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Chart 306: COVID-19 In New Mexico Jan. 14, 2021

Average daily cases by county. The bars in this chart display the seven-day average number of cases per 100,000 people, and the line shows New Mexico’s ‘red to green’ gating criterion. Los Alamos County (30.3 average cases per 100,000) and its three surrounding counties are highlighted. Source: New Mexico Department of Health. Created by Eli Ben-Naim
Test positivity rate by county. The bars in this chart display test positivity rates, and the line shows New Mexico’s ‘red to green’ gating criterion. Los Alamos County (5.05 percent test positivity rate) and its three surrounding counties are

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New Mexico Department Of Health County Map Update: One Reaches Green Level, One Yellow Level Jan. 13:

DOH News:

  • Virus metrics trending in wrong direction in more counties
  • Los Alamos among 20 counties with worsening per-capita case rates

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health on Wednesday announced the updated statewide COVID-19 map for the two-week period beginning Jan. 13, with 30 counties at the Red Level.

Twenty counties saw a higher average daily per-capita rate of new cases in the last two weeks, and 17 counties saw a higher test positivity rate; 16 counties worsened in both metrics. Only 12 counties improved in both of the two health gating criteria metrics.

The state’s county-by-county


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 1,151 New Cases, Total Now 159,119 With 13 New Deaths And 81,603 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 1,151 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 2 more cases today … the total is now 352 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

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

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

  • 352 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Catron County
  • 17 new cases in Chaves County
  • 8 new cases in Cibola County
  • 7 new cases in Colfax County
  • 8 new cases in Curry County
  • 1 new case in De Baca County
  • 127 new cases in

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Chart 305: COVID-19 In New Mexico Jan. 13, 2021

The state of New Mexico updated the COVID-19 county map with risk designations applicable for the two-week period Jan 13-26. 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 three risk designations: (a) RED, none of the gating criteria are met, (b) YELLOW, one gating criteria met, (c) GREEN, both gating criteria are met. Los Alamos County, with average daily cases of 30.3 per 100,000 people and test positivity of 5.05 percent remains in the RED. Catron County moved

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New Mexico Has First Case Of B117 Coronavirus Variant

DOH News:
SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) announced today the state’s first case of the B117 coronavirus variant.
A male in his 60’s has the variant; he is associated with travel to the UK in December. He is recovering from very mild illness; no hospitalization was required.
To this point, DOH has identified no close contacts within the state.
The B117 coronavirus variant first emerged in the UK in September, 2020. It has since spread to multiple countries and several U.S. states.
There is no evidence that the variant has an impact on the severity of COVID-19 cases, nor on current

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New Mexico Department of Health Investigates One Confirmed Case; One Suspected Case Of Wound Botulism

DOH News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) is investigating one confirmed case and one suspected case of wound botulism.

A 28-year-old male from Eddy County is hospitalized with wound botulism. The suspected source of infection is contaminated black tar heroin, and the nerve toxin that causes botulism was identified from a patient specimen.

A 29-year-old male from Eddy County with a history of injection drug use is hospitalized with suspected wound botulism.

Botulism is a rare but serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium


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Homegrown New Mexico Science And Tech Companies Including UbiQD Awarded Innovation Research Grants

UbiGro inside a greenhouse of UbiQD of Los Alamos. Courtesy/UbiQD

STATE News:

  • ‘Each of these companies is developing technology that will greatly benefit mankind…’ –EDD

SANTA FE – Three high-tech New Mexico companies will receive New Mexico Small Business Innovation Research (NMSBIR) Grants to help their businesses thrive, announced New Mexico Economic Development Department (EDD) Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes.

The three companies receiving awards for this round of the grant are:

  • UbiQD in Los Alamos;
  • BennuBio in Albuquerque; and
  • Mesa Photonics in Santa Fe.

Each of these companies


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Grant: Let’s Get Aligned For The New Year!

By ELIZABETH GRANT, LPCC
Los Alamos

“A lot of the conflict you have in your life exist simply because you’re not living in alignment; you are not being true to yourself.” –Steve Maraboli

Let’s Get Aligned for the New Year!

