Health Care

LAPS Superintendent Issues Different COVID-19 Update

By Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus
Los Alamos Public Schools

Dear LAPS Parents, Staff and Families,

This Update is a little different. I begin with three important reminders followed by a graphics-filled attachment about our transition to increased learning from home. 

This allows you to quickly skim and find useful or interesting information. Hope you enjoy this new format. Any comments are welcomed – click here

Reminders:

  • Let’s all follow the Governor’s Stay-at-home Order – please help get the word out to students that COVID-19 is serious business. We need

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U.S. Sen. Udall Statement On IHS Distributing $600 Million From CARES Act For Tribal Coronavirus Response

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

SANTA FE — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statement Friday after the Indian Health Service (IHS) announced it is distributing $600 million of the $1.032 billion appropriated by Congress for the IHS in the recently passed CARES Act, the emergency COVID-19 legislative package enacted last week.

Earlier this week, Udall led a bicameral, bipartisan group of lawmakers in writing to the president urging him to get CARES Act Tribal resources into the hands of those that need them. 

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New Mexico Small Businesses Urged To Apply Quickly For Federal Stimulus Loans

Economic Development Secretary Alicia Keyes
STATE News:
SANTA FE – New Mexico small businesses in financial distress due to the coronavirus crisis are encouraged to apply as soon as possible for loans made available under the federal stimulus bill.
The stimulus bill, or Cares Act, allocates $349 billion for loans to small businesses. But businesses have until only June 30 to access the money, and loans will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis.
“This money will go quickly, and New Mexico small businesses must act as soon as possible to obtain loans,” Economic Development Secretary Alicia

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Chart 20: COVID-19 Statewide Counts 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. Absent an abrupt drop in the number of new cases, the linear trend indicates New Mexico is still experiencing exponential growth in the number of cases (I thank Randy Roberts, who brought this illumining tutorial to my attention: https://youtu.be/54XLXg4fYsc). Created by Eli Ben-Naim
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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases At 543, One More Death

STATE News:
SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Saturday announced 51 additional positive tests for COVID-19.
Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
  • 23 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 4 new cases in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Lincoln County
  • 1 new case in Los Alamos County
  • 1 new case in McKinley County
  • 1 new case in Rio Arriba County
  • 2 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 9 new cases in San Juan County
  • 6 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 3 new cases in Torrance County
Today’s announced cases include additional positive tests from the La Vida Llena long-term care facility in

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Los Alamos County Council Chair Sara Scott Announces First Confirmed COVID-19 Case Of A Resident

By Chair Sara Scott
Los Alamos County Council

The County has just received notice from the Governor’s office that Los Alamos has its first confirmed case of COVID-19.

The information I have is that the patient is a male in his 40’s, and that he is currently isolating (not in the hospital). As usual, the Department of Health is conducting an investigation to determine exposure history. 

This news underscores the need to continue to protect each other through taking the Stay at Home Instruction, social distancing, frequent hand washing and other important measures seriously. I’d also like to reinforce


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LARC Board Awards Special Payments To Employees Performing Essential Work During Covid-19 Health Crisis

Aspen Ridge Lodge at 1010 Sombrillo Court. Courtesy/LARC

Sombrillo Nursing & Rehabilitation Center at 1011 Sombrillo Court. Courtesy/LARC

By JOHN ARROWSMITH
LARC Board President

On April 2, the Board of Los Alamos Retirement Community (LARC) held a special meeting to address hardships faced by the staff serving residents at our Sombrillo skilled nursing, and Aspen Ridge Lodge assisted living facilities.

The Board voted unanimously to award special payments of $300 to each of our approximately 130 employees. Donations to LARC by our members made this possible.

These employees are


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New Mexico Congressional Delegation Urges Eligible Local Governments To Apply For Emergency Supplemental Aid

CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland, and Xochitl Torres Small are urging eligible municipalities, counties, and tribes to seek federal assistance for coronavirus (COVID-19) response equipment, supplies, and practices through the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program.

This funding was secured in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, emergency legislation the New Mexico delegation recently voted for.


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Website Connects Medical Needs To Local Suppliers … Manufacturers, Innovators May Upload Capabilities

By Holly Bradshaw-Eakes
Santa Fe

ALBUQUERQUE — A website dedicated to recruiting New Mexico suppliers, distributors, manufacturers, makers and testing-centers in the fight against COVID-19 has been launched by several of the state’s universities, research institutions and manufacturing support organizations.

The website at https://nmcovid19.org went live Friday and aims to quickly source, produce and test needed medical and other supplies that will bolster on-the-ground efforts to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.

New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NM


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Udall, Heinrich Call On Administration To Ensure Veterans, SSI Beneficiaries Get Stimulus Checks Automatically

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined 46 colleagues Friday in calling on the Trump administration to issue stimulus checks automatically to recipients of benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs or the Supplemental Security Income program.

