Health Care

Environmental Public Health Group Became Program Of New Mexico Voices For Children Jan. 1

New Mexico Voices for Children staff members in Albuquerque. Courtesy/NMVFC

NMVFC News:

ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Environmental Public Health Network (NMEPHN) became a program of New Mexico Voices for Children (NMVFC) Jan. 1, 2021.

The NMEPHN, which was formed in 2018, is committed to advocating for environmental policies that positively impact public health. Its Advisory Board is comprised of medical, environmental and public health professionals from throughout the state, including retired pediatrician Lance Chilton, MD, Anna Rondon of the New Mexico Social Justice Equity Institute


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New Mexico Environment Department Issues Administrative Compliance Order At Kirtland Mobile Home Park

NMED News:

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) issued an administrative compliance order to the Vision Mobile Home Park, LLC in Kirtland for its failure to properly manage and monitor sewage to protect groundwater and the health of residents.

The administrative compliance order requires the owner to come into compliance with water protection laws and take other steps to address the situation. 

The owner of Vision Mobile Home Park, Marisela Ornelas, failed to comply with multiple monitoring and reporting requirements included in permits issued by NMED in 2012 and 2020. These permits


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Indian Affairs Department Announces Partnership With Navajo Farmers To Provide Food Relief In Eastern Agency

NMIAD News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Indian Affairs Department (IAD) has announced a partnership with Native American farmers in the Eastern Agency of the Navajo Nation to get food to families in need.

The food distribution project is a partnership between Indian Affairs, the McCune Charitable Trust, and the Shiprock Chapter of the Navajo Nation. Local organic produce is being sourced by the Shiprock Chapter and distributed to families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

IAD is working to ensure that Native American families in the Eastern Agency have access to food and that local farmers can


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Environment Department COVID-19 Watchlist: Jan. 9

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 101 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: 1,507 New Cases, Total Now 154,954 With 22 New Deaths And 76,801 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 1,507 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 6 new cases today … the total is now 340 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 22 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 374 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 2 new cases in Catron County
  • 60 new cases in Chaves County
  • 18 new cases in Cibola County
  • 6 new cases in Colfax County
  • 22 new cases in Curry County
  • 163 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 72 new cases

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Rotary Hosts Dr. Sandy Farmer Of Pfizer Pharmaceutical

By LINDA HULL
Vice President
Rotary Club of Los Alamos

Dr. Sandy Farmer of Pfizer Pharmaceutical was the featured speaker via Zoom at the Jan. 5 meeting of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos. 

In his presentation, How the COVID-19 Vaccine Came to Be: A Confluence of Innovation Along Many Dimensions, Farmer outlined the evolution of vaccine development. He explained that although the world’s first vaccine was administered in 1798 to reduce the spread of smallpox, it wasn’t until the late 1960s and into the 1970s that purified forms were steadily developed to eliminate use of live viruses which can generate


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New Mexico Educators Now In Line For COVID-19 Vaccine

Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart

DOH News:

Phase 1B of vaccination plan includes K-12 educators as essential workers

SANTA FE — New Mexico educators are now in line for the COVID-19 vaccine, a critical step in returning to greater in-person learning amid the global pandemic, the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) announced today.

Phase 1B of New Mexico’s vaccine distribution plan is now under way and will include classroom teachers, school-based cafeteria and janitorial workers and administrative and support staff, DOH said.

“This is welcome news and a critical step in getting


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 1,645 New Cases, Total Now 153,456 With 30 New Deaths And 75,883 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 1,645 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 7 new cases today … the total is now 334 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 the most recent cases:

  • 430 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Catron County
  • 76 new cases in Chaves County
  • 22 new cases in Cibola County
  • 30 new cases in Colfax County
  • 53 new cases in Curry County
  • 5 new cases in De Baca County
  • 202 new cases

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New Mexico Releases COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan

DOH News:

…State moves into Phase 1B, provides details about Phases 1B, 1C and 2 

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) today released its distribution plan for Phases 1B, 1C and 2 for the COVID-19 vaccine.

