Health Care

New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 22,115 With 6 New Death And 9,262 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 155 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County has another new case bringing today’s total to 21 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

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

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

  • 34 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 16 new cases in Chaves County
  • 1 new case in Colfax County
  • 8 new cases in Curry County
  • 21 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 9 new cases in Eddy County
  • 1 new case in Hidalgo

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Chart 147: COVID-19 In New Mexico Aug. 8

Overall COVID-19 risk by state. The nonprofit organization Covid Act Now monitors daily diagnoses, infection rates, testing positivity, ICU headroom, and contacts traced in each state. The overall COVID-19 risk is based on these five metrics. For New Mexico, the declining daily diagnoses and infection rates resulted in the downgrade from high risk to moderate risk. Map/mapchart.net. Source: covidactnow.org. Created by Eli Ben-Naim. 


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National Association Of Counties To Congress: A Deal Without Aid To State And Local Governments Is A Bad Deal

NACo News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the coronavirus pandemic continues, state and local governments and residents are feeling the devastating health and economic impacts.

With negotiations on the next federal coronavirus relief package nearing an end, counties continue to call for responsible federal relief, ensuring existing and any new federal resources reach county governments on the front lines of the public health pandemic and related economic fallout.

National Association of Counties (NACo) Executive Director Matthew Chase released the following statement:

“As White House officials


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U.S. House Assistant Speaker Luján Leads Bipartisan Effort To Tear Down Health Data Barrier For Native Americans

CONGRESSIONAL News:

NAMBE — U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, joined bipartisan members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee in introducing the Tribal Health Data Improvement Act, legislation that would reaffirm that Tribal public health authorities are entitled access to public health data.

This bill comes after Politico reported earlier this summer that the federal government was withholding life-saving information from Tribal health authorities.

Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT) sponsored the legislation, and Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA),


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 21,965 With 6 New Death And 9,166 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 197 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 20 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

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

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

  • 32 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 8 new cases in Chaves County
  • 14 new cases in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Colfax County
  • 17 new cases in Curry County
  • 50 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 6 new cases in Eddy County
  • 12 new cases in Lea County

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The Family YMCA: Could 18 Year Olds And Child Care Workers Be Key To Economic Recovery After COVID?

The Family YMCA Afterschool Program participants. Courtesy/YMCA

The Family YMCA Afterschool Program participants. Courtesy/YMCA

By DIANA MARTINEZ
The Family YMCA

  • Support the economy; apply for a job caring for youth

As economists and bloggers speculate about the long-term implications of the Covid-19 pandemic, weighing next steps for parents, school districts, businesses, childcare providers and even government entities is like trying to walk across shifting sands, in a dust storm, with a bandana across your face, while holding a child on your hips. It’s scary. 

Los Alamos Public


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AFT New Mexico Seeks Temporary Restraining Order Against Gallup-McKinley County Schools

AFT President Randi Weingarten

 

AFT News:

…Petitioners Seek District Compliance with NM Public Education Department Order

ALBUQUERQUE– American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly, and McKinley County Federation of United School Employees (MCFUSE) President Patrice Carpenter and Executive Vice President Brian Bernard released the following statement:

“McKinley County Federation of United School Employees, Local #3313, AFT-NM (the “Union”), has filed an action today seeking injunctive


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AHCA/NCAL: COVID-19 Testing Positivity Rates And PPE Supply Shortages For Nursing Homes Across Nation

State-By-State Breakdown: COVID-19 Testing Positivity Rates Among The General Population. Courtesy/AHCA

State-By-State Breakdown: Percent Of Nursing Homes With Less Than One Week Supply Of PPE And COVID-19 Testing Positivity Rates Among The General Population. Courtesy/AHCA

AHCA News:

Using data from Johns Hopkins University, the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) compiled a state-by-state breakdown of the positive COVID-19 test rate and number of nursing homes in those states.

The second page includes data, released July 30,


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New Mexico Governor, Officials Provide COVID-19 Update

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Dr. David Scrase along with Cabinet Secretary Katrina Hotrum-Lopez of the Department on Aging and Long-Term Services host a remote news conference this afternoon to provide an update on New Mexico’s COVID-19 response. Screenshot/LADP

Chart from a remote news conference by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials this afternoon to provide an update on New Mexico’s COVID-19 response. Screenshot/LADP

Chart from a remote news conference by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials this afternoon to provide an update on New Mexico’s COVID-19 response.


