Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (5/16/20 edition)

This daily recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free daily email. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. The governor outlined some small changes to the public health emergency order that will go into effect on Saturday. The changes included allowing all retailers to open at 25 percent of fire code capacity, and for places of worship to open at 25 percent of fire code capacity. Read more details here.In the same press conference, Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver encouraged all voters to cast votes via absentee ballots if possible.

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (5/15/20 edition)

This daily recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free daily email. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. The state has now found more than 5,500 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 242 deaths related to the disease. On Thursday, the state confirmed 143 additional cases of COVID-19 and 11 additional deaths. See all the details here.Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller outlined the plans for Albuquerque to reopen city services given the state’s easing of restrictions and move into “phase one” of reopening for most of the state.

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (5/9/20 edition)

This daily recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free daily email. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. The state announced 181 new COVID-19 cases and 9 additional deaths related to the disease. See the details here.The Navajo Nation announced 119 additional cases of COVID-19 and eight additional deaths on Friday. There are now 2,876 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Navajo Nation and 96 deaths.Of the total cases, 1,165 are from New Mexico, an increase of 54 over Thursday’s announcement.A man filed a lawsuit against the state after his elective surgery on his gallbladder was canceled because of the state’s public health emergency order designed to save PPE.

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (5/8/20 edition)

This daily recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free daily email. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. There are now nearly 4,500 cases of COVID-19 in New Mexico, and 172 COVID-related deaths according to the New Mexico Department of Health’s latest announcement. See the details here.The governor extended the lockdown of Gallup through Sunday, as COVID-19 continues to spread quickly in McKinley County. Read the story here.The Navajo Nation Health Command Operations Center reported an additional 103 confirmed COVID-19 cases and three additional COVID-related deaths.

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (5/7/20 edition)

This daily recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free daily email. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. The state announced 153 new COVID-19 cases and 7 additional deaths. See the full story here.The Navajo Nation Health Command Operations Center reported 95 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and six new deaths on the Navajo Nation Wednesday. That brings it to a total of 2,654 positive cases and 85 deaths on the Navajo Nation.

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (5/6/20 edition)

This daily recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free daily email. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. In a press conference, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham urged New Mexicans to keep social distancing, as COVID-19 continues to spread and the number of cases isn’t trending down in much of the state as much as officials had hoped. See the story here.The governor also said that employees at all restaurants and large retailers will be required to wear face coverings; smaller retailers will be required to wear face coverings later this month.As the state faces a likely budget hole from COVID-19 and the response, Lujan Grisham said the idea of tapping the state’s permanent fund “has merit.”McKinley County, which has a large Native American population, reported more COVID-19 cases Tuesday than the county with the largest density: Bernalillo County, Read our story here.The Navajo Nation Health Command Operations Center announced Tuesday 85 new COVID-19 cases and six additional deaths, bringing it to a total of 2,559 confirmed cases and 79 deaths on the Navajo Nation. Of the total cases, 1,040 are in counties in New Mexico. Scientists are examining whether a new strain of the coronavirus that is more contagious is now the dominant strain worldwide. The study was led by scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Los Angeles Times reported.The Farmington Daily Time wrote about life under lockdown in Gallup.The Walmart in Gallup will close for one day in an attempt to “curb the impact” of COVID-19, the Navajo Times reported.The House Minority Leader, Jim Townsend, R-Artesia, sent a letter to the U.S. Attorney General asking the federal government to investigate alleged constitutional violations during the COVID-19 response.Santa Fe County will reduce the number of polling sites for the upcoming primary, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.Even when things open back up, Farmington businesses are worried about how many customers will show up, the Farmington Daily Times reported.The federal government is finally releasing relief funds for tribal entities through the CARES Act, which became law on March 27.

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (5/5/20 edition)

This daily recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free daily email. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. The state Supreme Court denied a petition to release more inmates to slow the spread of COVID-19 in jails and prisons. The court said Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office did not willfully ignore the health and safety of state prison populations by releasing inmates in a limited manner during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the story here.Three prison staffers tested positive for COVID-19, all in the Grants area, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (5/4/20 edition)

This daily recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free daily email. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. The New Mexico Department of Health announced 220 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday and 151 COVID-19 related deaths Sunday. The Albuquerque Journal wrote about the state’s preparation for another increase in COVID-19 testing as it prepares for its participation in a federal pilot project.The state announced an extension to the lockdown of the City of Gallup through noon on Thursday. Gallup Mayor Louis Bonaguidi asked the state on Sunday to extend the order, which closes all roads into Gallup, limits business hours and restricts how many people can travel in a car at once.“Only through the extension of the invocation of your authority under the Riot Control Act can our community impose the measures necessary to stem transmission of COVID-19,” wrote Mayor Bonaguidi.The lockdown of Gallup was coordinated between the state, local and tribal leaders, a McKinley County Commissioner said.The weekend-long shutdown of Gallup led to big detours, the Navajo Times reported.The person who tested positive for COVID-19 and shut down the federal courthouse in Albuquerque last month was an FBI agent, the Albuquerque Journal reported.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers converted a gymnasium at Northwest High School in Shiprock to a health care site to ease the burden on local hospitals. It will house 40 beds, the Farmington Daily Times reported.

The daily recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (5/2/20 edition)

This daily recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free daily email. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. Note: This newsletter will go to six days a week, without editions on Sundays. The state now has over 3,500 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 131 total deaths. On Friday, the state announced 104 additional cases and eight additional COVID-19-related deaths.