State Enters Phase 2 And Announces All New Mexicans 16+ Are Now Eligible To Receive COVID-19 Vaccine


SANTA FE — The Department of Health (NMDOH) announced this morning that all New Mexicans 16+ are eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine. 

“President Biden directed states to make all adults eligible for vaccine by May 1. New Mexico will hit that target nearly a month early,” NMDOH Cabinet Secretary Dr. Tracie Collins said.

NMDOH will continue to prioritize vaccine invitations for Phase 1A, New Mexicans 75 years and older, and New Mexicans 60 years and older with a chronic condition.

NMDOH has chosen to open Phase 2 – the final distribution phase – because providers in some parts of the


Scenes Of Curative COVID-19 Testing Site At Overlook Park

Curative’s COVID-19 testing crew members exercise to pass the time between patients Thursday at Overlook Park in White Rock. Testing is conducted 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Make an appointment online or just drop by to be registered and tested. Photo by Shari Mills

A community member stops by Overlook Park Thursday for a quick COVID-19 test. Photo by Shari Mills


New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 218 New Cases, Total 192,152 With 7 Deaths And 173,981 Patients Recovered


SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials today announced 218 new COVID-19 cases.

Los Alamos County reports zero new cases today so the total remains at 501 people who have tested positive for COVID-19. (County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.)

Today’s update includes 7 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

The New Mexico Department of Health reports today’s most recent cases:

  • 70 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 6 new cases in Chaves County
  • 3 new cases in Cibola County
  • 2 new cases


Chart 384 COVID-19 In New Mexico April 2, 2021 … Los Alamos Ranks 7th Nationwide For At Least 1 Vaccine Doses!

This map displays the percentage of residents receiving at least one vaccine dose by county. Only the top 15 counties in the United States are displayed, and the five New Mexico counties are highlighted. Los Alamos ranks 7th nationwide out of 3,224 counties. Leading the nation in vaccinations, New Mexico has 15 counties in the top 50. Thanks to Timothy Wallstrom for the chart suggestion. Created by Eli Ben-Naim


New Mexico HB 98 Ends Taxation On Delivered Groceries


A year ago, as New Mexicans began staying at home to limit the spread of COVID-19, a disturbing fact came to light: some grocery stores, particularly large chains, were charging tax on the food they delivered to New Mexicans.

New Mexico was one of the last states to repeal its food tax, back in 2004. At that time, nine states still fully taxed the sale of groceries; today, the number has shrunk to just Mississippi and Alabama. States have moved away from food taxes because taxing food is bad policy. Food taxes are among the more regressive of taxes, since food is a necessity and


New Mexico Health Department: Activations Surge With COVID-19 Exposure App ‘NM Notify’


…“NM Notify” nearing 15% adoption rate in first 10 days

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) launched “NM Notify”, a free, statewide COVID-19 exposure notification system 10 days ago. This safe, voluntary, anonymous service is available to all New Mexicans on iPhone and Android.

“NM Notify” does not collect, store or transmit any personal information, nor does it track movement. It uses your phone’s Bluetooth function to monitor proximity between phones and informs participants if they have been exposed to someone who has verified they are infected with


Y Favorites And New Intense Fitness Classes Begin Monday

PowerUp at the Y beginning Monday, April 5. Courtesy/YMCA

Y News:

With health restrictions loosening and because of high demand, Silver Sneakers, a favorite senior fitness class, will be resuming live in-person classes at The Family YMCA, 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 5.

That week the Y also will add more LesMills-branded classes such as BODYPUMP and BODYCOMBAT to its suite of offerings.

Y Fitness Coordinator Sylvie Johnson said that people hesitant to join the live Silver Sneakers program may still take the same class virtually with instructions online at