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State announces 69 new cases and five COVID-19 related deaths

On Sunday, state health officials announced five new deaths related to COVID-19 and 69 new cases of the illness in a partial update.The state said the update is missing results from private labs, due to a “technical delay.” The missing results will be included in Monday’s update.  The state’s total […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (6/01/20 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 of New Mexico now has 7,689 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 356 deaths related to the disease. See Sunday’s update here. There is […]

COVID-19 cases exceed 7,600, number of deaths crosses 350

The state announced 134 additional test positive COVID-19 cases and seven additional related deaths on Saturday. The largest number of new cases were again in the northwest region of the state, with 58 new cases in McKinley County and 23 in San Juan County. All seven of the deaths were […]

Nursing homes fought federal emergency plan requirements for years. Now, they’re coronavirus hot spots.

On Dec. 15, 2016, the nation’s largest nursing home lobby wrote a letter to Donald Trump, congratulating the president-elect and urging him to roll back new regulations on the long-term care industry.

One item on the wish list was a recently issued emergency preparedness rule. It required nursing homes to draw up plans for hazards such as an outbreak of a new infectious disease.

Trump’s election, the American Health Care Association, or AHCA, wrote, had demonstrated that voters opposed “extremely burdensome” rules that endangered the industry’s thin profit margins.

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (5/30/20 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. On Friday, the state Department of Health announced 133 additional cases of COVID-19 and nine additional deaths. See the details here, including an update on […]

How much did state Senate candidates raise and where did they spend it?

Planned Parenthood, through its various PACs, is spending $390,000 on the New Mexico primary, and the bulk of that on three races. Sarah Taylor-Nanista, executive director of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains Action Fund, said the nonprofit organization is “laser focused” on the progressives running against the seven Democratic […]

ABQ officials: ‘Black lives matter. Again, black lives matter.’

Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller and other city officials took to the podium Friday afternoon to discuss the May 25 death of unarmed black man George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis and a Black Lives Matter protest that occurred in response to Floyd’s death Thursday night […]

133 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19, nine additional deaths

The state Department of Health announced an additional 133 cases of COVID-19 and nine additional deaths, just two days away from reopening large classes of businesses. The newly announced totals bring the total number of cases in New Mexico to 7,493 and the total number of deaths to 344.  McKinley […]

Indoor dining at restaurants, more to open June 1 as state eases more restrictions

New Mexico’s next public health order will be a big step toward reopening businesses throughout the state, including allowing gym attendance, indoor dining at restaurants at limited capacity, limited opening of hair salons and barbershops and more. The public health order, which the governor’s office said will be executed and […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (5/29/20 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 said the next public health order, which will go into effect on June 1, will allow gyms, hair salons, tattoo parlors and dine-in […]

108 new cases and six new deaths related to COVID-19

The state Department of Health announced 108 additional test positive cases of COVID-19 and six additional deaths related to the type of coronavirus. The new test positive cases brings the total number of cases of COVID-19 in the state to 7,364 and the total number of deaths related to the […]

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

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham held her weekly press conference about COVID-19 in New Mexico and the state’s response on Thursday. Related: State will move to expand reopening of businesses beginning June 1

Courts start planning to restart jury trials by mid-June

The state Supreme Court said that courts can once again begin jury trials in criminal and civil trials on June 15 after taking precautions. The state Supreme Court had suspended jury trials due to COVID-19 in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Now, as the state appears poised to further […]

Masks sold by former White House official to Navajo hospitals don’t meet FDA standards

ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. The Indian Health Service acknowledged on Wednesday that 1 million respirator masks it purchased from a former Trump White House official do not meet Food and Drug […]

‘We’re sitting ducks.’ As coronavirus swept through a halfway house, state officials reported nothing.

ALBUQUERQUE — At least 25 residents of one of New Mexico’s largest halfway houses have tested positive for COVID-19. The outbreak happened at Diersen Charities in Albuquerque, which houses inmates on their way out of the federal prison system and some who are on federal probation. The facility has enough […]

Town hall with NM scientists provides answers to questions about COVID-19

New Mexico is one of two states – the other is New York – that meets the gating criteria set by the White House for reopening, according to a group of public health and crisis experts. A website called covidexitstrategy.org is mapping the state-by-state response to reopening and, according to […]

127 new COVID-19 cases, four additional deaths in NM

On Wednesday, state health officials announced an additional 127 cases of COVID-19 in New Mexico and four additional deaths related to the disease. With the new cases the total number of cases found by the state Department of Health reached 7,252 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the […]

Members of congress want answers on $3 million contract for possibly substandard masks for Navajo Nation

Members of Congress from New Mexico and Arizona sought answers about a $3 million contract given to a former White House staffer to supply masks to the Navajo Nation. The masks may be substandard, as the Navajo Nation deals with the highest rate of COVID-19 cases in the country. “The […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (5/28/20 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 127 additional cases of COVID-19 and 4 additional deaths on Wednesday. See the details here. Federal lawmakers want answers from the Indian […]

Election officials prepare to count flood of absentee ballots

State officials have urged New Mexicans to vote via absentee ballots if at all possible, citing the COVID-19 pandemic. So far, it appears, voters have heard this and are responding. New Mexicans are voting by absentee ballot at an unprecedented rate for this June’s primaries.  As of Tuesday morning, 98,485 […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (5/27/20 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 of New Mexico announced 107 new cases of COVID-19, including a spike in cases in Torrance County and the Torrance County Detention Facility […]

NY Times highlights Congresswoman Deb Haaland

During a New York Times’ “Women in the Public Spotlight” discussion, U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland said Congress needs more women. The New York Times invited the Albuquerque Democrat to participate in an online event called “Women in the Public Spotlight” on Tuesday as part of the Times’ recognition of 2020 […]

State will allow outdoor dining at restaurants in most of state starting Wednesday, with some restrictions

Restaurants in much of the state can serve patrons for outdoor dining—with some restrictions—starting Wednesday. Restaurants in Cibola, San Juan and McKinley counties are not included in the new lifting of patio dining restrictions. The state cited the fact that the northwest region has been hit hard by the virus. […]

107 new COVID-19 cases in NM, including spike in Torrance County

State health officials announced 107 additional cases of COVID-19 in New Mexico, including a dozen new cases in Torrance County and 14 cases among those held by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the Torrance County Detention Center. The state Department of Health also announced five additional deaths, bringing the […]

What parents should know about coronavirus as kids return to babysitters, day cares and camps

Reopening states after the COVID-19 lockdown raises unnerving questions for working parents who depend on some form of child care, from nannies to day camp.

Instead of coming home with a snotty nose, is your child going to bring back the coronavirus? And how do you know your in-home babysitter or nanny, even your child’s teacher, isn’t a symptom-free spreader?

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (5/26/20 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 number of COVID-19 cases in New Mexico are over 7,000, as of Monday’s state announcement. Mayors across the state are split on how much […]

COVID-19 cases in New Mexico top 7,000

The total tally of COVID-19 cases in the state reached over 7,000 Monday, as state health officials announced 93 new positive cases of COVID-19. The state also announced three deaths related to the illness, bringing the total to 320.  The state announced some details on the three deaths:  A male […]

Roswell in-patient treatment facility that readied to take COVID-19 patients close to reopening

A state-owned drug and alcohol treatment facility in Roswell closed during the pandemic to prepare to help nearby hospitals if COVID-19 patients overloaded the local healthcare system. Fortunately, the facility wasn’t needed, said Jose Gurrola, administrator for NM Rehabilitation Center in Roswell. Gurrola said the state’s Department of Health asked […]

DOH announces 149 new COVID-19 cases, nine new deaths

New Mexico health officials on Sunday announced 149 new positive cases of COVID-19 and an additional nine deaths related to the disease. The new numbers bring the state’s total to 6,943 positive cases and 317 deaths Due to reporting delays on Sundays, the state also said the numbers are not […]

As Santa Fe faces budget pinch, property taxes at low rate of what’s allowed

Tax revenues across the state are plummeting in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and municipalities are struggling to plug holes in their budgets. For its part, Santa Fe expects a $46 million shortfall for fiscal year 2020, much of it stemming from an immense drop in revenue from the […]

175 new COVID-19 cases, six additional deaths amid surge in tests

State health officials announced Saturday 175 additional positive tests for COVID-19 and six additional deaths related to the disease. The state processed more than 10,700 tests, by far its most tests in a single day. The previous highest number, on Friday, was just over 5,616. Of the new cases, 37 […]

Public schools could avert deep cuts in June session, top lawmaker says

New Mexico has enough from savings plus new money from Washington to help public schools weather looming budget shortages, says Sen. John Arthur Smith, D-Deming, a powerful lawmaker who helps to shape each year’s state budget. “It would be prudent to make some cuts but not deep cuts for the […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (5/23/20 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 now has more than 300 COVID-19-related deaths and over 6,600 confirmed cases. See the details here. Navajo Nation health officials reported 95 additional […]

State suspends permits of restaurants that defied public health

The state suspended the food service permits for two restaurants that defied the state’s public health order and allowed dine-in service. The state Environment Department made the announced Friday afternoon. The two restaurants are Jalisco Cafe in Silver City and Anaheim Jacks in Ruidoso. The department cited a portion of […]

COVID-19 deaths in NM cross 300, total cases now over 6,600

More than 300 people in New Mexico have now died with cases related to COVID-19, state health officials announced on Friday. The state crossed the 300 death total with the eight additional deaths announced. The state Department of Health also announced 160 new cases of COVID-19, including more than 40 […]

The feds gave a former White House official $3 million to supply masks to Navajo Hospitals. Some may not work.

ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. A former White House aide won a $3 million federal contract to supply respirator masks to Navajo Nation hospitals in New Mexico and Arizona 11 days after […]

Campaigns forced to adapt during COVID-19 pandemic

Candidates are getting creative in how they connect with voters amid a COVID-19 pandemic. With about a week left before the primary election, some candidates are leaning on phone calls, text messages and social media more than usual in lieu of in-person campaign rallies or forums, even as tens of […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (5/22/20 edition)

Thursday, state health officials announced 163 new COVID-19 cases and 11 additional COVID-19-related deaths. Of the new cases, nearly a quarter—40—were in Doña Ana County. The state also crossed 150,000 processed tests.

With mother’s death, the endangered Prieto wolf pack is gone

Peering at a map of red dots, Michael Robinson became worried when he couldn’t locate AF1251, the last adult Mexican gray wolf of the Prieto pack, who was also a mother with a yearling.  Robinson, senior conservation advocate at the Center for Biological Diversity, was keeping an eye on the […]

State finds 163 new COVID-19 cases, reports 11 additional deaths

On Thursday, state health officials announced 163 additional positive tests for COVID-19 and 11 additional deaths related to the disease. Of the new cases, 40 came out of Doña Ana County, the most in a single day out of that county.  The number of new cases statewide was the most […]

Pregnant worker anti-discrimination law goes into effect

The Pregnant Worker Accommodation Act, signed into law by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in March, went into effect Wednesday. Terrelene Massey, executive director of Southwest Women’s Law Center, said the new law could affect anywhere from 10,000 to 20,000 workers in New Mexico each year. The law amends the state’s […]

State on track to expand reopening on June 1

“We think that we’re through the peak,” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said during her press conference Wednesday afternoon. But, she and health officials warned, without continued social distancing the state could see another peak and have to go backwards on reopening. The governor also announced a date for the state’s […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (5/21/20 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 next phase or reopening, or at least Phase 1B, could happen on June 1, the governor said in a press conference. The governor also […]

Las Cruces Census office to hand deliver census to thousands of households

The Las Cruces-based U.S. Census Bureau reopened its field office and announced census workers will follow social distancing as they hand deliver census packets to households in southern New Mexico. The office, which covers Catron, Chaves, Currey, De Baca, Doña Ana, Eddy, Grant, Hidalgo, Lea, Lincoln, Luna, Otero, Roosevelt, Sierra, […]

New Mexico joins multistate coalition asking for preliminary injunction on Clean Water rule

New Mexico joined Tuesday a coalition of 16 states, the City of New York and the District of Columbia that are asking a federal court to stop the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new clean water rule from going into effect while it awaits a decision in an earlier lawsuit against […]

You don’t need invasive tech for successful contact tracing. Here’s how it works.

ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. I want you to mentally prepare yourself for a phone call that you could receive sometime over the course of this pandemic: in the next few months […]

Lujan Grisham ‘flattered’ by Biden VP speculation

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said she would do whatever is necessary to help Joe Biden’s presidential ticket when asked about the persistent speculation that she could be named as the former Vice President’s running mate. “I’m going to be doing whatever I need to be doing as the first female […]

State announces seven deaths and 134 new cases of COVID-19

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced seven new deaths related to COVID-19 and 134 new cases of the illness during a Wednesday afternoon press conference. A total of 6,317 individuals in the state have tested positive for COVID-19 and a total of 283 deaths are attributed to the illness.  The seven […]

Cowboys for Trump leader in hot water after saying ‘the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat’

An Otero County Commissioner and leader of a group that supports President Donald Trump is facing calls to resign over his declaration that “the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat.” The commissioner, Couy Griffin, made the remarks this weekend at a protest in Truth or Consequences where a number […]

Hidden exposures: Studies point to unsafe levels of formaldehyde exposure in oil and gas communities in NM

On a hot, dusty day in August last year, a group of regulators from the New Mexico Environment Department and the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department traveled to Counselor, New Mexico, to tour the oil and gas sites that dot the landscape of the Greater Chaco region.  The group […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (5/20/20 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. Six additional New Mexico residents died of COVID-19 and 104 more tested positive the state Department of Health announced on Tuesday. The state has found […]

Six additional COVID-19 deaths in NM, 104 new positive tests

The state announced 104 additional COVID-19 tests and six additional deaths on Monday. It’s the lowest number of new cases on a non-Sunday, when the state has only released partial results because of delays in some informationrelease from private labs, since May 9. With the newly announced numbers from the […]

La Vida Llena says all residents now tested negative for COVID-19

La Vida Llena announced Tuesday that all of its residents had tested negative for COVID-19 in two consecutive tests and 289 of the 303 employees tested negative. The remaining 14 employees who had previously tested positive for the disease are awaiting a second negative test to be considered negative. La […]

Medicaid providers at the end of the line for federal COVID funding

Casa de Salud, a nonprofit clinic in Albuquerque, New Mexico, provides primary medical care, opioid addiction services and non-Western therapies, including acupuncture and reiki, to a largely low-income population. And, like so many other health care providers that serve as a safety net, its revenue — and its future — […]

ACLU spending on education in two state senate districts targeted by progressives

Two progressive Democrats, Siah Correa Hemphill and Pam Cordova, who are challenging  incumbents who lean more to the right within the Democratic party, are getting a boost in their campaign efforts. Correa Hemphill is running against incumbent Democratic state Sen. Gabriel Ramos. With her May filing report, she has outraised […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (5/19/20 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 6,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 21 among those held by the state Corrections Department at the Otero […]

State now at more than 6,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 270 deaths

The state has now confirmed over 6,000 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. This came after the state announced 165 new confirmed cases of the disease among New Mexico residents and five additional deaths related to the disease. The Department of Health announced Monday it has now […]

Progressive Democratic challengers want new voices in the state legislature

District Senate 38 Democratic candidate Carrie Hamblen got a boost last week in her bid to defeat incumbent state senate candidate and President Pro Tem Mary Kay Papen. That’s because the race narrowed to two candidates – Papen and Hamblen – last week when healthcare professional and entrepreneur Tracy Perry […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (5/18/20 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 nearly 6,000 positive COVID-19 cases and 265 COVID-19-related deaths. See the details on the latest announcement here. Retailers are opening across the […]

‘Immune to Evidence:’ How dangerous coronavirus conspiracies spread

Stephan Lewandowsky studies the way people think, and in particular, why they engage in conspiracy theories. So when the cognitive scientist from England’s University of Bristol observes wild speculation related to the COVID-19 pandemic, he sees how it fits into the historical pattern of misinformation and fake news.

I recently wrote about the viral video “Plandemic” as an investigative reporter assessing the range of unsubstantiated COVID-19 allegations put forth by a controversial researcher. Lewandowsky comes at the video and others like it from a science-based perspective. He is one of the authors of “The Conspiracy Theory Handbook,” which explains the traits of conspiratorial thinking.

97 new test positive cases of COVID-19; total nears 6,000

The state Department of Health announced New Mexico has 97 additional test positive cases of COVID-19 and six additional related deaths. Of the 97 new cases, 61 were in one of three counties: McKinley, Sandoval and San Juan. Those three counties are home to some of New Mexico’s tribal lands, […]

One in nearly four-thousand: NM prison COVID-19 testing shows strikingly low positive rate

New Mexico appears to have bucked another national trend. Just one of the nearly 4,000 inmates and staff tested in the state’s 11 prisons is positive for COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus, according to results released by the state Corrections Department on Friday. The lone positive […]

190 new positive COVID-19 tests in NM, 6 additional deaths

New Mexico health officials announced another 190 positive tests for COVID-19 in New Mexico, and six additional deaths.  With the newly announced cases from the state Department of Health, the state now has found 5,847 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the crisis and a total of 259 […]

State tweaks some aspects of Saturday’s reopening, including more allowed in places of worship

During a press conference on Friday, the governor announced tweaks to the public health emergency order that will go into effect tomorrow, including allowing larger crowds at places of worship and all retailers, as most of the state enters “phase one” of reopening. “We want to slow the spread of […]

Secretary of State encourages absentee voting

Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver encouraged all voters who wish to participate in the primaries to do so by absentee ballot. Toulouse Oliver spoke at a press conference on Friday, and noted that this election season is different than those in the past.  Related: State tweaks some aspects of […]

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 […]

