August 18, 2020

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (8/18/20 edition)

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  • The drastic drop in COVID-19 cases hit a new milestone, as the state Department of Health reported just 95 new cases, but also four more deaths, on Monday. It was the single-day report of fewer than 100 cases since mid-June. Read more here.
  • Citing “eminent domain,” some businesses want the state to pay for lost business because of COVID-19 restrictions. Read more here on the lawsuit seemingly destined for the state Supreme Court.
  • As fears of postal delays after changes made by the Trump administration grow, elections officials in New Mexico say they were told the delays will not be a problem in New Mexico, KOB-TV reported.
  • The state of New Mexico is making preparations for a COVID-19 vaccine, which could happen near the end of this year but likely early in 2021, the Albuquerque Journal reported.
  • Rio Rancho Public Schools, which is not alone, could lose funding because of a drop in enrollment this year, the Rio Rancho Observer wrote.
  • The Albuquerque City Council approved $300,000 in funding for eviction prevention services, KOB-TV reported.
  • Las Vegas City Schools announced a positive COVID-19 test from someone on a campus, the Las Vegas Optic reported.
  • Charlie’s Sandbox in Albuquerque and the Lazy lizard Grill in Sandia Park were both cited for violating the state’s public health order, KRQE-TV reported.
  • Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez issued some line item vetoes on legislation passed by the Navajo Nation Council to spend the hundreds of millions of dollars the nation received through a federal COVID-19 recovery bill, the Farmington Daily Times reported. The Council approved $650.9 million in spending, but just $475 million made it through the vetoes.
  • KOB-TV reported on Navajo Nation isolation centers in Gallup, like the Howard Johnson Hotel, for those who tested positive for COVID-19 to recover in.
  • The Silver City Daily Press reported on a program from that same bill that allowed people in Grant County to receive produce, whether or not they receive food assistance.
  • Someone at a Starbucks in Albuquerque without a mask was enraged and began throwing items at the employees, KRQE-TV reported. Starbucks didn’t say if the temper tantrum came because they were asked to wear a mask, as is required by the state’s public health order.
  • An online course at Santa Fe Community College for workplace COVID-19 safety has had more than 2,200 students so far, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.
  • The Las Cruces Sun-News wrote about how truckers in the area are key to keeping things running.
  • People flocked to the BioPark, which includes the zoo in Albuquerque, KRQE-TV reported.
    • While zoos in Clovis and Albuquerque are open, the Spring RIver Zoo in Roswell remains closed, KRQE-TV reported.
  • Casa de Piñatas is being kept afloat by making a COVID-19-inspired piñata, KOB-TV reported.
  • The latest NMED rapid response data, where the state responds to a workplace positive COVID-19 test, included these workplaces, with all but Salt River Material Groups with one positive test.
    • A-Core Concrete Cutting
    • UNM Surgery Department
    • Enchanted Hills Home Healthcare
    • Petco
    • St. Anthony Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center
    • Jacobs Technology
    • Schlotzsky’s
    • GH Las Uvas Valley Dairy
    • Floyd Municipal Schools
    • Smiling Faces
    • Salt River Material Groups (7 cases)
    • Valencia County Courthouse