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Health Care

Updated Chart: 566 Reflecting Latest COVID Cases At LAPS Jan. 3-12, 2022

This final updated chart for today shows the percentage of the population (student + staff) who tested positive for COVID-19 over the past 10 days for each Los Alamos Public Schools as well as the district wide average (shown on the rightmost column). The red line shows the 5% thresholds set by the New Mexico Public Education Department. Schools are expected to move to remote instruction for 10 days if 5% of the school population test positive during a 14-day period. The table at the bottom shows the number of additional positive tests that would cause each school to exceed the 5% threshold. Source: Read More

New Mexico Health Department: Temporary System Disruption Impacts COVID-19 Reporting


…Technical issue artificially lowered daily case count, has now been resolved

SANTA FE: The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) has announced that a temporary disruption in the electronic lab reporting (ELR) feed occurred that impacted the number of new COVID-19 case counts announced Tuesday by the NMDOH. 

The anomaly resulted in an artificial lowering of new COVID-19 cases as reported in Tuesday’s daily case count press release.

The ELR reporting issue has been resolved and all cases reported to the state are expected to be included in tonight’s COVID-19 epidemiology Read More

LAHS Transitions To Temporary Remote Learning 

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) has announced that today the number of positive COVID cases among staff and students at Los Alamos High School (LAHS) over the past 14 days reached the 5% threshold.

LAHS has 68 positive COVID cases so beginning today, both Topper Freshman Academy and LAHS will transition to temporary remote learning. Students will remain in remote learning through Jan. 22.

LAHS Principal Carter Payne has sent a message to all students, staff and families with guidance on remote learning for the next 10 days.

“I am comitted to getting students back into school as quickly Read More

Atomic City Transit Requiring Social Distancing And Limiting Capacity Beginning Thursday Jan. 13


Due to the increased number of positive cases in Los Alamos and surrounding areas, Atomic City Transit will adhere to 6-foot social distancing and limiting capacity on fixed route services beginning Thursday, Jan. 13. 

To maintain employee and passenger safety we continue to require that all passengers wear a face covering to board and ride the bus.

Atomic City Transit is implementing the following practices:

  • The number of passengers allowed on each bus will be limited to comply with 6-foot social distancing.
  • Seats on every bus will be blocked-off to assure adequate spacing between
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Emergency SNAP Benefits Continue Through January

HSD Deputy Secretary Angela Medrano

HSD News:

SANTA FE — New Mexico households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits will continue to receive the maximum amount for their household size for the month of January, announced the New Mexico Human Services Department.

SNAP recipients will receive the extra amount Jan. 23, 2022.

“The additional SNAP benefits have a particularly positive impact for socially vulnerable communities, children and for populations that are disproportionately impacted by food insecurity and poverty,” Angela Medrano, HSD Deputy Read More

State Publishes 2022 Health & Human Services Data Book



SANTA FE — The New Mexico Human Services Department announces the publication of the department’s third Data Book, this year in collaboration with sister agencies to form the first Health and Human Services Data Book.

It is a summary of social, economic, and health statistics of our state. The Data Book presents, in one reference document, a diversity of information and is designed to facilitate comparisons of national, state, and county-level data.

In the book’s Welcome Letter, Cabinet Secretary at the Human Services Department and Acting Cabinet Secretary Read More

Luján, Collins, Casey Introduce Bill To Ensure Access To Mental Health Resources During Public Health Emergencies

U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced Tuesday the Securing Uninterrupted Pandemic Preparation of Resources & Therapies (SUPPORT) Act to ensure the nation is prepared to address the behavioral health needs that follow natural and human-caused disasters and emergent events, including public health emergencies.

Current efforts include partnering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to operate the Crisis Counseling Assistance Read More

Chart: 564 COVID Update – Cases At LAPS Jan. 3-11, 2022

This chart shows the percentage of the population (student + staff) who tested positive for COVID-19 over the past 9 days for all Los Alamos Public Schools. The orange and the red line respectively show the 3% and 5% thresholds set by the New Mexico Public Education Department. Schools are expected to move to remote instruction for 10 days if 5% of the school population test positive during a 14-day period. The table at the bottom shows the number of additional positive tests that would cause each school to exceed the 5% threshold. Mountain, Pinon, Los Alamos Middle School and Los Alamos High Read More

New Mexico COVID-19 Update Jan. 11, 2022: 2,932 New Cases, Totaling 381,295 & 25 Deaths & 320,551 Recovered


SANTA FE — New Mexico state health officials announced 2,932 new COVID-19 cases today.

Los Alamos County reported 33 new cases today, bringing the total to 1,383 people who have tested positive for COVID-19. (County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.)

This update includes 25 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19 and a 7-Day positivity rate of 26.2 percent.

Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

  • 871 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 2 new cases in Catron County
  • 143
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Los Alamos County Manager Instructs Staff To Shift To Telework Status Where Possible Due To Rise In COVID Cases 


Los Alamos, New Mexico— County Manager Steven Lynne announced today that County staff will shift to telework status where possible for the near future, due to the significant increase in COVID-19 cases and the impact on County operations.