Ask people about New Year’s resolutions and they roll their eyes. It’s understandable as it’s estimated that roughly 45 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions and only 8 percent succeed.

Resolutions are largely ineffective because people pick them from a place of should and no one likes to be should upon. “Should” is associated with external places of validation and


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 893 New Cases, Total Now 157,974 With 30 New Deaths And 80,580 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 893 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 2 more cases today … the total is now 350 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 30 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 231 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 2 new cases in Catron County
  • 35 new cases in Chaves County
  • 7 new cases in Cibola County
  • 3 new cases in Colfax County
  • 22 new cases in Curry County
  • 2 new cases in De Baca County
  • 105 new cases

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Chandler Discusses Her Pre-Filed Bills For 60-Day Session

Rep. Christine Chandler, Dist. 43

From the Office of Rep. Christine Chandler:

Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler (D-Los Alamos) announced this morning that she is sponsoring four pre-filed bills for the upcoming 60-day legislative session.

These bills are part of a broader effort by Rep. Chandler and her House Democratic colleagues to introduce legislation that is not only aimed at helping families and small businesses get back on their feet, but also at lifting the state up and creating opportunity for a generation, she said.

Rep. Chandler is sponsoring the following pre-filed bills:

The


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Balderas Secures Conviction Of Former Personal Care Organization Owner Who Defrauded Medicaid Program

Attorney General Hector Balderas

AG News:

SANTA FE — Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that his office has secured a guilty plea from Lolita Begay-Yazzie to one count of Fraud in excess of $20,000, a second degree felony, and one count of Failure to Retain Documents, a fourth degree felony for defrauding New Mexico’s Medicaid program of more than $400,000.

Begay-Yazzie owned and operated a personal care agency in Gallup.

“Medicaid ensures that almost half of all New Mexicans have access to healthcare, and we must do all we can to protect these resources that are so vital to our families,”


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 933 New Cases, Total Now 157,087 With 15 New Deaths And 78,826 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 933 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 2 more cases today … the total is now 348 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 15 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 261 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 19 new cases in Chaves County
  • 17 new cases in Cibola County
  • 5 new cases in Colfax County
  • 33 new cases in Curry County
  • 102 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 34 new cases in Eddy County
  • 13 new cases

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NMED Fighting Pandemic From Sewers: COVID-19 Wastewater Surveillance Program Shows Early Success

NMED conducts wastewater sampling for COVID-19 at congregate settings in southern New Mexico. Courtesy/NMED

NMED News:

  • Program prevents outbreak at Las Cruces juvenile justice facility

In early December, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) launched an innovative wastewater monitoring program to protect New Mexicans from COVID-19 at congregate settings in southern New Mexico.

Just a few weeks later, the program prevented a COVID-19 outbreak at a southern New Mexico juvenile justice facility. NMED is applying cutting-edge science to protect public health in southern New


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DOE/NNSA: Los Alamos Field Office Proposes Facility For Isotope Production Used In Cancer Therapies

DOE/NNSA News:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office has issued a categorical exclusion (CX) determination to construct and operate a Light Manufacturing Facility to support DOE/NNSA’s Isotope Production Program.

The Light Manufacturing Facility will be used to for the processing of alpha emitting isotopes that will be shipped throughout the country and be used for varying cancer therapies.

The CX is available here.


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Environment Department COVID-19 Watchlist: Jan. 10, 2021

NMED News:

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) has updated its daily Rapid Response COVID-19 Watchlist, which includes New Mexico places of employment that have had two or more rapid responses in the last 14 days.

There are 95 establishments on the Watchlist.

The current Rapid Response COVID-19 Watchlist and closure list, which includes all establishments that have been required to close, are posted here.

The state initiates a rapid response when it learns of a positive COVID-19 case in a workplace. The state agency initiating the rapid response will offer direction to establishments


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 1,208 New Cases, Total Now 156,157 With 17 New Deaths And 77,731 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 1,208 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 6 more cases today … the total is now 346 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 17 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 270 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 58 new cases in Chaves County
  • 1 new case in Cibola County
  • 3 new cases in Colfax County
  • 25 new cases in Curry County
  • 3 new cases in De Baca County
  • 152 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 97 new cases

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