Health Care

Udall, Heinrich: Coronavirus Bill Includes Direct Payments, Major Unemployment Insurance Expansion For New Mexicans

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) helped secure extensive workers relief provisions in the emergency coronavirus response bill, including direct payments to New Mexico families and an emergency four-month expansion of unemployment insurance (UI) worth an additional $600 per week.

The third congressional COVID-19 funding package that passed the Senate Wednesday, and the House passed today, also includes protections for furloughed workers that safeguard employer-provided health insurance.

The direct payments will


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases At 315, Additional Death

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced today 35 additional positive tests for COVID-19 and one case previously reported as positive in San Juan County but it was negative.

Today’s update includes one additional death related to COVID-19​.

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

  • 12 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 4 new cases in McKinley County
  • 1 new case in Rio Arriba County
  • 6 new cases in San Juan County
  • 7 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 4 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 1 new case in Taos County

The Department of Health also reported today one additional


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Walmart Initiates Temperature Checks, New Guidance

Walmart announces response to COVID-19 pandemic. Courtesy/Walmart

By John Furner
President & CEO, Walmart U.S.; and
Kath McLay
President & CEO
Sam’s Club

As our company and country continue to deal with the spread of COVID-19, we remain focused on the health and safety of our associates.

We continue to follow and communicate the CDC’s recommended guidance on behaviors like washing hands, social distancing and the cleaning of surfaces.

And we have made significant operational changes in our stores, clubs, DCs and FCs this month – such as closing overnight for cleaning, starting to


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Public Safety Department Closes Law Enforcement Academy

The New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

DPS News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced that Basic Law Enforcement Academy Class No. 200 cadets and New Mexico State Police Recruit Class No. 96 recruits are being sent home.

The New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy in Santa Fe will be closed amidst the growing COVID-19 pandemic. The closure is effective at 5 p.m., Friday, March 27.

­“To continue with each of these training classes is placing the recruits, cadets, trainers, veteran police officers and staff at risk,” DPS Cabinet Secretary


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LACF Establishes Nonprofit Emergency Response Funds

LACF News:

The Los Alamos Community Foundation (LACF) has established the Nonprofit Emergency Response Funds, in partnership with a growing list of local businesses and foundations.

These funds will support and assist nonprofit organizations in northern New Mexico as they respond to the impact of COVID-19 within the local communities.

Initial partners who have committed to seeding the funds include:

  • Delle Foundation;
  • LACF;
  • LANL Foundation;
  • Newport News Nuclear BWXT Los Alamos (N3B);
  • Triad National Security LLC; and
  • United Way of Northern New Mexico.

These partners have committed an


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Statewide Call To Action To Address Hunger, Food Insecurity

From New Mexico First:

The need for emergency food has hit a real crisis across New Mexico. Children are the hungriest in the nation pre-pandemic and the situation is getting desperate for families, food banks, food pantries and meal programs statewide.

The emergency food providers count on volunteers to achieve their missions. Most of those volunteers throughout the state are retirees and elders are at particularly high-risk of illness right now.

Emergency food programs throughout the state have pantries closing because of lack of volunteers. The food banks and pantries that have remained


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N3B Los Alamos Employee Tests Positive For COVID-19 Virus

COMMUNITY News:

Late Monday afternoon employees at N3B Los Alamos, the Los Alamos legacy cleanup contractor, received the following notification from management:

N3B management was notified that a member of our team had tested positive for COVID-19.

We are working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New Mexico Department of Health (NM DOH) to ensure coworkers who had contact with the individual take appropriate action and seek medical attention if symptoms arise.

The health and safety of our employee team is paramount. As such, much of our administrative workforce


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New Mexico Securities Division Outlines What To Expect Amid COVID-19 Pandemic … Alerts Investors To Be On Guard Against Anticipated Surge Of Fraudulent Schemes

Superintendent Marguerite Salazar

STATE News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department’s Securities Division is alerting investors to be on guard against an anticipated surge of fraudulent investment schemes amid the COVID-19 pandemic

The North American Securities Administrators Association, of which the New Mexico is a member, anticipates fraudulent investment schemes will rise as a result of the pandemic. 

“In these extraordinary times, the health and welfare of all must be our foremost concern, and that includes our financial health. Our primary focus


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Santa Fe Indian School Closes For Remainder Of Year

SFIS News:

SANTA FE — Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Santa Fe Indian School (SFIS) Board of Trustees has voted unanimously that the SFIS campus will remain closed for the remainder of the academic year.

The Board and Superintendent Roy Herrera stress the importance of the health and safety of students, parents, staff and community members.

