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Cumulative Number Of COVID-19 Positive Tests In NM, And Bernalillo, Sandoval & Santa Fe Counties Of April 6

The cumulative number of COVID-19 positive tests in New Mexico and Bernalillo, Sandoval and Santa Fe Counties as of April 6. The Albuquerque Area has been separated into the individual counties because the daily growth rates have been quite different during the past week. Note that the Sandoval Data is plotted against the right hand axis. Created by Marv Alme

Number of new COVID-19 positive tests reported each day in New Mexico and Bernalillo, Sandoval and Santa Fe Counties as of April 6. In an attempt to improve the clarity of the figure, the Santa Fe County reported data has been removed as has

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New Mexico Governor Officially Extends Emergency Order To April 30 … Essential Businesses Further Restricted To Limit Gatherings; New Mexicans Must Stay Home…

STATE News:

SANTA FE – With COVID-19 cases still rising in New Mexico, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday extended her public health emergency order and announced the extension of related public health orders to encourage social distancing and preserve safety equipment for health care workers.

Per the order, all guidance and advisories issued by the governor and secretary of health are in effect through at least April 30. 

The amended public health order, which is attached to this news release, further restricts business operations as a means of combating continued congregating in spaces


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Chart 22: COVID-19 Daily Cases By County In New Mexico

Statewide counts. Shown are the cumulative numbers of tests, diagnoses, and deaths in New Mexico. Also shown is the number of active hospitalizations. Courtesy/Eli Ben-Naim

Fraction of those recovered to date versus the complementary fraction of those who died from COVID-19. Courtesy/Eli Ben-Naim

The time evolution of the doubling time. The doubling time was estimated by comparing the number of diagnoses on a given day with the corresponding number one week before. Courtesy/Eli Ben-Naim


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 686

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials today announced 62 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remain at 2 confirmed case.

Per the New Mexico Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

  • 16 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Chaves County
  • 1 new case in Doña Ana County
  • 2 new cases in Grant County
  • 4 new cases in McKinley County
  • 25 new cases in San Juan County
  • 11 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 2 new cases in Santa Fe County

Today’s announced cases include additional positive tests from the La Vida Llena long-term care facility in Albuquerque, where


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Closures Of County Facilities Continue Because Of COVID-19

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess announced today the following facilities will remain closed until April 30 due to the recent order issued by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham:

  • Both public libraries;
  • Aquatic Center;
  • Fuller Lodge;
  • History Museum;
  • Teen Center;
  • Both Youth Activity Centers;
  • Nature Center;
  • Golf Course Pro Shop; and
  • Fuller Lodge Art Center.

All programs, classes and activities in those facilities are canceled. The two senior centers also will continue to be closed with all programs cancelled but home meal deliveries will continue. 

Additionally, the closure


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Scenes From Bethlehem Church Palm Sunday Procession

Bethlehem Church Pastor Nicole Ferry and her husband Ray prepare for the Palm Sunday Procession through Los Alamos. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Bethlehem Church Pastor Scott Thalacker shows enthusiasm Sunday as the procession prepares to get underway. Courtesy/BELC

Separated by her window, resident Joyce Eyster raises her hand to touch Pastor Nicole Ferry’s hand during the procession event Sunday that passed by Sombrillo and Aspen Ridge. Eyster is the oldest member of Bethlehem Church. ‘Joyce turned 99 years old last month and just seeing her face brought me great joy,’ Pastor


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Happy Hearts Hunt Launches In Los Alamos

Lynn Ovaska and her family join the Happy Hearts Hunt and decorate the front windows of their home with paper hearts Saturday to spread love to neighbors and people walking by their home on 44th Street. Courtesy photo
During the COVID-19 pandemic, let’s send our love to the world! It’s easy,’ Lynn Ovaska said. ‘1. Cut out a heart of any size from any material (craft paper, cardboard, wrapping paper, newspaper, fabric, etc)., 2. Decorate your heart with a positive message or leave it blank., 3. Tape your heart to a street-facing window to show your love to all. 4. As word spreads, go on a family walk

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Governor Issues Rules For Vehicle Sales During Pandemic

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

STATE News:

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has authorized automobile sales by small dealers on an appointment basis utilizing strict social distancing practices during the COVID-19 Stay at Home Order.

Additionally, online/Internet sales by all licensed New Mexico motor vehicle dealers are allowed.

“This is great news for New Mexicans,” said Marc Powell, CEO of the New Mexico Independent Automobile Dealers Association. “New Mexico’s transportation system is built around the automobile. There are more than 1,000 small independent car dealers in every city and


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Udall, Heinrich Call For Social Security Recipients To Get CARES Act Direct Cash Assistance Without Having To File Tax Return

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — While the CARES Act that the president signed into law last week ensured that the Treasury Department had the authority to send automatic direct cash assistance to Social Security beneficiaries regardless of whether they file taxes or not, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released contradictory guidance earlier this week stating that Social Security beneficiaries would need to file tax returns in order to receive direct payments.