“Our department directors have been working with our Human Resources division and the County COVID Committee to prioritize the safety of both County staff and the public, while also ensuring as minimal of an interruption to County operations and services as possible,” Lynne said. “I continue to be pleased at the responsiveness and customer Read More

Pfizer Vaccine Clinic For Primary & Booster Shots Jan. 16


The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is administering the Pfizer vaccine – primary (1st or 2nd) and booster (3rd) shots – Sunday, Jan. 16.

Pfizer Vaccine Clinic

  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Los Alamos High School Auxiliary Gym for ages 12 years and up.
  • Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome, as long as there is sufficient vaccine supply.

Interested individuals can determine eligibility for the booster and resister for the clinic on the NMDOH website https://vaccinenm.org/my-registration.html using special event code: TQVZVAQ.

 Appointment holders are reminded Read More

Heinrich, Luján, Stansbury Welcome Over $1 Million To Support Health, Well-Being Trainings For Health Care Professionals At UNM Health Sciences

Congressional Delegation News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury (D-N.M.) are welcoming over $1 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support the Health and Public Safety Workforce Resiliency Training Program at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center.

“For nearly two grueling years, New Mexico health care workers have shown up day after day to care for our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Heinrich said. “But this battle takes a toll. That’s Read More

LAPS Issues Update To COVID Testing For Students

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) was notified Monday night that Premier Medical Group (PMG) has a staffing shortage for today in Los Alamos.

PMG will only offer testing for students who have been identified as a close contact and are participating in “Test to Stay”.

The nurses have provided a list of students identified for “Test to Stay”. These students can report between 8-11:30 a.m. today to the district office at 2075 Trinity Dr. Suite S.

Students in “Test to Stay” may report back to school after getting their negative test results. Tardies will be excused for testing.

Testing is Read More

New Mexico COVID-19 Update Jan. 8-10, 2022: 9,284 New Cases, Totaling 378,363 & 37 Deaths & 319,797 Recovered

SANTA FE — New Mexico state health officials announced 9,284 new COVID-19 cases between Saturday Jan. 8 and today.

Los Alamos County reported 114 new cases over this 3-day period, bringing the total to 1,350 people who have tested positive for COVID-19. (County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.)

This update includes 37 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19 and a 7-Day positivity rate of 25.8 percent.

Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

  • 3228 new cases in Bernalillo
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LAHS Suspends Spectators At Home Games

LAPS News:

Today 3 percent of the school population at Los Alamos High School tested positive for COVID-19.

As outlined in its Enhanced COVID Protocols and in an effort to keep the schools open, Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) will not allow spectators at sporting events or activities for the next 10 days.

This is effective Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022.

Players will continue to practice and compete.

“LAPS will review the data again on day 10 to see if we are eligible to allow spectators back into competitions,” Interim Superintendent Jennifer Guy said. “Our goal is to keep all of our schools open and Read More

Los Alamos County Responds To Increased COVID Cases

County News:

  • Councilors will join Council meeting virtually; some County services impacted; more testing

Due to an increase in COVID-19 positive cases in the community, Los Alamos County Councilors will be attending the Tuesday, Jan. 11 meeting virtually.

While the special session is advertised as a hybrid meeting, County officials strongly encourage members to join virtually using the Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86379958681 or by phone (720) 707-2699. Additional phone numbers and a copy of the complete agenda are available on the County’s Legistar website.

County Read More

Los Alamos COVID-19 Impact For Week Ending Jan. 10, 2022

Los Alamos COVID Impact:

COVID-19 statistics for the week ending Jan. 10, 2022 impacting Los Alamos County:


  • 1254 tests
  • 224 diagnoses (162 in Los Alamos, 62 in White Rock)
  • 0 deaths

Source: New Mexico Department of Health. By Eli Ben-Naim.

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Chart: 563 COVID-19 Update New Mexico Jan. 10, 2022

This chart shows the seven-day average number of COVID-19 diagnoses versus date in Los Alamos. Both New Mexico (19,275 cases) and Los Alamos County (224 cases) had record numbers of diagnoses this week. Source: New Mexico Department of Health. Created by Eli Ben-Naim

This chart shows the number of COVID-19 diagnoses by age group for the past week in Los Alamos County. Source: New Mexico Department of Health. Created by Eli Ben-Naim Read More

Los Alamos County Encourages Conducting Business Remotely Due To Latest Uptick In COVID-19 Cases


With the latest uptick in COVID-19 cases, residents who need to visit the Customer Care Center in the Los Alamos County Municipal Building are reminded that it may be safer and simpler to conduct that business remotely.

“The workplace challenges posed by the omicron variant are becoming more serious and difficult,” Deputy Utility Manager Heather Garcia said. “We strongly encourage our customers to move their business to the phone, email and web whenever possible. It’s important to us to keep our staff and our customers safe and limiting in-person interactions is one of the most Read More

Prostate Cancer Support Association Of New Mexico Announces Meeting Topics For 2022

Prostate Cancer Support Association News:

The Prostate Cancer Support Association of New Mexico has announced topics for its first six organization meetings of 2022.

The free meetings, held virtually until further notice, begin at 12:30 p.m. on the first and third Saturdays of each month.

Login information is available the Tuesday prior to each meeting on the support group’s website.

Schedule and topics:

  • Jan. 15: Presentation on Medicaid & Medicare – Tonia Bateman, Business Office Director, New Mexico Cancer Center
  • Feb. 5: Presentation on Sex & Intimacy – Sara Sattler, National
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