Health Care

Alzheimer’s Association: New Class For Caregivers In 2021

Alzheimer’s News:

ALBUQUERQUE — The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter has announced a series of free online educational webinars for the first quarter of the New Year (in both Spanish and English) entitled ‘Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers for Caregivers.’

Presented virtually, Living With Alzheimer’s for Caregivers addresses questions that arise in the early, middle and late stages of the disease, each of which present unique challenges. Participants will hear from other caregivers and learn tips and strategies that can help at every stage. Learn what you need to know,


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 1,077 New Cases, Total Now 129,993 With 16 New Deaths And 54,357 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 1,077 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 5 more case today … the total is now 241 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 16 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 278 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 26 new cases in Chaves County
  • 19 new cases in Cibola County
  • 5 new cases in Colfax County
  • 12 new cases in Curry County
  • 119 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 45 new cases in Eddy County
  • 10 new

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Sombrillo Staff Thanks Community For Generosity, Kindness

Sombrillo shares a Gift Day event Friday for residents. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Sandra Salazar of Mary Kay Beauty Products, left, presents Christmas stockings filled with goodies Friday to Sombrillo Executive Director Linda Bullkock and Activity Director Nakiva Mirabel to be distributed to each of the residents. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

By NAKIVA MIRABAL
Sombrillo Activity Director

Sombrillo Nursing & Rehabilitation Facility would like to thank the community for all the time, effort and donations that you all have done for us during these holidays. It


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Emotional Healing: Holidays … Remembering To Do The Right Thing

Dr. TED WIARD
Golden Willow Retreat

Editors Note: This is part of a series by grief specialist Dr. Ted Wiard, dedicated to helping educate the community about emotional healing.

December is a month of many holidays such as Chanukah, Kwanza, Christmas, Winter Solstice, New Years, and many more.

Traditionally it is a month encompassed by charity, peace, love, family, community, cheer, gatherings, and mindful actions. It encourages joyful energy within business as well as within one’s personal world.

A time to honor the year, remember what has come and gone and move forward into the next phase


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 1,442 New Cases, Total Now 128,930 With 27 New Deaths And 53,278 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 1,442 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 3 more case today … the total is now 236 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 27 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 449 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 2 new cases in Catron County
  • 63 new cases in Chaves County
  • 3 new cases in Cibola County
  • 15 new cases in Colfax County
  • 24 new cases in Curry County
  • 3 new cases in De Baca County
  • 87 new cases

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LAPS Foundation: A School Day In This COVID Life With LAHS Science Teacher Stephanie Mitchell

Stephanie Mitchell with her new webcam/tripod/ drawing tablet provided by LAPS Foundation. Courtesy/LAPSF

LAPS Foundation News:

Do you ever wonder what a school day is actually like in Los Alamos this year?

The following is the last of three articles describing the school experience from different perspectives, brought to you by Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation.

Meet Stephanie Mitchell, a science teacher at Los Alamos High School (LAHS). Mitchell has been at LAHS since 2005 and teaches a variety of science classes, including biology, honors biology, AP biology and AP physics.

She was


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Environment Department COVID-19 Watchlist: Dec. 18

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 188 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 Insurance Office: Vaccinations Must Be Free

State Insurance Superintendent Russell Toal

OSI News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Office of Superintendent of Insurance (OSI) has directed all health insurers operating in the state to cover COVID-19 vaccinations and related services at no cost to a patient.

“Costs must not be a barrier to getting a COVID-19 vaccine,” Superintendent Russell Toal said. “Having a number of safe and effective vaccines available marks a turning point in the fight against this deadly virus – but a vaccine is only effective if people can afford to get vaccinated.”

Every major medical plan must cover any costs associated


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Los Alamos County Ice Rink Closed Until Further Notice

COUNTY News:

The Dec. 16, 2020 amended Public Health Order concerning COVID-19 identified ice rinks as close-contact recreational facilities that must remain closed while the county is in “Red” status.

