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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 126 New Cases, Total 193,368 With 2 Deaths And 174,849 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials today announced 126 new COVID-19 cases.

Los Alamos County reports zero new cases today so the total remains at 505 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 2 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 61 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 2 new cases in Chaves County
  • 1 new case in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in

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NMDOH: 1/3 Of New Mexico Adults Now Fully Vaccinated

NMDOH Secretary Dr. Tracie Collins

NMDOH News:

SANTA FE –  The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) announced today that one-third of New Mexicans 16 years and older are now fully vaccinated. This follows Thursday’s announcement that more than 50 percent of New Mexicans 16 years and older have received at least a first shot.

“These milestones matter,” NMDOH Secretary Dr. Tracie Collins said. “They show very clearly that our vaccination efforts are working, and that we’re moving faster than any state in the country toward herd immunity.” 

NMDOH encourages New Mexicans to register at vaccineNM.org


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Chart 391 COVID-19 In New Mexico April 9, 2021 (11 New Mexico Counties Rank In Top 25 Nationwide In Vaccinations)

This map displays the percentage of residents receiving at least one vaccine dose by county. Shown are the 25 counties where at least 50 percent of the population are vaccinated. Los Alamos ranks 5th out of 3,224 counties nationwide. Remarkably, 11 New Mexico counties rank in the top 25 nationwide, including seven in north-central New Mexico: Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, San Miguel, Santa Fe and Taos. Source: covidactnow.org. Map: mapchart.net. Created by Eli Ben-Naim


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Governor Authorizes Measure Strengthening Guardian Oversight To Protect Vulnerable Adults In New Mexico

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SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday signed into law extensive guardianship reform legislation, creating much-needed oversight of legal guardians and conservators that control medical, financial, residential and other major life decisions of more than 6,000 New Mexicans who are aging or living with disabilities.

Inadequate oversight of guardianship and conservatorship cases have left many of the most at-risk adults in this state susceptible to abuse, neglect or exploitation.

Sponsored by Rep. Marian Matthews and co-sponsored by Rep. Joanne Ferrary, Sen.


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Raul Bujanda Named SAC Of Albuquerque FBI Division

FBI News:

FBI Director Christopher Wray has named Raul Bujanda as the special agent in charge (SAC) of the Albuquerque Field Office.

Bujanda most recently served as a section chief in the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington.

He joined the FBI as a special agent in 2002 and was first appointed to the Portland Field Office in Oregon, where he investigated violent crime, gang, and Mexican-based drug trafficking organizations.

Bujanda transferred to the El Paso Field Office in Texas in 2008 to work on the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force strike force. He


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 266 New Cases, Total 193,247 With 11 Deaths And 174,641 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials today announced 266 new COVID-19 cases.

Los Alamos County reports zero new cases today so the total remains at 505 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 11 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

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

  • 94 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 2 new cases in Chaves County
  • 8 new cases in Cibola County
  • 2 new cases

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Governor Signs State Broadband ‘Connect New Mexico Act’

The Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Post file photo

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SANTA FE — House Bill 10: the Connect New Mexico Act, which institutes a centralized fund for the state to deliver broadband internet to communities statewide, was signed into law today by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. 

House Bill 10: the Connect New Mexico Act is sponsored by  Rep. Christine Chandler (D-Los Alamos), Rep. Natalie Figueroa (D-Albuquerque), Rep. Joy Garratt (D-Albuquerque), Rep. Susan Herrera (D-Embudo), Rep. Candie Sweetser (D-Deming). 

The bill creates the Connect New Mexico fund and the Connect New Mexico council,


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New Mexico Students Offered Surveillance Testing For COVID … Goal To Test 1% Per Week On Voluntary Basis

PED News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) has announced that New Mexico public school students will be offered school-based COVID-19 testing opportunities as a further tool to enhance safety amid the continuing pandemic.

Student testing is completely voluntary and at no cost to students. Districts and charter schools will implement student testing programs as soon as possible but no later than the week of April 26.

Students who show proof of being fully vaccinated and students who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days will not be asked to participate. 


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New State Law Helps Senior Citizens Called To Jury Duty

NMSC News:

SANTA FE — A new state law will make it easier for senior citizens to permanently excuse themselves from jury service.

The new law applies to state residents 75-years-old or older who have been summoned to jury duty. They no longer will be required to submit an affidavit – a sworn, notarized statement – if they want to be excused from jury service.

Starting June 18 when the new law takes effect, those qualifying New Mexicans can request an excusal online through the state court system’s jury website. Another option is to call the local court for more information.

“New Mexico courts sought


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