The Day by day Abstract of COVID-19 Information from New Mexico (Difficulty 4/4/20)

April 4, 2020

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  • The Ministry of Health announced that 92 more people tested positive for COVID-19 and another three people have died. Read our story here for more details.
  • The city of Albuquerque announced that 18 residents of an age community tested positive for COVID-19, the Albuquerque Journal reported. Two residents died. Older people are at higher risk of hospitalization and death from COVID-19.
  • In a press conference, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and officials urged people to stay socially aloof in order to reduce the demand for hospitals. The state says we don’t have enough medical equipment or supplies, including ventilators – or even hospital beds – to “surge” patients. See the story here.
  • Or watch the entire press conference here.
  • The Navajo Nation reported an additional 29 cases on Friday, bringing the number to 270. The Indian Department of Health, the Navajo Department of Health and the Navajo Territory, also announced four more deaths, bringing the number to 12. Of the confirmed positive tests, 45 are in New Mexico. The total was 45 in the update from the previous day.
  • Former Congressional candidate Carol Miller, who ran as an independent and Green candidate, told NM Political Report that she tested positive for COVID-19. Read our interview with her.
  • KUNM Is Researching What Hospitals Are Doing To Prepare For The COVID-19 Surge. And when you are ready. Listen.
  • An Associated Press survey in New Mexico counties found that New Mexico has limited supplies of protective equipment.
  • The New Mexico distilleries are making hand sanitizer to help out in the midst of the pandemic. We spoke to two of them and read our story here.
  • IHS announced Friday afternoon that it had received more than $ 1 billion in response to the coronavirus pandemic. IHS said it will allocate $ 570 million to IHS and tribal health programs and $ 30 million to urban Indian health programs.
  • Rural hospitals seek help from their communities, including local artisans who make masks for patients.
  • Get ready for more masks. The CDC and the state of New Mexico say people should wear cloth masks in public. The Santa Fe reporter looked at local DIY mask makers.
  • The Roswell Daily Record reported on how the New Mexico Rehabilitation Center is preparing for COVID-19. It is one of two hospitals in town.
  • The Indian federal health service is distributing $ 600 million from the federal government’s latest COVID-19 relief package.
    US Senator Tom Udall praised the move, saying:
    “After my call for quick action, I am relieved that the Indian health service is reacting quickly in order to distribute the critical funds secured by the CARES law. We need to ensure that these life saving resources are readily available to tribes, Indian health institutions and urban Indian health organizations. The tribes were very clear that COVID-19 would be devastating to their communities if they did not have the necessary public health resources. It is for this reason that I have fought hard to significantly increase funding for IHS in the CARES Act negotiations, and nearly doubled what the administration originally proposed. “
  • The Santa Mex New Mexican wrote about how private schools in the state capital are dealing with the COVID-19 crisis.
  • The Archdiocese of Santa Fe and state officials urge people not to participate in pilgrimages to Santuario de Chimayo and Tome Hill on Good Friday this year.
  • An Alamogordo church held a personal service last Sunday, the Alamogordo Daily News reported. Places of worship are exempt from the New Mexico Emergency Public Health Ordinance, which prohibits gatherings of more than five people, despite the governor’s statement that many religious leaders have worked to switch to online services.
  • The Silver City Daily Press wrote about how the Cassie Health Center for Women is handling pregnant women and giving birth during the pandemic.
  • School buses in Las Cruces deliver some meals.
  • Those who breach the Navajo Department of Health’s curfew from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. will face quotes starting Saturday, the Navajo Times reported.
  • Congressional COVID-19 aid package will include over $ 133 in transit grants to the state of New Mexico, the congressional delegation said. Most of this will be allocated to the city of Albuquerque in the form of nearly $ 80 million in Section 5307 Urban Areas Subdivision.
  • According to Las Cruces Utilities, the tap water is safe and cannot carry COVID-19.
  • The Daily Lobo said some college students will be banned from receiving stimulus checks.
  • A doctor who has had COVID-19 with family members says that while most people will be fine after contracting the disease, there is still something serious to avoid, the Santa Mex New Mexican reported.
  • The city of Albuquerque is asking people who want to go outside in warm weather to use less-used public land. “When we’re on our way to the weekend, that’s exactly how we want to keep our open spaces: open. However, the overwhelming number of visitors only visit a handful of the most popular hiking trails, creating crowds and increasing the risk of the coronavirus spreading, ”said Mayor Tim Keller.
  • The State Office is initiating an emergency procedure to establish rules so that oil tenants can temporarily cease production for at least thirty days, with a possible extension of up to 120 days, in response to the coronavirus pandemic and low oil prices.
    “The COVID-19 pandemic brought home the risks of our reliance on oil and gas almost overnight. Then there was the relentless price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia, which was to bankrupt American producers. Here in New Mexico, the waves of this situation are hard to hit, not just when you think about the state budget, but also in communities where people rely on the boom in jobs to support their families, ”said Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard in a statement. “Because of these factors, I have determined that it is in the best interests of the state trusteeship beneficiaries – our public schools, hospitals, and universities – as well as those dependent on the industry that we give companies the opportunity to apply for these temporary shutdowns until we can better predict the future of the Permian Basin. “
    The State Office encourages the public to comment on the rule, which will be adopted by April 17th.
  • According to the state’s Department of Economic Development, four employees answered approximately 150 calls a day related to public health assistance for the COVID-19 emergency, including answering questions from business owners about getting help.
    “We are determined to help our companies steer the federal and state support that is available to them during this extraordinary and difficult time, even as we continue to launch new initiatives to aggressively address the economic consequences of this crisis in the area public health to respond, “said Governor Lujan Grisham.
  • The city of Albuquerque is attacking park access late into the night.
  • The Albuquerque real estate market is not going to be hit hard. Still.
  • Taos County currently has the highest per capita infection rate of COVID-19, according to Taos News. The county has 13 confirmed cases as of Friday, which translates to an infection rate of 40 for 100,000. The district commission canceled its April 7th meeting.
  • Santa Fe Brewing gives sales proceeds to taprooms to hourly employees during shutdown.
  • Downtown Santa Fe hotels that are usually worn by tourists continue to close. The Santa Fe New Mexican reported that downtown hotel room occupancy has been around 5 percent for the past two weeks.

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