Health Care

New Mexico COVID-19 Cases At 9,621 With 5 More Deaths And 4,072 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 102 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 6 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 5 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 12 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 3 new cases in Chaves County
  • 3 new cases in Cibola County
  • 2 new cases in Colfax County
  • 6 new cases in Curry County
  • 12 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 1 new case in Hidalgo County
  • 3 new cases in Lea County
  • 6

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New Mexico Auditor Brian Colón On Firing Of Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services CEO David Conejo

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico State Auditor Brian S. Colón issued the following statement Thursday on the firing of CEO David Conejo of Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services (Hospital):

“I have long been concerned with the troubling allegations of gross operational mismanagement, failure to communicate, and lack of transparency at the Hospital under the leadership of CEO David Conejo,” Colón said. “Over the past year I have held Mr. Conejo and the Hospital administration accountable and will continue my attentive and vigilant oversight of the Hospital’s fiscal operations.


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New Mexico Fishing Report For June 12

Ben and Kathy Newton from Logan own Ute Lake Fish N Fun bait shop. Courtesy photo

NMGF News:

In this time of change, the Department would like to encourage anglers to continue COVID safe practices; it is a great time to mend equipment, stock tackle boxes and prepare for upcoming fishing trips.

In the weekly fishing report, provided by Dustin Berg of Go Unlimited (supporting disabled anglers) and the Department of Game and Fish, we will continue to share tips and tricks to help you be ready and to safely go on your next adventure.

Check out the latest stocking report.

In this week’s fishing report,


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HOPE Pregnancy Providing Remote Services

HOPE Pregnancy Center News:

HOPE Pregnancy Center continues to serve our community through remote parent mentoring, material assistance porch-drops and take-home pregnancy tests.  

HOPE’s offices have remained closed since March 16 due to the stay-at-home mandate and to ensure staff and client health and safety and will remain closed until further notice. HOPE’s in-person activities and events are on hold until meeting restrictions due to COVID-19 are lifted and the board and staff agree that the safety of the participants can be reasonably ensured.

Even though HOPE’s offices are closed,


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases At 9,526 With 6 More Deaths And 3,983 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 162 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 6 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 6 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 18 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Chaves County
  • 7 new cases in Cibola County
  • 3 new cases in Curry County
  • 7 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 1 new case in Eddy County
  • 1 new case in Grant County
  • 1 new case in Hidalgo County
  • 3 new cases

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Irvin-Vitela: Legislature Should Strengthen And Sustain A Healthy Democracy During COVID-19 Pandemic

By Lilly Irvin-Vitela
New Mexico First on behalf of the New Mexicans for Ethics Coalition, Kathleen Sabo, Ethics Watch, and Sydney Tellez, Common Cause:

Now, more than ever, New Mexicans count on our citizen legislature to fulfill the public trust by approaching the June 18 Special Session with transparency, inclusion and equity.

May 8, 2020, the New Mexicans for Ethics Coalition, a member organization, and 30 additional organizations aligned to share an open letter to legislators http://nmfirst.org/legislative_updates/special-session-letter to suggest ways to strengthen and sustain


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U.S. Sen. Udall, Heinrich Urge Senate Leadership To Include Higher Education Relief In Upcoming Coronavirus Legislation

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M) joined a group of 31 senators in urging Senate leadership to include $47 billion in financial support for students and institutions of higher learning in the upcoming coronavirus relief package.

In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the senators called for additional funding to ensure that students are able to complete their degrees despite the impact of COVID-19.

The senators also emphasized the substantial costs


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State Permits Breweries ‘Soft’ Reopening; Allowing Broader Reopening Monday

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced this afternoon that the state’s emergency public health order will be amended to permit a limited reopening for breweries this weekend followed by a broader reopening Monday, June 15.

Under the amended order, effective Friday, June 12, breweries may offer outdoor and patio seating at 50 percent of maximum occupancy as determined by the fire code.

