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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 628 New Cases, Total Now 164,263 With 26 New Deaths And 87,502 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 628 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports no new cases today … the total remains at 393 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 26 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 161 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 17 new cases in Chaves County
  • 4 new cases in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Colfax County
  • 30 new cases in Curry County
  • 48 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 23 new cases in Eddy County
  • 6 new cases

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New Mexico Confirms Second COVID-19 Case With B.1.1.7 Coronavirus Variant

DOH News:

…States encourages residents to redouble COVID-safe practices

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health has announced the state’s second COVID-19 case with the B.1.1.7 coronavirus variant.

This case is a close household contact of the first case, announced Jan. 13.

The female in her 30’s has experienced mild symptoms and has not required hospitalization. No additional close contacts outside of the household have been identified to date. 

The B.1.1.7 coronavirus variant first emerged in the UK in September 2020. There is no evidence that this variant causes more


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Read The Latest Letters To The Editor

LADP News:

Click on the “Letters to the Editor” button on the menu bar at the top of this page, or this link, to access the latest Letter to the Editor submissions published in the Los Alamos Daily Post.

All past letters are archived in that location as well.

Letters to the Editor also are posted on the Los Alamos Daily Post Facebook page.


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 751 New Cases, Total Now 163,637 With 22 New Deaths And 86,110 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 751 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 4 more cases today … the total is now 393 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:

  • 173 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 2 new cases in Catron County
  • 39 new cases in Chaves County
  • 8 new cases in Cibola County
  • 8 new cases in Colfax County
  • 18 new cases in Curry County
  • 106 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 21 new cases

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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 1,092 New Cases, Total Now 162,893 With 36 New Deaths And 84,803 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 1,092 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 11 more cases today … the total is now 389 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 36 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 276 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 50 new cases in Chaves County
  • 21 new cases in Cibola County
  • 5 new cases in Colfax County
  • 21 new cases in Curry County
  • 2 new cases in De Baca County
  • 173 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 51 new

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New Mexico Governor Shares COVID-19 Vaccine Update

From the Office of the Governor:

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham addresses the COVID-19 pandemic and shared details on the vaccine program underway across the state Friday during a virtual press conference..

“We’re on our way. We will beat COVID. It will take time, but our state is doing the work right,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “As additional vaccine doses are available, more New Mexicans will be alerted that they are able to schedule their appointment.”

Residents are encouraged to complete their registration today at www.vaccinenm.org.


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New Mexico Health Department Reiterates Vaccine Criteria

NMDOH News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Health Friday reiterated the appropriate sequence of COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

New Mexico is currently in the first portion of Phase 1B – people 75 years and older. Soon, the state will expand vaccinations to those with qualifying medical conditions. Health care professionals and other workers in Phase 1A remain eligible for vaccination. 

The state has issued clear requirements to providers about the specific conditions under which they may move from one subphase to the next. These include scenarios in which vaccine is about to expire,


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 1,266 New Cases, Total Now 161,805 With 38 New Deaths And 84,015 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 1,266 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 17 more cases today … the total is now 378 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes389 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 291 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 77 new cases in Chaves County
  • 9 new cases in Cibola County
  • 7 new cases in Colfax County
  • 46 new cases in Curry County
  • 2 new cases in De Baca County
  • 190 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 69 new

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COVID-19 Testing Underway Tuesdays At Fuller Lodge Will Be Expanded To Include Thursdays Beginning Jan. 28 

Curative is helping communities across the country track COVID-19 and slow its spread. Courtesy/Curative

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County’s Emergency Management Office is coordinating with the New Mexico Department of Health to hold COVID-19 “swab” testing clinics for anyone wishing to be tested for the coronavirus

The clinics are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday at Fuller Lodge.

DOH, through the County Emergency Management Office, will be at Fuller Lodge 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays to administer the COVID-19 “swab” for anyone wishing to be tested for the coronavirus.

