Health Care

New Mexico Delegation Applauds Contract Worth Up To $237 Million Awarded To UNM And Project ECHO To Train Nursing Homes On COVID-19 Infection Control

STATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.), applauded the announcement of a contract worth up to $237 million from the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) created under the CARES Act to the University of New Mexico (UNM) and Project ECHO.

The funding will expand a pilot program in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to educate nursing homes about COVID-19


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New Mexico Extends Successful Partnership To Get Students Back On Track After Education Interruption

Deputy Secretary Katarina Sandoval

STATE News:

SANTA FE — A statewide program to help New Mexicans navigate the challenges of education during the global health emergency will be extended after spring results demonstrated significant success in supporting K-12 students across the state.

Participants in the ENGAGE New Mexico program are connected to a personal academic coach to help the students develop plans for success in challenging times, answer questions about technology and curriculum, and connect students to community support.

“We knew that for many students and their families,


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Local Rotary Club Hosts Los Alamos County Clerk Naomi Maestas Speaking On ‘Have A Voting Plan’

Los Alamos County Clerk Naomi Maestas. Los Alamos Daily Post/file photo

By LINDA HULL
Vice President
Rotary Club of Los Alamos

“Have a voting plan”, advised Los Alamos County Clerk Naomi Maestas when speaking Sept. 22 to the Rotary Club of Los Alamos via Zoom.

Maestas, who has served in the Clerk’s office since 2005, also urged voters to “bring your patience” as the Clerk’s Office strives to provide safe voting options during the Covid-19 crisis.

The ballots are two pages long this year with elected officials, judicial retentions, and constitutional amendments and bonds to consider, another


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LARSO Spotlights Neighbors Helping Neighbors Ahead Of Celebrating Make A Difference Day Saturday, Oct. 24

By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Executive Director
LARSO

Starting Thursday, your local senior centers will count down the days for you to help them make a difference.

The Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization (LARSO), would like to spotlight, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, as we head toward “Make A Difference Day” Saturday, Oct. 24.

The day, originally held in 1992 by USA Weekend, was established to help encourage us to take one day a year to try to make a difference in the world. The goal is for everyone to come together and help the people who need it the most.

This could be anyone from your neighbor


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LAHS Students Promote ‘Court For A Cause’ Homecoming

LAHS Stay@Home-Coming Court from top left, Angel Sanchez, Elizabeth Atencio, Ella Hailey, Jenna Harris, Konstantin Nelson, Leeson Weaver, Mason D’Andrea, Maximilian Corliss, Michaela Gonzales, Tia Hartzol, Noah Bridgewater and Samuel Castille. Courtesy/LAHS

LAHS News:

This week Los Alamos High School is hosting Stay@Home-Coming rather than the traditional Homecoming festivities due to the pandemic.

The theme for this year is, appropriately, CRUSH THE COVID! There’s still lots of spirit, though, and plenty of creativity to celebrate in style.

The students on the newly selected


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On The Job In Los Alamos: Giving Flu Shots At Smith’s

On the job in Los Alamos today is Pharmacist Kelsey Hornsby administering a flu shot at the pharmacy at Smith’s Food and Drug, 31 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. This pharmacy is now requiring people to make an appointment to receive a flu shot – due to high volume, they are no longer accepting walk-ins. To make an appointment, visit www.smithsfoodanddrug.com/flu or call 1.800.576.4377. The pharmacy at Smith’s Marketplace in Los Alamos, 751 Trinity Dr., said this evening that there is a 60 to 90 minute wait and recommends people also make an appointment at www.smithsfoodanddrug.com/flu or by calling

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NMPED COVID-19 Update: 10 Staff Members And 6 Students Test Positive In New Mexico Public Schools In Last 24 Hours

NMPED News:

SANTA FE — The Public Education Department announced this afternoon 16 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. Two of the infected individuals are students who were last on campus Sept. 17 and Sept. 24. The other infected individual is a staff member who was last on campus on Aug. 24. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected schools have

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Atomic City Transit Rte 6, North Mesa Back In Service Oct. 5

Atomic City Transit reopens Route 6 – North Mesa beginning Monday, Oct. 5. Courtesy/ACT

COUNTY News:

Atomic City Transit announces the reopening of Route 6 – North Mesa beginning Monday, Oct. 5. 

