August 20, 2020

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

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  • There are questions over the treatment of migrant detainees during the pandemic. Read the story here.
  • New Mexico saw an uptick in COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, but also officially hit gating criteria for going to further phases of the reopening. Read more details here.
  • Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham spoke at the Democratic National Convention. Well, she spoke during the convention—the convention has gone virtual because of COVID-19. Watch her speech and read the recap here.
  • The Mescalero Apache Tribe announced the second COVID-19-related death of a tribal member, the Ruidoso News reported.
  • The Albuquerque Public Schools board voted to extend remote learning through the end of the semester, KRQE-TV reported.
  • On Wednesday, Navajo Nation health officials announced 14 new cases of COVID-19 and no additional deaths.
  • The governor said the state looks to be on pace to be able to move to a hybrid format in September, KRQE-TV reported. She did say, however, that she’s worried about a spike in cases after Labor Day weekend.
  • The Santa Fe New Mexican spoke to a first-year teacher who will get his feet wet in the profession through virtual learning.
  • The Las Cruces Sun-News wrote about the rural internet problem during virtual schooling.
  • Some local governments seeking relief funds from a federal program aren’t happy with the criteria put forward by the state, the Albuquerque Journal reported.
  • Neighbors in Belen are unhappy with someone who holds youth rodeos, saying it violates the state’s public health order, KRQE-TV reported.
  • Even with warnings to other states, New Mexico’s election officials are confident that New Mexico’s mail-in voting plans will work, KUNM-FM reported.
    • New Mexico’s congressional delegation and postal workers unions are pushing back on changes from the Trump administration that have slowed mail delivery, KUNM-FM reported.
    • U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small spoke with the Las Cruces Sun-News about the postal service and the need for COVID-19 aid to the service.
  • The oil and gas rig count in New Mexico continues to drop during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Carlsbad Current-Argus reported.
  • A brewery in Aztec is getting more business after it got the approval needed to serve alcohol outside, the Farmington Daily Times reported.