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Health Care

Frostad: School Reopening And NMPED Guidance

From GREGORY FROSTAD
Safe and Healthy Schools Director
New Mexico Public Education Department

Editor’s note: This is a response to a column by Richard Skolnik of Los Alamos published Jan. 4, 2022 in the Los Alamos Daily Post (link).

Mr. Skolnik,

Thank you for your continued engagement with, and concern for, the health of New Mexico students and staff.

As has happened throughout the pandemic, the Public Education Department (PED) will update statewide guidance based on new information from the CDC; however, the PED is not waiting on the CDC to update guidance in preparation for the Omicron variant. Read More

Alzheimer’s Assoc. Hosts Caregiver Seminar Online Jan. 29

AANM News:

ALBUQUERQUE — The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter (AANM) is announcing a special one-day virtual “Caregiver Seminar” for families in New Mexico experiencing Alzheimer’s and dementia.

This free inclusive seminar is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29. The seminar covers content from all three Alzheimer’s Association “Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers” programs: “Early Stage”, “Middle Stage” and “Late Stage.”

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or Dementia can lead to many questions. As the disease progresses, the need for information and support will grow. Combining Read More

New Mexico COVID-19 Update Jan. 4, 2022: 1,654 New Cases, Totaling 359,116 & 31 Deaths & 312,321 Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE — New Mexico state health officials announced 1,654 new COVID-19 cases today.

Los Alamos County reported 9 new cases today, bringing the total to 1,135 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 31 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19 and a 7-Day positivity rate of 19.8 percent.

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

  • 511 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Catron County
  • 46 new
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Skolnik: COVID Briefing Note #9 – Omicron Is Here

By RICHARD SKOLNIK
Los Alamos

Editor’s Note: This is the ninth in a series of COVID-19 Updates by Richard Skolnik that appear bi-weekly in the Los Alamos Daily Post. These are meant to keep the community informed on the status of the pandemic, critical new findings on the pandemic, and what this information suggests for our community’s response to COVID-19. These updates complement the data that Eli Ben-Naim prepares for the Post. Unless otherwise noted, data is from the New York Times and the New Mexico Department of Health.

Pandemic Data and Trends – For the Week Ending January 3, 2022 Read More

Los Alamos Public Schools Nurses Assist Premier Medical Group Today With COVID-19 Testing For Staff And Students

Los Alamos Public Schools nurses from left, Amy Yost, Mountain Elementary; Michele Wright, Chamisa Elementary; Minsung Chae, Los Alamos Middle School; Celia Holmes, district nurse and Sheila McClees, Barranca Elementary, teamed up with Premier Medical Group today to help provide COVID-19 testing for 250 staff members and students. COVID testing will be available to any LAPS student or staff member 8:30-11:30 a.m. each Monday through Friday at 2075 Trinity Dr. To register, visit https://pmg.app.perseus.id/div/laps. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS nurses assisting today with Premier Medical Read More

Los Alamos COVID-19 Impact For Week Ending Jan. 3, 2022

Los Alamos COVID Impact:

COVID-19 statistics for the week ending Jan. 3, 2022 impacting Los Alamos County:

 

  • 738 tests
  • 114  diagnoses (72 in Los Alamos, 42 in White Rock)
  • 1 deaths

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

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Chart: 558: COVID-19 Update New Mexico Jan. 3, 2022

This chart shows the seven-day average number of COVID-19 diagnoses versus date in Los Alamos County. The seven-day average exceeded 16 for the first time this week. Source: New Mexico Department of Health. Created by Eli Ben-Naim  
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New Mexico COVID-19 Update Dec. 31-Jan. 3, 2022: 7,313 New Cases, Totaling 357,480 & 11 Deaths & 311,304 Recovered

SANTA FE — New Mexico state health officials announced 7,313 new COVID-19 cases between Friday Dec. 31, 2021 and Monday, Jan. 3, 2022.

Los Alamos County reported 92 new cases between Dec. 31 and Jan. 4, bringing the total to 1,126 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 11 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19 and a 7-Day positivity rate of 17.9 percent.

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

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Pig+Fig Moves To Take Out Only For Customer, Staff Safety

PIG + FIG News:

For the safety of its customers and staff, Pig + Fig at 11 Sherwood Blvd., in White Rock is switching to take out only.

“Due to the widespread number of positive COVID-19 cases in our community, we will no longer be offering indoor dining for the foreseeable future and will be switching to only takeout,” owner Laura Crucet announced today. “This is a difficult decision but we feel like it is the responsible one and we ask for your patience and flexibility as we move forward through this difficult time.