New Mexico U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a group of 41 senators in expressing alarm over this guidance


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U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Addresses Firing Of Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

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

WASHINGTON (April 5, 2020) – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on President Trump firing the intelligence community inspector general, Michael Atkinson:

“The president prioritizing retaliation against his perceived rivals during this global health and economic crisis is infuriating. His fixation on tearing down and politicizing the nation’s Intelligence Community is especially dangerous now, when our country most needs


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DPU Will Not Turn Off Utilities Due To Inability To Pay While Public Health Emergency Order Is In Effect

DPU Manager Philo Shelton encourages community members needing assistance with utility bills to call the Customer Care Center at 505.662.8333. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

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

The coronavirus has ignited a lot of concern and worry. People are anxious not only for their health but also for economic reasons.

Many businesses have closed, and their employees are without work due to the virus, but bills and expenses are still coming in.

The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) assures its customers that during this Public


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Wiemann: CARES ACT – Retirement Plans, Distributions And Contributions

By Shelly Wiemann, CFP®
Founder, Wiemann Wealth Strategies, LLC
Financial Advisor, Raymond James

Passed on March 27, 2020, the CARES Act provides an estimated $2 trillion in fiscal stimulus to combat the economic impact of COVID-19 and provides the healthcare industry the financial support, equipment and protection it needs to combat the virus.

Below, review some of the major provisions in the CARES Act related to retirement plans, distributions and contributions.

Penalty-free distributions

A coronavirus-related distribution of up to $100,000 can be made from IRAs, employer-sponsored


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Chart 21: COVID-19 Daily Cases By County In New Mexico

Statewide counts. Shown are the cumulative numbers of tests, diagnoses and deaths in New Mexico. Also shown is the number of active hospitalizations. Created by Eli Ben-Naim

Statewide diagnoses. Shown is the number of new cases versus the total number of cases to date, using a double logarithmic plot (for an explanation, see https://youtu.be/54XLXg4fYsc). Created by Eli Ben-Naim


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases At 624, One More Death

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced today 81 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes one additional death related to COVID-19​.

Per the New Mexico Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

  • 21 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 2 new cases in Cibola County
  • 6 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 1 new case in Los Alamos County
  • 9 new cases in McKinley County
  • 1 new case in Otero County
  • 34 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 4 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 1 new case in Socorro County
  • 2 new cases in Valencia County

Today’s announced cases include additional


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For Public Safety, Game & Fish Dept. Is Closing Monastery Lake And Seven Springs Brood Pond At Sunset Today

Courtesy/NMGF

NMDGF News:

SANTA FE – To promote public safety, the New Mexico Department Of Game And Fish at sunset today, April 5, will close Monastery Lake Open Gate property near the Village of Pecos and Seven Springs Brood Pond at Seven Springs Hatchery in the Jemez Mountains.

Social distancing is a challenge for everyone who enjoys being outdoors, but this is the time for all New Mexicans to pull together for the overall health of all of our citizens and stay home.

These closures are necessary to protect our healthcare workers and our small communities.

“We must all do our part to flatten the


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Sharing Poem Amidst Tragedy We’re Experiencing…

Evening falls recently over downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By JOE STANEK
Los Alamos

I’m just an average fellow that lives and works on the hill and I thought I’d attempt to share some words, a poem, that came to me last night amidst the tragedy that we are experiencing:

Houses​

My breath is but a candle light​
the in and the out ​
of the light and the darkness​

Yet taken for granted​
for measure by measure​

If the eye is the window​
then the lung is the house​
But in a house is a ceiling and a floor​

And if candles are people​
they are locked in their houses​

And many candles


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Skolnik: Leadership In The Age Of COVID-19

By RICHARD SKOLNIK
Los Alamos

To deal effectively with the COVID-19 health crisis, the US needs exceptional leadership at all levels of government and society.

In the absence of such leadership, many more people will die then would otherwise be the case.

So, what kind of leadership do we so urgently need?

General Stanley McChrystal suggested in a webinar Friday (https://vimeo.com/403896265) that we must have leaders who:

  • Are honest and inspire
  • Understand the directions in which they have to move the country and the world
  • Surround themselves with experts to whom they listen
  • Drive action in

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New Mexico Congressional Delegation: More Than $133 Million In Grants For State Transportation Networks From Emergency Coronavirus Response Package

Congressional Delegation News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — 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 Friday that state and local governments in New Mexico will receive over $133 million in emergency transit grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The funds are part of a first wave of grants from the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that the entire New Mexico delegation voted to pass Congress last week.


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Con Alma Health Foundation invites Nonprofits Improving Health To Apply For Grants April 6 Through May 8

CON ALMA News:

SANTA FE – Con Alma Health Foundation invites nonprofits that improve health in New Mexico to apply for grants starting April 6 until 5 p.m. May 8 at http://conalma.org/grantmaking/for-grant-seekers/.

Last year Con Alma, the state’s largest private foundation dedicated solely to health, awarded 42 grants to nonprofits in every region of New Mexico. Con Alma places a special focus on supporting culturally diverse and vulnerable populations as well as working toward health equity, when everyone has an equal chance at living a healthy life regardless of their income, ethnicity


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