Route 6 will join the bus service being provided on Routes 1, 2M and 2T that began June 15. Routes will operate with reduced service hours from approximately 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

To maintain passenger safety, Atomic City Transit continues to comply with the public health recommendations in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order:

  • Passengers will be required to wear

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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 178 New Cases, Total Now At 29,157 With 2 More Deaths And 16,565 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 178 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:

  • 48 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 28 new cases in Chaves County
  • 3 new cases in Cibola County
  • 17 new cases in Curry County
  • 26 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 14 new cases in Eddy County
  • 7 new cases in Lea County
  • 1 new case in Lincoln County
  • 3 new cases in McKinley County

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Chart 199: COVID-19 In New Mexico Sept. 29

This chart shows the overall COVID-19 risk in New Mexico by county. The nonprofit organization Covid Act Now monitors daily diagnoses, infection rates, testing positivity, ICU headroom and contacts traced. The overall COVID-19 risk is based on these five metrics. Map credit: mapchart.net. Source: covidactnow.org/us/nm/. Created by Eli Ben-Naim

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Emotional Healing: A Tangential Focus

By DR. TED WIARD

Editors Note: This is an ongoing series by grief specialist Dr. Ted Wiard, dedicated to helping educate the community about emotional healing.

Societal losses have continued to inundate people as a community, family, and individuals.

Societal losses such as the COVID pandemic, fires, politics, fears in elections, hurricanes, deaths of leaders, financial losses, and many more stressors due to changes within society have traumatized most people over the last 8 months to new levels.

As grief tries to redefine these situations and help transition people into the actuality


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NMPED COVID-19 Update: 8 Staff Members And 4 Students Test Positive In New Mexico Public Schools In Last 24 Hours

NMPED News:

SANTA FE — The Public Education Department announced this afternoon 12 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 Chaves County. Two of the infected individual are staff members who were last on campus Sept. 14 and Sept. 22. Additionally, one student tested positive and was last on campus on Sept. 15.  All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been

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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 143 New Cases, Total Now At 28,985 With 3 New Deaths And 16,422 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 143 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

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

Today’s update includes 3 new deaths related to COVID-19.

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

  • 47 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 5 new cases in Chaves County
  • 1 new case in Cibola County
  • 11 new cases in Curry County
  • 19 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 4 new cases in Eddy County
  • 4 new cases in Grant County
  • 2 new cases in Lea County
  • 3 new cases in Luna County
  • 10 new cases

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Chart 198: COVID-19 In New Mexico Sept. 28

This chart shows the overall COVID-19 risk by state. The nonprofit organization Covid Act Now monitors daily diagnoses, infection rates, testing positivity, ICU headroom and contacts traced in each state. The overall COVID-19 risk is based on these five metrics. The high infection rate is responsible for New Mexico being classified as high risk. Map credit: mapchart.net. Source: covidactnow.org. Created by Eli Ben-Naim

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Scenes From Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church Celebrating First Sunday Worship Service Since March 8

Members of the congregation of Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church gathered in person this morning outside in the parking lot at 2390 North Road to celebrate Sunday worship service for the first time since March 8. Before the service Pastor Nicolé Raddu Ferry told the Los Alamos Daily Post, ‘It will be safe! It will be together! It will be during a beautiful fall morning!’ Visit www.bethluth.com. Photo by Nate Limback/ladailypost.com

Scene of the outdoor worship service this morning in the parking lot at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church at 2390 North Road. Photo by Nate Limback/ladailypost.com


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 159 New Cases, Total Now At 28,844 With Zero New Deaths And 16,301 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 159 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

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

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

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

  • 32 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 11 new cases in Chaves County
  • 1 new case in Cibola County
  • 6 new cases in Colfax County
  • 3 new cases in Curry County
  • 20 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 29 new cases in Eddy County
  • 17 new cases in Lea County
  • 1 new cases in Lincoln County

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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 206 New Cases, Total Now At 28,692 With 5 New Deaths And 16,211 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 206 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

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

Today’s update also announces 5 new deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 40 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 33 new cases in Chaves County
  • 8 new cases in Cibola County
  • 8 new cases in Curry County
  • 39 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 11 new cases in Eddy County
  • 12 new cases in Lea County
  • 3 new cases in Lincoln County

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