Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (7/10/20 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 be no recap, or recaps in limited form, next week.Because of the rising number of cases in New Mexico, the governor said restaurants cannot serve diners indoors beginning Monday, and that only New Mexicans could access state parks. Read more on her weekly press conference here.Watch the archive of the press conference here.The state announced an additional 238 cases and six deaths related to COVID-19 on Thursday, including the continued rise in Bernalillo County and a record-high for Curry County. See more details here.KRQE-TV covered restaurants who are worried about how they will survive with the latest shutdown.KOB-TV covered breweries worried about their prospects.While the governor said the state hasn’t found any indication that protests have led to the spread of COVID-19, she still encouraged people to not hold in-person demonstrations, KOB-TV reported.Hotels saw business plummet and cancellations rocket after the governor announced a required 14-day self-quarantine for all travelers from out-of-state, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant reported its fifth case of COVID-19, the Carlsbad Current-Argus reported.

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (7/9/20 edition)

This morning recap of COVID-19 news from New Mexico is available in a free email every weekday. Sign up here. See all of our COVID-19 coverage here. The state of New Mexico reported 290 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday and eight additional deaths related to the disease. While the largest number came out of Bernalillo County, counties in southern and eastern New Mexico also showed continued growth. See more details here.The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico again said the governor needs to do more to expand release of inmates from state prisons to lessen the impact of COVID-19.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (6/29/20 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 number of those infected by COVID-19 continued to grow over the weekend, with 209 new cases and two additional deaths announced on Saturday and 192 new cases and one additional death announced on Sunday.The pandemic is making it more difficult for developmentally disabled clients to access disability services, the Albuquerque Journal reported.All of those who are held by the state Department of Corrections at the Otero County Prison Facility, the hardest-hit facility in the state, are all sex offenders, New Mexico In Depth reported.The Gallup Alternate Care Facility at Miyamura High School in Gallup closed down, since local hospitals can now handle the load of COVID-19 and other patients in the area, the Gallup Sun reported. The facility served 36 patients.San Juan Regional Medical Center reduced some visitor restrictions for non-COVID-19 patients, KRQE-TV reported.Navajo Nation health officials announced there are now 7,469 cases of COVID-19, 5,082 recoveries and 363 deaths related to the disease, as of Sunday evening.The New Mexico State Fair will not happen this year. Officials announced its cancellation last week.Clovis’ city call closed after an employee, who did not interact with the public, began to show symptoms of COVID-19, The Eastern New Mexico News reported.Some Navajo families are unable to get burial assistance from the Navajo Nation if they live off of the reservation, the Navajo Times reported.Some breweries in the state are helping wineries, since the latter still cannot open under the state’s public health order, KRQE-TV reported.Agora Crisis Center in Albuquerque, which provides mental health emergency services, will expand its services due to the pandemic, KOB-TV reported.A speedway in Roswell defied the state’s public health order and held a second race in as many weeks, KRQE-TV reported.Pie-O-Neer in the small town of Pietown shut down due to the pandemic; it was only open for one day this year: March 14, or Pi Day, the El Defensor Chieftan reported.Several campgrounds in the Santa Fe National Forest will remain closed to comply with the state’s COVID-19 public health order, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.Bernalillo County extended its suspension of a plastic bag ban, KRQE-TV reported.Fewer New Mexicans are staying home said SafeGraph, a company which used aggregate cell phone data to track how many people are staging home.A City councilor in Las Cruces spoke to the Las Cruces Sun-News about losing his uncle to COVID-19.More restaurants and breweries are opening in San Juan County, the Farmington Daily Times reported.The Las Cruces Sun-News reported that some Las Cruces city councilors want to expand a pandemic relief program for seniors and low-income residents to be able to buy food from local restaurants.While hotels in New Mexico are seeing more visitors, the industry as a whole has suffered massive losses since the beginning of the pandemic, KRQE-TV reported.An instructor at San Juan College tested positive for COVID-19, the Farmington Daily Times reported.The athletic directors at the University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University each promoted mask-wearing, the Albuquerque Journal reported.Those at the Santa Fe Plaza could be subject to a $50 fine, after a written warning for a first offense, for not wearing masks, the Albuquerque Journal reported.Carlsbad Municipal Schools is working on a reentry plan for the school year starting this fall, the Carlsbad Current-Argus reported.The International Museum and Research Center in, of course, Roswell is planning on reopening when it gets approval from the state; the gift shop already reopened, the Roswell Daily Record reported.

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (6/26/20 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 Thursday was the governor saying that any further opening of the economy in the state would be on hold until metrics start to improve again. The message from the governor and officials on how people can help: Wear a mask. Read more here.You can watch the entire press conference here.The press conference came on the same day that the state announced more than 200 new cases of COVID-19, and five additional deaths related to the disease, including 60 in Bernalillo County.

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (6/25/20 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. On Wednesday, the state Department of Health announced 156 additional cases of COVID-19 in New Mexico and four additional deaths related to the disease. Read more here.Nearly 80 percent of the inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility have tested positive for COVID-19, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.The state’s plan to reopen schools was released prematurely, KOB-TV reported.The Santa Fe New Mexican reported that some teachers are anxious about returning to the classroom.Navajo Nation health officials announced 69 new COVID-19 cases and 11 additional deaths related to the disease. This brings the total to 7,157 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, with 3,802 individuals who have recovered, and 347 deaths.Two officers and an inmate at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Bernalillo County tested positive for COVID-19, the Albuquerque Journal reported.Most Sunland Park Police Department officers are back on the job, after the entire staff was quarantined because an employee tested positive.