Health Care

New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 1,496 New Cases, Total Now 149,984 With 47 New Deaths And 72,089 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 1,496 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 15 new cases today … the total is now 316 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 47 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 443 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Catron County
  • 76 new cases in Chaves County
  • 14 new cases in Cibola County
  • 6 new cases in Colfax County
  • 13 new cases in Curry County
  • 164 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 14 new

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New Mexico Environment Department Settles With O’Reilly Auto Parts Store For Endangering Workers During Pandemic

NMED News:

…NMED also is investigating more than 200 workplace safety complaints related to COVID-19 and 14 workplace-related COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) entered into a settlement agreement with O’Reilly Auto Parts for alleged violations of the state’s public health order and the Occupational Health and Safety Act that resulted in an unsafe workplace at a Santa Fe store.

Under the settlement agreement, O’Reilly Auto Parts will pay $79,200 in penalties.

NMED inspected the O’Reilly Auto Parts store at 4715 Airport Road in Santa Fe July 4,


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The Family YMCA Encourages Return To Routines In 2021

The Family YMCA spinning class aids in the physical and mental health of members. Courtesy/YMCA

The Family YMCA is encouraging members and the community as a whole to think about their physical and mental health in 2021 and find routines that get them moving and keep them healthy. Courtesy/YMCA

Y News:

A New Year is always filled with the promise of positive change and promises to oneself, and following the events of 2020, there is even more anticipation and hope for what 2021 will bring.

“As our community continues to recover from the various ways we have all been impacted by COVID-19, we are encouraging


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 1,201 New Cases, Total Now 148,499 With 20 New Deaths And 70,737 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 1,201 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 2 new cases today … the total is now 301 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 20 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 484 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 47 new cases in Chaves County
  • 17 new cases in Cibola County
  • 2 new cases in Colfax County
  • 15 new cases in Curry County
  • 1 new case in De Baca County
  • 117 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 25 new cases

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First And Second Round COVID-19 Vaccines Scheduled Only For Healthcare Workers Jan. 11 (Not For General Public)

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Emergency Management Office is coordinating with the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) to hold a COVID-19 vaccination clinic 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11 at Duane Smith Auditorium. 

The clinic will be limited to approximately 100 individuals in two shifts with defined criteria for prioritizing individuals. Please see below:

Jan. 11, 9 a.m. to noon: The morning shift will be reserved for those healthcare workers or first responders who received the first round of the Pfizer vaccine Saturday, Dec. 19. DOH has already contacted these individuals via


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DPU: Virtual Public Hearing On Replacement Facility For White Rock Wastewater Treatment Plant Thursday Jan. 21

DPU News:

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) announced this morning that it will hold a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21 via the Zoom platform.

The hearing is to review and collect public comment on the proposed construction of a water resource recovery facility to replace the existing White Rock wastewater treatment plant. 

Department officials ask interested parties to visit the website and preregister at https://ladpu.com/WR-WRRF.

The existing White Rock wastewater treatment plant has been in service since the mid-1960s using older trickling filter technology


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Emotional Healing: A New Year – Assess And Flow

By DR. TED WIARD
Golden Willow Retreat 

A new year, 2021, has arrived and with that benchmark, many different emotions arise.

For most people 2020 was an excruciating year with a COVID pandemic that ravaged our world, politics that divided people so deeply that humanity seemed to be forgotten and systemic problems rising like molten lava through covered fissures that are demanding attention and reparation.

Moving into a new year does not magically remove these life-threatening issues, but what a new year can give is an opportunity of pause and reflection. With a pause and reflection, there


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Carrington College In Albuquerque Announces New Practical Nursing Program Enrolling Cohorts Of Up To 24 Students

Carrington College in Albuquerque is offering a new practical nursing program, which prepares students for entry-level nursing careers with the skills needed to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Courtesy photo

CARRINGTON COLLEGE News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Carrington College in Albuquerque has announced a new Practical Nursing program that is now enrolling students.