Although the SFIS Campus is closed, the Board and school staff remain committed to implementing the SFIS Learning Enrichment Plan to provide continuous learning enrichment for all its students through the end of SY 2019-20 so they may promote to the next


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COVID-19 Growth Curves For March 30, 2020

This figure shows the recent growth in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases for several US states, using data through Monday 30 March. Dashed lines show exponential growth curves, labeled by doubling time in days. Many states now seem to be seeing a slight reduction in their exponential growth rates, as recent data points drop below the dashed lines showing their growth over the past two weeks. This is very good news. But the disease is still spreading, as new cases appear everywhere. The growth in New York now has a doubling time even longer than 4 days. Its earlier rapid growth with 1.4-day doubling


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Ryti: Los Alamos County Drive-up Testing

By RANDALL RYTI
Vice Chair
Los Alamos County Council

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is conducting testing for COVID-19 on Thursday April 2 from 10am to 3pm at Overlook Park in White Rock. 

This event is supported with logistical support by Los Alamos County (e.g., venue, traffic control, volunteers). Los Alamos County has other efforts underway to address this pubic health crisis.

Foremost among these efforts are making sure that basic essential services continue and the County does its part to use remote work as an option for other services. County Manager Burgess will have more


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Chart 15: COVID-19 Daily Cases By County In New Mexico

Chart shows the cumulative cases of COVID-19 by county in New Mexico. Courtesy/Eli Ben-Naim

Chart shows total cumulative tests of COVID-19 statewide in New Mexico, Courtesy/Eli Ben-Naim

Chart shows number of COVID-19 cases per county across New Mexico. Courtesy/Eli Ben-Naim

Chart shows COVID-19 in the United States and the US fraction of cases worldwide. Courtesy/Eli Ben-Naim


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Overlook Park Closed Thursday For DOH COVID-19 Testing

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos Community Services Department announced today that Overlook Park in White Rock will be closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Thursday, April 2, to enable the New Mexico Department of Health’s scheduled testing for COVID-19 to occur.

The drive-through testing will utilize the entrance road into the park and the parking lots. The closure ensures that screening can take place more efficiently and without any interference by members of the public using the park.

Overlook Park will re-open at approximately 4 p.m. Thursday.


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 281, 2 More Deaths

STATE News:

Update includes two additional deaths related to COVID-19​

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced today 44 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

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

  • 16 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 2 new cases in Chaves County
  • 1 new case in Doña Ana County
  • 3 new cases in McKinley County
  • 1 new case in Rio Arriba County
  • 5 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 5 new cases in San Juan County
  • 3 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 1 new case in Socorro County
  • 1 new case in Taos County
  • 3 new cases in Torrance County
  • 3 new cases in Valencia County

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Los Alamos County Eco Station And Overlook Convenience Center Reduce Hours Of Operation Beginning April 1

COUNTY News:

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Los Alamos County Eco Station and White Rock Overlook Convenience Center will reduce operating hours, effective Wednesday, April 1.

In an effort to reduce possible exposure between customers and residents, the Bulk Waste Collection Program and Household Hazardous Waste Program will be suspended until further notice.

Commercial and residential collection services will remain unchanged. As a reminder, set out roll carts by 8 a.m. and bag all trash.

The following reduced hours will remain in effect until further notice:

Los Alamos Eco Station

3701


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Los Alamos County COVID-19 Update: Food Supply Secure; Residents Asked Not To Hoard Food, Supplies

COUNTY News:

Officials in the Los Alamos County’s Emergency Management Office, along with Red Cross and other local responders, are urging residents to refrain from hoarding food and other paper products or cleaning supplies as New Mexico enters another week of “Stay at Home” under the Governor’s Executive Order issued March 23.

“We feel confident that, although some items may be received in limited supplies for re-stocking right now, the public should not be concerned that Los Alamos and White Rock will not be able to stock items in stores,” County Emergency Manager Beverley Simpson said.


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Debate Flares Over AI To Detect COVID-19 In Lung Scans

Medical staff perform a CT scan of a Covid-19 patient at Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan, China. STR/AFP/Getty Images

HSNW News:

A series of studies, starting as a steady drip and quickening to a deluge, has reported the same core finding amid the global spread of COVID-19: Artificial intelligence could analyze chest images to accurately detect the disease in legions of untested patients.

Casey Ross writes in STAT that the results promised a ready solution to the shortage of diagnostic testing in the U.S. and some other countries and triggered splashy press releases and a cascade of hopeful headlines.


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NMDOH Provides Healthcare Workers Avenues To Comply

NMDOH News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) announces instructions for where New Mexico health care providers can go online to comply with two public health orders announced March 25th designed to protect our state supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Providers reporting how they plan to comply with the ordered three-month delay on all non-essential medical procedures without risk to their patients can now submit their policies via the clinicians section of the NMDOH’s COVID-19 website at https://cv.nmhealth.org/clinicians/

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