That plan is available here: https://cv.nmhealth.org/covid-vaccine/

DOH also announced that New Mexico has officially moved into Phase 1B of the vaccination effort.

This means that vaccine will be available to New Mexicans in the following sequence:

  • Individuals 75 years of age and older;
  • Individuals 16 or older with underlying medical conditions that place them at

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PED: 5 New Mexico Public Schools On COVID-19 Watchlist

PED News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) has announced this morning that five New Mexico public school buildings appeared on the COVID-19 Watchlist in the week ending today, Jan. 8, signifying they had at least two Rapid Responses within a 14-day period.

Those Schools Are:

  • AZTEC
    • Aztec Maintenance
  • KIRTLAND
    • Judy Nelson Elementary
  • LOS ALAMOS
    • Los Alamos High
  • ROSWELL
    • Goddard High School
  • WAGON MOUND
    • Wagon Mound High

Note: During that same period, no schools were placed on the Closure List.

The Watchlist, maintained by the New Mexico Environment Department, includes


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DOH Offers Call Center Support For Vaccine Registration

DOH News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) Thursday announced that the DOH hotline now offers support for questions surrounding vaccine registration.

Nearly 300,000 New Mexicans have registered for vaccine at the state’s website: https://cvvaccine.nmhealth.org

The registration process is straightforward: users create a profile, enter health and other information, and then wait to receive notification from DOH when vaccine is available to them.

Users who have questions or would like support with the registration process – including New Mexicans who do not have internet


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Steinhaus: Caring For Self, Each Other And Students In Wake Of Traumatic News

LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus

EDUCATION News:

Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus sent the following message to the parents and families of students enrolled in Los Alamos Public Schools:

Dear LAPS Parents and Families,

This morning, our teachers did an exceptional job talking with students about what is happening in our nation’s capital.

Throughout the day, I appreciate that our staff took time to reach out to each other, provide emotional support and talk through the issues.

In looking forward, what does this all mean for the Los Alamos Public Schools?

  • It means we continue as a community

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Los Alamos County Emergency Management Office Calls For Volunteers To Assist With COVID Testing Beginning Jan. 19

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Emergency Management Office is issuing a call for community volunteers to assist in upcoming COVID-19 testing every Tuesday until further notice at Fuller Lodge.

Coordination for this week’s testing event, as well as the upcoming Jan. 12 event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., has been handled through the National Guard. The desire at this point is to use community volunteers to help on Tuesdays with intake, registration and supplying the Curative “swab” to individuals coming in to be tested.

This is a contact-less event each Tuesday and volunteers will be trained in


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 1,841 New Cases, Total Now 151,819 With 39 New Deaths And 74,235 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 1,841 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 11 new cases today … the total is now 327 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 39 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 449 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Catron County
  • 77 new cases in Chaves County
  • 23 new cases in Cibola County
  • 7 new cases in Colfax County
  • 35 new cases in Curry County
  • 1 new case in De Baca County
  • 117 new cases

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Environment Department COVID-19 Watchlist: Jan. 7

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 83 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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Women Thank LAMC Employees For Selfless Dedication

Brenda Grasmick, left, and Jennifer Martinez deliver Pampered Chef egg cookers Tuesday to all 242 LAMC employees to thank them for their selfless dedication during pandemic. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
bjgordon@ladailypost.com

Jennifer Martinez is no stranger to charitable giving. In the past, she’s given gifts to healthcare workers and the homeless, but her latest gift venture is by far the largest.

Martinez, a regional representative for Pampered Chef, spearheaded a drive to purchase 242 egg cookers for every employee at Los Alamos


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Los Alamos County Announces COVID-19 Testing For Community Every Tuesday At Fuller Lodge

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County’s Emergency Management Office is coordinating with the New Mexico Department of Health to hold COVID-19 testing clinics 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday at Fuller Lodge.

The next clinic will be Tuesday, Jan. 11. 

The County’s Emergency Management Office will be taking over operations for these clinics from the National Guard, which had been assisting in the past.  

To register for a test, individuals should visit the Curative website and sign up for a time slot to be tested: www.curative.com.

Testing is free. The Emergency Management Office will monitor


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