In their letter, the Senators point out that these are two groups with large amounts of non-filers and groups that the federal government has the data necessary to deliver the stimulus checks automatically.

The Senators’ letter follows successful efforts this week to push the U.S. Treasury


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MRM: Message From Executive Director Greta Brunschwyler

By GRETA BRUNSCHWYLER
Executive Director
Millicent Rogers Museum

Like all of you, we at Millicent Rogers Museum have been continuously monitoring the news regarding the pandemic and paying attention to directions for best practices.

The health and safety of our staff, volunteers, partners and community are at the forefront of our thoughts.

We feel that at this time we are unable to predict when we might welcome you back into the Museum. Please visit us online, where we are increasing our presence as fast as possible.

As we navigate these uncertain times, your patience, support and generosity


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Udall, Wyden, Merkley Urge Interior Department To Suspend Policy Actions Unrelated To COVID-19 Response

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, along with Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), wrote a letter to U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt urging the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) to immediately suspend any policy proposals or actions unrelated to the COVID-19 emergency that require a public comment period until the threats of COVID-19 have subsided.

The senators sent the letter as New Mexicans and Americans


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New Mexico Health Dept., City Of Albuquerque Announce COVID-19 Outbreak, Deaths At Long-Term Care Facility

NMDOH News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) and the City of Albuquerque reported Friday an outbreak of COVID-19 at the La Vida Llena long-term care facility in Albuquerque where two residents have died, and 19 residents and three staff members have tested positive for COVID-19, with additional test results still pending.

The resident deaths consist of a man in his 90s and a man in his 80s, both had underlying health conditions. The man in his 90s died Thursday, April 2; the other in his 80s died early this Friday morning. 

“We are collaborating with the facility to complete testing


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COVID-19 Doubling Rate Slows In Some States But Number Of New Confirmed Cases Per Day Increasing Everywhere

COVID-19 continues to spread. The doubling rate has slowed in some states recently, but the absolute number of new confirmed cases per day is increasing everywhere, still indicating exponential growth. This figure shows the recent growth in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases for several US states, using data through Friday 3, April. Dashed lines show exponential growth curves, labeled by doubling time in days. Data are from several sources: from state reports (for New Mexico and Colorado), from https://ncov2019.live/data, from the Johns Hopkins U. GitHub repository https://github.com/CSSEGISandData/COVID-19

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Volunteer Group ‘All Together Los Alamos’ Steps Up To Help During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Omega Canyon Bridge. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

A volunteer group of Los Alamos County residents called “All Together Los Alamos” is stepping up to provide information on resources and services to individuals and families who are housebound during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

This group will supplement services already being provided by local senior centers and other non-profits.

All Together Los Alamos hopes to promote and enhance existing neighbor-to-neighbor relationships and networks as well as recently established social media sites to maximize communication


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Exponential Growth Rate Of COVID-19 Positive Tests Is Decreasing, But Number Of New Cases Per Day Is Still Increasing In New Mexico

Chart 1: Cumulative Number of COVID-19 Positive Tests in New Mexico, The Albuquerque Area, and Santa Fe County. Created by Marv Alme

Chart 2: Number of COVID-19 Positive Tests in New Mexico, The Albuquerque Area, and Santa Fe County. Created by Marv Alme

By MARV ALME
Los Alamos

The doubling time of the cumulative number of positive COVID-19 Test Results in New Mexico is almost certainly increasing. 

This is illustrated in the first chart “Cumulative Number of COVID-19 Positive Tests in New Mexico, The Albuquerque Area, and Santa Fe County.” Note that the Blue Arrows indicate the implementation


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Udall, Heinrich To EPA: Be Transparent About Agency Actions During COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with nine Democratic colleagues have sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler, asking detailed oversight questions about how the agency is adjusting its operations in light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) while continuing its critical mission to protect human health and the environment.

While EPA has announced it will reduce enforcement of environmental laws during the pandemic emergency and is moving ahead with controversial rules that threaten


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Chart 19: COVID-19 Statewide Counts In New Mexico

Shown are cumulative statewide counts for tests, diagnoses and deaths. Also shown are the number of active hospitalizations. Created by Eli Ben-Naim

An estimate for the probability distribution of the number of cases in Los Alamos County. Shown is a random distribution, specified by the expected average number of cases, which as of today equals 4.5. This average follows from the total number of cases statewide, the population of New Mexico, and the population of Los Alamos County. Created by Eli Ben-Naim


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PED, CYFD, ECECD, IAD, HED Announce Collaborative Plans To Protect, Feed, And Educate Children – And To Support Families – During Public Health Emergency

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Tuesday, New Mexico state agencies – including the Public Education Department (PED), Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD), Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD), Indian Affairs Department (IAD), and Higher Education Department (HED) – announced expanded plans for coordination during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The goal of these collaborative efforts is to ensure that children in New Mexico are protected, fed, and educated, and that families are supported, during this crisis. 

“We know that numbers don’t begin


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