Health Care

NM Health Dept. Reiterates COVID Vaccination Criteria

DOH News:

…State’s approach meant to protect the most exposed and vulnerable

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) reiterated today the state’s phased vaccination criteria for COVID-19.

The following groups are eligible for vaccine now:

  • Hospital personnel;
  • Residents and staff of long-term care facilities;
  • Medical first responders;
  • Congregate setting workers;
  • Persons providing direct medical care and other in-person services;
  • Home-based health care and hospice workers;
  • People 75+; and
  • People 16+ at risk of COVID complications.

No other groups are eligible at


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 921 New Cases, Total Now 167,731 With 33 New Deaths And 92,109 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 921 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 14 new cases today bringing the total to 418 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 33 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 208 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 22 new cases in Chaves County
  • 13 new cases in Cibola County
  • 6 new cases in Colfax County
  • 16 new cases in Curry County
  • 136 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 40 new cases in Eddy County
  • 9 new

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LAPS Update On COVID And Safe Learning Environments

By Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus
Los Alamos Public Schools

Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus today sent the following message to LAPS parents and families:

Dear LAPS Parents and Families,

This message is part of a series of updates about coronavirus and what LAPS is doing to support healthy learning environments. 

Let me begin by stating that student and staff safety is paramount and that we are learning more every day about the virus and the growing number of variants.

Click here to see the LAPS Community Promise for a Healthy School Environment.  With this in


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County: Los Alamos Residents Encouraged To Verify DOH Vaccine Profile While Awaiting COVID Vaccine Appointments

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos residents who completed their vaccine registration profile on the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) website should have received a six digit “confirmation code” via text or email to finish setting up their profile.

At the very beginning when DOH launched its registration site, a glitch in the system resulted in some people not receiving the necessary seven-digit code to complete the final step of registration.

Individuals who signed up very early after the website launch who do not recall receiving a six-digit code are urged to verify their profile is completed


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Senior Centers Tapped For Vaccine Distribution Jan. 30-31

LARSO News:

The Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization (LARSO) announced this morning that the senior centers in Los Alamos and White Rock have been notified that they will serve as distribution hubs for the Jan. 30-31 COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic.

The New Mexico Aging & Long-Term Services Department has determined that ALL APPOINTMENTS, will be assigned through the Department of Health Registration Site at www.vaccinenm.org, or by calling 1-855-600-3453.

NO appointments will be made through Betty Ehart Senior Center or White Rock Senior Center.

“We’re so happy to serve in this role,”


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Los Alamos Emergency Manager; New Mexico Health Department Nurse Set Inspiring Examples Of Excellence

By TANYA HOLLAND
Los Alamos

I just wanted to take a moment to tell you about an encouraging event that happened this week.

I am the operations manager at Oppenheimer Place Condominiums. This is a 55 and older community, but most of the residents are in their 70s and 80s. COVID has been a very stressful time for all of us. We certainly have been on a large learning curve with very fluid information.

I had been communicating with Beverly Simpson, the emergency manager in Los Alamos about setting up a vaccination clinic at our building. I found her to be knowledgeable, accessible, and helpful. It is so nice


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Los Alamos Vaccine Clinic For Seniors 75+ Jan. 30-31

COUNTY News:

…Seniors Vaccine Clinic by appointment only

Los Alamos County, working in cooperation with the New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department, will host a special COVID-19 vaccine clinic Jan. 30-31 at the senior centers in Los Alamos and White Rock.

In order to qualify for this clinic, participants must:

  • Be 75 years or older;
  • Be pre-registered for the vaccine on the DOH website – appointment is REQUIRED – no walk ups without an appointment will be accommodated due to the limited amount of vaccine that will be provided specifically for those who have registered in advance;

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State Warns Of Increasing Fraud Surrounding COVID-19

ALTSD News:

NEW MEXICO — As the number of people and communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic grows, so do the scams associated with it.

Scammers use public health emergencies as opportunities for new fraud schemes, and because older adults are at greater risk for serious illness from COVID-19, they may target older populations.

