Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (7/8/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. New Mexico health officials announced 221 additional COVID-19 cases and four additional deaths as the state’s streak of days with more than 200 new confirmed cases reached six. See more details here.Universities in New Mexico responded to a new rule from ICE that would bar international students from getting visas to attend universities or colleges if they have online-only courses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the story here.Col.

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

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. The streak of more than 200 confirmed cases of COVID-19 continued on Monday, reaching five days. Plus, the percentage of positive tests is increasing. Read more here.The uptick in cases is not due to increased testing, the state Department of Health told KOB-TV.Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez sent a letter to San Juan County leaders last week calling for an investigation into how the county jail is run and what is being done to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (7/6/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. Cases of COVID-19 continued to grow over the weekend, with 257 on Friday, 291 on Saturday and 203 on Sunday.The Albuquerque Journal reported that the state Office of the Medical Investigator is looking into the 2,300 unexpected deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, a 20 percent increase in those types of deaths.Among those is suicides, and New Mexico’s suicide rate is the highest in the country.KUNM-FM spoke with Santa Fe Reporter and New Mexico In Depth journalist Jeff Proctor about the outbreak among prisoners in Otero County.The mayor of Grants led an Independence Day parade on Saturday, despite the governor urging him not to, KOB-TV reported. Cibola County has the third-highest rate of COVID-19 per capita in the state.Critics say that the ban on visitors to group homes for developmentally disabled people is unfair, the Albuquerque Journal reported.Out-of-state visitors flocked to Elephant Butte this weekend, KRQE-TV reported.Alexis Johnson, the Republican candidate in the 3rd Congressional District, received a citation for not wearing a mask while on Santa Fe Plaza. The mayor of Clovis is urging people to wear masks, The Eastern New Mexico News reported.The state wants to buy more sewing machines so inmates, earning between 40 cents and $1.50 per hour, can make more masks, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.Department of Health Secretary Kathyleen Kunkel announced on Friday that she would retire, though the statement said she would remain in the position through the “current wave” of the COVID-19 pandemic.“Every single day of this public health crisis has been a physically and mentally exhausting ordeal – not just for the Department of Health, not just for the thousands of health care professionals putting their lives and livelihoods on the line to protect New Mexicans, but for all of us as the people of this state,” Kunkel said. “I am incredibly proud of the work done by the Department of Health and indeed the entire state of New Mexico in addressing this virus, in mitigating its spread and in doing everything we can to keep New Mexicans safe and healthy.

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (7/2/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. Note: There will not be a morning recap on Friday, July 3. The recap will return on Monday. The governor said, to avoid reimposing restrictions, New Mexicans need to wear masks.

WATCH: Gov. Lujan Grisham’s weekly COVID-19 press conference

Wednesday afternoon ,Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials held their weekly press conference on COVID-19. Since last Wednesday, the state Department of Health announced 1,157 cases, while cases have increased by large numbers in Arizona and Texas and those states, and others, have reimposed some restrictions. The entire press conference is available below. See the NM Political Report story on what the governor said here.

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (7/1/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. On Tuesday, the state Department of Health announced 168 new COVID-19 cases and four additional deaths. The new cases included a new high in Lea County. See more details here. The governor signed the revised budget to deal with the economic downturn and resulting revenue downturn from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.A poll looked at how Hispanic families in New Mexico are handling the COVID-19 pandemic economically.

Poll finds Hispanic families still in need of relief

A recent survey of 480 Hispanics in the state found that close to half have $1,000 or less in savings and nearly a quarter have $100 or less. The survey from Latino Decisions, in partnership with several other nonprofit organizations, found that 49 percent of Hispanics surveyed have $1,000 or less set aside for emergencies and 24 percent have $100 or less in savings. In addition, 48 percent have had their hours or pay cut since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. A group of 45 elected officials, including some from the state’s three largest cities of Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Las Cruces as well as other cities and counties around the state, signed a letter sent to New Mexico’s congressional leadership Tuesday asking that all residents, regardless of immigration status, be included in the next federal relief bill. Migrants and refugees who lack social security numbers were left out of the federal relief CARES Act in late March.

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (6/30/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. The state Department of Health announced 173 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death related to the disease. Bernalillo and Doña Ana counties had the most new cases. See more details here.An epidemiologist with the state Department of Health said the recent increase in cases is because people are letting their guard down, KOB-TV reported.Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber said the spike in virus cases in the county are from local residents, not from out-of-state residents, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.The Albuquerque City Council voted down a proposal that would have given hazard pay to essential workers during the pandemic, KOB-TV reported.

Guv signs tax relief bill into law

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a new bill into law to provide tax relief for New Mexicans and businesses on Monday. The bill would waive interest and penalties on late payments of taxes to allow New Mexicans and businesses to pay their taxes by July 15 without penalties or interest. “The financial pain caused by COVID-19 is real. This bill will help New Mexicans who through no fault of their own were unable to pay their taxes on time,” Lujan Grisham said in a statement on Monday. “It will help local governments, and it will help small businesses, all of whom have been suffering the dreadful effects of this pandemic.

173 new cases, with Bernalillo, Doña Ana counties’ continued increases

State health officials announced 173 new COVID-19 cases as the total number of confirmed cases in the state since the beginning of the pandemic nears 12,000. The state also announced one additional death related to COVID-19, the second consecutive day with just one announced death. The new confirmed cases included 45 in Bernalillo County and 35 in Doña Ana County, the state’s two most-populous counties, and two counties that are experiencing increases in confirmed cases over the past few weeks. Overall, the state has now confirmed 11,982  cases of COVID-19 and 493 deaths related to COVID-19. The newly announced death was a woman in her 50s from San Juan County who had been hospitalized and had underlying conditions.