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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 299 New Cases, Total Now 184,080 With 13 New Deaths And 139,593 Patients Recovered

STATE News:
SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials today announced 299 additional COVID-19 cases.
Los Alamos County reports 1 new case today bringing the total to 477 people who have tested positive for COVID-19. (County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.)

Today’s update includes 13 more deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 84 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 10 new cases in Chaves County
  • 2 new cases in Cibola County
  • 1 new

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Chart 348 COVID-19 In New Mexico Feb. 25, 2021

The bars in this chart display the seven-day average number of cases per 100,000 people, and the line shows the gating criterion under New Mexico’s ‘red to green’ framework. Los Alamos County (6.4 average daily cases per 100,000) and its three surrounding counties are highlighted. For the first time since the ‘red to green’ framework was implemented, Los Alamos County meets the gating criterion for average daily cases. Source: New Mexico Department of Health. Created by Eli Ben-Naim

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Attorney General Hector Balderas Files Suit Against Manufacturers Of Antiretroviral HIV/AIDS Treatment Drugs

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the Attorney General:

Santa Fe — Attorney General Balderas today filed a lawsuit in the First Judicial District Court of New Mexico against Gilead Sciences, Inc., Bristol-Myers Squibb, Gilead Sciences, LLC, and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., for violating the New Mexico Antitrust Act and New Mexico Unfair Practices Act.

The lawsuit stems from the development, marketing, and manufacturing of several antiretroviral medications used in the prevention and treatment of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (“HIV”) – a disease which, if left untreated,


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Senior Centers Adapt Food Service To COVID Pandemic

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Los Alamos and White Rock senior center meals were served in a plated fashion for congregate dining. This chicken fried steak meal was plated by Chef Michael Mason. Courtesy photo

Due to the pandemic, today’s meals are prepared for pick-up and delivery and required to be served in Oliver trays such as this one to ensure food safety. Courtesy photo


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Chart 347 COVID-19 In New Mexico Feb. 24, 2021

The state of New Mexico updated its COVID-19 county map with risk designations applicable for the two-week period Feb 24–March 9. New Mexico’s ‘Red to Green’ framework includes two gating criteria: (1) Average daily cases below 8 per 100,000 residents, and (2) test positivity rate below 5 percent. There are four risk designations: (a) Red, none of the gating criteria met, (b) Yellow, one gating criteria met, (c) Green, both gating criteria met and the newly announced (d) Turquoise: both gating criteria met for two consecutive two-week periods. Los Alamos County, with average daily

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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 448 New Cases, Total Now 183,781 With 14 New Deaths And 137,250 Patients Recovered

STATE News:
SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials today announced 448 additional COVID-19 cases.
Los Alamos County reports 1 new case today bringing the total to 476 people who have tested positive for COVID-19. (County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.)

Today’s update includes 14 more deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.The New Mexico Department of Health reports today’s most recent cases:

  • 105 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 19 new cases in Chaves County
  • 10 new cases in Cibola County
  • 3 new

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Los Alamos County Goes Green On Statewide COVID Map!

New Mexico statewide COVID-19 map. Courtesy/NMDOH

NMDOH News:

  • Only four counties at highest-risk Red Level, down from 14 two weeks ago

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) today announced the updated statewide COVID-19 map for the two-week period beginning today, Feb. 24, showing Los Alamos County has moved into the Green Level.

As of today there are 19 New Mexico counties at the Yellow Level and six at the Green Level, at which there are fewer restrictions on commercial and day-to-day activities amid decreased virus risk.

Four counties reached the Turquoise Level, the newly


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New Mexico Modifies Red-Yellow-Green System, Permitting More Day-To-Day Activities … New Turquoise Level Includes Minimal Health Restrictions

STATE News:

SANTA FE – The state of New Mexico’s Red-Yellow-Green framework for aligning county-level requirements and guidelines with local virus risk has been modified to permit more day-to-day and commercial activities.

This change reflects the improving COVID-19 outlook across the state as New Mexicans help drive down transmission and vaccine distribution contributes to decreased community spread.

The framework includes a new least restrictive level (Turquoise Level) where all categories of business can operate indoors with minimal occupancy limitations, depending on the


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United States Drug Enforcement Administration El Paso Division Launches ‘Operation Engage’ In Albuquerque

Special Agent Kyle W. Williamson

DEA News:

ALBUQUERQUE —  The United States Drug Enforcement Administration launched a new comprehensive law enforcement and prevention initiative today, aimed at reducing drug use, abuse and overdose deaths. 

“Operation Engage” allows participating field divisions to focus on the biggest drug threat and resulting violence in their respective geographic areas.

