Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (12/01/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. Note: This will be another short week for the COVID-19 daily recap, because of a vacation starting Wednesday.In a press conference on Monday, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham discussed the “red to green” framework the state will enter on Wednesday. Read more here.Also, see stories from the Albuquerque Journal, Santa Fe New Mexican, Santa Fe Reporter and the Las Cruces Sun-News.DOH reported 1,684 new COVID-19 cases and 28 newly reported deaths on Monday. Read more here.Earlier in the day, leaders of the three major hospitals in Albuquerque said they’re out of room.

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (11/30/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. Note: This will be another short week for the COVID-19 daily recap, because of a vacation starting Wednesday.The case counts in New Mexico dropped from the peaks from earlier in November, but still remain much higher than they were for until the current surge. And hospitalizations hit a new high on Sunday. Here are the case totals for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (11/25/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. The big news from Tuesday was the fast special sessions that included hundreds of millions of dollars in relief funds for impacted businesses, unemployed New Mexicans and more. See more details here.See also the stories from the Albuquerque Journal, Santa Fe New Mexican and Associated PressThe Santa Fe New Mexican also looked at the virtual aspects of the session and how it will likely happen in a similar way in the upcoming regular session.It came on the same day that the state reported 2,107 cases and 28 additional deaths. Read more details here.While this is measurably higher than it was for much of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s still lower than in recent days, the Santa Fe New Mexican noted.The state of New Mexico announced a voluntarily COVID-19 testing surveillance program that would allow businesses to remain open even if they have four or more COVID-19 cases in 14 days, the Albuquerque Journal reported.This includes the Albertsons in Carlsbad, the Carlsbad Current-Argus reported and an Albertsons in Roswell according to the Roswell Daily Record.A Smith’s and a restaurant in Albuquerque were ordered to close on Tuesday, KRQE-TV reported.The Las Vegas Optic spoke to a man who returned home after a COVID-19 hospitalization.The number of deaths at the Taos Living Center doubled in less than a week, the Taos News reported.The interim administrator at Plains Regional Medical Center spoke to The Eastern New Mexico News about COVID-19 at the facility.

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (11/24/20 edition)

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This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. Note: There will not be COVID-19 recap emails on Thursday or Friday because of the holiday. The state Department of Health reported 2,259 COVID-19 cases and 17 additional deaths on Monday. Read more here.Leaders of major Albuquerque hospitals said that if things don’t improve soon with COVID-19, they will be in “crisis” standard of care. Read more here.They encouraged New Mexicans to avoid holiday gatherings to avoid spreading the disease, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.See also stories from the Albuquerque Journal and the Las Cruces Sun-News.The state legislature will hold a special session today to deal with COVID-19 relief.

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (11/23/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. Note: There will not be COVID-19 recap emails on Thursday or Friday because of the holiday. The state Department of Health reported nearly 8,000 new cases in the last three days and 81 deaths related to the disease in the same time period. On Friday, state health officials reported 2,993 COVID-19 cases and 23 additional deaths related to the disease. On Saturday, the state reported 2,353 new cases and 25 related deaths.

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (11/20/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. The state announced yet another record number of COVID-19 cases on Thursday, this time with more than 3,600 new cases. The state also announced twelve additional deaths, which brought the total deaths to over 1,300.The youngest New Mexican to die to COVID-19 happened on Tuesday when a 12-year-old died, the Albuquerque Journal reported.Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the Legislature will enter a special session on Tuesday to address COVID-19 financial relief. Read more here.The governor asked local law enforcement to help enforce the state’s public health orders as cases continue to increase statewide, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.The state Department of Health will open the Gibson Medical Center as a limited care facility for those who are recovering from COVID-19, KOB-TV reported.New Mexico received refrigerated “mortuary trailers” to store the deceased, KRQE-TV reported.The closure of grocery stores in areas outside of Albuquerque for multiple COVID-19 cases has led to some anxiety in those communities, KOB-TV reported.Residents, including the mayor, of Carlsbad want the local Albertsons grocery store to reopen, the Carlsbad Current-Argus reported.Public Education Department Secretary Ryan Stewart issued a statement on the reports of noncompliance with COVID-19 safety protocols at schools in Gallup McKinley Schools:“We take all of these things very seriously, and we continue to follow up on reports received through the PED’s COVID-19 Safety Complaint Portal.

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (11/19/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (11/18/20 edition)The massive increase in COVID-19 cases shows no signs of slowing. The state set a new record with 2,897 newly reported cases on Wednesday, which represented just over 25 percent of all of the test results announced. The state also has a high number of deaths, with more in November than in any month so far—with two weeks to go.

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (11/18/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. New Mexico health officials reported single-day highs in new COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations on Tuesday, as the virus continues to spread. The number of new cases and deaths were both well above the previous record highs. Read more here.One of the deaths announced on Tuesday was a preteen, the youngest death so far related to COVID-19, the Santa Fe Reporter wrote.Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces received a mobile morgue last week, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported.New Mexico will be part of a vaccine pilot program for Pfizer, though it’s not clear what this will entail, since it won’t mean the state will get doses of the vaccine early, the company said.

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (11/17/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. New Mexico reported over 1,200 new COVID-19 cases and 21 deaths related to the disease on Monday. Read more here.Hospital leaders said they were nearing their breaking point and are already utilizing their surge protocols. Read more here.The doctors also discussed the promising vaccine news in recent days, KOB-TV reported.

DOH: 1,259 new COVID-19 cases, 21 new deaths

The New Mexico Department of Health reported 1,259 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state’s total number of confirmed cases to over 65,000. The state also reported 21 deaths related to the disease. DOH updated its methodology for COVID-19 hospitalizations and now relies on data directly from hospitals instead of using information from contact tracing. DOH said contact tracing has become more difficult and less reliable as the number of cases has surged, which has caused the number of hospitalizations to be lower than reality. As of Monday, DOH reported 738 individuals who were hospitalized for COVID-19.