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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 296 New Cases, Total Now At 30,296 With 3 More Deaths And 17,210 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 298 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County has 1 new case today bringing the total to 34 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update announces 3 new deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 75 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 32 new cases in Chaves County
  • 1 new case in Cibola County
  • 20 new cases in Curry County
  • 67 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 16 new cases in Eddy County
  • 1 new case in Grant County
  • 1 new

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LAMC Auxiliary Making Masks For Community

LAMC Auxiliary member Chriss Bernardin has sewn and donated more than 700 masks. Courtesy photo

LAMC Auxiliary News:

COVID-19 has changed many things in the country and the world. One thing it hasn’t changed is the commitment to the community by the Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) Auxilians.

With cancellation of the annual health fair, cancer and heart seminar dinners, the Auxilians are busy making and distributing free masks.

Auxiliary member Chriss Bernardin has sewn more than 700 double-sided masks to donate to the community. Her masks have been dropped off at the Los Alamos Police Department,


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Aging & Long-Term Services Reminds New Mexicans About Medicare Open Enrollment Deadlines

ALTSD News:

The New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department (ALTSD) wants to make certain that Medicare beneficiaries including older adults and people living with a disability as well as their caregivers, are aware of the upcoming fall open enrollment deadlines.

From Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 of this year, people enrolled in the Medicare program can make changes to their existing coverage such as switch to a different Part D drug plan or Medicare Advantage plan, or drop their private plan and go back on Original Medicare with a standalone Part D plan.

Any changes made during Medicare Open


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 341 New Cases, Total Now At 30,000 With 5 More Deaths And 17,055 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 341 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 33 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 5 new deaths related to COVID-19.

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

  • 99 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 32 new cases in Chaves County
  • 12 new cases in Cibola County
  • 3 new cases in Colfax County
  • 27 new cases in Curry County
  • 45 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 16 new cases in Eddy County
  • 1 new case in Grant County
  • 26 new cases in Lea County
  • 1 new

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NMPED COVID-19 Update: 4 Staff Members And 1 Student Test Positive In New Mexico Public Schools In Last 24 Hours

NMPED COVID-19 update:

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department announced today 7 new positive cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.

Rapid response has been initiated, and all pertinent information has been verified with the schools and school districts.

The following new cases have been reported:

  • One case in Chaves County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Sept. 28. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.
  • One case in Doña Ana County. The infected individual is a student

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Operation Thank You Honors New Mexico Health Care Hero Anne Marie Peeters-Weem Of Los Alamos Medical Center

Anne Marie Peeters-Weem, right, of Los Alamos Medical Center is honored at a ceremony Thursday at the Santa Fe Jet Center, SAF at 109 Aviation Dr. in Santa Fe as part of Operation Thank You. Courtesy/LAMC

Anne Marie Peeters-Weem, center, of LAMC holds a banner during a ceremony Thursday at the Santa Fe Jet Center, SAF at 109 Aviation Dr. in Santa Fe. Courtesy/LAMC

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
caclark@ladailypost.com

Anne Marie Peeters-Weem, PharmD of Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) was selected to represent the hospital Thursday at a national event thanking front line staff and celebrating


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New Mexico Delegation: $1.5 Million In CARES Act Funding For State’s Coronavirus Economic Recovery Strategy

New Mexico Delegation News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) applauded a $1.5 million grant to the New Mexico Economic Development Department to help develop a statewide coronavirus economic recovery plan.

The funds are awarded from the U.S. Economic Development Agency’s (EDA) Recovery Assistance grant program that the New Mexico delegation fought to establish in the CARES Act that Congress passed in March.

“In addition to the lives


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U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján On Passage Of New Heroes Act To Protect American Lives And Livelihoods

U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján

STATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the House passage of the new Heroes Act to support families and small businesses, bolster COVID-19 testing and contact tracing, and provide much-needed relief to local, state, and Tribal governments:

“In the nearly 150 days since the House passed the original Heroes Act, I have heard from tens of thousands of New Mexicans calling for additional relief for their families, small businesses, hospitals, and schools. They witnessed as


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President Trump And First Lady Test Positive For COVID-19

President Donald Trump announced in a tweet early this morning that he and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19. In response to the news, people from across the nation and every political persuasion called in this morning to C-SPAN to express sentiments ranging from best wishes and prayers to the president and first lady for a speedy recovery to anger at the president for holding large political rallies and his reluctance to promote the importance of wearing masks and social distancing. The president’s physician reported this morning that both the president and his wife


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Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler And Challenger David Hampton On Chamber Virtual Forum Discuss Issues Of Concern To Business Community

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

bjgordon@ladailypost.com

Incumbent Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler (Democrat) and Republican challenger David Hampton joined Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Director Ryn Herrmann and Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation Executive Director Patrick Sullivan Tuesday for a discussion of issues of special relevance to the business community via Zoom.

