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Environment Department COVID-19 Watchlist: Dec. 24

NMED News:

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) has updated its daily Rapid Response COVID-19 Watchlist, which includes New Mexico places of employment that have had two or more rapid responses in the last 14 days.

There are 175 establishments on the Watchlist.

The current Rapid Response COVID-19 Watchlist and closure list, which includes all establishments that have been required to close, are posted here.

The Watchlist and other rapid response data will not be updated tomorrow, Christmas Day.

The state initiates a rapid response when it learns of a positive COVID-19 case in a workplace.


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Chart 285: COVID-19 In New Mexico Dec. 24, 2020

The bars in this chart show the number of COVID-19 diagnoses in Santa Fe County versus date, and the line shows the seven-day average. On a per capita basis, the daily average number of cases in Santa Fe County is roughly 50 percent larger than that of Los Alamos County. Source: New Mexico Department of Health. Created by Eli Ben-Naim


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 1,927 New Cases, Total Now 135,166 With 29 New Deaths And 58,917 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 1,927 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 6 more case today … the total is now 255 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 29 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 487 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 293 new cases in Chaves County
  • 78 new cases in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Colfax County
  • 28 new cases in Curry County
  • 259 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 92 new cases in Eddy County
  • 13 new

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Elizabeth Bailey Remains Hospitalized After Tragic Accident

Elizabeth Bailey, with daughter Ruby, 6, and fiancé Cody Muchmore before tragic accident. Courtesy photo

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
caclark@ladailypost.com

A tragic accident occurred at approximately 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, in which Los Alamos resident Elizabeth Bailey was severely injured and her fiancé Cody Muchmore lost his life.

The couple were finishing up moving in together and meeting with a realtor. While traveling southbound on US 550 at mile marker 22, just south of San Ysidro, a red Kia heading north crossed the yellow line and impacted Cody’s and Elizabeth’s vehicle


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First Born Program Hosts Holiday Baby Gift Event

First Born Program Manager Ellen Ben-Naim, left, with Home Visitor Susan Williams. Photo by Melanie Dawald

First Born Program News:

The First Born Program of Los Alamos distributed baby gifts Saturday, Dec. 19 to member families.

Each of the 70 families received a beautiful handcrafted wooden toy and a previously loved book. The babies were delighted to choose which book and toy to take home. The gift bag also included cookies baked by Borrow a Baker.

Though the morning was quite cold for a drive up outdoor event, the joyful smiles brought warmth and good cheer. One parent exclaimed, “Wow, this


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Chart 284: COVID-19 In New Mexico Dec. 23, 2020

Chart shows the total number of diagnoses in Los Alamos County by zip code. To date, 75 percent of the 243 people who were diagnosed with COVID-19 reside in Los Alamos, while the remaining 25 percent reside in White Rock. Yet, since Dec. 6, 67 percent of the 70 people diagnosed with COVID-19 reside in Los Alamos, while the remaining 33 percent reside in White Rock. Source: New Mexico Department of Health. Created by Eli Ben-Naim


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 1,174New Cases, Total Now 133,242 With 40 New Deaths And 57,980 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 1,174 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 3 more case today … the total is now 249 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 40 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 337 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 36 new cases in Chaves County
  • 8 new cases in Cibola County
  • 5 new cases in Colfax County
  • 16 new cases in Curry County
  • 133 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 44 new cases in Eddy County
  • 14 new cases

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State Of New Mexico Launches Vaccine Sign Up Website

STATE News:
…New Mexicans can register for vaccinations when available, sign up for availability notifications
SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health announced today the launch of a website that enables New Mexicans to receive notice when they qualify for the COVID-19 vaccine.
The website is available at cvvaccine.nmhealth.org/
New Mexico is offering vaccine doses to health care workers and staff and residents of long-term care facilities in Phase 1a of vaccine distribution now underway.
New Mexicans working in the following settings also may sign up for the vaccine now: 

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UPDATE: New Mexico launches Free At Home COVID Tests

PLEASE NOTE: The state has announced that a technical error on the Vault website was erroneously asking for credit card information – this glitch has now been corrected. Vault tests are offered at zero cost for all New Mexicans and do not require credit card information to be entered. If the website asks for your credit card, please close out your browser and try again.

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today New Mexicans may now order free, at-home, self-administered COVID-19 saliva tests, with accurate laboratory-confirmed results returned


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State Of New Mexico Issues Public Health Guidance And Warnings For Christmas Holiday

Health Secretary-designate Tracie C. Collins, M.D.

