Health Care

New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 136

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced 24 today additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Per the New Mexico Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

Seven new cases in Bernalillo County:

  • A female in her 20s
  • A female in her 30s
  • A male in his 40s
  • A male in his 50s
  • Three males in their 60s

One new case in Chaves County:

  • ​A female in her 50s

Three new cases in Doña Ana County:

  • ​Three males in their 20s

Two new cases in Sandoval County:

  • A female in her 60s
  • A male in his 70s

Six new cases in San Juan County:

  • A female in her teens
  • A female in her 30s
  • A male in his 30s
  • A female in her 40s
  • A female

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Amid COVID-19 Pandemic Del Norte Credit Union Adjusts Daily Operations Due To Possible Exposure; Temporarily Closes Los Alamos And White Rock Branches

DNCU News:

SANTA FE — Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU), New Mexico’s hometown financial cooperative announces important updates surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic that continues to spread across the country.

DNCU has adjusted operations to comply with CDC and The New Mexico Department of Health recommendations to protect their staff, members, and communities.

Although there has not been a confirmed case of COVID-19, effective today, March 26, 2020, Del Norte Credit Union is taking the following actions out of an abundance of caution:

Their locations at 40 Rover Blvd. in White Rock and 1000


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Statewide COVID-19 Response Fund Launches Today

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today a new fund established by the New Mexico Coalition of Community Foundations to help New Mexico respond to and eventually recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The All Together NM Fund will be used to address immediate needs and offer long-term support for the recovery work that lies ahead.

Pledges of more than $1.1 million from Ian and Sonnet McKinnon; Intel; Pattern Energy; Blattner Energy; and Tri State Generation and Transmission Association will seed the fund, which will be administered by the Santa Fe Community


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El Parasol Los Alamos Is Open For Business!

El Parasol Los Alamos is open for business at 1903 Central Ave. and 20th Street. Photo by Leanne Arvila

El Parasol is serving a full menu including its local favorite green chile cheeseburger and side of fries. Courtesy photo

EL PARASOL News:

El Parasol Los Alamos is open for business!

The restaurant at 1903 Central Ave. is open:

  • 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; and
  • 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Orders can be placed at the drive-thru window, in the lobby entrance or by calling 505.661.0303.

El Parasol Los Alamos also is offering curbside delivery during the Covid-19 crisis and payment


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Superintendent Shares Plan If School Ends For This Year

Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus
Los Alamos Public Schools

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus today sent the following letter to parents and families:

Dear LAPS Parents and Families

In light of the PED Secretary’s announcement today that “there is a strong likelihood that school will be closed for the remainder of the year”, we have a plan to help you and your children.

It is called innovative LA learning.

The idea is to keep the minds of LAPS students engaged with creative, age-appropriate and constructive activities. While this is a time of uncertainty and challenge,


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Los Alamos Family Council Response To COVID-19

By JORDAN REDMOND
Executive Director
Los Alamos Family Council

Trying Times

Hello friends of Los Alamos Family Council.

These are interesting times filled with new experiences for everyone. I wanted to share with you how Los Alamos Family Council will be operating its programs during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Youth Activity Centers

The Youth Activity Centers are operated on behalf of Los Alamos County through a contract. Our operating hours are determined by Los Alamos County and we will remain closed until otherwise instructed. Assuming that restrictions will be lifted in


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Life After 50: Warriors And Angels

By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Executive Director
Los Alamos Retired & Senior Organization

My Love Warriors staff at the Los Alamos and White Rock senior centers and our Donor Angels, have made week two of our shut down as uplifting as a pandemic could be during hard times.

While I write to keep the community updated, I also write, I assume in a therapeutic way, and we might not realize it, to document our living history.

We instantly started a program called Senior Services, to allow my staff to shop for our members and pick up prescriptions. We also allowed community members to donate funds for the


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Catch Of The Week: COVID-19 Phishing Via LinkedIn

Screenshot of a COVID-19 phishing message. Courtesy/Becky Rutherford

By BECKY RUTHERFORD
Los Alamos

COVID-19 phishing scams… so hot right now. Check out the latest and greatest, straight from my inbox (First screenshot of the phishing message above. Second screenshot is posted at the bottom of the story).

LinkedIn is a great way to build your professional network and make connections, but this is not the kind of connection I want to make. Yes, this is relatively obvious, but let’s go over the signs that this is malicious:

Do I know the sender? Am I expecting information about a government grant


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Skolnik: In An Outbreak, Delays Kill

By RICHARD SKOLNIK
Los Alamos

As our governor has correctly and repeatedly said, the US federal government is still failing to address COVID-19 with sufficient urgency. In an outbreak, every day of delay leads to cases and deaths that should never occur. In due course, history will correctly attribute many of these deaths to government indifference, delays, and incompetence.

