesy/LAC

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

Los Alamos County and Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) have prepared for when the COVID-19 coronavirus makes its way into the community.

One case has been announced. N3B, a Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) contractor that handles legacy waste cleanup, informed employees late Monday that one of its workers tested positive for COVID-19.


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LAMC CEO Seeks Community’s Help For PPE Donations

LAMC CEO John Whiteside

LAMC News:

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing a critical need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in hospitals throughout the country as well as in Los Alamos.

Los Alamos Medical Center CEO John Whiteside spoke about the need at his hospital and asks community members to donate any PPE they may have.

“We welcome partnering with our community and local veterinarians and dentists who may have unused PPE,” Whiteside said. “We want to protect our front line staff and the visitors coming to our facility.”

Citizens, veterinarians and dentists able to donate unused PPE should


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NM Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $16.7 Million In Housing Grants To New Mexico Communities From Emergency Coronavirus Funding

NM Congressional Delegation News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.), announced that New Mexico communities across the state will receive over $16.7 million in emergency housing assistance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to bolster the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funds are part of a first wave of grants from the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security


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COVID-19 Testing At Overlook Park 10 A.M. To 3 P.M. Today

A sign is up this morning on Rover Boulevard directing residents to Overlook Park in White Rock for COVID-19 testing. Overlook Park is closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today to enable the New Mexico Department of Health to conduct the testing. The drive-thru testing will utilize the entrance road into the park and the parking lots. The closure ensures that screening can take place more efficiently and without any interference by members of the public using the park. Overlook Park will re-open at approximately 4 p.m. today. Courtesy photo


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MANNM Offering Telemedicine Appointments For Patients

MANNM’s Dr. David Church during a telemedicine appointment with one of his patients. Courtesy/MANNM

A patient speaks with MANNM’s Dr. David Church during a telemedicine appointment. Courtesy/MANNM

MANNM News:

Many physician practices are switching to telemedicine during these times of social isolation and distancing.

Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico (MANNM), at 3917 West Road, Suite A is now offering telemedicine appointments for patients.

Here are a few common questions answered by MANNM:

What is telemedicine?

Telemedicine is a way to visit your medical provider without


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Los Alamos County DPU Suspends Utility Service Shut-Offs

COUNTY News:

As of March 13, 2020, officials with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities suspended shutting utility services off to customers for non-payment due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. 

Board of Public Utilities members agreed at the March 25 meeting and directed the DPU staff to continue this practice until the New Mexico Department of Health COVID-19 Order is lifted.

“We still encourage customers to try and keep up with utility bills,” Utilities Manager Philo Shelton said. 

However, for customers who are experiencing difficulty paying utility bills, Shelton


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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Orders Expedited Permits For Trucks Delivering Relief Supplies To New Mexicans

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued an executive order Tuesday to facilitate the speedy transit of emergency relief goods across New Mexico.

Executive Order 2020-017 requires the New Mexico Department of Transportation to issue special permits to allow heavier-than-normal vehicles to traverse the state when their loads consist primarily of relief supplies. 

“The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted supply chains around the world, making it harder in some cases for New Mexicans to obtain the food, medicine and clothing they need,” Gov. Lujan


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases At 363, One More Death

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced today 48 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

The updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases are now at 363 with one additional death related to COVID-19​.

Per the New Mexico Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

  • 19 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Catron County
  • 2 new cases in Cibola County
  • 2 new cases in Curry County
  • 3 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 1 new case in Grant County
  • 4 new cases in McKinley County
  • 1 new case in Otero County
  • 3 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 5 new cases in San Juan County
  • 6 new cases in Santa Fe County

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Dr. Robert McClees Issues Message To Local Community

CDC Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report, Updates for week 12 ending March 21, 2020. Link https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/index.htm Courtesy/TUC

 

By Robert S. McClees, MD.
Diplomate ABFM
Trinity Urgent Care LLC
CEO, CMO, Owner

To our community,

The COVID-19 pandemic has created significant healthcare challenges for all of us. No one is untouched and all are concerned.

If you have a cough, fever, trouble breathing or you think you have contracted COVID-19 then immediately call the New Mexico Department of Health Hotline at 1.855.600.4353 or use the link https://cv.nmhealth.org/


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Los Alamos Clinic Owner Appeals To Congressman Luján

By ROBERT S. MCCLEES, MD.
Diplomate ABFM
CEO, CMO, Owner
Trinity Urgent Care LLC
Los Alamos, NM 

Mr. Lujan,

I’m trying to stay open to serve the healthcare needs of my community. 