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Health officials at the state of New Mexico on Tuesday issued public health guidance to New Mexicans to ensure residents are able to safely navigate the holiday season amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that has claimed the lives of over 2,000 New Mexicans.

“This holiday season will not be what we’re used to,” Health Secretary-designate Tracie C. Collins, M.D. said. “We all wish it could be. We’re all tired of the pandemic. We’d all love nothing more than to celebrate the holidays just as we always do, but the reality is that


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 1,272 New Cases, Total Now 132,075 With 23 New Deaths And 56,844 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 1,272 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 2 more case today … the total is now 246 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 23 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 302 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 54 new cases in Chaves County
  • 54 new cases in Cibola County
  • 19 new cases in Curry County
  • 1 new case in De Baca County
  • 140 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 69 new cases in Eddy County
  • 6 new cases

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FBI And Other Agencies Warn New Mexicans Of Emerging Fraud Schemes Related To COVID-19 Vaccines

FBI News:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG), and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are warning the public about several emerging fraud schemes related to COVID-19 vaccines.

The FBI, HHS-OIG, and CMS have received complaints of scammers using the public’s interest in COVID-19 vaccines to obtain personally identifiable information (PII) and money through various schemes. We continue to work diligently with law enforcement partners and the private sector to identify cyber threats


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Udall, Heinrich Vote For Emergency COVID Relief To New Mexico Families, Small Businesses, Health Care Workers

U.S. SENATE News:

Udall, Heinrich Vote To Deliver Emergency COVID Relief To New Mexico Families, Small Businesses, And Health Care Workers

WASHINGTON, – U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) voted to pass a $900 billion emergency COVID-19 relief package that will provide desperately needed assistance to New Mexico families, small businesses, hospitals, and public health systems.

The COVID-19 relief package will extend unemployment benefits; deliver direct payments to millions of American families; provide crucial relief to schools, small businesses, and


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Environment Department COVID-19 Watchlist: Dec. 21

NMED News:

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) has updated its daily Rapid Response COVID-19 Watchlist, which includes New Mexico places of employment that have had two or more rapid responses in the last 14 days.

There are 183 establishments on the Watchlist.

The current Rapid Response COVID-19 Watchlist and closure list, which includes all establishments that have been required to close, are posted here.

The state initiates a rapid response when it learns of a positive COVID-19 case in a workplace. The state agency initiating the rapid response will offer direction to establishments


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Luján Votes For COVID Funding, Spending Package

From the Office of U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján:

…Package Includes Direct Checks, Unemployment Benefits, Rental Assistance, Small Business Relief, and Funding for Vaccine Deployment

Washington, D.C. – U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) voted for the House passage of a bipartisan omnibus appropriations package that includes COVID-19 funding.

The legislation funds the government through September and extends COVID-19 relief programs like federal enhanced unemployment benefits, economic impact payments, emergency rental assistance, and the


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 826 New Cases, Total Now 130,808 With 9 New Deaths And 55,803 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 826  additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 3 more case today … the total is now 244 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 9 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 293 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 27 new cases in Chaves County
  • 13 new cases in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Colfax County
  • 10 new cases in Curry County
  • 72 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 19 new cases in Eddy County
  • 11 new cases

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On The Job In Los Alamos: Jaramillo Of Home Instead

On the Job in Los Alamos is Felicia Jaramillo, the 2021 Santa Fe Home Instead nominee for Employee of the Year.  Out of more than 65,000 caregivers across the Home Instead Network, Jaramillo is in the running for National Caregiver of Year. ‘Felicia embodies the mission of Home Instead,’ said Ken Hendricks of Home Instead Los Alamos. One of Jaramillo’s clients was quoted in the Caregiver of the Year nomination form as saying, ‘Felicia taught me a lot about how to interact with someone suffering from dementia. As a result, I was able to maintain a reasonably good relationship with my mother and bury

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Local Senior Centers To Serve As COVID-19 Vaccine Hubs

LARSO News:

The Los Alamos and White Rock senior centers found out recently that much like the flu vaccine distribution, will be a hub for the COVID-19 vaccine for seniors.

“I am so elated,” said Executive Director Bernadette Lauritzen of the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization, (LARSO), which operates the senior centers. “I am hopeful that those 60 and over that aren’t members would consider joining the centers, which is free, that way they would immediately be notified when dates are scheduled to register to receive the vaccine. It really demonstrates our worth to the state and county


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