Health Care

UNM-LA Advisory Board Holds Meeting Via Zoom April 8

UNM-LA News:

The UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board will meet 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, using Zoom technology.

This is the annual special meeting related to the UNM-LA budget.

Specific agenda items will include an overview of the UNM-LA response to the COVIS-19 Pandemic, approval of the Budget Adjustment Request (BAR) for FY20 and approval of the FY21 Operating Budget.

Those interested in attending this public meeting, utilizing Zoom, should contact Laci Taylor at ltaylor06@unm.edu for information.


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases At 495, 3 More Deaths

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced today 92 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

The update includes three additional deaths related to COVID-19​.

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

  • 39 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 3 new case in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Doña Ana County
  • 8 new cases in McKinley County
  • 26 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 9 new cases in San Juan County
  • 4 new case in Socorro County
  • 2 new cases counties not yet identified

The Department of Health on Friday also reported three additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.


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FBI Warns Health Care Professionals Of Increased Potential For Fraudulent Sales Of COVID-19-Related Medical Equipment

FBI News:
Scammers continue to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to steal money through a variety of means.
The FBI is warning the health care industry in particular of an increased potential for fraudulent activity dealing with the purchase of COVID-19-related medical equipment.
Based on the current stress on the supply chain, scammers may promise equipment they do not have access to in order to capitalize on the medical community’s urgent needs.
The FBI asks the medical community to exercise due diligence and appropriate caution when dealing with any vendors with whom they have never

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New Mexico Governor, Officials Hold COVID-19 Update

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham this afternoon presenting the latest update on the COVID-19 pandemic and the state’s response. She demonstrates various types of PPE including masks, respirators and gowns. The governor said she thinks the public wearing cloth masks could help slow the spread of the virus – not medical grad masks but simple cotton masks. She made it clear she is not requiring New Mexicans to wear do-it-yourself cotton masks. She went on to stress that citizens need to do more in terms of social distancing, staying at home and keeping nonessential businesses closed.


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NCRTD To Temporarily Modify 11 Blue Bus Routes To Provide Essential Trips Only; Red River Route Suspended

RTD News:

While continuing to provide an essential service during the COVID-19 outbreak, the North Central Regional Transit District (RTD Blue Bus) has identified 11 of its 29 routes that will be modified beginning Wednesday, April 8 and one that will be suspended.

The changes are in addition to eight routes that were suspended or modified on March 25. All changes are temporary and will be in effect until further notice. Full details can be found at: www.RidetheBlueBus.com or by calling 866.206.0754, Ext. 2.

The 310 Red River route will be suspended until further notice.

These measures are being


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New Mexico State Land Office Initiates Emergency Rulemaking To Allow Temporary Shut In Of Oil Wells

State Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard initiates emergency rulemaking processes to allow oil lessees to temporarily stop producing without penalty. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Today the New Mexico State Land Office announced that it would initiate emergency rulemaking processes to allow oil lessees to temporarily stop producing without penalty for at least 30 days, with a possible extension up to 120 days when Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard initiates a longer-term rule change process.

“The COVID-19 pandemic brought home, almost


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Paw-Fect Cuts Re-Opens For Business On DP Road!

By HEATHER ELLIS
Paw-Fect Cuts LLC

I approached the state and submitted a letter requesting the ability to continue my work.

I included facts from the American Lung Association as well as other credited sources showing why pet grooming is essential along with letters from clients, a physician and the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council.

With the information I have provided, I received a yes from the governor’s office to reopen.

I have canceled my regular appointments for Saturday, April 4 in order to help more people with their immediate needs of getting pets’ nails trimmed and filed.

We will


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Cultivating Vitality With Michelle: Mitigating The Mental Health Fallout Of COVID-19

By MICHELLE HARKEY-WILDE
Los Alamos

Staying at home and living in our uncertain times can strain coping skills and relationships.

When stress increases dramatically or emotions run high, people have a tendency to return to older, less effective ways of coping with difficulty. Often these responses stem from the fight-flight-freeze system.

When our amygdala senses danger in the environment it immediately seeks to fight the danger or run away. (Freeze can happen if these two are not available.) In our current stay-at-home circumstances, running away is not so readily available. We can’t


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NMDOT And Archdiocese Of Santa Fe Discourage Good Friday Pilgrimages: ‘This Holy Week, Home Is The Holy Place’

Scene of pilgrims gathering on Good Friday in 2013 at the El Santuario de Chimayó … due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NMDOH and the Archdiocese of Santa Fe are asking the faithful to stay home this year during Holy Week. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

NMDOH News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Transportation and the Archdiocese of Santa Fe are asking the faithful to stay home during Holy Week.

While annual pilgrimages to El Santuario de Chimayo and Tome Hill are cherished, New Mexico traditions, the events have been cancelled due to the imposed health order to prohibit gatherings


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LACDC With Chamber And MainStreet Support, Continue Hosting Zoom Check-Ins For Local Businesses

BUSINESS News:

Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) and its programs, the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and Los Alamos MainStreet, are continuing to host check-in calls for local businesses amid the current COVID-19 closures and restrictions.

