January 13, 2021

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (1/13/21 edition)

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  • The state of New Mexico reported 893 new cases of COVID-19 and 30 additional deaths on Tuesday, the second straight day of fewer than 1,000 cases. Read more here.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court brought back restrictions on medication abortion, which will force those seeking the medicine to a doctor’s office; previously, doctors could prescribe the pill after a telemedicine appointment. Read more here.
  • On Wednesday, the state Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on a case that claims the state needs to prevent compensation for businesses that had to close due to the state’s COVID-19 restrictions. WYou can watch the arguments on the New Mexico PBS YouTube page
  • Human Services Department Secretary Dr. David Scrase spoke to KRQE-TV about the state’s vaccine plans. The state hopes to distribute up to 8,000 vaccines daily, as long as it receives enough supply from the federal government, he said.
  • New Mexico State University held a COVID-19 vaccination event on Jan. 8, with two more scheduled for later this month, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported.
  • The Navajo Nation has also entered its phase 1B of its vaccine distribution plan, KRQE-TV reported.
  • On Tuesday, the Navajo Nation reported 193 new cases of COVID-19 and three additional deaths related to the disease.
  • Some schools in New Mexico will go back to school as part of the hybrid system, KRQE-TV reported.
  • Detainees at the Otero County Detention Center said the COVID-19 efforts at the facility make them feel unsafe, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported.
  • The Economic Recovery Council established by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham earlier this year suggested in a 31-page report that the state expand broadband internet service, allow liquor delivery from restaurants and add funding to the state’s Job Training Incentive Program, the Albuquerque Journal reported.
  • KOB-TV reported on companies starting “ghost kitchens,” or existing chain restaurants making and serving food for delivery out of an existing kitchen.