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AG Balderas And Identity Theft Resource Center To Assist COVID-19 Scam Victims With Phone Bank Event

AG News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Identity Theft Coalition, under the leadership of the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General, and the Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC), a nationally recognized non-profit organization established to support victims of identity crime, announced Thursday that they will hold a phone bank as part of a nationwide effort to help victims of COVID-19 scams and identity crime.

Anyone who has been the victim of a COVID-19 scam or identity theft can call in during this time for resources and direct assistance. 

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NMPED COVID-19 Update: 13 Staff Members And 1 Student Test Positive In New Mexico Public Schools In Last 24 Hours

NMPED News:

SANTA FE — The Public Education Department announced Friday afternoon 14 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 Bernalillo County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on campus Sept. 18. The school is in the remote learning mode. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.
  • Four cases in three

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Chart 195: COVID-19 In New Mexico Sept. 25

The bars in this chart show the number of diagnoses versus date, and the line shows the seven-day average. The state of New Mexico is on the verge of meeting the ‘high risk state’ classification, according to criteria set by New Mexico Department of Health. These criteria are used to require self quarantine by travelers from out of state coming from high risk states. The seven-day average is currently 7.85 per 100,000 people, merely 2 percent shy of the threshold of 8. Source: New Mexico Department of Health. Created by Eli Ben-Naim

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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 263 New Cases, Total Now At 28,487 With 6 New Deaths And 16,020 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 263 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County has 1 new case today bringing the total to 33 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update also announces 6 new deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 51 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 33 new cases in Chaves County
  • 1 new case in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Colfax County
  • 10 new cases in Curry County
  • 54 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 27 new cases in Eddy County

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NMPED COVID-19 Update: 5 Staff Members And 1 Students Test Positive In New Mexico Public Schools In Last 24 Hours

NMPED COVID-19 update:

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department announced this afternoon six 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:

  • Two cases at two public schools in Eddy County. Both infected individuals are staff members. The infected individuals were last on campus Sept. 14 and Sept. 18. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive

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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 239 New Cases, Total Now At 28,224 With 2 New Deaths And 15,825 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 239 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 32 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update also announces 2 new deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 58 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 16 new cases in Chaves County
  • 5 new cases in Cibola County
  • 11 new cases in Curry County
  • 29 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 23 new cases in Eddy County
  • 7 new cases in Grant County
  • 16 new cases in Lea County
  • 3

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Chart 194: COVID-19 In New Mexico Sept. 24

This chart reflects the change in number of diagnoses during a two week period by county. The percentages indicate change in number of diagnoses for the two week period ending Se. 23 compared with the two week period ending Sept, 9. The statewide figure is highlighted, while counties with less than 20 diagnoses are not shown. Five counties: Cibola, Guadalupe, Sierra, Socorro and Torrance had either zero or one case in the two weeks preceding Sept. 9. The total number of diagnoses in these five counties has increased over 15-fold, from 3 to 46. In Los Alamos county, there were 4 diagnoses over the

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American Academy Of Actuaries Publishes New Issue Brief On COVID-19 Impact On Pension Plans

AAA News:

The American Academy of Actuaries (AAA) has published a new issue brief on COVID-19 and its impact on pension plans.

 

Highlights include:

  • There is much uncertainty about the impacts of COVID-19 on both near-term and assumed long-term future mortality.
  • The effects of the pandemic on the economy, on workforce patterns, and on plan sponsors’ budgets are likely to be far more financially significant to most pension plans, at least in the near term, than the effect on mortality. There is expected to be wide variance among the plans themselves, regardless of whether they are private

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Sen. Udall Leads Indian Affairs Hearing On Legislation To Address Broadband, Health Care Access In Indian Country

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined committee chairman John Hoeven (R-N.D.) to convene a legislative hearing on five bills, including the Bridging the Tribal Digital Divide Act and the Native Behavioral Health Access Improvement Act.