The New Mexico Board of Nursing certifies that Carrington College is granted initial approval to offer Practical Nursing in the State of New Mexico. This program will enroll cohorts of up to 24 students.

The Practical Nursing


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 936 New Cases, Total Now 147,315 With 23 New Deaths And 69,903 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 936  additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports NO new cases today … the total remains at 299 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 23 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 279 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Catron County
  • 40 new cases in Chaves County
  • 19 new cases in Cibola County
  • 11 new cases in Colfax County
  • 33 new cases in Curry County
  • 3 new cases in De Baca County
  • 116 new

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DOH Unveils Enhanced Vaccine Registration Website

DOH News:

…State also will launch a vaccine call center in the coming days

…Site allows New Mexicans to complete personal profiles with health conditions, receive notice when vaccine is available

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) announced today that New Mexico’s vaccination website – vaccinenm.org – now enables users to complete comprehensive personal profiles.

These profiles – which include personal medical conditions and employment information, along with other key data – allow the state to notify New Mexicans when


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Environment Department COVID-19 Watchlist: Jan. 3

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 79 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 Mental Health Message: You Are Not Alone

Check out this video to hear from others sharing that you are not alone. Courtesy/DHS

New Mexico Human Services Dept. News:

Many people are experiencing a variety of mental health concerns during these times:

  • Depression;
  • Anxiety;
  • Stress;
  • Substance Use;
  • Loneliness…

There is a path to wellness. Sometimes it helps to have someone to talk to about these distresses, someone to listen, someone who makes you feel heard.

If you need to talk, professional counselors are here to hear you and offer real help on the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

For help,


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Chambers: Hope Prevails Despite Quarantine Fatigue

By PEGGY CHAMBERS
Resident

Aspen Ridge Lodge

 Dear Family and Friends:

I’m sorry I’m late. My heart has not been in this. It isn’t that I’m not thinking of you, because I am. So many of you have sent cards and pictures. There’s a stack of envelopes to the right of my keyboard and a basket full of your lovely cards next to that. From the first to the last, they have brightened my days, and I thank you.

It’s just that this past year has just been so grim and dismal. I watch the news and wonder what can happen next. I’ve just wanted it over with. Well, now at last it is. ​Happy New Year!

I started another letter. It was


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 1,033 New Cases, Total Now 146,394 With 17 New Deaths And 68,876 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 1,033 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 1 more case today … the total is now 299 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 17 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 345 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 30 new cases in Chaves County
  • 3 new cases in Cibola County
  • 2 new cases in Colfax County
  • 17 new cases in Curry County
  • 1 new case in De Baca County
  • 131 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 55 new cases

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Shin: Annual New Years Update

By LISA SHIN, O.D.
Los Alamos

Dear Friends:

2020 was the year that an invisible virus wrecked complete havoc on our lives and our country! Amid chaos, sickness, and death, we have seen the strength, kindness, and resilience of our own community. Due to nationwide and local lockdowns, there have been longer wait times than usual and significant delays in orders. I am grateful for your support, patience, and understanding during this unprecedented time.  Following COVID-19 guidelines, we were able to take care of many eye care needs this past year.

Being forced to slow down and operate with limited


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Skolnik: No, Mr. Rich – Low Cost Healthcare Does Not Lead To Lower Life Expectancy

By RICHARD SKOLNIK
Los Alamos

I write in response to the Mick Rich article published Jan. 1, “Rich: New Mexico From Bottom 10 To Top 10 In 10 Years.” (link)

All of us share Mr. Rich’s desire to see New Mexico improve its standing in health, education, and the economy. However, Mr. Rich’s suggestions about healthcare are certainly not a path for moving forward. Mr. Rich’s article noted:

“New Mexicans who enjoy nearly free healthcare have the lowest life expectancy. Yet our leaders want to expand free healthcare, to lower life expectancy for more people.” 

Such comments reflect a profound ignorance


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