The initiative builds on and replaces DEA’s 360 Strategy, which aimed its resources specifically at opioids, and allows field divisions to customize plans and direct resources to target the


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LAMC To Provide Bi-Weekly COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics For Community By Appointment Beginning Wednesday March 3

By JENNIFER KING
Director of Quality & Patient Safety Officer
LifePoint Health®
Los Alamos Medical Center

In an effort to provide clear, transparent communication with our community, Los Alamos Medical Center would like to clarify the strategic struggles of planning, executing and administering the COVID-19 vaccine.

All of our initial vaccination efforts were placed on vaccinating our healthcare providers and first responders, ensuring they remained healthy enough to continue providing medical care to our community.

Since completing our vaccination efforts toward our frontline


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 314 New Cases, Total Now 183,335 With 9 New Deaths And 135,608 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials today announced 314 additional COVID-19 cases.

Los Alamos County reports 1 new case today bringing the total to 475 people who have tested positive for COVID-19. (County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.)

Today’s update includes 9 more deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 111 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 2 new cases in Chaves County
  • 2 new cases in Cibola County
  • 3 new cases

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New Mexico Administers Over 500,000 COVID Vaccines

STATE News:

  • New Mexico among country’s fastest for vaccine administration

SANTA FE –  The New Mexico Department of Health announced today that the state had administered more than 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

New Mexico consistently ranks among the three fastest states in the country for vaccine administration, according to the CDC.

“New Mexicans can be proud: thanks to a first-in-the-nation registration system and a dedicated network of health care providers and volunteers across our state, we are vaccinating our population extraordinarily quickly,” DOH Secretary Dr. Tracie


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State Budget Passes Committee, Moves To Full Vote

Rep. Patricia Lundstrom

HOUSE DEMOCRAT News:

SANTA FE — The state budget House Bill 2 unanimously passed the House Appropriations and Finance Committee chaired by Rep. Patricia Lundstrom (D-Gallup) Monday with bipartisan support.

The General Appropriations Act of 2021 is a reflection of the legislature’s priorities, making appropriations for economic relief programs and responsibly continuing the state’s investments in education, public safety, health, infrastructure, and long-term economic development. HB 2 appropriates $7.39 billion for Fiscal Year 2022, an increase of 4.6


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LANL Frontiers In Science Talk: COVID Solutions Feb. 24

At Wednesday talk, Nick Hengartner will set the stage for how disease modeling works. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

The community is invited to join an online Frontiers In Science Talk at 6 p.m., Feb. 24 with three top Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) researchers exploring COVID solutions.

Click here to register. Email fis@lanl.gov to submit questions.

Nick Hengartner is an applied mathematician at LANL and former leader of the Theoretical Biology and Biophysics group (T-6), one of the few research groups in the world devoted to mathematical biology and infectious disease modeling. 

He


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New Mexico Long Term Care Facilities Reach Milestone: No New COVID Cases Or COVID-Related Deaths

Katrina Hotrum-Lopez

ALTSD News:

New Mexico Aging and Long Term Services Department announces that the State of New Mexico’s Long Term Care [LTC] industry reached an important milestone Sunday, Feb. 21, with no new COVID cases or COVID-related deaths.

While experts warn that the virus is still a threat – and that there will likely be more COVID cases and deaths in LTCs – the lack of new cases and deaths is reassuring and confirms that infection control measures, monoclonial antibody treatments, and vaccines are working to protect LTC residents.

“Giving our long term care residents the ability


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 237 New Cases, Total Now 183,023 With 11 New Deaths And 134,105 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials today announced 237 additional COVID-19 cases.

Los Alamos County reports 1 new case today bringing the total to 474 people who have tested positive for COVID-19. (County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.)

Today’s update includes 11 more deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 79 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Catron County
  • 3 new cases in Chaves County
  • 2 new cases

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New Mexico House Passes Repeal Of Abortion Ban

Rep. Micaela Lara Cadena

By ROBERT NOTT
SFNM

The New Mexico House of Representatives engaged in hours of emotional testimony Friday over whether women should have the legal right to an abortion before sending a bill to the governor to repeal an obsolete ban on the procedure.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said earlier Friday she would sign Senate Bill 10, ending a decades-old and currently unenforceable law making it a crime for a doctor to perform an abortion in New Mexico.

The action comes amid concern that a more conservative panel of justices on the U.S. Supreme Court could overturn or weaken the


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Rep. Christine Chandler Cosponsored Bill HB 268 Adding COVID-19 To Workers’ Comp Act Clears First Committee

Rep. Christine Chandler

NM House Democrats News:

SANTA FE — Essential workers who contract COVID-19 will be able to file claims under the Workers’ Compensation Act, under new legislation advanced Thursday by the House Labor, Veterans’ and Military Affairs Committee. 

Sponsored by Rep. Christine Chandler (D-Los Alamos), Rep. Dayan Hochman-Vigil (D-Albuquerque) and Rep. Meredith A. Dixon (D-Albuquerque), House Bill 268 adds a rebuttable presumption to the Act that contraction of the deadly coronavirus by an essential employee is a work-related injury eligible for worker compensation,


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