164 new cases, including seven new cases at federal facilities

The state announced 164 new cases of COVID-19, including seven new individuals held in federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility. The new cases, announced through the state Department of Health, bring the total to 5,662 cases of the type of coronavirus that causes respiratory illness. The state also […]

Ranchers, conservation groups unhappy with the new clean water rule, but for different reasons

The Donald Trump administration only finalized its new clean water rule a few days ago and the regulation is already being challenged in federal court by ranchers, conservation groups and state governments.  The conservation-focused New Mexico Wilderness Alliance joined a coalition of conservation groups that allege the new rule goes […]

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 […]

COVID-19 cases in NM reach 5,500; 11 additional deaths

As the state prepares to ease restrictions and allow more businesses to reopen, the state announced that over 5,500 people have now tested positive for COVID-19.  State health officials announced Thursday that 143 additional people have tested positive for COVID-19 and 11 more people died of COVID-19-related issues. There are […]

City of Albuquerque prepares for expanded reopening

The City of Albuquerque is on track to allow businesses and city services to reopen in tandem with the state’s announced easing of restrictions.  Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced in a press conference on Wednesday that much of the state would move to “phase one” of reopening, which would allow […]

State to allow some businesses to open, require masks in public

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Wednesday a slight easing of COVID-19 restrictions, while also announcing some increased restrictions as of Saturday, May 16.  While Lujan Grisham said the state would start allowing retailers and some other businesses to open to the public with capacity limitations, she also said […]

COVID-19 has spread to most New Mexico tribes

While Navajo people represent the worst hit by COVID-19 in absolute numbers — Navajos represent 45% of all New Mexico’s positive cases – two Pueblo communities are being hit harder, by percentage of their population, according to data provided by state health officials.  About 11% of Zia Pueblo and 4% of San Felipe members […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (5/14/20 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 said the new public health emergency order will allow some businesses to reopen and will require people […]

Guv: 12 new COVID-related deaths, 155 new cases

The state announced Wednesday an increase of 155 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 12 additional deaths. The twelve deaths are tied for the largest one-day total in a single day so far in New Mexico. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham first announced the new numbers in a press conference Wednesday […]

COVID-19 pandemic complicates 2020 wildfire season

One morning in June 2017, while fighting the Frye Fire in southern Arizona, firefighters began visiting the on-site paramedic complaining of body aches, sore throats, fever, and fatigue. The paramedic diagnosed them with strep throat, a bacterial infection that can pass person to person or through food or water, and […]

Udall, Heinrich introduce long-awaited legislation to protect portions of the Gila River

U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced legislation Tuesday that would designate portions of the Gila River as Wild and Scenic, after a “years-long” effort to protect what’s known as one of the country’s last wild rivers.  The M.H. Dutch Salmon Greater Gila Wild and Scenic River Act would […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (5/13/20 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 Department of Health announced on Tuesday 11 additional COVID-19-related deaths and 143 new cases. See the full details here. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham […]

31,000 and counting

Rick Lucas’ cellphone chimed, alerting him to an emergency in the acute care unit. He wondered whether it would be another case of COVID-19. 

He pulled on his thin surgical mask and dashed into a room where a patient was fighting to breathe. 

Lucas, a critical care nurse, and his team at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus worked quickly, finding a vein for an IV and pulling an oxygen mask over the patient’s mouth and nose as he coughed. Lucas had been instructed to wear the same surgical mask all day for all but the highest-risk procedures, such as intubating patients.

DOH: 11 new COVID-19-related deaths in NM, 143 new cases

The state announced 143 additional cases of COVID-19 and 11 additional deaths, the fourth day during the pandemic of double-digit COVID-19-related deaths. The Department of Health announcement included the first confirmed case at the ICE Torrance County Detention Facility, while McKinley and San Juan counties continued to lead the state […]

Supreme Court asked to weigh in on stream access dispute that no one can agree on

A stream access dispute that has been brewing for years between public access advocates and landowners could be resolved once and for all, now that litigation has brought the matter to the New Mexico Supreme Court. In March, three conservation and public access organizations, the New Mexico Wildlife Federation, Backcountry […]

COVID-19 cases at one Texas immigration detention center soared in a matter of days. Now, town leaders want answers.

ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. It was a historic occasion for the South Texas town of Pearsall when officials broke ground in 2004 on what would become one of the country’s largest […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (5/12/20 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 of New Mexico now has found over 5,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state. Monday’s announcement included an additional 207 positive tests […]

State crosses 5,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases

Over 5,000 New Mexicans have now tested positive for COVID-19. The announcement, via state Department of Public Health data, on Monday came after the state announced 207 additional positive tests and eight additional deaths related to COVID-19.  Overall, 5,069 people in New Mexico have now tested positive for COVID-19 and […]

With meat plant closures and meat shortages on horizon, can cattle ranchers survive?

Aubrey Dunn and his wife Robin run a cattle operation north of Carrizozo, NM, and the couple, now grandparents, own roughly 250 head of cattle. Like other cattle ranchers, Dunn, who was formerly the New Mexico State Land Commissioner, is part of an industry that faces high prices for cattle […]

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (5/11/20 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. With COVID-19 spreading to meatpacking plants and the closure of restaurants disrupting traditional supply chains, cattle growers in the state worry about the long term […]

NM reaches 200 COVID-19 deaths, total cases approaching 5,000

New Mexico health officials on Sunday announced 87 new positive cases of COVID-19 and an additional nine deaths related to the disease. That brings the state’s total to 4,863 positive cases and 200 deaths.  Due to reporting delays on Sundays, the state also said the numbers are not necessarily a […]

State announces ten deaths and 105 new cases of COVID-19

State health officials announced on Saturday ten deaths related to COVID-19 and an additional 105 new cases, bringing the total number of cases of the illness in New Mexico to 4,778. Seven of the ten deaths were residents living in an acute care or congregate living facility. Twenty-nine of such […]

How climate change Is contributing to skyrocketing rates of infectious disease

The scientists who study how diseases emerge in a changing environment knew this moment was coming. Climate change is making outbreaks of disease more common and more dangerous.

Over the past few decades, the number of emerging infectious diseases that spread to people — especially coronaviruses and other respiratory illnesses believed to have come from bats and birds — has skyrocketed. A new emerging disease surfaces five times a year. One study estimates that more than 3,200 strains of coronaviruses already exist among bats, awaiting an opportunity to jump to people.

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 […]

DOH: 181 new COVID-19 cases, 9 additional deaths

The state announced it now has more than 4,600 confirmed COVID-19 cases after the state announced 181 new confirmed cases on Friday. The state also announced nine additional deaths related to COVID-19, bringing that total to 181. The total number of cases now reached 4,673 according to the state Department […]

Lawsuit claims public health order prevented important surgery

A Bernalillo County man filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the state after his scheduled surgery was cancelled in order to comply with one of the state’s COVID-19 public health orders.  Edward Tsyitee, through his lawyer Blair Dunn, said he was scheduled for surgery to remove his gallbladder on April 13, […]

As COVID-19 sweeps through the Navajo Nation, a hospital is accused of endangering lives

GALLUP – In the past two weeks, one COVID-19 patient died following what several staff physicians described as gross mismanagement by health care workers at Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital. Another patient suffered severe brain damage when a ventilator was improperly adjusted, according to those same physicians. And the hospital’s critical […]

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. […]

4,493 COVID-19 cases in NM, 172 COVID-related deaths

The state of New Mexico announced 204 additional positive tests for COVID-19, bringing the total to nearly 4,500. The state also announced three additional deaths, bringing the number of COVID-related deaths to 172. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases so far, according to the New Mexico Department of Health, […]

Governor extends Gallup lockdown order through Sunday

The state of New Mexico announced a second extension of the lockdown of the City of Gallup as the area continues to see the largest spread of COVID-19 in the state.  The extension will last until noon on Sunday. Gallup Mayor Louis Bonaguidi requested the use of the state’s Riot […]

For some Native college students, online classes could be a deal breaker

When the University of New Mexico announced March 19 that all spring semester classes would move online and all students should move out of the dorms, 21-year-old communications major Hannah John went home. But she couldn’t stay long. Tall Ponderosa pines are the major architectural feature of Vanderwagen, population 1,700. Sandwiched between […]

The TSA hoarded 1.3 million N95 masks even though airports are empty and it doesn’t need them

The Transportation Security Administration ignored guidance from the Department of Homeland Security and internal pushback from two agency officials when it stockpiled more than 1.3 million N95 respirator masks instead of donating them to hospitals, internal records and interviews show.

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 […]

Tribes receive partial COVID-19 funds: Too little, too late?

