Health Care

LAPS School Board Work Session Recap

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public School Board met Thursday evening, May 28 for a work session.

Board President Ellen Ben-Naim and members Julia Baker, Christine Bernstein and Dawn Jalbert joined the virtual meeting via Google Meet.

The meeting started with recognitions by the board. Ben-Naim acknowledged the contributions of senior student liaisons Ogden Berry, Zoe Butler and Justin Pena for their contributions to the School Board over the past two years.

Kimberly Clayton was honored as the school district’s nomination as New Mexico Teacher of the Year, and Susan Fellows was recognized


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NMSP Officers Save Woman From Jumping Off Bridge

NMSP News:

VALENCIA COUNTY – At approximately 9 a.m. Tuesday, New Mexico State Police (NMSP) officers responded to the scene of a woman sitting on the ledge of a ramp overpass on Interstate 25 near Belen. 

Officers arrived to find the woman in obvious mental distress sitting on the ledge of the overpass flyover that crossed Interstate 25. As officers attempted to speak with her and coax her off the ledge of the overpass, she prepared to jump. 

New Mexico State Police Ofc. Sergio Corral saw her positioning herself to jump off the ledge and he was able to quickly pull the woman to safety before she could


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases At 8,140 With 8 More Deaths And 3,013 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 122 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 6 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 8 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 28 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 2 new cases in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Curry County
  • 8 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 1 new case in Lincoln County
  • 1 new case in Luna County
  • 37 new cases in McKinley County
  • 3 new cases in Rio Arriba County

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Skolnik: Racial Injustice And Health Disparities

By RICHARD SKOLNIK
Los Alamos

The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week reminds us of the extent to which racial injustice remains a central feature of American life. Closely related to this are America’s remarkable racial disparities in health.

Life expectancy at birth in the US varies with race, with African Americans, American Indians, and Alaska Natives having the shortest lives. In 2017, life expectancy was 4.5 years greater for a white male than for an African American male. It was 2.7 years greater for a white female than for an African American female. American Indians and Alaska


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Los Alamos Teen Town Hall Thursday June 4

TEEN CENTER News:

Right now there are parents, teachers, school administrators and some students meeting to discuss how the 20/21 school year will be conducted.

This is your chance to make your voice heard and ask questions in a teen run, teen dominated setting.

Conducting school during a pandemic is something new for everyone, the adults included. Your input is vital for this to work.

Los Alamos High School Principal Carter Payne and Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus are this week’s Teen Town Hall guests on the Teen Center’s Discord server. Join the conversation at 4 p.m. Thursday


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Con Alma Awarding Emergency Grants To Nonprofits

CON ALMA News:

SANTA FE — Con Alma Health Foundation announced May 29 that it will distribute $880,000 to New Mexico nonprofits that are providing basic needs, including health care, food distribution, emergency housing and financial aid, to people most impacted by COVID-19.

Con Alma began awarding grants on an expedited, rolling basis June 2 to help vulnerable populations receive the care and support they need.

“Some of our populations in New Mexico have been disproportionately harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dolores E. Roybal, Con Alma’s executive director. “We hope our funding


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases At 8,024 With 5 More Deaths And 2,960 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 227 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 6 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 5 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 15 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Chaves County
  • 2 new cases in Cibola County
  • 2 new cases in Curry County
  • 3 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 2 new cases in Lincoln County
  • 1 new case in Luna County
  • 30 new cases in McKinley County

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Aquatic Center Reopens June 8 To Lap Swimming; Reservations Begin Friday

COUNTY News:

The most current Public Health order, issued June 1, 2020, states that “Public swimming pools may open but such facilities are limited to lane-swimming and lessons with up to two students only.” 

As a result, the Walkup Aquatic Center will open beginning June 8, 2020 for lap swimming only for swimmers 13 years and older. 