“More than anything, we pray for the health and safety of all our neighbors and their Read More

Skolnik: Keeping Schools Open In The Face Of Omicron

By RICHARD SKOLNIK
Los Alamos

In an unfortunate twist of fate, schools in New Mexico are set to reopen just as the Omicron variant has dramatically appeared. The number of COVID cases in the US is climbing rapidly. Many states have also seen a major increase in pediatric cases and in the hospitalization of children due to COVID-19. Cases have begun to rise again in New Mexico.

In this light, we should be especially concerned about how we can safely reopen our schools and keep them open in the face of this new variant. This is especially important since students will also be returning to school shortly Read More

Rotary: Hearing Loss Specialist Monique Hammond

Hearing Loss Specialist Monique Hammond

By LINDA HULL
Vice President
Rotary Club of Los Alamos

“There was suddenly so much more to hearing loss than not hearing well,” explained hearing loss specialist Monique Hammond in November when she recently joined the Rotary Club of Los Alamos by Zoom from her home in Minneapolis.

Hammond elaborated, describing how she had enjoyed a successful career as a hospital pharmacist, but in 2005 experienced “sudden deafness” in her left ear at a church fundraiser where loud music was played.

Also known as sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL), it occurs Read More

Bandelier Superintendent Patrick Suddath Speaks At Rotary

Bandelier Superintendent Patrick Suddath speaking at a recent Rotary Club meeting. Photo by Linda Hull

By LINDA HULL
Vice President
Rotary Club of Los Alamos

When addressing the Rotary Club of Los Alamos in November, Bandelier Superintendent Patrick Suddath recalled his first day on the job in Frijoles Canyon, the park’s center of activity.

He has maintained an unrelenting pace since then and is working closely with Valles Caldera National Preserve Superintendent Jorge Silva-Bañuelos to “share resources, integrate management across the ecosystem, and improve coordination with stakeholders”, Read More

Chart: 557: COVID-19 Update New Mexico Dec. 31

This chart shows the seven-day average number of COVID-19 diagnoses versus date in the United States. The seven-day average topped 300,000 for the first time this week. Source: New York Times. Created by Eli Ben-Naim
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No New Mexico COVID-19 Update Issued Today

STATE News:

SANTA FE — The state’s daily COVID-19 case count update will not be issued today, Dec. 31, due to NMDOH offices being closed in observance of the New Year Holiday.

The next COVID-19 case count update will appear Monday, Jan. 3. Read More

New Mexico COVID-19 Update Dec. 30: 2,209 New Cases, Totaling 350,043 With 26 New Deaths And 303,418 Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE — New Mexico state health officials announced 2,209 new COVID-19 cases today, Dec. 30.

Los Alamos County reported 20 new cases, bringing the total to 1,033 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 26 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19 and a 7-Day positivity rate of 13.8 percent.

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

  • 791 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Catron County
  • 156
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Chart: 556: COVID-19 Update New Mexico Dec. 30

This map shows the total number of COVID-19 diagnoses since the start of the pandemic by state. In New Mexico, 16.6 percent were diagnosed with COVID-19, compared with the 16.2 percent national average. Source: New York Times. Created by Eli Ben-Naim
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Leonard: Practice Of Mindful Self-Compassion

By LAURA LEONARD
Doctor of Chiropractic
Los Alamos

The practice of mindful self-compassion, coined by Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Chris Germer, is an important tool that we can teach our children and add to our mental health toolbox.

Research on mindful self-compassion indicates that it is an important way to reduce anxiety and depression while at the same time improve our sense of self-worth. This practice is especially important if you are prone to perfectionism or were raised in a critical household.

I also personally feel that every child would benefit immensely from learning how to practice Read More

Gruniger: Winter … A Time For Reflection

By JACCI GRUNINGER MS, C-IAYT, ERYT500
Los Alamos

“Winter is a subtle nudge to remind us to reflect on our lives. Though we are surrounded by the chill in the air, it is also an exercise in cleansing. With each snowfall, we are given a clean slate with the innocence and beauty the white powder brings.” –Mark A. Leon

In my last column, I suggested taking some time to think about YOUR 2021. Today, I want you to jump forward to 2022 and before it actually arrives, consider your hopes, dreams and desires for the new year. What will make it YOUR best year? And, of course, I have a suggestion.

Choose a WORD to take Read More

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