With 42 new cases of COVID-19 in Bernalillo County, the county’s total grows to over 5,000

The state announced during Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s press conference Thursday 212 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths. The 42 new cases in Bernalillo County pushes the total number of cases in the most populous county in the state to more than 5,000 cases. Doña Ana County continues to report double digit numbers of cases – 36. Five other counties had double-digit numbers of tests: Lea with 23; Chaves with 16; San Juan, Curry and Valencia with 10 each. The additional cases Thursday brings the total number of cases of the disease in the state to 21,773.

Numbers of new cases of COVID-19 continue to decline with 210 Saturday but nine deaths

The state of New Mexico started the month of August with 210 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Saturday and nine deaths. The numbers of cases have started to trend downward after nearly a month of increasing. The number of cases Friday was 225, which was the lowest the number had been since July 5. But the nine related deaths on Saturday bring the mortality total to 651. The state’s Department of Health released the following details about the deceased:

A male in his 70s from Bernalillo County who had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Princeton Place facility in Albuquerque.A female in her 80s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

State programs to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month

The state’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program will emphasize the importance of breastfeeding by participating in World Breastfeeding Week, which begins Saturday. The theme this year is supporting breastfeeding for a healthier planet. There will be presentations throughout the month of August on breastfeeding safely during the pandemic, according to a news release. August 1 will also be the kickoff for National Breastfeeding Month. According to the World Health Organization, breastfeeding reduces child mortality and provides health benefits that last into adulthood.

255 new COVID-19 cases in NM including uptick in McKinley County

The state Department of Health announced Thursday 255 additional COVID-19 cases which includes a new uptick in cases in McKinley County. McKinley County, which has grappled with one of the highest numbers of cases of COVID-19 in the state, had eight cases Wednesday and low double digit numbers Monday and Tuesday but the county had 35 additional cases Thursday. Only Bernalillo County, with 63 new cases, had a higher total, but Bernalillo County has a population that is nearly 10 times larger. The newly confirmed cases represented 3.6 percent of the 7,026 tests processed since Wednesday. Human Services Department Secretary Dr. David Scrase said in a press conference Thursday that the state aimed to keep that number below 5 percent, while Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham hoped it could drop below 3 percent.

Leaders from NM participate in Emily’s List virtual conference

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small spoke during the political action committee Emily’s List virtual conference this week, highlighting women’s accomplishments in politics. Lujan Grisham took a swipe at President Donald Trump’s “refusal to do the bare minimum,” during the pandemic as she highlighted the accomplishment’s women have made, particularly during the public health emergency. She cited governors Gretchen Whitmer, of Michigan, and Gina Raimondo, of Rhode Island, in particular, for their leadership during the pandemic and called New Mexico “a leader in electing women.”

“Almost a third of women of color who have ever served in any statewide executive office are from New Mexico,” she said in an online speech. “We have the opportunity this fall to send an all women of color House delegation to Washington, D.C. and we have the momentum on our side.”

Lujan Grisham was referring to Democratic candidates Teresa Leger Fernandez, who is running for the 3rd Congressional District seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, Torres Small, the incumbent Democratic candidate running to keep her seat for the state’s 2nd Congressional District and U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland, another incumbent Democrat running to keep her seat for the 1st Congressional District. Torres Small spoke briefly about some of the difficulties of the Navajo Nation in New Mexico during the pandemic and how COVID-19 exposed inequities that have “existed since the birth of our nation.”

She cited the lack of water and lack of adequate living situations in the Navajo Nation as having contributed to the spread of the disease in the Navajo Nation.

This fall will be like no other for New Mexico’s smaller universities

With classes just a few weeks away, the thousands of students heading to New Mexico’s smaller universities will enter a fall semester like no other. Students will have options – to study remotely from home or inside their dormitory room or, for some, classes in a classroom. Many will be able to do both, mixing both remote learning with some brick-and-mortar instruction. If the students are in a classroom, they will have to wear masks, as will their instructors. The desks will be spaced six feet apart.

Medical abortion just got easier but it may not last

A Maryland judge ruled last week that an abortion provider can deliver the abortion medication, mifepristone, to patients seeking abortion care through telehealth. But the court injunction is “temporary in nature,” Wendy Basgall, Southwest Women’s Law Center staff attorney, said. The American Civil Liberties Union sought a preliminary injunction, which the judge granted. But it only lasts while the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services’ declaration of a federal public health emergency is in effect. Mifepristone is one of two medications that an abortion patient takes for a medical abortion.

319 cases of COVID-19 with Bernalillo County reporting triple digits for third straight day

New Mexico has 319 new cases of COVID-19 with a third of those coming from Bernalillo County on Friday, according to the state Department of Health. This is the third straight day Bernalillo County has reported triple digits and the 16th straight day in a row that the state has had more than 200 cases. 

DOH reported 111 cases in Bernalillo County. Counties with double digit numbers are: Rio Arriba with 37; Doña Ana with 36; San Juan with 26; Valencia with 25 and McKinley with 16. The newly confirmed cases represented 3.5 percent of the 8,930 tests processed since Thursday. The state has processed 452,298 tests total, according to the state’s coronavirus information website.

15 straight days of more than 200 new cases in New Mexico of COVID-19

For the 15th day in a row, the New Mexico Department of Health reports more than 200 cases of COVID-19 and for the second day in a row, Bernalillo County reports triple digit new cases. The DOH reported 300 cases Thursday. Of that, 103 were in Bernalillo County. The other counties that continue to show double digit increases on a daily basis are Doña Ana with 39; McKinley with 20; San Juan with 16 and Sandoval with 15. Counties that showed a sudden uptick with double digit numbers for the first time are Lea County with 23 and Valencia County with 11.  

Eddy County also reported double digit numbers, with 13, for the first time since the weekend.

More than 12,000 tests, more than 300 cases of COVID-19, nearly half in Bernalillo County

With 12,650 tests since Tuesday, the state reported for the third time since the pandemic began more than 300 cases of COVID-19. The state Department of Health reported 330 additional cases of COVID-19. Nearly half of those from Bernalillo County, which had 162 new cases. The record for COVID-19 cases in New Mexico is 331. The other counties with double digit numbers are: Doña Ana, with 35; Santa Fe with 29; San Juan with 24; Sandoval with 14 and McKinley with 12.