Politics

Counties Welcome Passage Of Coronavirus Relief Package With $187.5 Billion In Essential Aid For Local Governments

NACo News:

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House today passed the HEROES Act, the potential next phase of relief for the coronavirus pandemic.

The bill includes two separate, equal funds for counties and cities and provides $187.5 billion in vital relief to counties to address both lost revenue and increased expenditures as the result of the coronavirus pandemic. 

The National Association of Counties (NACo) released the following statement. NACo Executive Director Matthew Chase said:

“We applaud the House passage of the HEROES Act, which provides much-needed relief to local governments in the ongoing


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Luján Statement On Passage Of Heroes Act To Further Address Public Health And Economic Impacts Of COVID-19

U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement this evening on the passage of the Heroes Act – critical relief legislation to bolster our national response to the COVID-19 pandemic, support workers, and provide much-needed aid to local, state and Tribal governments:

“Across the nation, Americans are looking to Congress for urgent action to address the COVID-19 pandemic as cases continue to rise and working families struggle to make ends meet. With the highest rate of unemployment


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County Extends Essential Services Status Through May 15 To Comply With Governor’s “Stay At Home” Executive Order

County Manager Harry Burgess

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess announced today that the County will continue its Essential Services status due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in response to the extension to the executive order issued by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

The Governor has extended her order through Friday, May 15.

“While I am encouraged by the data provided by the State Department of Health that New Mexico may be turning the corner on fighting the spread of the Coronavirus, we are not out of danger just yet and need to be diligent in our practices,” Burgess said. “Our Emergency


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Chart 38: COVID-19 In New Mexico April 22

Statewide counts. Shown are the cumulative numbers of tests, diagnoses and deaths in New Mexico. Created by Eli Ben-Naim

Tricore Labs turnaround time. Shown is the average time, in days, Tricore reference laboratory took to process COVID-19 tests. Tricore labs performed roughly two thirds of all tests in New Mexico (source: tricore.org). Created by Eli Ben-Naim


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Personal Protective Equipment Status Update: State Ramping Up High Volume Of Supplemental Shipments To Local Entities

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SANTA FE – The state of New Mexico under Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s administration continues to send a high volume of supplemental personal protective equipment to state and local entities like cities, counties, tribes, pueblos, state agencies, elder care facilities, health care clinics and more in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The state has aggressively and proactively pursued hundreds of orders for personal protective equipment in recent weeks, buttressing shipments from the federal strategic national stockpile. This equipment is needed not only in hospitals


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 1,484, No New Deaths

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SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced today 80 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

No new deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is reported today.

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

  • 13 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Cibola County
  • 4 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 1 new case in Grant County
  • 38 new cases in McKinley County
  • 9 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 11 new cases in San Juan County
  • 2 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 1 new case in Socorro County

The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is 36.

The


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases At 1,174, With 1 Death

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced today 86 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Update includes one additional death related to COVID-19.

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

  • 17 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Chaves County
  • 1 new case in Cibola County
  • 5 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 1 new case in Grant County
  • 27 new cases in McKinley County
  • 1 new case in Quay County
  • 22 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 7 new cases in San Juan County
  • 2 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 1 new case in Socorro County
  • 1 new case in Valencia County

The Department


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Heinrich Shines Spotlight On Some True NM Heroes

By MARTIN HEINRICH
United States Senator

Dear Friend,

The coronavirus pandemic has brought upon some of the most challenging times many of us will ever face. But it has also shown us how dependent we are on one another for support. So many of you are showing up in moving ways to demonstrate our state’s trademark creative tenacity and incredible ingenuity in the service of our fellow New Mexicans. 

I am deeply grateful to all New Mexicans who are doing their part to stay home and maintain physical distance. It is going to make a real difference for our health care workers who are working day and


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Website Connects Medical Needs To Local Suppliers … Manufacturers, Innovators May Upload Capabilities

By Holly Bradshaw-Eakes
Santa Fe

ALBUQUERQUE — A website dedicated to recruiting New Mexico suppliers, distributors, manufacturers, makers and testing-centers in the fight against COVID-19 has been launched by several of the state’s universities, research institutions and manufacturing support organizations.

The website at https://nmcovid19.org went live Friday and aims to quickly source, produce and test needed medical and other supplies that will bolster on-the-ground efforts to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.

New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NM


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