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Tribal communities now will begin receiving federal coronavirus relief funding, a week after the government missed a congressional deadline for distribution, and only after being sued over who is eligible for the money. In a phone call with reporters on Tuesday, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., noted that […]

DOH: 153 new COVID-19 cases in NM, 7 additional deaths

New Mexico state health officials announced another 153 positive tests for COVID-19 and an additional seven deaths in the state. The new announcement, from the state Department of Health, brings the total number of cases to 4,291 and the total number of deaths to 169. The number of those who […]

Gov. Lujan Grisham: ‘Stay the course, stay in your bubble’

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham urged New Mexicans to keep up social distancing and stay-at-home measures to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the state.  “I need your help,” Lujan Grisham said during a press conference Tuesday afternoon. “Stay the course, stay in your bubble. Don’t give in, don’t […]

Audit finds ‘inappropriate’ handling of funds for lesser prairie chicken conservation

A conservation program that industry groups and landowners hoped would keep the lesser prairie chicken off the federal Endangered Species Act list has fallen short of its conservation mission and wasted millions in the process, according to an independent audit of the program.

The lesser prairie chicken has been under consideration for Endangered Species Act protections for more than 20 years and was listed as a threatened species, a step down from endangered species designation, from 2014 to 2016. 

A group of five states that share the lesser prairie chicken range — New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma — developed in 2013 a voluntary conservation program with land owners, ranchers and oil and gas companies through the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA), a consortium of state fish and game agencies across the West. WAFWA has managed the program for landowners and oil and gas developers to buy into in order to assure protections for remaining lesser prairie chicken habitat. 

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 […]

Trump hasn’t released funds that help families of COVID-19 victims pay for burials. Members of Congress want to change that.

Democratic members of Congress are urging President Donald Trump to authorize FEMA to reimburse funeral expenses for victims of the coronavirus pandemic, citing ProPublica’s reporting about the administration’s policies.

Northwest NM continues to outpace the rest of the state for COVID-19 cases

With more than twice as many reported cases of COVID-19 in McKinley County than the more populated Bernalillo County, the state Department of Health announced 107 new test positive cases across the state of COVID-19 Tuesday. There are six new deaths related to the respiratory disease. The numbers released Tuesday […]

NM Supreme Court denies request to expand inmate release

The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Monday that 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.  The high court’s decision was in response to a petition filed by the American […]

Most nursing homes violate infection control standards

Almost all of New Mexico’s 71 nursing homes have violated rules meant to protect their most vulnerable residents from infectious disease since 2017.  In total, 85 percent of the state’s facilities “failed to provide and implement an infection prevention and control program,” according to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and […]

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. […]

Over 4,000 total COVID-19 cases in NM; 186 new positive cases, 5 additional deaths

New Mexico has now confirmed over 4,000 cases of COVID-19, the state Department of Health announced on Monday. The state announced 186 additional positive tests, to bring the total in the state to 4,031, and with five additional deaths, the state now has 156 COVID-19-related deaths. More than half of […]

A conservative legal group significantly miscalculated data in a report on mail-in voting

In an April report that warns of the risks of fraud in mail-in voting, a conservative legal group significantly inflated a key statistic, a ProPublica analysis found. The Public Interest Legal Foundation reported that more than 1 million ballots sent out to voters in 2018 were returned as undeliverable. Taken at face value, that would represent a 91% increase over the number of undeliverable mail ballots in 2016, a sign that a vote-by-mail system would be a “catastrophe” for elections, the group argued.

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 […]

State crosses 150 COVID-19 deaths, total cases now at 3,850

The state Department of Health announced 118 additional positive tests for COVID-19 and twelve additional deaths, which brings the state’s total to 3,850 cases and 151 deaths, but the state also said these are partial totals. A technical lapse led to some labs results to be delayed to the state DOH […]

Eight additional deaths, 220 additional confirmed cases, as San Juan, McKinley cases continue to grow

The state announced eight additional deaths related to COVID-19 and 220 additional confirmed cases from state Department of Health data.  With the new announcement, there are now 139 deaths related to the disease and 3,732 overall positive cases.  The number of cases continues to grow in northwestern New Mexico, with […]

Failure of prison coronavirus testing in NM begs scrutiny

Six-thousand-five-hundred-fifty-eight people woke up Thursday morning behind bars in New Mexico’s 11 prisons, according to the state Department of Corrections. Just eight of them have been tested for the new coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease, COVID-19.  That’s a test rate of .0012 percent. The state employs about 1,800 people […]

BLM will move forward on Greater Chaco drilling proposal while communities grapple with COVID-19 surge

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) decided to move forward with a public engagement process for plans to expand drilling in the Greater Chaco region, even as the communities in northwestern New Mexico, who are currently struggling with a surge in COVID-19 cases, have repeatedly requested an extension to […]

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 […]

Groups rally outside Cibola County jail

Without intervention, as much as 100 percent of immigrants in detention centers could test positive for COVID-19 within the next 90 days and overwhelm state healthcare systems, according to a recent study. The study, produced by the Washington D.C., nonprofit advocacy group the Government Accountability Project, states that, optimistically, 72 […]

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 over 3,500 and eight additional deaths

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in New Mexico crossed 3,500, after the state Department of Health announced 104 additional cases. The state also announced eight additional deaths, bringing the total to 131. The state now has found 3,513 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Once again, McKinley County had the most […]

Guv orders Gallup lockdown to slow COVID-19 spread

As cases continue to grow in McKinley County, the governor invoked the state’s Riot Control Act to authorize a lockdown of Gallup, at the behest of both the outgoing and new mayor of the city. The state closed all roads into Gallup as of noon on Friday, ordered that essential […]

Lujan Grisham: Trump welcome in NM if he follows CDC protocol

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said that she would support President Donald Trump traveling to New Mexico—if he follows CDC protocol and brings needed equipment to the state. Lujan Grisham said this during a press conference on Thursday when asked about Trump’s proposed trip to Arizona next week. “I will welcome […]

State eases some restrictions, but keeps stay-at-home order in place

The governor announced that, beginning tomorrow, some restrictions put in place by the state will be eased, but she urged that New Mexicans should still remain home as much as possible and noted that the stay-at-home order will remain in place. The new public health emergency order goes into effect […]

Immigrants left out

Without relief aid from the federal and state government, immigrant families could suffer homelessness and hunger. Amber Wallin, NM Voices for Children’s deputy director, said that without any aid during the public health emergency and economic crisis, the crisis will worsen for immigrant families, leading to homelessness and hunger. That […]

Funding for childcare centers crucial to national recovery, advocates say

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, along with other senators, called on Congressional leadership to allocate at least $50 billion in emergency funding to stabilize the childcare industry. The National Women’s Law Center estimates that at least $9.6 billion is needed each month to preserve the nation’s childcare system during the pandemic. […]

The daily recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (5/1/20 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 on Thursday that it would ease some restrictions, but keep the stay-at-home order in place. If the state is able to avoid […]

Deadliest day yet: State announces 11 deaths and 198 new COVID-19 cases

State health officials gave a grim update on the spread of COVID-19 in the state Thursday, with 11 new deaths and 198 new cases of the disease. Thursday marks the most deaths related to COVID-19 announced in one day. The state’s total for COVID-19 cases now stands at 3,411. “We’re […]

Grants mayor facing two legal battles after defying state emergency order

Grants Mayor Martin “Modey” Hicks’ refusal to close municipal departments, like the city-run golf course, led to him being named in two different legal filings. One case is a lawsuit filed by the former city manager and the other a petition from the state’s attorney general asking the state Supreme […]

‘The genie is out of the bottle’: Rural healthcare providers see silver lining to pandemic

“It’s a sea change.” That’s how Sylvia Villarreal, CEO and owner of Taos Clinic for Youth, described telemedicine and its place in rural healthcare. Villarreal has offered limited telehealth services, also referred to as telemedicine, to patients for about eight years.  Telehealth refers to healthcare services that are administered remotely […]

NAACP officials keep wary eye on New Mexico data

A local advocacy group is keeping a watchful eye on equitable health care for African Americans during the pandemic. Pamelya Herndon, the first vice chair of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Albuquerque chapter, said the NAACP is not aware of discrimination against African-Americans during the […]

The daily recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (4/30/20 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 its highest one-day total of new cases on Wednesday, with 239 positive cases. The state now has over 3,200 cases. With two […]

Planned Parenthood sees increase in those seeking access to abortion through telemedicine

Since the beginning of the pandemic, more people are seeking abortion through telemedicine than ever before in New Mexico. Though the numbers are still small, the increase is significant, according to Neta Meltzer, director of strategic communications at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM). Meltzer wrote in an email […]

Total COVID-19 cases cross 3,000 as NW NM cases continue to lead state

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in New Mexico crossed 3,000, eight days after the total number of cases crossed 2,000 according to New Mexico Department of Health data. In fact, the announcement included the highest one-day total of COVID-19 cases so far, with 239 positive cases. As has been […]

GOP candidates question opponents’ loyalty to Trump

Former T.V. meteorologist and Republican primary candidate for U.S. Senate Mark Ronchetti found himself in hot water with his opponents this week. Already a target for some local conservatives, Ronchetti now has to explain comments he made during a presentation on climate change at the University of New Mexico last […]