In states like New Mexico, more people filed for unemployment last week than at any time in history, including the great depression. Jobless claims for the US as a whole rose from 70,000 to over 280,000, as COVID-19 began


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LANL Limits Onsite Operations Consistent With CDC; State

While Los Alamos National Laboratory is not closed, the Lab is limiting onsite operations consistent with guidance from the CDC and the State of New Mexico. The vast majority of LANL employees are working from home. Onsite, the Lab is maintaining a minimum staff to support limited, key national security activities that the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has deemed mission-essential. This is a view of a LANL parking lot showing a reduction in the normally high number of vehicles. Courtesy/LANL


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 112

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico Department of Health officials today announced 13 additional positive tests for COVID-19.
Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
Five new cases in Bernalillo County:
  • A male in his 20s
  • A female in her 40s
  • A male in his 40s
  • A female in her 70s
  • A female in her 80s
One new case in Eddy County:
  • ​A male in his 70s – deceased. As previously reported Wednesday by the Department of Health, this individual died Sunday, March 22. The state laboratory confirmed a positive COVID-19 test late Tuesday, March 24, after receiving it the same day.
Two new cases in

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COVID-19 Pandemic Precautions Prompt LANL Foundation Team To Telecommute Until At Least April 6

Courtesy/LANL Foundation

LANL FOUNDATION News:

ESPAÑOLA – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and governor’s stay-at-home order, the LANL Foundation offices will be open only for essential operations until at least April 6.

All outside meetings will be postponed or held telephonically or digitally. Reassessment will be made April 6 and a decision made about what to do going forward.  

“First and foremost, we extend our condolences to those throughout the world who are dealing with hardship during this time, and our gratitude to our leaders, healthcare professionals, first responders, and others


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State Of New Mexico Using Emergency Alert System For Important Communications During Public Health Crisis

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Given the current public health crisis and the need to communicate critical information directly to as many New Mexicans as possible, the state of New Mexico will use an emergency alert system, disseminated from the state’s Emergency Operations Center, when conditions warrant.

This system is similar to Amber Alerts, which are used to notify the public about missing children.

Alerts will be sent through text messages, television and radio.

The system is intended to disseminate important information widely and as quickly as possible and is not a cause for alarm.

The first


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New Mexico Governor Announces Two New Health Orders With Goal To Preserve Personal Protection Equipment

From the Office of the Governor:

         Preserving personal protection equipment is goal of two new health orders

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today two public health orders that will protect New Mexico’s supply of the personal protective equipment health care workers need to stay safe during the COVID-19 crisis.

One order prohibits non-essential health services, defined as services that can be delayed for three months without undue risk to the patient’s health. Eliminating non-essential medical procedures will slow the use of personal protective gear. Read it here.

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New Mexico Attorney General Warns Amazon, Facebook, Ebay, Craigslist, Walmart: Online Marketplaces Aren’t Exempt From Price Gouging Laws

Attorney General Hector Balderas. Courtesy photo

From the Office of the Attorney General:

SANTA FE ― Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas led a coalition of 32 attorneys general, urging Amazon, Facebook, Ebay, Walmart, and Craigslist to more rigorously monitor price gouging practices by online sellers using their services.

“Increasing prices on necessities like medical supplies, hand sanitizer, masks, and other items because people are in fear of the coronavirus is simply unconscionable,” Balderas said. “Businesses must exercise more thorough oversight to stop anyone using their


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New Mexico Health Department: First Death From COVID-19

STATE News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health just announced the state’s first death related to COVID-19.

Per the state Department of Health, a male in his late 70s in Eddy County died Sunday, March 22, at Artesia General Hospital.

He went to the hospital March 22 where his condition deteriorated rapidly. He died the same day. 

A COVID-19 test was performed locally and sent to the state laboratory, which received the test Tuesday, March 24. The lab confirmed the positive test late the same day.

The individual had multiple chronic underlying health issues.

“This is a tragic day,” Gov.


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Aspen Copies Is Essential And Open For Business!

Aspen Copies is listed as an essential business and remains open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday at 1907 Central Ave. For many services, customers need not set foot in the store … simply email the job and it often ships the same day. Courtesy photo

 

ASPEN COPIES News:

Aspen Copies & Office Supplies at 1907 Central Ave. is open for business!

As part of the state’s effort to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Monday a list of businesses considered nonessential that must close and those considered essential that should


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Make-A-Wish New Mexico Finds Ways To Bring Hope

Make-A-Wish New Mexico News:

ALBUQUERQUE — Make-A-Wish New Mexico faces a record number of wishes waiting to be granted as a result of the recent need to postpone all wishes that involve travel due to the public and medical concerns of COVID-19.

As 77 percent of wishes involve travel, 970 wishes nationwide, including 12 wishes of New Mexico children, were immediately impacted with additional wishes being impacted every day.

The challenging circumstances have inspired Make-A-Wish to think creatively about how to bring hope and joy to Make-A-Wish kids during unpredictable and scary times.


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Access To Soap Concerning SF Inmates During Pandemic

Santa Fe County Adult Detention Center. Courtesy/SNM

By IKE SWETLITZ
Searchlight New Mexico

Jonathan Ayala has one bath towel left. An inmate in the Santa Fe County jail, Ayala has cut his only other towel into rags so he can clean the tables and showers in his dorm-like living area.

He’s worried about the potential for COVID-19 to spread in the jail — a cramped environment that, according to him and other inmates, lacks proper cleaning supplies.

“We’re just spreading all this filth around the pod,” said Ayala, who has been incarcerated at the jail since Feb. 18.

While those of us in the outside world


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