Health Care

New Mexico Supreme Court Upholds Damages Cap In State’s Medical Malpractice Law

New Mexico Supreme Court ruled today to upholds the damages cap in the medical malpractice law. Post file photo

SUPREME COURT News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico’s cap on certain types of damages for injuries from medical malpractice does not violate the constitutional right to a jury trial, the state Supreme Court ruled today.

The Medical Malpractice Act (MMA) limits damages at $600,000, excluding punitive damages and compensation for medical and rehabilitative care. The cap applies to damages for such things as pain and suffering and a loss of future earnings.

In a unanimous decision, the state’s


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NMPED: 16 New Mexico Schools On COVID-19 Watchlist

NMPED News:

SANTA FE — Sixteen New Mexico school buildings appeared on the COVID-19 Watchlist in the week ending Friday, March 12, signifying they had at least two Rapid Responses within a 14-day period:

ALAMOGORDO

  • Mountain View Middle

ALBUQUERQUE:

  • Albuquerque Academy
  • Public Academy for Performing Arts
  • Sandia Preparatory
  • St. Charles Borromeo School
  • Ventana Ranch Elementary

ARTESIA

  • Artesia Park Junior High 
  • Yucca Elementary

CARLSBAD

  • Carlsbad High
  • Carlsbad Intermediate 

CLOUDCROFT

  • Cloudcroft Elementary

FARMINGTON

  • Farmington High

MORIARTY

  • Moriarty Edgewood School Transportation

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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 160 New Cases, Total 188,311 With 2 New Deaths And 166,437 Patients Recovered

STATE News:
SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials today announced 160 additional COVID-19 cases.
Los Alamos County reports no new cases today so the total remains at 489 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.)

Today’s update includes 2 more deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 45 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 8 new cases in Chaves County
  • 1 new case in Cibola County
  • 2 new

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Local Vaccine Clinic Monday March 15 – Appointments Only

COUNTY News:

Nambe Drugs, Los Alamos County, and the New Mexico Department of Public Health (NMDOH) are holding a vaccine clinic Monday, March 15 at the Auxiliary Gym at Los Alamos High School, 1300 Diamond Dr.

Appointments are required to receive a vaccine. No walk-ins will be accepted.  

Note: This clinic includes booster appointments for individual who received the first dose of the Moderna vaccine Feb. 14.

County officials remind individuals that upon appointment check-in they will need to provide the NMDOH confirmation code as well as insurance and Medicare cards as applicable. 

Los


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NIST: Masks Under The Microscope…

Close up look at a mask. Courtesy/N. Hanacek/NIST (based on images by E.P. Vicenzi)

NIST News:

To understand how something works, it helps to see it up close. A team of researchers took this approach when studying the fabric masks that people wear to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Those masks work by blocking some of the virus-filled droplets and smaller particles, called aerosols, that an infected person exhales, and they also offer some protection to the wearer by filtering incoming air.

The researchers wanted to know how well different fabrics filter out those particles and what makes some fabrics


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 198 New Cases, Total 188,167 With 3 New Deaths And 164,614 Patients Recovered

STATE News:
SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials today announced 198 additional COVID-19 cases.
Los Alamos County reports 1 new case today bringing the total to 488 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.)

Today’s update includes 3 more deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 74 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 5 new cases in Chaves County
  • 4 new cases in Cibola County
  • 1 new case

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Environment Protections Bill Passes New Mexico Senate

Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth

By DANIEL J. CHACÓN
SFNM

A bill that would allow the state of New Mexico to adopt air quality and hazardous waste rules more stringent than federal regulations survived a challenge Friday from Senate Republicans, who had previously stalled the measure with a procedural maneuver that kept it in limbo for days.

Sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth, the bill would amend the Air Quality Control Act and the Hazardous Waste Act to allow rules more rigid than federal standards.

“In each case … there must be substantial evidence that the proposed state rules


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League Lunch With A Leader: Skolnik And Massaro March 18

LWV Los Alamos News:

The League of Women Voters monthly Lunch with a Leader features health experts Richard Skolnik and Thomas Massaro, MD, discussing COVID-19.