The following stipulations apply:

  • No service may be provided in indoor seating areas;
  • Outdoor service may be provided only to patrons who are seated;
  • Tables must be placed at least 6 feet

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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases At 9,367 With 10 More Deaths And Patients Recovered 3,899

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 121 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 6 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 10 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 31 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 2 new cases in Chaves County
  • 2 new cases in Cibola County
  • 18 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 3 new cases in Eddy County
  • 1 new case in Grant County
  • 1 new case in Lea County
  • 8 new cases in Luna County
  • 14 new cases

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Y Hosting ‘Virtual’ 4th Of July 5K Family Fun Run

Scene from previous Y annual 4th of July Family Fun Run. Courtesy/YMCA

Y News:

The Family YMCA has held an annual 4th of July Family Fun Run, called the “Firecracker 5K” since 1999, and this year’s will be the 21st event, but in a modified format.

While the Y cannot hold their traditional 5K due to health concerns, in support of healthy living and social responsibility, the Y this year will host its first ever Virtual Firecracker 5K Family Fun June 28 to July 4.

The “fun” walk/run has traditionally drawn all ages and abilities to Los Alamos to compete against the clock. Because this is a virtual race,


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LA Cares Volunteers Prepare Food Bags For Local Residents

Volunteer June Gladney places items into boxes Wednesday afternoon in preparation for distribution this morning to Los Alamos residents. The food items are distributed the second Friday of the month and the Thursday before. Pickup times are 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday and 10:30 a.m. to noon Friday. The food bags and boxes are picked up in a drive by fashion in the parking lot of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church on North Road. The food items are available to LA residents only and benefit around 85 families. The food items are in large part paid from the generous monetary donations from the community. Other


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NM Hospitality Association Issues New Mexico Safe Promise

NMHA News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Hospitality Association (NMHA) and the state’s hospitality and tourism industry announced Wednesday the launch of the New Mexico Safe Promise campaign.

The initiative invites all New Mexicans to make a personal commitment to follow COVID-19 Safe Practices to help make New Mexico the safest place for its families, workers, and customers.

This initiative is about local communities supporting each other to ensure that all New Mexicans are self-accountable to abide by best practice safety standards.

To make the New Mexico Safe Promise, visit NMSafePromise.org


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Rotary: Lauritzen Describes Senior Centers During Pandemic

ROTARY News:

Bernadette Lauritzen, the executive director of the Betty Ehart Senior Center and White Rock Senior Center, was the guest speaker at the June 2 meeting of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos.

Seated in front of a wall with Betty Ehart’s portrait behind her, Lauritzen described the accommodations the senior centers have made during the COVID-19 crisis.

Changes began immediately March 14, just as the senior centers were about to celebrate Pi Day (3.14). Acting quickly, Lauritzen and staff members worked diligently to make drive-thru lunch arrangements for seniors who ordinarily would


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COVID-19 Testing Now Available For New Mexico’s Essential Food Industry Workers

NMDOH News:

As part of the state’s proactive testing efforts to identify, isolate and trace new cases, the Department of Health has designated special statewide COVID-19 testing hours for all employees who work to provide New Mexican families with food, including workers at restaurants, grocery stores, farmers’ markets, distribution centers and food manufacturing facilities.

“Our essential food industry workers continue to help New Mexican families access food,” said New Mexico Environment Department Cabinet Secretary James Kenney. “Now we can help our essential food industry workers


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RPNM Sees Shameful Greed And Waste In Decision To Pay Lawmakers While Home Before, During Special Session

RPNM News:

ALBUQUERQUE—As state lawmakers prepare to address New Mexico’s fiscal fiasco next week, the Democrat-led Legislative Council has approved allowing them to sit at home during virtual meetings and be paid before and during the Special Session: this is an insult and another hard slap in the face to all hard-working New Mexicans.

So let’s pay ourselves, at home, while the state is going broke. Spend, waste, repeat, as we all face an uncertain fiscal future.

Per diem expenses for legislators are for food, lodging and travel for legislative sessions while they are in Santa Fe.


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UNM-LA Continues Remote Operations; Planning Reopening

Laura Dominguez found that setting up a solid routine made the transition to studying at home much easier. ‘I have younger siblings around, so I had to find a place to study without interruption,’ she said. ‘Mainly, I miss going to work and socializing with my peers.’ Photo by Sandra Molina

UNM-LA News:

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) converted all spring semester classes to online formats in March.

UNM-LA faculty who were teaching in face to face classes quickly converted to new teaching techniques to continue to provide their students the opportunity to complete


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