Any business owner or operator in Los Alamos County is welcome to join these discussions.

LACDC staff will answer questions and explain some of the state and federal aid options available at this time.

In addition to a noon webinar Friday, April 3, next week will include a series of four sessions on the following dates and times:

  • Monday,

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At Overlook Park 136 People Were Tested For COVID-19

Scene at the entrance to the COVID-19 testing site Thursday at Overlook Park in White Rock. A New Mexico Department of Health spokesperson confirmed this morning that 136 people were tested for the virus. Results from those tests can take up to 48 hours. Check back at ladailypost.com for results. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene of the COVID-19 testing site Thursday at Overlook Park in White Rock. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com


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Classic Air Medical Prepared To Transport COVID-19 Patients

Classic Air Medical transporting a patient in one of three Isopod negative-pressure individual patient isolation unit the company has acquired. Screenshot/LADP

Classic Air Medical News:

Classic Air Medical in Los Alamos now has the ability to respond and transport COVID-19 patients.
The company has acquired three Isopods to safely transport COVID positive patients in its fixed wing aircraft.
These aircraft are located throughout the regions Classic Air Medical serves and have the ability to respond to Los Alamos with teams who have received specialty training. 
The Isopod is a negative-pressure

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SFCC President In Virtual Meeting With Students April 9

SFCC President Becky Rowley 

SFCC News:

During this era of social distancing, Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) Student Government Association (SGA) President Ian Martinez will lead a virtual meeting with SFCC President Becky Rowley, Ph.D. for SFCC students 11 a.m. Thursday, April 9.

SFCC students can join remotely. Students are advised to submit questions in advance remotely to Martinez at SGA@sfcc.edu or Associate Vice President for Student Success Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos at thomasinia.ortizgall@sfcc.edu.

Students need to access the meeting through their SFCC MicroSoft Teams


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COVID-19 Growth Rate Slowed Abruptly Around March 29

The growth rate of the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases slowed abruptly in several states around March 29, probably as a result of the shut-down of schools and businesses around March 16, together with social distancing and stay-home guidelines. The change is most noticeable for Colorado, where the doubling time lengthened from 3.0 days to 5.8 days, increasing by nearly a factor of two. New Mexico’s doubling time lengthened from 3.5 days to 5.2 days, and Florida’s lengthened from 2.9 days to 4.6 days. This figure shows the recent growth in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases


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Peterson: How Simply Breathing Can Become A Royal Pain In The Neck

By Kreig Peterson
Medical Massage Therapist

Many clients suffering from neck and shoulder pain are actually creating this painful condition simply by breathing improperly and need some convincing before they believe their chronic headaches, numb hands or debilitating neck pain can be caused by the routine act of breathing.

So, what’s the connection? If the diaphragm doesn’t do its job well secondary muscles in the upper chest (pectoralis minor) and throat (Sternocleidomastoid and scalenes) and shoulders (trapezius and supra spinatus) try to take over the daunting task of breathing.


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Heinrich Update On COVID-19 Response In New Mexico

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) today held a teleconference with New Mexico-based reporters to answer questions and discuss the latest on efforts to assist New Mexicans impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A recording of Sen. Heinrich’s remarks can be found HERE.

Sen. Heinrich’s remarks as prepared for delivery:

Good morning.

Thank you all for joining me again for an update on our ongoing efforts to save lives during this pandemic and help New Mexico workers and families weather the economic fallout.


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Chart 18: 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

Shown are the number of COVID-19 cases per 10,000 residents by county in New Mexico. Created by Eli Ben-Naim

Map of New Mexico showing counties with diagnosed cases of COVID-19. Created by Eli Ben-Naim

The curve shows the evolution of the time it takes for the number of cases to double. An increasing doubling time indicates slowdown of epidemic spreading. The doubling time was evaluated by comparing the number of cases on a given day with the number


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases At 403, Another Death

STATE News:

Update includes one additional death related to COVID-19​

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced today 40 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

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

  • 15 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 3 new cases in Chaves County
  • 1 new case in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Curry County
  • 1 new case in Doña Ana County
  • 4 new cases in McKinley County
  • 1 new case in Rio Arriba County
  • 8 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 4 new cases in San Juan County
  • 1 new case in Socorro County
  • 1 new case in Taos County

The Department of Health also reported today


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CD3 Candidate Marco Serna Releases COVID-19 Policy Paper Saying, ‘It’s A Matter Of National Defense’

Democratic Congressional Candidate Marco Serna

From the Marco Serna for CD3 Campaign:

SANTA FE — Marco Serna is the only candidate for the 3rd Congressional District who has issued detailed policy papers on the important issues facing Northern New Mexico residents.

There is no issue more important to our community, and Americans as a whole, than the COVID-19 outbreak.

In his policy paper, Marco has proposed a wide range of necessary steps to see America through this crisis, from bailing out the United States Postal Service to a reaffirmation of the importance of treating health care as a human


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