The daily recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (4/29/20 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 confirmed six new COVID-19-related deaths and 153 new cases. There are now a total of 110 people who have died with COVID-19 and […]

Six new deaths related to COVID-19 and 153 new confirmed cases

The state announced six additional COVID-19-related deaths and 153 additional positive tests. The state Department of Health numbers now say that 110 people have died of COVID-19 and that the number of confirmed cases, as of Tuesday, stands at 2,974. The state’s detailed information showed that 50 percent of all […]

Albuquerque looking at the COVID-19 response through an equity lens

Immigrants, including those who lack U.S. citizenship documentation, can get tested for COVID-19 and seek medical care at a public hospital free of charge. A visit to the hospital will not result in a charge against an undocumented immigrant, according to Michelle Melendez, director of Albuquerque’s Office of Equity and […]

Senators ask for more flexibility for states, tribal and local governments on COVID-19 relief funds

U.S. Senators want the Trump administration to remove what they call needless, bureaucratic restrictions on how states can use funding from coronavirus relief efforts. The Senators, including New Mexico’s Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall, argued that state, local and tribal governments should be able to use funds from the CARES […]

It could be awhile before the NM Supreme Court decides to rule on cannabis tax case, if at all

Medical cannabis producers in New Mexico will be on the hook for gross receipts taxes for the foreseeable future, or at least until the state Supreme Court decides whether it will weigh-in on the issue.  Last week, a response filed by New Mexico cannabis producer Sacred Garden was the latest […]

The daily recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (4/28/20 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 number of COVID-19-related deaths in New Mexico is over 100 now, after Monday’s announcement. And the new numbers included even more growth in McKinley […]

DOH: Total number of NM COVID-19 deaths crosses 100

More than 100 people have died of COVID-19 in New Mexico after Monday’s announcement of new COVID-19 test results from the state of New Mexico. The numbers from the state Department of Health included five additional COVID-19-related deaths, which brought the total number to 104. The state also announced 101 […]

COVID-19 pandemic pushes mental health services online, with mixed results

Less than two weeks before the first COVID-19 cases showed up in New Mexico, 22-year-old Sevía Gonzales went looking for a therapist to cope with the effects of an unhealthy relationship she recently ended.   Before she could make an appointment for a face-to-face session, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued a […]

The daily recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (4/27/20 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. State officials announced 66 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, as well as six deaths. Due to a “technical lapse” the state released a “partial” […]

State announces six deaths and 66 new COVID-19 cases in ‘partial’ update

State officials announced 66 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, as well as six deaths. Due to a “technical lapse” the state released a “partial” update Sunday afternoon on the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by a type of coronavirus. The delayed results will be included in the state’s […]

Anti-vaccine activists latch onto coronavirus to bolster their movement

While most of the world hungers for a vaccine to put an end to the death and economic destruction wrought by COVID-19, some anti-vaccine groups are joining with anti-lockdown protesters to challenge restrictions aimed at protecting public health. Vaccine critics suffered serious setbacks in the past year, as states strengthened […]

NM announces 139 new COVID-19 cases and nine deaths

The state announced Saturday another 139 positive tests for COVID-19 and nine deaths related to the disease. That brings the total number of confirmed cases to 2,660 and deaths to 93. The newly released number showed that McKinley Count, the hardest-hit area of the state, now has the highest amount […]

Lujan Grisham gives update on COVID-19 response, unemployment, small business

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said the idea that some communities in the state feel they don’t have to comply with the state’s restrictions are “tantamount to opening up a pool and having a ‘pee’ section. This makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.” The statement came during a Friday afternoon press conference […]

The daily recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (4/25/20 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 on Friday, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said the idea that some communities in the state feel they don’t have to comply […]

Fund awards $550,000 to food banks

A fund to help food banks around the state is awarding $550,000 to address the surging demand for food assistance from residents. The relief fund, called All Together NM Fund, announced Friday that it awarded $400,000 in grants to five food banks to serve communities and tribal lands. An additional […]

Governor’s office says no need for mass release of inmates

Ahead of oral arguments scheduled next month, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office submitted written arguments to the New Mexico Supreme Court this week, asking the court to compel the governor to increase the number of inmate releases amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

DOH announces six more COVID-19-related deaths and 153 test positive cases Friday

The state announced six additional deaths related to COVID-19 and 153 new confirmed cases of the respiratory illness during a live press conference Friday. The highest single-day increase of confirmed cases took place Thursday, with 169 test positive cases. The number announced on Friday indicates a slight decrease from Thursday’s […]

Poll: Most New Mexicans approve of Lujan Grisham’s COVID-19 response

A new poll showed that a majority of New Mexicans approve of the way Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is handling the COVID-19 crisis. The poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling for The Majority Institute, a progressive organization, showed that 62 percent of New Mexicans approve of how she is handling […]

State to open COVID-19 alternative care facility in Gallup

As COVID-19 cases in McKinley County continue to skyrocket, the state announced that its alternative care facility in Gallup will accept its first patients on Saturday. The facility, in a converted high school gymnasium, will be able to handle 60 patients. As of the numbers on Thursday, the state has […]

Abbott’s fast COVID test poses safety issues, lab workers say

Lab personnel say worries are mounting over the safety of a rapid coronavirus test by Abbott Laboratories that President Donald Trump has repeatedly lauded ― particularly, the risk of infection to those handling it. Trump and federal health officials have promoted the ease with which the Abbott test can be […]

The daily recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (4/24/20 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 seven additional COVID-19-related deaths and 169 new confirmed cases of the disease, according to the DOH’s latest numbers. See the full story […]

DOH: Highest one-day total of COVID-19 cases so far, 7 additional deaths

The state Department of Health announced 169 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, the highest single day total in the state so far, though it came with the highest number of processed tests so far. The state now has found 2,379 confirmed cases of the disease in the state. Update (4/24/20): […]

ABQ begins preparing for easing restrictions: ‘Be prepared for a new normal’

Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller outlined how the city is handling preparations for reopening businesses in the future in a press conference on Thursday.  “I’m proud of Bernalillo County and of Albuquerque that we actually have been doing a very good job of flattening the curve, staying home and following orders,” […]

State starts planning to ease restrictions as curve flattens

New Mexico’s social and physical distancing is working in New Mexico overall, the “curve” has been flattened and the state is preparing plans to ease restrictions put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. “I want you to celebrate—in your house with your family,” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said. […]

Report: Climate change, oil & gas emissions a bad mix for New Mexico air quality

Climate change and a sharp increase in oil and gas production in the state are contributing to worsening air quality in New Mexico, according to a new report.  The American Lung Association’s (ALA) annual “State of the Air 2020” report, which looks at ozone and particle pollution levels across a […]

Heinrich defends stream access as issue heads to NM Supreme Court

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich weighed in on an ongoing and complicated dispute between the state Game Commission and environmental groups about accessing streams in New Mexico. Heinrich told NM Political Report that New Mexico’s leadership needs to step up efforts to protect stream access rights.  At issue is a rule […]

The daily recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (4/23/20 edition)

Note: 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 and top health officials said New Mexico is flattening the curve—which means they’re preparing plans to start easing restrictions. Read our story here. […]

ABQ mayor hopes to use federal money to make up for lost tax revenue

The City of Albuquerque received $150 million in federal aid this week, but the question still remains whether it can be used to keep the city operational.  During a press briefing on Monday, Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller announced some good news— that the city received a support check from the […]

Udall, other Senators want investigations over Trump administration’s COVID-19 response

The letter said that states around the country, including New Mexico, face shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE), and says that a cohesive, national strategy is needed to allocate the equipment where it is needed.

The federal government had a stockpile of PPE and other medical equipment in the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS). The Trump administration moved oversight of the stockpile from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the Health and Human Services Department, under the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, in 2018. FEMA is in charge of distribution during a national emergency.

Six additional deaths and 139 new positive cases of COVID-19 announced Wednesday

The state announced six additional COVID-19 related deaths and 139 more positive tests for the respiratory illness Wednesday during a Facebook live press conference. Update (4/23/2020): DOH: Highest one-day total of COVID-19 cases so far, 7 additional deaths The six additional deaths brings the total number who have died with […]

Nursing home announced for COVID-19 patients to be run by firm with history of safety violations and lawsuits

As cases of COVID-19 mount in New Mexico’s nursing homes, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has announced that the state will partner with Genesis Healthcare, a for-profit chain that has been denounced by the U.S. Department of Justice as an “unscrupulous provider” that routinely provides “grossly substandard nursing care.”​ The plan, announced April […]

The daily recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (4/22/20 edition)

Note: 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 seven new COVID-19 deaths, as the number of confirmed cases crossed 2,000. Read the breakdown here. Native Americans make up over 40 […]

Torres Small responds to Ocasio-Cortez’s oil and gas price drop comments

U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, a Democrat in New Mexico’s highly conservative southern New Mexico district, rebuked a progressive colleague for cheering the recent dramatic drop in oil and gas prices. Torres Small represents a heavily conservative district that includes the state’s portion of the Permian Basin, one of the […]

DOH: Seven new COVID-19 deaths in NM, number of confirmed cases cross 2,000

The state Department of Health announced seven more COVID-19 related deaths among new Mexico residents, including the first in Chaves County. The state also reported an additional 103 positive cases, bringing the total past 2,000. A total of 65 people have died with COVID-19, while the total number of positive […]

With COVID-19 looming, NM hospitals tossed masks and other protective gear

“The hospital and the country knew it’s coming. And administration and staff are running around throwing out all sorts of supplies,” said a nurse at Albuquerque’s Presbyterian Hospital, one of the state’s largest medical centers. A 20-year employee of the hospital, she requested anonymity because she had not been authorized to speak to the media. 