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 21,773 With 2 New Death And 8,950 Patients Recovered

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 212 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 20 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

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

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

  • 42 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Catron County
  • 16 new cases in Chaves County
  • 3 new cases in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Colfax County
  • 10 new cases in Curry County
  • 36 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 9 new cases in Eddy County
  • 1 new case in

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Chart 145: COVID-19 In New Mexico Aug. 6

Change in number of diagnoses during a two week period by county. The percentages indicate change in number of diagnoses for the two week period ending Aug. 5 compared with the two week period ending July 22. Counties with less than 40 diagnoses are not shown. Source: New Mexico Department of Health. Created by Eli Ben-Naim

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New Mexico State Quarantine Requirements Amended To Accommodate Medical And Family Needs

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued a revised executive order this morning requiring quarantine for individuals arriving into the state of New Mexico, incorporating adjustments for those leaving the state for urgent medical and family needs. 

As neighboring states and other parts of the country have not taken up adequate public health restrictions and guidelines, and in the absence of a coherent federal strategy to slowing the spread of COVID-19, individuals arriving in New Mexico from out of state, whether residents of New Mexico or not, must self-isolate for a period


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First United Methodist Church Of Los Alamos Helping Navajo Nation During COVID-19 Global Pandemic

First UMC of Los Alamos donates large water tanks to the Navajo Nation. Courtesy/FUMC

FUMC of Los Alamos News:

The people of First United Methodist Church having been putting God’s love into action by helping to provide water for the Navajo Nation.

It all started back in April, when the New Mexico Conference of the United Methodist Church put a call out for fabric masks to help the Navajo Nation. First UMC of Los Alamos, who had many members who were already making masks for many community organizations, participated in the collection more than 100 masks. In a desire and concern to help further, they


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County Council Chair Sara Scott Issues Information Update

By Chair Sara Scott
Los Alamos County Council

Today I’ll provide some information on a few topics of current interest: an update regarding COVID-19 response, a high-level summary of the upcoming decision and public meetings regarding the Carbon Free Power Project, and information regarding two upcoming workshops that are part of the engagement process for the Downtown planning initiative.

I hope this note finds you and families and friends well; I hear from many folks who want us to keep working hard as a community to help our businesses and schools by staying home and always wearing our masks


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Council Hears Health Services Gap Analysis

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

To better understand health needs in Los Alamos County, Kulik Strategic Advisors was hired to conduct a Health Services Gap Analysis.

The analysis’ findings were presented during the Tuesday night regular County Council meeting.

Council Chair Sara Scott noted that discussion would focus on the gap analysis presentation; the social services contract that Family Strengths Network and Las Cumbres had applied for was not listed on the agenda and will be discussed at a future meeting. She added that County staff continue to work


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Udall, Heinrich Introduce Impact Aid Infrastructure Act To Boost School Infrastructure Projects Amid COVID-19

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), to introduce the Impact Aid Infrastructure Act (IAIA), which provides $1 billion in supplemental funding for school infrastructure construction grants through the Impact Aid program.

IAIA provides competitive and formula grants for school infrastructure projects, including school construction and facilities


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Red Cross Seeks Local Volunteers Due To COVID-19

RED CROSS News:

ALBUQUERQUE — Experts say we are in for a busy hurricane season this summer and the American Red Cross needs volunteers to help in the communities that will be impacted, in fact, Hurricane Isaias is expected to cause significant rainfall on the East coast as it moves North this weekend.   

“The coronavirus pandemic will make it challenging to deploy trained disaster volunteers from other parts of the country should a large emergency, like a hurricane, occur. In light of this, the Red Cross is asking the public to consider becoming a trained volunteer and consider deploying to help


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New Mexico Environment Department Files Emergency Amendment To Require Employers To Disclose Positive COVID-19 Cases To State Within Four Hours

NMED News:

...Amendment will result in decreased COVID-19 transmission in New Mexico workplaces

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) filed an emergency rule today that requires employers to report positive COVID-19 cases to NMED within four hours of being notified of the case.

The emergency amendment goes into effect today and will remain in effect for no more than 120 days, unless NMED proposes and the Environmental Improvement Board adopts a permanent rule prior to the end of the 120-day period.

NMED’s Occupational Health and Safety Bureau is frequently notified of positive


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