The last two years have been productive in the New Mexico House of Representatives, Chandler said. She serves on the taxation and revenue and judiciary committees, which often deal with


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NMPED COVID-19 Update: 7 Staff Members And 3 Students Test Positive In New Mexico Public Schools In Last 24 Hours

NMPED COVID-19 update:

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department announced today 10 new positive cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.

Rapid response has been initiated, and all pertinent information has been verified with the schools and school districts.

The following new cases have been reported:

  • Three cases in Bernalillo County. All three infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property
  •  Sept. 3 and Sept. 23 (two individuals). All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.
  • One case

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Chart 201: COVID-19 In New Mexico Oct. 1

New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) has set two health requirements for public schools to be allowed to transition to hybrid instruction. The respective county must meet two gating criteria: (1) seven-day average for daily diagnoses below 8 per 100,000 people, and (2) testing positivity rate below 5 percent. As of today, nine New Mexico counties do not meet these gating criteria. Note however, that NMPED updates the list of counties approved for hybrid learning only periodically, and certainly not on a day by day basis. Source: New Mexico Department of Health. Map credit: mapchart.net

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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 227 New Cases, Total Now At 29,661 With 5 More Deaths And 16,926 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 227 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 33 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 5 new deaths related to COVID-19.

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

  • 53 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 40 new cases in Chaves County
  • 5 new cases in Cibola County
  • 3 new cases in Curry County
  • 47 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 14 new cases in Eddy County
  • 4 new cases in Grant County
  • 16 new cases in Lea County
  • 3 new cases in Lincoln County
  • 1 new

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APCG: We Count, Now And Beyond The Next Decade

By All Pueblo Council of Governors

The impacts of past census counts are evident in almost every Tribal community across the nation. Bustling clinics, lively Head Start schools, and much needed housing developments show that the Census does have a real impact on Native American tribes.

Federal decision-makers use the data collected by the Census to disperse millions of dollars to the state and to our Tribal communities.

A Census count occurs every decade and it is not an exaggeration to say the 2020 Census may be the most important yet, not only for us but for future generations as we work to address


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DEA: National Health Care Fraud And Opioid Takedown Results In Charges Against 345 Defendants Responsible For More Than $6 Billion In Alleged Fraud Losses

DEA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian C. Rabbitt of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Assistant Administrator Tim McDermott of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Assistant Director Calvin Shivers of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, and Deputy Inspector General Gary Cantrell of the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General announced Wednesday a historic nationwide enforcement action involving 345 charged defendants across 51 federal districts, including more than 100 doctors, nurses and other licensed


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NMPED COVID-19 Update: 3 Staff Members And 4 Students Test Positive In New Mexico Public Schools In Last 24 Hours

NMPED COVID-19 update:

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department announced today seven new positive cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.

Rapid response has been initiated, and all pertinent information has been verified with the schools and school districts.

The following new cases have been reported:

  • One case in Chaves County. The infected individual is a student who was last on school property Sept. 18. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.
  • One case in Doña Ana County. The infected individual is a staff

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LAPS Superintendent Shares Message With Parents

By Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus
Los Alamos Public Schools

Dear LAPS Parents and Families,

With student well-being and learning as our top focus area, I want to pause this afternoon and acknowledge the tremendous challenges we are all facing. Since everyone’s experience is unique, I do not pretend to know your individual family situation; however, I can share my own struggles, emotional swings, and failures.

Since the pandemic started and forced the closure of school, I have felt a wide range of emotions reflected in being overly cheerful and sending encouraging messages to outright tears,


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 281 New Cases, Total Now At 29,435 With 2 More Deaths And 16,671 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 281 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 33 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 2 new deaths related to COVID-19.

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

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 281 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

  • 61 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 31 new cases in Chaves County
  • 3 new cases in Cibola County
  • 33

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