State reports 159 new cases and 4 deaths related to COVID-19

State health officials announced 159 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday and four deaths related to the disease. The state has now recorded 27,199 cases of the illness since the start of the pandemic and 836 related deaths. 

Bernalillo County reported the most new cases of COVID-19, with 38. Six other counties also reported double-digit increases in cases: Doña Ana County (21), Chaves County (17), Lea County (15), Luna County (11), Eddy County (10) and Santa Fe County (10). 

The state Department of Health released some details about the four deaths: 

A male in his 60s from Bernalillo County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.A male in his 70s from Lea County who was hospitalized.A male in his 40s from McKinley County who had underlying conditions.A male in his 60s from Santa Fe County who had underlying conditions. DOH did not disclose which underlying condition any person had, because of privacy issues, only if one was present. The number of individuals currently hospitalized for COVID-19 jumped to 69, an increase of 10 since Wednesday.

WATCH: Governor’s 9/17 COVID-19 press conference

On Thursday, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and members of her administration held a press conference to discuss the COVID-19 situation in the state on Thursday afternoon. Officials also discussed the state’s census response. You can watch the entire press conference, via the governor’s Facebook page, below.

Wired for success: How tiny Navajo Technical University took big steps to keep students connected

The college experience has been reduced to the size of a computer monitor on many college campuses this fall. In an effort to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks, more than 1,000 colleges and universities are fully or heavily relying on virtual learning, including schools on the Navajo Nation – where internet access is notoriously scarce. 

How can online learning succeed in a place where students aren’t wired? For the answer, Searchlight turned to Colleen Bowman, the provost at Navajo Technical University, a small school that’s taken major steps to keep students connected. Based in Crownpoint, on the plains northeast of Gallup, NTU was founded in 1979 as the Navajo Skill Center and has since expanded to four satellite campuses. This story originally appeared at Searchlight New Mexico and is republished with permission.

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (9/17/20 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. The state passed 27,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, after reporting 119 new cases on Wednesday, with two additional deaths. Read more here, including information on the state’s gating criteria.The Albuquerque Journal looked at the per capita COVID-19 numbers by region, with the highest in the southeast for the week ending Sept. 13.Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham will hold a press conference on the state’s COVID-19 response and the response to the census Thursday at 2:30 p.m.Scientific American wrote about New Mexico’s COVID-19 response and how it has had better results than neighboring states like Arizona and Texas.The state health department said that all campaign rallies must abide by the state’s public health order, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

State passes 27,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and announces two additional deaths

On Wednesday, state health officials announced 119 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number over 27,000 since the start of the pandemic, and two additional deaths related to the disease. The state Department of Health announcement found double-digit numbers of new cases in seven counties, led by Lea County with 16, followed by Roosevelt County (15), Eddy County (14), Bernalillo County (14), Chaves County (10), San Juan County (10) and Santa Fe County (10). DOH also reported another case among state Corrections Department inmates at the Central New Mexico Correctional Center in Valencia County. The two newly reported deaths were both among southern New Mexico residents, a male in his 60s from Doña Ana County and a female in her 60s from Lea County with underlying conditions. Both were hospitalized.

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (9/16/20 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. State health officials announced seven newly reported deaths and 82 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. Read more here.U.S. Sen. Tom Udall said Republican leadership in the chamber was stalling on a House-passed bill that would have provided $3 trillion in COVID-19 relief aid, KOB-TV reported. Udall and other Democrats, plus Republican Rand Paul, voted against the Senate bill that would have provided $300 billion in aid.The City of Farmington has seen an increase in suicides this year, possibly because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Albuquerque Journal reported.Las Cruces Public Schools will have remote learning for the rest of the fall semester, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported.The Farmington City Council will distribute $200,000 in CARES Act funding to nonprofits in the city, the Farmington Daily Times reported.Las Cruces city councilors will meet with business owners and employees on whether or not to lower the city’s minimum wage for tipped employees during the pandemic, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported.On Tuesday, Navajo Nation health officials announced 9 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death related to the disease.KOB-TV reported on how members of the Navajo Nation are using their culture to fight back against the spread of COVID-19.Buffalo Thunder and several other Santa Fe-area workplaces reported COVID-19 cases, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.Five percent of all public school staff members will be tested for COVID-19 each week, KOB-TV reported.As of Sept.

Seven newly reported deaths, 82 new cases

On Tuesday, state health officials reported seven additional deaths related to COVID-19 along with 82 new cases. The most new cases reported by the state Department of Health were from Bernalillo County, 17, followed by McKinley County with 12. No other county reported double digit numbers of cases. 

But the state reported another 4 cases in the Lea County Correctional Facility, a day after reporting 11 cases. COVID-19 cases have spread quickly throughout correctional facilities in New Mexico and in other states in the past. The seven newly reported deaths came a day after DOH reported no additional deaths.

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (9/15/20 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 reported 81 new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths related to the disease on Monday. Also, the state updated how the state is doing on reaching its gating criteria. Read more details here.The New Mexico Secretary of State’s office said it will reimburse counties for expenses related to installing drop boxes for absentee ballots this year, the Associated Press reported.

No new deaths, and 81 new COVID-19 cases, DOH announces Monday

State health officials reported on Monday 81 new cases of COVID-19 and no additional deaths related to the disease. The most new cases came out of Bernalillo County where the state Department of Health reported 22 new cases. Luna County followed with 15 new cases, followed by Santa Fe County with 11 new cases. DOH also reported 11 new cases among state inmates at the Lea County Correctional Facility, which previously had only reported four cases. The no newly reported deaths was the second time in the last week the state reported no new deaths in a single day, and part of a trend of declining deaths related to COVID-19.

Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (9/14/20 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 203 new cases of COVID-19 and five additional deaths this weekend, with 100 cases and three deaths related to the disease reported on Saturday and 103 new cases and two additional deaths reported on Sunday.Weeks after the start of the state’s public health emergency, the Management and Training Company told Otero County officials that if they didn’t get more detainees, the company would cancel the contract. Read more here.Reveal wrote about the problems the state had with tests at facilities that had ICE detainees.A judge denied an inmate’s request for release, saying that being in prison would be safer than being at home when it came to COVID-19. Read more here.Hundreds of people in Belen feathered to protest COVID-19 restrictions for churches, KOB-TV reported.