“It’s sad, it’s horrific,” she said, ticking off a list of what was tossed out: hand sanitizer, masks, intravenous tubing, hospital gowns, bandages. “The whole closet.”

NM partners with AI firm for contact-tracing software

New Mexico is one of 17 states using technology from an artificial intelligence software firm to help manage contact-tracing and resource distribution related to COVID-19 cases.  The Frisco, Texas-based company MTX Group builds communication and management platforms for emergency response. The platforms pair messaging applications for mobile devices with artificial […]

The daily recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (4/21/20 edition)

Note: 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. Before the COVID-19 public health emergency, hospitals tossed out expired personal protective equipment that would now be considered useful amid worldwide shortages. Read the Searchlight […]

NM’s budget to take huge hit, as oil prices plunge to negative territory

State Senate Finance Committee chairman John Arthur Smith was among the many New Mexicans who watched oil prices plummet to unprecedented numbers, as a glut of oil and a precipitous drop in demand sent prices into negative territory for West Texas Intermediate. Smith said he saw oil prices dropping Sunday […]

State announces 126 new positive COVID-19 cases, nearing 2,000 total

The New Mexico Department of Health announced three additional deaths and 126 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Update (4/21/20): DOH: Seven new COVID-19 deaths in NM, number of confirmed cases cross 2,000 The new totals included some tests from Sunday; the state announced only a partial amount of numbers from […]

Coronavirus advice from abroad: 7 Lessons America’s governors should not ignore as they reopen their economies

After insisting that he had absolute power to decide when to reopen the American economy, President Donald Trump has turned over to all of you what he initially called “the biggest decision I’ve ever had to make.”

Trump is often guilty of hyperbole, but he’s right in this case. Figuring out how and when to let people go back to work during an outbreak of life-threatening disease is the most consequential decision any of you will ever face. You’ve already seen the stakes in New York, New Jersey and Michigan. Get this wrong and thousands of people in your state will die. As the presidential election campaign heats up, count on the president to blast you for high unemployment rates in your state (you lifted restrictions too slowly) or clusters of deaths (you went too far, too soon).

In fine print, HHS appears to ban all surprise billing during the pandemic

Federal officials offering emergency funding to hospitals, clinics and doctors’ practices have included this stipulation: They cannot foist surprise medical bills on COVID-19 patients. But buried in the Department of Health and Human Services’ terms and conditions for eligibility is language that could carry much broader implications. It says “HHS […]

The daily recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (4/20/20 edition)

Note: 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 two additional COVID-19-related deaths, for a total of 55, and that over 100 people are hospitalized for COVID-19 in the state. Read […]

Two additional COVID-19-related deaths, more than 100 hospitalized

The state announced 47 new COVID-19 cases and two additional deaths related to the disease, bringing the total who have died to 55. 

Sunday’s numbers of test results are only partial. The state said a technical problem led to delays from some labs, so the results were not transmitted to the state Department of Health. The new results will be in Monday’s total or as soon as they are received and lab-confirmed, the DOH said.

With the new partial totals, testing in the state has found 1,845 total confirmed COVID-19 cases. 

A grassroots organization goes digital to encourage filling out the census

One grassroots organization has turned to digital outreach and phone banking to encourage residents, especially those who are hard to reach, to fill out the 2020 census and be counted. But that wasn’t part of the original plan. Advocates for migrants, Indigenous, people of color and low income communities have […]

Shooting range and gun store shut down days after owner announced he would defy state order

A prominent gun store and indoor shooting range was shut down by state police earlier this week after the owner publicly announced he would remain open for business despite a state order temporarily banning commercial gun sales.  In an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the state, state […]

The daily recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (4/19/20 edition)

Note: 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 Saturday 87 test positive cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths. The state had tested an additional 1,109 more residents on Saturday […]

87 additional positive tests for COVID-19 and two additional deaths, state announced Saturday

The state announced 87 additional positive tests for COVID-19 and two additional deaths related to the respiratory illness, which brought the total number of related deaths in New Mexico to 53. Update (4/19/2020): Two additional COVID-19-related deaths, more than 100 hospitalized The total number of test positive cases are now […]

Oil and gas, environmentalists in rare agreement over State Land Office’s emergency rule on shut down wells

Representatives from both oil and gas producers and environmental groups found themselves agreeing on the State Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard’s emergency rulemaking for oil and gas production on state land during an online tele-hearing.  The State Land Office announced earlier in April that it would begin an emergency rulemaking […]

VA hospitals are rationing protective gear, emails show. Congress wants to know why.

A group of eight House lawmakers fired off a letter to Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday accusing the White House of withholding vital information from Congress related to conditions inside the Department of Veterans Affairs’ sprawling health care system.

The lawmakers said they decided to write to Pence, along with Russell Vought, acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, because it was clear that the White House was “holding up” the release of documents detailing protocols covering the VA’s use of masks, gloves and other protective gear during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The daily recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (4/18/20 edition)

Note: 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. With 7 new COVID-19-related deaths and 115 new cases, New Mexico now has 51 COVID-19 related deaths and over 1,700 total confirmed cases. See our […]

Medical cannabis producers still on the hook for GRT, pending a state Supreme Court ruling

Despite a decision by the New Mexico Court of Appeals, medical cannabis producers are still required to pay gross receipts taxes—at least for now.  Last month the New Mexico Supreme Court filed notice that it received a petition from the state Taxation and Revenue Department asking for the high court […]

Total NM COVID-19 deaths crosses 50, total confirmed cases over 1,700

The state Department of Health announced seven additional COVID-19 related deaths and 115 additional positive tests on Friday. The seven additional deaths bring the state’s total to 51, while the additional positive cases bring the state’s total to 1,711. The new deaths were made up of four in Bernalillo County […]

The daily recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (4/17/20 edition)

Note: 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 eight more deaths and the total amount of COVID-19 cases is approaching 1,600. See the breakdown here. NM Political Report spoke to […]

Research analyst builds charts to help New Mexicans visualize COVID-19 data

John Culbertson has been tracking the number of COVID-19 cases globally in the news since early January. Culbertson, who has more than 25 years experience as a research analyst and has a Master’s degree in educational research and statistics, is very comfortable with numbers. But Culbertson said he was struggling […]

Millions of essential workers are being left out of COVID-19 workplace safety protections, thanks to OSHA

As news emerged that the novel coronavirus was infecting hundreds of workers in meatpacking plants, Gregoria Rivas began worrying that her chicken processing facility in North Carolina wasn’t doing enough to protect workers like her from the virus.

There was no social distancing, she said. Everywhere she went at the Case Farms plant, there were dozens of workers crowded into a small space. In the locker room, where everyone put on their uniforms. On the cutting line, where she spent eight hours slicing chicken breasts. In the cafeteria during lunch. Even at break time, when workers lined up to use the bathroom.

Lujan Grisham reacts to White House’s ‘guidelines’ for reopening economy

President Donald Trump unveiled guidelines for states to reopen the United States economy, but Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham warned about putting “the cart before the horse.” The White House released guidelines, not a plan and did not attempt to force governors to open the economies as some had thought would […]

Eight more COVID-19 deaths in NM, 116 new cases, DOH announces

The New Mexico Department of Health announced eight more COVID-19-related deaths in the state and an additional 116 new positive cases. Update (4/17/2020): Total NM COVID-19 deaths crosses 50, total confirmed cases over 1,700 A total of 44 New Mexico residents have died with COVID-19, and a total of 1,597 […]

Heinrich joins task force to advise White House on reopening economy

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich will be part of a bipartisan task force to advise the White House on reopening the American economy in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. “This public health crisis is like nothing any of us have ever experienced. As elected leaders and policymakers, we will rightly be […]

Pregnant women seek alternatives to hospital birth during pandemic

Professionals who assist with birthing center deliveries and at-home births in New Mexico say they are seeing more interest from soon-to-be parents because of the COVID-19 pandemic. One small midwife clinic in Albuquerque, Anidar ABQ Midwifery, is now getting four to five calls a day for at-home birth queries whereas, […]

The daily recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (4/16/20 edition)

Note: 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. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham held a press conference on Wednesday to give an update on COVID-19; see what she had to say in our story. […]