This month’s virtual presentation is noon Thursday, March 18.

Skolnik of Los Alamos will present information on the virus from a global perspective and a path forward to stop this pandemic. He has more than 40 years of experience in international development and Global Health. Skolnik spent 25 years at the World Bank. After leaving the World Bank, he served as vice president for International Programs and director of the Center for


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 268 New Cases, Total 187,984 With 6 New Deaths And 163,180 Patients Recovered

STATE News:
SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials today announced 268 additional COVID-19 cases.
Los Alamos County reports 1 new case today bringing the total to 487 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.)

Today’s update includes 6 more deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 95 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 2 new cases in Chaves County
  • 8 new cases in Cibola County
  • 2 new cases

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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 236 New Cases, Total 187,720 With 6 New Deaths And 161,650 Patients Recovered

STATE News:
SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials today announced 236 additional COVID-19 cases.
Los Alamos County reports 1 new case today bringing the total to 487 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.)

Today’s update includes 6 more deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 77 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 3 new cases in Chaves County
  • 4 new cases in Cibola County
  • 5 new cases

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On The Job In Los Alamos: LAVNS Selling Daffodils

On the job in Los Alamos today is Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Services (LAVNS) Office Manager Jade Lovato, left, and Executive Director Wendi Wolfe selling daffodil arrangements in front of Starbucks on Central Avenue as part of the annual LAVNS daffodil sale. Proceeds from the sale support the LAVNS Hospice Program for terminally ill individuals. Individual bunches (10 stems) can be purchased for $8 and three bunches cost $24 and include a vase, while supplies last. Friday, the final day of sale, LAVNS will sell the flowers until 5 p.m. from its office at 109 Central Park Square. Photo by Kirsten


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Gov. Lujan Grisham, Lt. Gov. Morales, State Leaders Mark One Year Milestone Of First COVID-19 Cases In New Mexico

Flanked by state leaders this morning, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham mark the one-year milestone today of the first COVID-19 cases in New Mexico. Screenshot/LADP

STATE News:

…“After a year of fighting and sacrificing to protect one another, New Mexico’s future is bright.”

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham today marked the one-year milestone of the first COVID-19 cases in New Mexico:

“Reflecting on the past year, thinking back to where we were last March and all that has happened since, more than anything else I am genuinely and incredibly proud of New Mexicans.

“As I said in my State


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Chart 362 COVID-19 In New Mexico March 11, 2021

The bars in this chart display the seven-day average number of cases per 100,000 people, and the line shows the gating criterion under New Mexico’s ‘red to green’ framework. Los Alamos (4.2 average daily cases per 100,000) and its three surrounding counties are highlighted. After meeting the gating criterion for the second time, Los Alamos County moved from GREEN to TURQUOISE. Source: NMDOH. Created by Eli Ben-Naim


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Local Gyms Strive To Meet Fitness Needs During Pandemic


Participants at a recent spinning classes at the Family YMCA. Courtesy/YMCA

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

Despite Wednesday’s announcement that the New Mexico Department of Health put Los Alamos in the turquoise on its statewide COVID map, local fitness centers are in a balancing act between satisfying people’s fitness needs and keeping customers safe.

To meet both needs, the Family YMCA, 1450 Iris St., has gotten creative by offering both in-person and virtual fitness classes.

Recently, the Family YMCA expanded its fitness class offerings.

“Health


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UPDATE: DOH Administering 2nd Pfizer Vaccine Dose At ‘Smith Auditorium’ March 17 … Those Not Contacted By DOH Yet Should Email Emergency Management Office

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County’s Emergency Management Office would like to alert those individuals who received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine Feb. 22 in Los Alamos that the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) will be administering the second (booster) dose of the Pfizer vaccine Wednesday, March 17 at Duane Smith Auditorium (NOT Griffith Gymnasium).

Several individuals have indicated that as of today they have not been contacted with an appointment by the NMDOH. The Emergency Management Office will be coordinating with all individuals who may have been missed by NMDOH in a text/email


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