Los Alamos County DPU Suspends Utility Service Shut-Offs


As of March 13, 2020, officials with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities suspended shutting utility services off to customers for non-payment due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. 

Board of Public Utilities members agreed at the March 25 meeting and directed the DPU staff to continue this practice until the New Mexico Department of Health COVID-19 Order is lifted.

“We still encourage customers to try and keep up with utility bills,” Utilities Manager Philo Shelton said. 

However, for customers who are experiencing difficulty paying utility bills, Shelton


Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Orders Expedited Permits For Trucks Delivering Relief Supplies To New Mexicans

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham


SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued an executive order Tuesday to facilitate the speedy transit of emergency relief goods across New Mexico.

Executive Order 2020-017 requires the New Mexico Department of Transportation to issue special permits to allow heavier-than-normal vehicles to traverse the state when their loads consist primarily of relief supplies. 

“The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted supply chains around the world, making it harder in some cases for New Mexicans to obtain the food, medicine and clothing they need,” Gov. Lujan


New Mexico COVID-19 Cases At 363, One More Death


SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced today 48 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

The updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases are now at 363 with one additional death related to COVID-19​.

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

  • 19 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Catron County
  • 2 new cases in Cibola County
  • 2 new cases in Curry County
  • 3 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 1 new case in Grant County
  • 4 new cases in McKinley County
  • 1 new case in Otero County
  • 3 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 5 new cases in San Juan County
  • 6 new cases in Santa Fe County


Dr. Robert McClees Issues Message To Local Community

CDC Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report, Updates for week 12 ending March 21, 2020. Link Courtesy/TUC


By Robert S. McClees, MD.
Diplomate ABFM
Trinity Urgent Care LLC
CEO, CMO, Owner

To our community,

The COVID-19 pandemic has created significant healthcare challenges for all of us. No one is untouched and all are concerned.

If you have a cough, fever, trouble breathing or you think you have contracted COVID-19 then immediately call the New Mexico Department of Health Hotline at 1.855.600.4353 or use the link


Los Alamos Clinic Owner Appeals To Congressman Luján

Diplomate ABFM
CEO, CMO, Owner
Trinity Urgent Care LLC
Los Alamos, NM 

Mr. Lujan,

I’m trying to stay open to serve the healthcare needs of my community. 

My supply of PPEs is extremely low  and once I’m out I will have to close my clinic as it will be unsafe for my employees. 

I have emailed the NMDOH at the email address you provided in your latest COVID-19 newsletter to get more PPEs and have not had a response.   

I called the number you provided in your newsletter to get more PPEs and they do not pick up the phone. 

Current OSHA and CDC guidelines do not allow me to reuse my PPEs.


Metzger’s Is Essential And Open For Business!

Metzger’s Do It Best Hardware at 1607 Central Ave., in downtown Los Alamos and the store on N.M. 4 in White Rock are essential and open for business. Courtesy photo

Metzger’s  News:

In response to the current COVID-19 situation, Metzger’s Hardware is temporarily implementing changes to store hours at both locations. 

Effective Saturday, April 4, both Metzger’s stores will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week.

We apologize for the inconvenience, and appreciate the support and patience of our community as we adjust to current conditions and accommodate our staff members who have needed


New Mexico Health Department: Revised Testing Criteria For COVID-19 … Guidelines Relaxed To Allow More People Tested

SANTA FE –The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) today is providing revised testing criteria announced by Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Kathy Kunkel during Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Tuesday afternoon news conference.  
Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:
  • Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
  • Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
  • Asymptomatic people in congregant


Los Alamos JJAB Resource Specialists Are Here To Help

JJAB News:

Youth and their families may have a hard time accessing and navigating the maze of public and private services.

While there are resources in our community, the JJAB Resource Specialists are the connective tissue able to help coordinate them.

JJAB Resource Specialists are available to offer short-term assistance (if a youth or family need just one or two resources) as well as still being able to provide normal intensive case management. Services are available to youth, ages 5-18, and their families that live or attend school in Los Alamos County. JJAB’s goal is to provide as much assistance


COVID-19 Growth Curves For March 31, 2020

This figure shows the recent growth in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases for several US states, using data through Tuesday 31 March. Dashed lines show exponential growth curves, labeled by doubling time in days. Many states now seem to be seeing a slight reduction in their exponential growth rates, as recent data points drop below the dashed lines matching their growth over the past two weeks. This is very good news. But the disease is still spreading, as new cases appear everywhere. The growth in New York now has a doubling time even longer than 4 days. Its earlier rapid growth with 1.4-day