New Mexico joined court filing supporting reproductive rights in Texas

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas signed onto an amicus brief earlier this month in support of a lawsuit launched by reproductive groups against the state of Texas. Abortion rights groups sued Texas last month to reverse Gov. Greg Abbott’s restriction on abortion access during the public health emergency. The […]

Guv says state will be part of White House COVID-19 pilot program

The governor announced during a press conference on Wednesday that the state would be working with the federal government on a pilot program related to contact tracing and surveillance related to tracking the spread of COVID-19. While she didn’t have specific details, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said, “I felt really […]

DOH: 80 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths

In a press conference on Wednesday, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced 80 new positive COVID-19 cases. The state announced no new deaths. Update (4/16/2020): Eight more COVID-19 deaths in NM, 116 new cases, DOH announces The state now has 1,484 total positive cases. Of the new cases, nearly half—38—were reported […]

For Greater Chaco communities, air pollution compounds COVID-19 threat

Communities in the Greater Chaco region of northwestern New Mexico have been subjected to worsening air quality caused by oil and gas development in the region. That exposure has possibly increased the risk COVID-19 poses to Navajo families living amidst oil and gas development, according to a Harvard study.  COVID-19, […]

The daily recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (4/15/20 edition)

Note: 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 rejected a petition to move the primary elections to primarily mail-in to avoid spreading COVID-19. Instead, the court ordered election administrators […]

State Supreme Court rejects petition for all-mail primary election

In a ruling that will impact the quickly approaching primary elections, the state Supreme Court denied a petition to move to primarily mail-in voting in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the state’s public health emergency. Instead, the high court ordered that the county clerks and the Secretary of State […]

GoFundMe campaign raising funds to distribute supplies to Navajo Nation’s ‘far east’

A GoFundMe campaign is collecting monetary donations to help volunteers distribute food supplies and other goods to what’s known as the “Far Eastern” chapters of the Navajo Nation in the Greater Chaco region, where communities live in food deserts, lack access to running water and electricity, and are now battling […]

State: 62 new COVID-19 cases and five new deaths

New Mexico state health officials announced 62 additional positive tests for COVID-19 and five additional deaths related to the respiratory illness late Tuesday. This brings the total number of test positive cases of COVID-19 in the state to 1,407 and the total number of deaths to 36. Update (4/15/2020): DOH: […]

ACLU, public defender’s office calls on NM to release more inmates amid COVID-19

New Mexico’s Law Offices of the Public Defender and the state’s American Civil Liberties Union chapter filed a petition with the New Mexico Supreme Court, asking the high court to order the mass release of inmates as a way to limit the spread of COVID-19 in state jails.  “People in […]

As colleges empty their dorms because of COVID-19, the burden of finding housing hits Native students hard

When Jonas Palmer was ordered to move out of his dorm because of coronavirus, he was taken aback. Just two days earlier — while sitting in a classroom at the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) in Albuquerque — he’d been on a conference call with college president Sherry Allison. As Palmer recalls it, she assured all 250 students living on campus that they could shelter in place in their dorms. 


But now administrators had decided that wasn’t possible. It was late March, and the school bought Palmer a one-way ticket to Oklahoma — where his mom lives, on a Comanche reservation near Cache, a town of about 3,000 in the southwest quadrant of the state.

The daily recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (4/14/20 edition)

Note: 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 of New Mexico announced five more people died in COVID-19-related cases, bringing the total in the state to 31. The total number of […]

Santa Fe County jail inmate has coronavirus

An inmate at the Santa Fe County jail has tested positive for the new coronavirus, marking the second person behind bars in New Mexico with a confirmed case of the respiratory illness. The man was one of nine people who came into contact with Jennifer Burrill, a Santa Fe-based public […]

NM Republicans push Lujan Grisham to relax restrictions for businesses

Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Steve Pearce on Monday called for a “healthy dose of common sense and uncommon courage” from the governor’s office in keeping the state’s economy afloat while combating the spread of COVID-19.  The Democratic Speaker of the House and governor, meanwhile, said it was not […]

DOH: Five more COVID-19 related deaths, 107 new positive cases

The state Department of Health announced five more deaths, all in San Juan County, related to COVID-19 and 107 additional positive tests for COVID-19 in the state overall. Update (4/14/2020): State: 62 new COVID-19 cases and five new deaths This brings the number of deaths related to COVID-19 to 31 […]

Public defenders hit speed bumps in protecting inmates from COVID-19

The prosecutor made clear what it would take to keep a woman, twice accused of driving while intoxicated, out of jail. “It’s a Corona SALE a ‘BOGO’ buy one get one! She only has to do one of everything and it gets credited to the concurrent one,” senior trial prosecutor […]

UNM Hospital conducts trials with antimalarials and ebola drugs for possible COVID-19 treatment

A doctor at the University of New Mexico Hospital has launched clinical trials for multiple drugs that may be useful in treating COVID-19 in patients.  Dr. Michelle Harkins, who is overseeing the trials, said she has been working on the frontlines of the outbreak in the hospital’s intensive care unit.  […]

The daily recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (4/13/20 edition)

Note: 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. State officials announced six additional deaths related to COVID-19 on Sunday. The Department of Health also announced 74 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the […]

Six more deaths and 74 additional COVID-19 cases in the state

State officials announced six additional deaths related to COVID-19. The Department of Health also announced 74 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in New Mexico to 1,245. A total of 26 people with COVID-19 have now died.  Update (4/13/2020): DOH: Five more COVID-19 related deaths, […]

Lessons learned from running ICUs in disaster ones

As New York City strains under COVID-19 cases and health care workers scramble for every bit of equipment they can get, hospitals are starting to look less like part of a wealthy country’s medical system and more like the makeshift clinics in disaster zones or the developing world. In those places, experts say, doctors need to think about care differently: managing resources to best serve all the patients who will need help over the duration of a crisis, even if it means not being able to save every person to walk through the door.

The daily recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (4/12/20 edition)

Note: 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. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the ban on mass gatherings would apply to churches. The announcement came the day before Easter, the biggest day for […]

State: Places of worship now subject to ban on mass gatherings in COVID-19 public health emergency order

The day before Easter, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced all places of worship are no longer exempt from the state’s Department of Health order that bans large gatherings in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19 in New Mexico.  The state’s public health emergency order limits gatherings of more […]

DOH: 86 more COVID-19 cases in NM, one additional death

The New Mexico Department of Health announced Saturday 86 additional cases of COVID-19 in the state. The department also announced on Saturday that a male in his 70s from San Juan County with COVID-19 died.  Update (4/12/2020): Six more deaths and 74 additional COVID-19 cases in the state The most […]

UNM researchers devise process for decontaminating PPE

A team of researchers at UNM established a set of protocols for decontaminating personal protective equipment that would be, under normal circumstances, disposable. The team, led by the UNM Center for Global Health director Douglas Perkins, will publish their findings on the preprint server for health sciences, MedRxiv.

Perkins told NM Political Report supply chain issues make securing protective gear a frequent problem at the pediatric ward of a rural government hospital in Kenya that he helps run.

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains expands telehealth to help patients in New Mexico

To make reproductive health care more accessible during the COVID-19 pandemic, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains has created an app to help patients in New Mexico. Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains announced the app to help patients obtain medication contraceptives and urinary tract infection (UTI) treatment during the […]

The daily recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (4/11/20 edition)

Note: 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. UNM researchers have developed a process to decontaminate PPE and let healthcare workers reuse them if necessary. Read our story here. The state Department of […]

Group holds anti-abortion protest despite Guv’s stay-at-home order

A group of anti-abortion protestors gathered Friday in front of University of New Mexico Center for Reproductive Health in defiance of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s stay-at-home orders.

Lujan Grisham has issued stay-at-home orders to protect residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Officials have said that without a vaccine, the only way to protect lives is to stay at home and avoid potentially spreading the disease. The public health orders also state that groups of more than five cannot congregate and residents are encouraged to wear masks when they do venture out for groceries or other essentials.

Total NM COVID-19 cases cross 1,000, total deaths now at 19

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in New Mexico crossed 1,000 on Friday, as the state Department of Health announced an additional 106 people tested positive, and that two additional people with COVID-19 died. In all, 1,091 New Mexicans have tested positive. Update (4/11/2020): DOH: 86 more COVID-19 cases in […]

Out of state workers for border construction not subject to Governor’s self-quarantine order

Residents in the tiny town of Columbus, New Mexico, along the U.S.-Mexico border, raised the alarm about a border wall construction contractor that seemed to be preparing to move in workers from outside the area. Locals are concerned that out-of-state workers may inadvertently spread COVID-19 to residents. State officials are […]

Lt. Gov. Morales says FDA should drop blood donor waiting period on gay, bisexual, queer and transgender men

Lt. Gov. Howie Morales joined 18 other Lieutenant Governors from around the country in asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to stop its three-month ban on gay, bisexual, queer and transgender men to donate blood. The FDA had long said any man who had sex in the previous year […]

The daily recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (4/10/20 edition)

Note: 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. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and cabinet officials provided an update on what it is doing to respond to COVID-19, and what it is doing to […]

Lujan Grisham gives update on COVID-19 response, preparations for ‘surge’

The state of New Mexico has statewide community spread of COVID-19, and continues to prepare for a surge in cases that can overwhelm hospitals.

