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Health Department Reports Los Alamos At Turquoise Level!

The updated statewide COVID-19 map for the two-week period beginning today. Courtesy/NMDOH

NMDOH News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health today announced the updated statewide COVID-19 map for the two-week period beginning today, March 10.

Los Alamos and six other New Mexico counties have advanced to the Turquoise Level, which is the least restrictive of all the levels.

Seven counties have moved to the Green Level, at which there are fewer restrictions on commercial and day-to-day activities amid decreased virus risk.

Eighteen counties are at the Yellow Level as of today and only


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 257 New Cases, Total 187,487 With 9 New Deaths And 160,142 Patients Recovered

STATE News:
SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials today announced 257 additional COVID-19 cases.
Los Alamos County reports no new cases today so the total remains 486 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 9 more deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 94 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 7 new cases in Chaves County
  • 3 new cases in Cibola County
  • 4 new cases

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Bill Adding COVID-19 To Workers’ Comp Act Passes House

Rep. Dayan Hochman-Vigil

STATE News:

Santa Fe — Monday, essential workers who contract COVID-19, and whose employers have failed to comply with Covid-safe practices, will qualify for Workers’ Compensation benefits under new legislation passed by the New Mexico House of Representatives.  

Sponsored by Rep. Dayan Hochman-Vigil (D-Albuquerque)Rep. Christine Chandler (D-Los Alamos)Rep. Meredith A. Dixon (D-Albuquerque)Rep. Daymon Ely (D-Corrales), and Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero (D-Albuquerque).

House Bill 268 adds to the Workers’ Compensation Act a rebuttable


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Heinrich, Luján, Leger Fernández Welcome Nearly $1 Million For Broadband And Telehealth Projects In New Mexico

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández (D-N.M.) are welcoming announcements from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development that several projects in New Mexico will receive a combined $927,966 through the Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants program.

The funding is made available through the CARES Act that Senators Heinrich and Luján helped pass in 2020. Senators Heirnich and Luján and Rep. Leger Fernández will continue working to support broadband and telehealth


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 209 New Cases, Total 187,238 With 19 New Deaths, 158,616 Patients Recovered

STATE News:
SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials today announced 209 additional COVID-19 cases.
Los Alamos County reports no new cases today so the total remains 486 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 19 more deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 85 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Cibola County
  • 6 new cases in Curry County
  • 37 new cases

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Emotional Healing: Noticing Changes Can Save Lives

By DR. TED WIARD
Golden Willow Retreat 

COVID-19 continues to be a major focus for most people in the world and rightfully so, as many people continue to become infected by the virus and sickness and death are still major concerns.

Lately, there has been a decrease in infections, hospitalizations, and infection as the vaccine and conscious behaviors are helping decrease people being infected by the disease.

The world is not out of the woods, but as proactive action and healthy behaviors continue, the world will be able to start to re-open its ways of life and find a new norm of how to step back into


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Full School Reentry Is Here; All Staff Prioritized For Vaccine

NMDOH / NMPED News:

  • All educators offered vaccine by end of March; schools to move rapidly to expand in-person learning
  • Goal: All schools in full reentry no later than April 5

SANTA FE – All New Mexico school staff members will be offered a COVID-19 vaccine before the end of March as a gateway to further expanding safe in-person learning with a goal of reaching full reentry by April 5, the Public Education Department and Department of Health announced today.

“I bring you good news today – news you’ve been waiting to hear for a year: We’re going back to school,” Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 126 New Cases, Total 187,040 With 3 New Deaths, 157,504 Patients Recovered

STATE News:
SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials today announced 126 additional COVID-19 cases.
Los Alamos County reports no new cases today so the total remains 486 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:

  • 60 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Colfax County
  • 7 new cases in Curry County
  • 23 new cases

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Chart 359 COVID-19 In New Mexico March 8, 2021

This chart shows the current minimum age requirement for vaccination of older Americans by state. Aged-based eligibility does vary county-to-county in Arizona, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Wyoming. Additionally, people over the age of 16 may qualify for a vaccine based on occupation or on medical risk factors. Source: New York Times. Map: mapchart.net. Created by Eli Ben-Naim

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New Mexico Announces COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility For K-12 Educators, Early Childhood Professionals And Staff

NMDOH News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) announced today that all K-12 educators, early childhood (EC) professionals, and staff will be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine beginning today, March 8.

In keeping with a White House directive, the state will offer first shots to these groups over an approximately three-week period, as follows: 

  • Week 1 (beginning today): Educators and EC professionals outside the Albuquerque metro area;
  • Week 2 (beginning March 15): Educators and EC professionals within the Albuquerque metro area, likely at a mass vaccination site;

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U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Secures Critical Funding For Veterans In American Rescue Plan Act

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Military Construction (MILCON), Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, secured provisions in the American Rescue Plan Act that would provide essential resources to help New Mexico veterans get the health care, employment, and housing support they need during this unprecedented time.

“Veterans in New Mexico are facing unprecedented economic hardships and health concerns as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s why I fought to make sure that critical provisions


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 183 New Cases, Total 186,922 With 12 New Deaths, 156,554 Patients Recovered

STATE News:
SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials today announced 183 additional COVID-19 cases.
Los Alamos County reports no new cases today so the total remains 486 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 12 more deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 54 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 5 new cases in Chaves County
  • 2 new cases in Cibola County
  • 1 new

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Second Member Of New Mexico State Police And National Guard State Capitol Security Detail Tests Positive For COVID

By DANIEL J. CHACÓN
dchacon@sfnewmexican.com

A second member of the New Mexico State Police and National Guard security detail at the state Capitol has tested positive for COVID-19.

“The individual who tested positive was not working inside the Capitol,” Raúl E. Burciaga, director of the New Mexico Legislative Council Service, wrote in an email Saturday.

Burciaga said contact tracing and appropriate isolation and quarantine measures have been taken.

The positive test result emerged among 93 people tested Friday by the state Department of Health. Another case is pending results.

The positive


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 288 New Cases, Total 186,742 With 10 New Deaths, 155,000 Patients Recovered

STATE News:
SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials today announced 288 additional COVID-19 cases.
Los Alamos County reports 1 new case today bringing the total to 486 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 10 more deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 75 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 4 new cases in Chaves County
  • 5 new cases in Cibola County
  • 2 new cases

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New Mexico Indian Affairs Dept. Partners With Honoring Native Life To Host A Suicide Prevention Training Series

NMIAD News: For Behavioral Health Providers In Tribal Communities

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Indian Affairs Department (IAD) has partnered with Honoring Native Life (HNL) to host a suicide prevention training series for behavioral health providers in Tribal communities from March 2021 to May 2021.

Created in 2011, HNL serves as a clearinghouse for Native American suicide prevention that provides culturally appropriate suicide prevention assistance to the state’s Native American individuals, families, and Tribal nations.

HNL is housed at the University of New Mexico Department of Psychiatry


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Skolnik: Vaccinating Los Alamos – Keep The Communications Coming

By RICHARD SKOLNIK
Los Alamos

It is heartening to see the progress that Los Alamos is making in its COVID-19 vaccination program. I also appreciate the increasing amount of information that county officials and other stakeholders have provided on the vaccine program over the last few months.

The county recently published, for example, a statistical update on the vaccine program. Such information is very helpful. However, it must be a starting point and not an end point. The county also needs to highlight for the community the extent to which the program is meeting its aims, what constraints


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