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 can go into retail stores that remain open, including grocery stores. Read our story, with the details, here.Earlier, the Navajo Nation leadership wrote to the governors of New Mexico and Utah asking them to close liquor stores near the Navajo Nation, the Navajo Times reported.The state announced 62 new cases of COVID-19.

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 of 624 New Mexicans who have tested positive to 624. See our story, with more details, here.Sandoval County saw a big jump in cases, but the DOH didn’t say whether it’s in Rio Rancho, one of the state’s most populous cities, or in the rural areas, reported the Santa Fe New Mexican.The Navajo Nation announced another person died with COVID-19, bringing the total to 14. And with another 33 cases since Saturday, there are now 354 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 on the Navajo Nation.

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 and staff.The Navajo Nation announced 51 new cases, bringing the total to 321. That includes 54 cases in New Mexico, nine more than the previous day’s announcement. The Navajo Times reported that the Arizona National Guard delivered PPE for use by Navajo Nation officials to combat the spread of the virus.

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 story about what the state is doing to prevent this.The Albuquerque Journal examined the law that Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham invoked in declaring the public health emergency. Those who were in the Legislature when it passed in 2003 said she is using it as it was intended.A seventh person with COVID-19 died, the state announced Thursday. The state also announced 40 new cases, bringing the state’s total amount of positive COVID-19 tests to over 400.

The daily recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (4/2/20 edition)

Note: This daily recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free daily email. Sign up here. A former CDC and WHO official told NM Political Report that officials need to start doing antibody testing to get a better grasp of the spread of COVID-19. Read our interview here.The state announced on Wednesday that a sixth person with COVID-19 died, a woman in her 90s in Sandoval County. Read the story here, which includes an update on the number of COVID-19 cases.Hospitals in the state are preparing for the coming surge in COVID-19 cases. And it doesn’t sound great.

The daily recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (4/1/20 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 and cabinet officials gave an update on plans to prepare New Mexico for the “surge” in COVID-19 cases, especially for hospitals around the state. The state also announced expansions of those who can get tests to those who may be asymptomatic but have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus; household members of someone who tested positive for COVID-19 and the state is recommending those who may be asymptomatic in nursing homes or other places where people are in close settings be considered for testing. Read our story here.Lujan Grisham extended the state’s public health order until the end of April in order to continue social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19. Read our story here.The New Mexico Department of Health announced the death of a fifth person with COVID-19.

The daily recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (3/31/20 edition)

Note: This daily recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico from the previous day is available in a daily email. Sign up here. The same post will also appear on our website each morning. The state Department of Health announced two more people died from COVID-19 in New Mexico, bringing the state’s total to four. And 44 new cases brought the total in the state to 281. Read our story here.New Mexico’s testing rate is more aggressive than nearly every other state that hasn’t yet been hit by serious COVID-19 outbreaks, the Albuquerque Journal reported. According to the story, “Deputy State Epidemiologist Dr. Chad Smelser attributed the state’s high rate of testing to the governor’s early push to obtain test kits” along with partnership with TriCore, private laboratories.The Navajo Nation announced three more deaths of those with COVID-19 and 20 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Navajo Nation as of Monday.

The daily recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (3/30/20 edition)

Note: This daily recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico from the previous day is available in a daily email. Sign up here. The same post will also appear on our website each morning. The state announced an additional 29 positive cases of COVID-19 on Sunday. That brings the state’s total to 237 positive cases. The state also reported 22 people have been hospitalized this month and 26 cases of recovery.  The Navajo Nation’s count of positive COVID-19 cases hit 128 on Sunday, including 24 in New Mexico. The Navajo Nation’s 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew goes into place Monday.The Carlsbad Current-Argus wrote about the third confirmed case of COVID-19 in Eddy County, which was first announced by the City of Carlsbad.Those detained in New Mexico’s jails and prisons say that ICE is violating hygiene and distancing rules, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.New Mexico school districts are rushing to prepare for distance learning in the final weeks of the academic year.

The daily recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (3/29/20 edition)

Note: This daily recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico from the previous day is available in a daily email. Sign up here. The same post will also appear on our website each morning. The state Department of Health announced a second person has died with COVID-19. The DOH also announced on Saturday afternoon that there are 17 new cases of COVID-19, a disease caused by a coronavirus, in the state. The new cases bring the state’s total to 208 cases. Read our story here.The Navajo Nation announced Saturday night that there are now 115 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases on the Navajo Nation, including 18 in New Mexico.Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez will implement a curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily, beginning Monday.

The daily recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (3/28/20 edition)

Note: This daily recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico from the previous day is available in a daily email. Sign up here. The same post will also appear on our website each morning. Public school closures will continue through the end of the academic year, the state’s Public Education Department announced. PED Secretary Ryan Stewart said all schools and charters will be required to submit a continuous learning plan for the remainder of the school year. The state is working through issues to ensure equitable access to learning during the pandemic. Read our story here. The cases of COVID-19 in New Mexico skyrocketed on Friday, with the state announcing 55 new positive tests.