That was part of a Thursday update on New Mexico’s response and plans for the spread of the coronavirus that has spread throughout the world, including in every state in the United States.

The state continued to urge residents to remain home as much as possible, emphasizing that social distancing will lower the seriousness of the peak and help avoid the worst of projections from state models from taking place in New Mexico.

One death and 124 new cases of COVID-19, bringing state total to nearly 1,000 cases

The New Mexico Department of Health announced 124 new cases of COVID-19 in the state on Thursday, the largest single-day amount of positive cases for the state so far, bringing the total to 989 cases. There has been one additional death related to COVID-19. The death was a woman in […]

Briefs filed in case over whether NM will move to vote-by-mail primaries during coronavirus emergency

Parties involved in the dispute over a petition asking the state Supreme Court to allow election administrators to conduct this June’s elections by primarily mail-in voting filed their responses ahead of next week’s oral arguments. The Supreme Court had set Wednesday as the deadline for the briefs. At its heart, […]

2nd Judicial District Courthouse shut down after employee tested positive for COVID-19

A New Mexico state district court shut down Thursday afternoon for at least several days because a court employee tested positive for COVID-19.

According to a press release from the 2nd Judicial District Court, which serves the Bernalillo County area, the court building will be deep cleaned before being reopened to the public.

Republicans in Congress target Planned Parenthood with stimulus bill, with potentially larger impacts

The federal stimulus bill passed by Congress could lead to negative impacts on women’s health in New Mexico and other states. The unprecedented $2 trillion in federal relief, called the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump late […]

State says it will help erect roadblocks to Pueblo land

The governor’s office said Wednesday the state of New Mexico is helping Pueblo tribes erect roadblocks to keep non-tribal members off reservations, as outbreaks of COVID-19 have begun to spread through at least three of the communities —  and expectations are for the virus to impact others. New Mexico is […]

The daily recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (4/9/20 edition)

Note: 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 three more COVID-19-related deaths. That brings the total to 16 in New Mexico so far. And another 72 […]

DOH: Three more COVID-19 related deaths; 72 additional positive cases

The state Department of Health announced three more COVID-19 related deaths, bringing the state’s total to 16. Update (4/9/2020): One death and 124 new cases of COVID-19, bringing state total to nearly 1,000 cases The state also announced 72 additional positive COVID-19 cases, including 20 in Bernalillo County, 15 in […]

A school on Navajo Nation stayed open. Then people started showing symptoms.

ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. As some schools on the nation’s largest Native American reservation were ordered to close on account of the coronavirus, students at Rocky Ridge Boarding School in northeast […]

Lack of PPE hinders possible help in expected hospital surge in Las Cruces

A group of home health organizations said they could help with the expected surge of COVID-19 patients in Las Cruces if they could find personal protective equipment. Adrian Rodriguez, who heads three home health organizations in Las Cruces and El Paso, said he has been trying to order personal protective […]

Groups worry about oil and gas emissions as state regulators scale back some enforcement operations during outbreak

New Mexico’s environment and energy regulators have scaled back some of their regulatory enforcement operations to comply with the state’s public health order limiting social contact and workplace operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The state’s public health order deemed oil and gas operations essential, and extraction activities have continued […]

The daily recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (4/8/20 edition)

Note: 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 DOH’s most recent announcement on the amount of confirmed COVID-19 cases includes over 100 new New Mexico cases, bringing the state’s total to 794. […]

DOH: Clusters at two pueblos; total NM COVID-19 cases nears 800, deaths reach 13

The New Mexico Department of Health announced 109 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state’s total to 794.  The amount of new cases is the most in one day so far, and the last few days have seen significant increases in positive tests as testing capacity expanded and the state […]

Battling a microscopic enemy: What we’ve learned about SARS-CoV-2

It’s been just six months since the first case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, was documented in China. In that time, the microscopic organism has infected over 1.3 million people around the world and brought the globe’s largest economies to the brink of recession.

As the disease COVID-19, which was officially declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11, spread across the world, scientists have scrambled to learn as much as they can about the new virus in hopes of developing vaccines and bring the outbreak under control.

The daily recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (4/7/20 edition)

Note: This daily recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free daily email. Sign up here. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham extended and expanded the state’s public health emergency over COVID-19. It includes closing liquor stores, automobile dealerships and payday lenders. Another change will also limit how many people […]

Zia Pueblo sees COVID-19 outbreak

“As of today April 5th, the Pueblo of Zia has confirmed 11 Zia Tribal Members, potentially 20, infected by COVID-19(Coronavirus),” Acting Governor Floyd Toribio wrote Sunday in a memo to tribal members.

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 […]

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. Update (4/7/2020): DOH: Clusters at two pueblos; total NM COVID-19 cases nears 800, deaths reach 13 The state Department of Health announcement on Monday includes three additional positive cases from La […]

How Tea Party budget battles left the national emergency medical stockpile unprepared for coronavirus

ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. Dire shortages of vital medical equipment in the Strategic National Stockpile that are now hampering the coronavirus response trace back to the budget wars of the Obama […]

The daily recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (4/6/20 edition)

Note: This daily recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free daily email. Sign up here. The New Mexico Department of Health announced one new death related to COVID-19, bringing the amount in New Mexico to 12. The state also announced 81 new positive cases, for a 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 […]

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 […]

The daily recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (4/5/20 edition)

Note: This daily recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free daily email. Sign up here. With 51 new test positive cases of COVID-19, the state’s total number reached 543 and one additional death Saturday. The increase included more positive tests at an Albuquerque retirement community, among residents […]

Trump administration uses wartime powers to be first in line on medical supplies

The Trump administration quietly invoked the Defense Production Act to force medical suppliers in Texas and Colorado to sell to it first — ahead of states, hospitals or foreign countries. It took this action more than a week before it announced Thursday that it would use the little-known aspect of […]

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 […]

Former congressional candidate Carol Miller tested positive for COVID-19

Former Independent and Green Party congressional candidate Carol Miller tested positive for COVID-19 more than 21 days ago. Miller ran for Congress as an Independent in 2008 and for the Green Party in a special election in 1997. Miller is 73, which puts her in a high-risk category. But she […]

Local distilleries forge ahead with hand sanitizer production, despite confusing regulations

Matt Simonds is doing his part to help stem the COVID-19 outbreak in New Mexico, but the federal government isn’t making it easy for him. Simonds, who owns Broken Trail Distillery and Brewery in Albuquerque, told NM Political Report he put his distillery to work making hand sanitizer weeks ago, […]

Guv urges residents to do their part to slow spread of coronavirus

One focus of New Mexico’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is the “surge.” That’s the time that hospitalizations will stretch hospital resources to their maximum, and potentially overwhelm, as has happened in other areas around the country and world.

In a remote press conference by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and two of her cabinet-level secretaries, the governor said a number of times that the number one thing New Mexicans can do to push that surge further into the future and lessen its impact is to remain socially distanced.

“We should just treat it like we all have this virus and we have an extra responsibility to prevent the spread,” she said.

COVID-19 cases jump to 495, state reports 3 new deaths

New Mexico now has 495 cases of COVID-19, after the state Department of Health announced 92 new cases on Friday. The DOH also said 3 new individuals with COVID-19 have died, bringing the amount of people who have died to ten. Thirty-four individuals who had COVID-19 have now recovered, the […]

Using NM’s great outdoors respectfully during pandemic

SANTA FE, N.M. – If you’re headed out to use New Mexico’s trails or open space this weekend, outdoor experts say you should make the health of others your number one priority during the current health crisis. Terry Owen leads outings as the chairman of the Outings and Military Outdoors Program […]

‘Zoom bombs’ create a concern for distance learning in NM

For the past several weeks, people all over the country have flocked to online meeting platforms in an attempt to stay connected with both friends and coworkers amid the global COVID-19 pandemic that has resulted in a number of mandatory shelter in place orders. 

But as more people use virtual meeting platforms like Google or Zoom, there are reports of increased malicious activity, which is now known to some as “Zoom-bombing.” Meetings around the country have reportedly been interrupted with unknown users who use racist language or share pornographic material. 

The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission experienced its first “Zoom bomb” on Wednesday when, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican, an unknown individual used offensive language before a loud mix of talking and noises led to an abrupt end to the meeting. 

The daily recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (4/3/20 edition)

Note: This daily recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free daily email. Sign up here. As the state moves to distance learning for the rest of the academic year, internet video chats will be used—but trolls have ‘zoom bombed’ some of these around the country. See our […]

As pandemic continues, abortion groups feel greater strain

With the coronavirus pandemic worsening — the state announced <