The next clinic is Tuesday,


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PED: 10 New Mexico Public Schools On COVID-19 Watchlist

PED News:

SANTA FE – Ten New Mexico public school buildings appeared on the COVID-19 Watchlist in the week ending today, Jan. 15, signifying they had at least two Rapid Responses within a 14-day period. 

Schools On COVID-19 Watchlist:

ALBUQUERQUE:

  • James Monroe Middle

AZTEC

  • Aztec Maintenance

BAYARD

  • Cobre High

FRUITLAND

Ojo Amarillo Elementary

HOBBS

  • College Lane Elementary

LAS CRUCES

  • Las Cruces Public Schools physical plant

LOS ALAMOS

  • Los Alamos High

MONTEZUMA

  • United World College-USA

ROSWELL

  • Goddard High School
  • Roswell High School

During that same period, no schools were placed on the


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Vaccination Clinic For Phase 1A, 1B In Los Alamos Jan. 18

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County’s Emergency Management Office is coordinating with the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) to hold a COVID-19 vaccination clinic, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, in Griffith Gymnasium at Los Alamos High School, 1300 Diamond Dr.

The clinic will be limited to vaccinating remaining healthcare workers in phase 1A and beginning phase 1B, which includes teachers, frontline essential workers and citizens over age 75. This vaccine clinic is free. 

Vaccinations are limited. Individuals who meet the 1A and 1B criteria and have pre-registered on the NMDOH website


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First Round Of Vaccines For LAPS Staff Begins Monday

A survey of LAPS employees indicates that 93 percent of staff want to be vaccinated. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The first round of COVID-19 vaccinations for Los Alamos Public Schools staff begins Monday, Jan. 18.

Staff over age 50 who are working directly with students and are in close contact with students are eligible to be vaccinated in this first round. This includes, for example, elementary staff, middle and high school special education staff, bus drivers running routes, elementary school custodians and secondary coaches.

Just in case there is a reaction to the Pfizer vaccine, EMTs and


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 1,434 New Cases, Total Now 160,543 With 29 New Deaths And 82,809 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 1,434 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 9 more cases today … the total is now 361 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 29 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 344 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Catron County
  • 73 new cases in Chaves County
  • 9 new cases in Cibola County
  • 3 new cases in Colfax County
  • 38 new cases in Curry County
  • 1 new case in De Baca County
  • 166 new cases

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Los Alamos National Laboratory 2020 Year In Review

Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
caclark@ladailypost.com

Looking back over 2020, Director Thom Mason said it is the 13,000 Laboratory employees that he is most proud of … how they have stepped up and met the challenges of a global pandemic.

LANL Director Thom Mason

Just shifting that large number of employees from working onsite to working remotely was quite an endeavor and Mason commended the employees on having adapted so well.

“Those employees that had to be onsite were safer by not having more people here,” he said during a recent


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Chart 306: COVID-19 In New Mexico Jan. 14, 2021

Average daily cases by county. The bars in this chart display the seven-day average number of cases per 100,000 people, and the line shows New Mexico’s ‘red to green’ gating criterion. Los Alamos County (30.3 average cases per 100,000) and its three surrounding counties are highlighted. Source: New Mexico Department of Health. Created by Eli Ben-Naim
Test positivity rate by county. The bars in this chart display test positivity rates, and the line shows New Mexico’s ‘red to green’ gating criterion. Los Alamos County (5.05 percent test positivity rate) and its three surrounding counties are

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New Mexico Department Of Health County Map Update: One Reaches Green Level, One Yellow Level Jan. 13:

DOH News:

  • Virus metrics trending in wrong direction in more counties
  • Los Alamos among 20 counties with worsening per-capita case rates

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health on Wednesday announced the updated statewide COVID-19 map for the two-week period beginning Jan. 13, with 30 counties at the Red Level.

Twenty counties saw a higher average daily per-capita rate of new cases in the last two weeks, and 17 counties saw a higher test positivity rate; 16 counties worsened in both metrics. Only 12 counties improved in both of the two health gating criteria metrics.

The state’s county-by-county


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