Twenty-one short course lanes (water walking lanes 1, 3 and 4, lane #2 is ADA accessible with lift) will be available to reserve in 45 minute increments. Precautionary safety measures including modified hours of operation, enhanced cleaning procedures, strict


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The Family YMCA Is Reopening Monday June 8

The Family YMCA at 1450 Iris St. in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

YMCA News:

The Family YMCA we will reopen June 8 in compliance with state health orders.

The organization is taking a week before to prepare the facility and fully train staff in new protocols, especially around cleaning and sanitation.

“The safety of our members, participants and staff is our number one priority,” Y Chief Operations Officer Chris Daniels said. “Our staff created and our Board has approved a phased reopening plan that will be updated as regulations evolve.”

Daniels said the reopening plan has a phased approached


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New Mexico Environment Department Conducting Pool Inspections Statewide

NMED News:

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is beginning inspections at some public aquatic venues this week.

The public health order issued Monday, June 1, by the New Mexico Department of Health allows public swimming pools to reopen, but only for lap swimming and lessons.

In addition, public swimming pools may only operate at up to 50 percent of their maximum capacity and with social distancing. At this time, those facilities will be inspected by NMED.

NMED’s inspections ensure that pools are prepared to open in a safe and sanitary way, including that proper disinfectant levels


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Election Night Results Process Changes Due To Pandemic

ELECTION News:

After the Governor announced May 15 that the ban on mass gatherings would remain in place for the foreseeable future (which the Governor again affirmed June 1, 2020), the Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office made the decision to forgo election night reporting in the Boards and Commission Room, to help mitigate the spread of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Rather than congregating and waiting for results to be posted, the Clerk’s office will email candidates, local party chairs and media, a PDF document of the results, as they become available from each of the Vote Centers.

The Clerk’s


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases At 7,800 With 6 More Deaths And 2,888 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 113 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 6 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

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

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

  • 12 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 3 new cases in Chaves County
  • 1 new case in Curry County
  • 10 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 2 new cases in Eddy County
  • 35 new cases in McKinley County
  • 1 new case in Rio Arriba County
  • 2 new cases in Roosevelt

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Los Alamos County Offering Free Face Masks Wednesday

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County has a limited supply of free face masks available for those who cannot make their own or are having difficulty obtaining or purchasing masks.  

The County is offering one package per request. Each package contains five cloth masks.

Beginning Wednesday, June 3, Los Alamos citizens or businesses can stop by and pick up their package of free masks outside the closed customer service windows at the Customer Care Center, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, located on the first floor of the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave. 

Those unable to pick up a free mask are


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New Mexico Delegation Announces More Than $20 Million In CARES Act Funding For Skilled Nursing Facilities

New Mexico 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 59 skilled nursing facilities in the State of New Mexico will receive $20,537,500 to help combat the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funds come from the $175 billion Provider Relief Fund established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement


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New Mexico Governor Announces Limited Reopening For Dine-In Restaurants, Indoor Malls, Gyms, Salons And More

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s amended emergency public health order effective today. Courtesy photo

 

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA FE – New Mexico’s emergency public health order has been extended and amended to permit indoor dining, hair salons, gyms and indoor shopping malls to reopen on a limited basis and in accordance with required COVID-Safe Practices, among other changes.

Restaurants may resume indoor seating at 50 percent maximum occupancy effective today, June 1. Bar and counter seating are still prohibited; to be served, customers must be seated at tables positioned


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Balderas On New Mexico Supreme Court Granting Petition To Stop Grants Mayor From Interfering In Public Health Orders

Attorney General Hector Balderas

AG News:

SANTA FE — Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the following statement in response to an order issued Thursday from the New Mexico Supreme Court, granting the Office of the Attorney General’s petition, which sought to establish the statewide authority of the State’s public health emergency orders and to prevent the Mayor of Grants from interfering with them:

“I am grateful to the Supreme Court for their affirmation that the Constitution and the laws of our State protect all New Mexicans during a pandemic emergency,” Balderas said.

Grants Mayor


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