It’s important to remember that although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health officials including state contact tracers may contact you if they believe you may have been exposed to the virus, they will not need to ask you


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On The Job In White Rock: Sharing Smiles At Smith’s

On the job Monday in the pharmacy at Smith’s Food and Drug in White Rock are Pharmacist Kelsey Hornsby and Certified Pharmacy Technician Stephen Jakob. Even behind COVID safe guards and masks their smiles are always evident. Smith’s Food and Drug at 31 Sherwood Blvd. is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For information, visit www.smithfoodanddrug.com or call 505.672.9457. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 997 New Cases, Total Now 166,823 With 35 New Deaths And 91,096 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 997 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 5 new cases today bringing the total to 406 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 35 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 232 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 59 new cases in Chaves County
  • 12 new cases in Cibola County
  • 5 new cases in Colfax County
  • 28 new cases in Curry County
  • 1 new case in De Baca County
  • 125 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 50 new

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ALTSD: Seniors; People With Disabilities Will Have Been Offered First Dose Of Moderna COVID Vaccine By Friday

ALTSD News:

The State’s Aging and Long-Term Services Department [ALTSD] has announced that by Friday, Jan. 22 all 309 of New Mexico’s Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities (including staff and residents) will have been offered the first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

Now the department is working to register currently-eligible populations (people 75+ years of age and individuals with underlying health conditions), as well as individuals who will be eligible in upcoming phases.

(The state’s vaccine distribution plan is available here.)

ALTSD is partnering with the Governor’s


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 884 New Cases, Total Now 165,835 With 34 New Deaths And 89,756 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 884 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 8 new cases today bringing the total to 401 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 34 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 213 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 31 new cases in Chaves County
  • 5 new cases in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Colfax County
  • 13 new cases in Curry County
  • 1 new case in De Baca County
  • 144 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 53 new cases

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Chart 312: COVID-19 In New Mexico Jan. 20, 2021

The two lines in this chart show: (i) the percentage of New Mexicans who were diagnosed with COVID-19 versus date, and (ii) COVID-19 vaccinations administered in New Mexico, as percentage of the state’s population, versus date. In New Mexico, about 5 percent of the population received at least one dose, and about 1 percent of the population received two doses. Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New Mexico Department of Health. Created by Eli Ben-Naim

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Skolnik: Global Health Challenges In The Age Of COVID

By RICHARD SKOLNIK
Los Alamos

(Based on remarks given to the Honors Program of the Erasmus Medical College, Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

Global Health Challenges in the Age of COVID

The Key Issues

The present pandemic is the quintessential global health problem. Yet, it is not the only global health challenge that we face. I comment below both on the pandemic and on other critical issues in global health.

Getting COVID under Control

“The health of anyone, anywhere, is the health of everyone, everywhere”. COVID highlights the importance of this, since no country can be safe, as long as the virus


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Heinrich, Luján Support Biden Plan To Utilize Defense Production Act, Increase Medical Equipment And Supplies

From the Office of U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Luján joined 24 of their Senate colleagues in a letter to President-elect Joe Biden, supporting his incoming administration’s plan to quickly utilize all available authorities under the Defense Production Act (DPA) to rapidly increase the production and stockpiling of medical, testing and protective equipment supplies.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Heinrich and Luján have been calling on the Trump administration to fully utilize the DPA to ramp up nationwide production


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Emotional Healing: Removing Societal Barriers

By DR. TED WIARD
Golden Willow Retreat

Yesterday I read an essay from a person speaking on the topic of the difficulties and barriers from mental wellness and how it can be very flippant for such a large percentage of the population that does not struggle with issues such as trauma, grief, socioeconomic stability, physical health, genetics, other mental disorders, and other issues that seem to be blind or overlooked by many people.

There has been a cognitive dissonance around these issues in which I have even been blamed for “falling into the trap that positive thinking will take care of everything”.


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 691 New Cases, Total Now 164,954 With 20 New Deaths And 88,982 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 691 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

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

Today’s update includes 20 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 257 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 22 new cases in Chaves County
  • 2 new cases in Cibola County
  • 19 new cases in Curry County
  • 1 new case in De Baca County
  • 85 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 22 new cases in Eddy County
  • 10

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