The Bridging the Tribal Digital Divide Act, introduced by Udall along with U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), would accelerate the deployment of broadband services to Native communities by coordinating and


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NMPED COVID-19 Update: 4 Staff Members And 2 Students Test Positive In New Mexico Public Schools In Last 24 Hours

NMPED COVID-19 update:

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department announced this afternoon six 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:

  • Two cases at two public schools in Bernalillo County that are in the remote learning mode. One infected individual is a student; the other is a staff member. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 200 New Cases, Total Now At 27,987 With 3 New Deaths And 15,669 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 200 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County has 1 new case today bringing the total to 32 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

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

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

  • 28 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 22 new cases in Chaves County
  • 7 new cases in Cibola County
  • 2 new cases in Colfax County
  • 15 new cases in Curry County
  • 33 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 22 new cases in Eddy County

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Chart 193: COVID-19 In New Mexico Sept. 23

Effective today, Sept. 23, the state of New Mexico revised restrictions for travelers incoming from out of state. Travelers from 10 low-risk states and the District of Columbia are exempt from the mandatory self quarantine requirement. For a state to be classified as a low risk, it must meet two criteria: (i) test positivity rate below 5 percent and (ii) seven-day average of daily diagnoses below 8 per 100,000 residents. Source: https://www.newmexico.org/covid-19-traveler-information/. Map credit: mapchart.net. Created by Eli Ben-Naim

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New Mexico Updates High-Risk States Adding Colorado, Oregon And Rhode Island To Quarantine Order

STATE News:

SANTA FE – The state of New Mexico, pursuant to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s executive order requiring quarantine for out-of-state visitors arriving from high-risk states, amended today, Wednesday Sept. 23, the list of states from which visitors and arriving residents must quarantine.

Per the executive order intended to protect New Mexicans by minimizing the risk of spread from out-of-state travel: Colorado, Oregon and Rhode Island have been added to the list of high-risk states as of Sept. 23. Individuals arriving from those states must quarantine for a period of 14 days or


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New Mexico School Reopening Guidelines Echoed By CDC

Color-coded map showing counties in red, yellow or green with green (safest) to red (unsafe). Courtesy/NMDOH

NMPED News:

SANTA FE — The detailed, color-coded guidelines for safe school reopening that New Mexico adopted weeks ago are echoed now in long-awaited federal guidelines from the national Centers for Disease Control.

The CDC’s Indicators for Dynamic School Decision-Making, issued Sept. 15, are organized into a table that runs from green (safest) to red (unsafe). The colors are linked to community health factors including test positivity rate, new cases per capita and the ability


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As COVID-19 Deaths Reach 200,000, Heinrich Pushes For A Task Force To Investigate Trump Administration’s Political Interference In Pandemic Response

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined 33 Senate Democrats to introduce the Science and Transparency Over Politics Act.

This legislation would create a task force of the Pandemic Response and Accountability Committee charged with conducting a thorough investigation into any political interference with decisions made by scientific agencies of the Department of Health and Human Services in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic response.

The Science and Transparency Over Politics Act Act also would release these


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 110 New Cases, Total Now At 27,790 With 3 New Deaths And 15,586 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 110 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 31 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

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

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

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

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County Celebrates ‘Bike To Wherever Days 2020’

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County is celebrating “Bike to Wherever Days 2020” Sept. 23-27.

With so many people out bicycling and the need to keep everyone healthy and safe, Bike to Work Day 2020 is now Bike to Wherever Days.

While all the typical Bike to Work pit stops will be missed, bicyclists have the opportunity to share photos and stories about how they Bike to Wherever.

The community is encouraged to share photos of solo or family rides on social media using #LosAlamosBikeToWherever and share the joy biking brings them to win a raffle prize.  

Show the county, show the world, show neighbors the


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Chart 192: COVID-19 In New Mexico Sept. 22

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. Created by Eli Ben-Naim


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CARES Funds Update: Los Alamos County Concerned That Few Have Applied For Individual Emergency Grants And Small Business Continuity Grants

COUNTY News:

…County officials urge community, businesses to apply by deadline coming up Friday, Sept. 25  

County project managers reported today that very few individuals and businesses have submitted applications for CARES funding, causing concern that the community may not be aware that funds are available.

“At this time we have only received a handful of applications for small business assistance or individual emergency grants,” Chief Financial Officer Helen Perraglio said. “We want to do everything possible to get these funds out into the community, and so we’re stepping


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