Liquor stores, payday lenders closed as Guv extends, expands coronavirus public health emergency order

The state officially extended its public health emergency for COVID-19 until April 30, which included previous restrictions and added new restrictions, including limiting the occupancy at grocery stores and retail spaces deemed essential. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed an executive order renewing the public health emergency order on Monday. The state Department of Health also announced the new provisions of the public health emergency. She warned that if the new directions aren’t followed, she could enact further restrictions. The new provisions go into place beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday.

62 new cases announced Monday, bringing total COVID-19 cases to 686

State health officials announced 62 new COVID-19 test positive cases Monday, raising the total to 686 for the state. The state Department of Health announcement on Monday includes three additional positive cases from La Vida Llena long-term care facility in Albuquerque, where one additional resident and two additional staff have now tested positive for the type of coronavirus. The amount of deaths related to COVID-19 in the state remains at 12. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

16 new cases in Bernalillo County1 new case in Chaves County1 new case in Doña Ana County2 new cases in Grant County4 new cases in McKinley County25 new cases in San Juan County11 new cases in Sandoval County2 new cases in Santa Fe County

Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 686 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 262Catron County: 1Chaves County: 14Cibola County: 14Curry County: 6Doña Ana County: 30Eddy County: 4Grant County: 3Lea County: 2Lincoln County: 1Los Alamos County: 2McKinley County: 44Otero County: 3Rio Arriba County: 6Roosevelt County: 1Sandoval County: 114San Juan County: 83San Miguel County: 1Santa Fe County: 64Socorro County: 5Taos County: 13Torrance County: 6Valencia County: 7

The state has processed 21,825 COVID-19 tests. That’s an increase of 2,689 over the previous day’s total.

State announces 81 new COVID-19 cases in New Mexico, 1 more death

The New Mexico Department of Health announced another 81 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Sunday and one additional death related to COVID-19. 

That means 12 people with COVID-19 have died and a total of 624 New Mexicans have tested positive. Update (4/6): 62 new cases announced Monday, bringing total COVID-19 cases to 686

The states said a male in his 40s from McKinley County died on Sunday. He had underlying chronic medical conditions, the state said. 

The 81 new positive cases included three additional cases from the La Vida Llena long-term care facility in Albuquerque—one resident and two staff members. 

The DOH also announced that 45 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in New Mexico. The number includes those who tested positive in other states and are now hospitalized in New Mexico, but not include New Mexicans who tested positive and are now hospitalized in other states. The state also announced that 130 cases of COVID-19 are considered recovered by DOH.

Domestic violence shelters have no shortage of beds, but reports of abuse are on the rise

Kinsey Moores steeled her nerves and tried to appear unruffled as she worked intake at Albuquerque’s S.A.F.E House this week. Picking up a pair of gloves from a dwindling supply of donated PPE (personal protective equipment), she reached for a thermometer and asked the now-routine question asked of every person seeking help at the city’s largest domestic violence shelter. 

“Have you experienced any kind of dry cough or fever?” 

“I just have to keep a smile on my face and show that we’re here to help, we’re not going to turn anybody away,” said Moores, 22, who started her job last August after graduating from the Child and Family Studies program at the University of New Mexico. “One of the hardest things is just coming in to work with a mindset that everything is going to be OK, we’re going to get through this.”

Across New Mexico, domestic violence survivors and the shelters that serve them are confronting a new and uncertain landscape brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Stay-at-home orders have effectively kept victims inside with their abusers, depriving them of a safe time and place to call for help. It couldn’t have come at a more ominous time.

One new COVID-19 death in NM, 51 new positive cases

The state announced 51 new test positive cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the total in the state to 543 test positive cases and one additional death related to the virus. Update (4/5): 81 new COVID-19 cases in New Mexico, 1 more death

A man in his 60s from McKinley County with COVID-19 died Saturday. He had been hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions, according to the state. This brings the number of deaths related to COVID-19 in New Mexico to 11. The announcement Saturday includes additional positive tests from the La Vida Llena long-term care facility in Albuquerque, where five additional residents and eight additional staff members have now tested positive for the type of coronavirus, according to the state.