355 new cases and three additional deaths

Just one week ago, 355 new cases of COVID-19 would have been the second-most number of cases reported in a single day, and the most since late July. But in the last seven days, the state has reported five days with 355 or more cases—so when the state reported 355 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, it actually slowed the rise in the state’s seven-day rolling average (of the date test results are reported, not when tests are conducted), which is now 395. On September 12, the seven-day average was just 88. 

Also on Tuesday, DOH reported 3 additional deaths related to the disease. DOH has now reported 33,713 confirmed cases and 918 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. Related: State to tighten restrictions amid sharp growth in cases

As has been the case for several days, Bernalillo County had the most reported new cases on Tuesday, this time with 121.

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (10/13/20 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 of New Mexico reported 389 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, and four additional deaths related to the disease. Read more here.Homeless shelters in Santa Fe are bracing for a spike in cases as cold temperatures bring more people indoors, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.KRQE-TV covered the difficulties of addressing COVID-19 among the homeless community after an outbreak in Albuquerque.Los Alamos’ county clerk added a drive-thru drop-off for absentee ballots, the Los Alamos Reporter wrote.As COVID spreads through the Metropolitan Detention Center, officials are taking steps to slow the spread, KOB-TV reported. Every inmate will be tested; as of now, there are nearly 200 active cases.MountainView Regional Medical Center will partner with the state Department of Health for a flu shot drive on Oct.

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (10/12/20 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. This weekend, New Mexico DOH reported nine additional deaths and 755 additional cases of COVID-19. Of the newly confirmed cases, 486 were reported on Saturday and 269 were reported on Sunday.Las Cruces had a record weekly number of COVID-19 cases, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported.The Albuquerque homeless shelter on the westside reported 72 new COVID-19 cases, KRQE-TV reported.A coalition of schools sued the state education secretary over rules implemented related to COVID-19, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.The New Mexico Military Institute has seven confirmed cases of COVID-19—three staff members and four cadets—and has quarantined 26 others, the Roswell Daily Record reported.KRQE-TV spoke to the secretary of the state Economic Development Department about the path to an economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.Late Friday, the office of the Navajo Nation President announced that he approved millions in hardship relief from the CARES Act, the Navajo Times reported. The 2020 fears are leading to more anxiety over voting, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.The Associated Press wrote about the shift in efforts by child welfare agencies during the pandemic.Domestic violence groups have seen an uptick in people requesting help, KOB-TV reported. It’s too early to say when early and high school in-person instruction will resume, KRQE-TV reported.Alma d’Arte Charter High School in Las Cruces has new leadership, and the Las Cruces Sun-News wrote about how they have been dealing with the pandemic.After the governor announced that K-12 sports won’t happen until at least next year, athletes in Albuquerque rallied to protest (per the Albuquerque Journal) as did those in Las Cruces (per the Las Cruces Sun-News).New Mexico families can get double-EBT dollars at farmers markets Some diners are returning to areas in downtown Albuquerque, KRQE-TV reported.The Las Cruces Sun-News said the city of Las Cruces will give away masks and provide COVID-19 tests for those who need it.

Maryland court has 40 days to decide on abortion medication

A District Court in Maryland has 40 days to lift, modify or continue the order it previously made to allow the abortion medication mifepristone to be available through telehealth during the pandemic. The U.S. Supreme Court asked the lower court on Thursday to reconsider a case the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG) brought against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over the summer. ACOG wants the FDA to allow mifepristone to be available for abortion care through telehealth during the pandemic. Although the FDA approved mifepristone 20 years ago for abortion care, the FDA continues to regulate it as if it were a dangerous drug. The FDA argued in court that people should have to continue to pick up mifepristone at a health care provider during the pandemic.

Voting passes 31,000 through first three days of early voting

Voters continue to head to the polls, with over 31,000 voters casting ballots since the beginning of early voting on Tuesday—including nearly 30,000 who have cast early ballots. Doña Ana County still has the most overall votes cast, with 3,034, followed by Eddy County at 2,926, Bernalillo County with 2,733 and Chaves County with 2,564. No other county has more than 2,500 votes cast yet. Eddy County actually had slightly more voters cast ballots in-person than Doña Ana County, 2,908 to 2,901. But 133 voters in Doña Ana County have returned absentee ballots, to just 18 in Eddy County.

City of Albuquerque shelter reports 17 cases of COVID-19

The West Side Emergency Housing Center reported 17 cases of COVID-19 Thursday. The individuals who tested positive for the disease are in isolation and receiving medical care for their symptoms, according to the City of Albuquerque, which issued a news release late Thursday afternoon. The shelter houses about 400 individuals each night, according to the release, but it can house up to 450 people. Until 2019 the shelter only housed people during the winter months, but Mayor Tim Keller converted it into a year-round facility. Though it remains open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for families during the public health emergency, the shelter is not currently accepting new residents and transportation to the facility has been suspended, according to the release.

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (10/09/20 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. There wasn’t much good news from on the COVID-19 front from the governor’s press conference on Monday, when the governor warned about possible “uncontrollable spread” of COVID-19. The governor herself is quarantining after possibly coming in contact with someone with COVID-19. Read more here.You can watch the full press conference here.Meanwhile, the state Department of Health reported 387 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, as the growth in cases continues.

WATCH: Lujan Grisham’s 10/8 COVID-19 press conference

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials discussed the state’s COIVD-19 response during a press conference Thursday afternoon. The full video of the press conference, via the governor’s Facebook page is available below.

Nearly 20,000 New Mexicans have already cast ballots

Nearly as many voters cast ballots on the second day of general early voting on Wednesday as the first day per numbers released by the Secretary of State’s office—and when combining early in-person and returned absentee ballots, 19,945 New Mexicans have already voted in the general election. The three counties with the most early in-person votes are in southern New Mexico, which features one of the most competitive U.S. House races in the country. Doña Ana County still leads, with 1,929 votes cast, followed by Eddy County at 1,652, then Chaves County with 1,553. 

New Mexico is still in its limited early in-person voting, with one voting location per county. The number of early in-person voting sites will expand on Oct. 17, and in years past, turnout has increased sharply after the expansion.

NM jails report 900 new virus cases since June as population numbers tick back up

It’s not clear whether more crowded jails, along with their decreased chances for social distancing, has spiked the case numbers. Virus cases have dramatically increased in a handful of jails in counties where cases have remained stubbornly high outside the walls — and officials say inmates are entering the jails already infected, identified by testing as they are booked. 

But the increases in cases and populations have renewed discussions about how to ensure the virus doesn’t spread further inside jails and the communities they serve. New Mexico In Depth first published this story and it appears at NM Political Report with permission. Officials hope to repeat the success of the low infection numbers through the pandemic’s first few months, when law enforcement, judges, jail administrators, prosecutors and defense lawyers cooperated to keep jail populations down. Jails have transient populations, housing people awaiting trial or serving sentences of less than a year for relatively minor crimes.