Because of this amended Public Health Order, the Los Alamos County Ice Rink will remain closed until further notice.


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 1,463 New Cases, Total Now 127,500 With 31 New Deaths And 52,137 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 1,463 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 9 more case today … the total is now 233 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 31 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 418 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 44 new cases in Chaves County
  • 25 new cases in Cibola County
  • 9 new cases in Colfax County
  • 29 new cases in Curry County
  • 1 new case in De Baca County
  • 137 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 59 new

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Nurse At Aspen Receives First COVID Vaccine At LAPS

Aspen Elementary School Nurse Miceala (Misha) Brown, RN, BSN, is the first LAPS employee to receive the Pfizer COVID vaccine. She also works at the Los Alamos Medical Center. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

With FDA approval of the Pfizer COVID vaccine, New Mexico DOH has developed a state vaccination plan.

It is posted on this website.

The plan may soon change because an FDA panel has recently recommended emergency authorization of a second vaccine, which was developed by Maderna.

Here is a high-level summary of the NMDOH plan:

Phase 1: Health Care workers (currently being implemented);

Phase 2:


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Environment Department COVID-19 Watchlist Update Dec. 17

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 currently 173 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


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 1,702 New Cases, Total Now 126,045 With 48 New Deaths And 50,784 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 1,702 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 5 more case today … the total is now 224 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 48 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 537 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 28 new cases in Chaves County
  • 15 new cases in Cibola County
  • 8 new cases in Colfax County
  • 31 new cases in Curry County
  • 2 new cases in De Baca County
  • 140 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 38 new

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LAMC Frontline Workers Begin Receiving COVID-19 Vaccine

Lori Coffelt, RN, administers the very first vaccine Tuesday to Sarah Newton, RN at Los Alamos Medical Center. LAMC CEO John Whiteside said, ‘We received our initial doses Tuesday morning and began vaccinating our frontline workers. We received a very limited amount, but we are grateful to be one of the first in the state to receive them. As more supply comes into the state, we expect to get another round of vaccines so we can continue protecting those who are caring for our community.’ Courtesy/LAMC

Lori Coffelt, RN, administers the vaccine to Constance Caruthers, RN, Tuesday at Los Alamos Medical


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Chamisa Elementary School Is All In For COVID Safety

Chamisa Elementary School Tuesday on Meadow Lane in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

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

Officials from the New Mexico Public Education Department did a site check of Chamisa Elementary School recently.

“We passed with flying colors!” Principal Craig Washnok told members of the School Board at the Dec. 8 meeting.

Chamisa has fully implemented its hybrid education plan. While Los Alamos elementary schools have moved to the hybrid model, the middle and high school are still in the remote learning model.


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From Grumpy Skeptic To Recovering Patient: Local Pastor’s Heartfelt And Honest Journey With COVID-19

By Pastor David Taylor
First Baptist Church – Los Alamos

Like most of the world in January and February I watched as we were introduced to COVID-19 from the corners of the globe. In the months to come I watched as it infiltrated its way into our lives and activities.

I must admit that initially I watched with a bit of skepticism, however that did change. I thought, I am a 41-year-old healthy pastor in a small mountain community in Northern, New Mexico. I thought the likelihood of me ever encountering this virus or it affecting my life in this small town, off the beaten path, was a slight and even negligible


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Children’s Montessori Preschool Of Los Alamos Seeks Help From Community To Survive Impacts Of COVID Pandemic

Children’s Montessori Preschool students Nora Magee and Elias Davila playing Friday in the school’s playground at 1060 Nugget St. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Children’s Montessori Preschool is working hard to navigate through all the challenges COVID-19 has presented. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

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

Pre-schools in Los Alamos are facing a whole new ball game, Children’s Montessori Preschool Owner Shelli Petty said.

COVID-19 is dwindling enrollments in local pre-kindergarten schools and emptying


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