My supply of PPEs is extremely low  and once I’m out I will have to close my clinic as it will be unsafe for my employees. 

I have emailed the NMDOH at the email address you provided in your latest COVID-19 newsletter to get more PPEs and have not had a response.   

I called the number you provided in your newsletter to get more PPEs and they do not pick up the phone. 

Current OSHA and CDC guidelines do not allow me to reuse my PPEs.


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Metzger’s Is Essential And Open For Business!

Metzger’s Do It Best Hardware at 1607 Central Ave., in downtown Los Alamos and the store on N.M. 4 in White Rock are essential and open for business. Courtesy photo

Metzger’s  News:

In response to the current COVID-19 situation, Metzger’s Hardware is temporarily implementing changes to store hours at both locations. 

Effective Saturday, April 4, both Metzger’s stores will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week.

We apologize for the inconvenience, and appreciate the support and patience of our community as we adjust to current conditions and accommodate our staff members who have needed


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New Mexico Health Department: Revised Testing Criteria For COVID-19 … Guidelines Relaxed To Allow More People Tested

NMDOH News:
SANTA FE –The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) today is providing revised testing criteria announced by Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Kathy Kunkel during Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Tuesday afternoon news conference.  
Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:
  • Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
  • Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
  • Asymptomatic people in congregant

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Los Alamos JJAB Resource Specialists Are Here To Help

JJAB News:

Youth and their families may have a hard time accessing and navigating the maze of public and private services.

While there are resources in our community, the JJAB Resource Specialists are the connective tissue able to help coordinate them.

JJAB Resource Specialists are available to offer short-term assistance (if a youth or family need just one or two resources) as well as still being able to provide normal intensive case management. Services are available to youth, ages 5-18, and their families that live or attend school in Los Alamos County. JJAB’s goal is to provide as much assistance


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COVID-19 Growth Curves For March 31, 2020

This figure shows the recent growth in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases for several US states, using data through Tuesday 31 March. Dashed lines show exponential growth curves, labeled by doubling time in days. Many states now seem to be seeing a slight reduction in their exponential growth rates, as recent data points drop below the dashed lines matching their growth over the past two weeks. This is very good news. But the disease is still spreading, as new cases appear everywhere. The growth in New York now has a doubling time even longer than 4 days. Its earlier rapid growth with 1.4-day


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Los Alamos County Social Services Manager: Keep Up Good Work On Social Distancing, Practice Self-Care, Help Others

Social Services Manager Donna Casados

COUNTY News:

As Los Alamos County wraps up another week under the State of New Mexico’s “Stay At Home” executive order, Social Services Manager Donna Casados commented upon the current situation and commended the community on taking positive, proactive steps to comply with the order.

“We’ve observed that many of our residents are taking the order seriously,” Casados said, noting that the mitigation measure of social distancing remains the best course of action when individuals must take care of urgent business or tasks that require them to move


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NM Tourism Dept. Prepares To Focus On Recovery Efforts

NMTD News:

SANTA FE — In response to the significant economic impact due to COVID-19, the New Mexico Tourism Department will review the first phase of the department’s planned recovery strategy for the tourism industry through a webcast scheduled for 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 2.

The webcast will feature NMTD leadership and staff, along with  representatives from the Department of Workforce Solutions, Department of Finance & Administration, and the U.S. Small Business Administration. 

The panel will review immediate assistance offered through the CARES Act, grant funding


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Scene: Shoppers Outside Smith’s Marketplace This Morning

A line forms at 7:15 a.m. today at Smith’s Marketplace in Los Alamos with 25 people allowed in the store at a time. Within a couple of moments of this photo another 25 people were allowed in and at about 7:20 a.m. a third group of 25 people were permitted inside to shop. Smith’s Marketplace and Smith’s in White Rock set aside 7-8 a.m. daily for senior citizens 60 years of age and older to shop and the person who took this photo said only a few people in line this morning look less than 60 years old. Courtesy photo


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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Postponed

DEA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The upcoming National Prescription Drug Take Back Day scheduled for Saturday, April 25, 2020, is postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

DEA will reschedule Take Back Day for a date shortly after the health crisis recedes and national emergency guidelines are lifted.

The health and safety of our communities is a top priority for DEA. Given the overwhelming public response to past Take Back events and the anticipated large turnout for April’s event, DEA determined it would be prudent to suspend the event until safety concerns are mitigated.


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