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November 23, 2020 1:14 PM

Gov. Lujan Grisham announces special session
for state relief for N.M. businesses, unemployed, more

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday announced she will call the New Mexico Legislature into special session on Tuesday, Nov. 24, to take up a relief package for New Mexicans who have been affected by the economic devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The governor’s priorities for the session – sometimes referred to as the governor’s “call” – include direct unemployment assistance, supplementing the payments to New Mexicans whose employment has been impacted by the economic fallout of the pandemic; grants to New Mexico businesses, making meaningful funding assistance as accessible as possible for business-owners whose operations have been impacted by the public health emergency; emergency housing assistance; and emergency food bank services.

The proposed legislation the governor will ask lawmakers to take up and approve will include:

$194 million in direct unemployment assistance, providing for a one-time supplemental benefit of $1,200 to each state unemployment claimant who is eligible for state or federal pandemic unemployment programs or was eligible but has exhausted their benefits under those programs since Sept. 12;
$100 million for a grant program for New Mexico-owned small businesses;
$15 million to provide for emergency housing assistance;
$5 million for emergency food bank services;
$5 million for direct economic assistance to low-income residents, in the form of a one-time $750 disbursement per household, who did not receive an “economic impact payment” from the federal government; and
Other funding necessary to support the administrative organization and execution of these programs.

Funding for these programs will be made available through a transfer of previously received federal funds to the appropriation account of the state general fund.

During the first special legislative session of 2020, state lawmakers and the administration worked to ensure the state’s financial reserves remained more than sufficient to achieve solvency and maintain key state programs amid the potential for continuing or worsening economic conditions.

In the intervening months, updated state revenue forecasts signal that state reserves will remain at a healthy level – 30 percent of general fund expenditures – even after allocating these additional federal funds for the above purposes. The Lujan Grisham administration has prudently aimed for – and maintained – at least 20 percent of general fund expenditures in reserves as a fiscally prudent target.

The proposed legislation would also appropriate $10 million from the state general fund to the Department of Health to provide for COVID-19 testing, contact tracing and vaccine implementation support.

“I am grateful for the Legislature’s willingness to take up this urgently needed relief package on behalf of all New Mexicans,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “And I am optimistic lawmakers will come together in a bipartisan fashion to expeditiously approve these assistance programs. The simple fact is New Mexicans need the absolute maximum support that government can provide right now. We can do a lot of good when we work together and when our priorities align. In this moment of crisis, we will and we must forge ahead together for the good of the people of our great state.”

“We have countless critical issues facing the state right now,” said Senate President Pro Tem Mary Kay Papen. “The actions we take in this special session will help us address the most immediate of them, and, most importantly, get the money to where it will have the greatest positive impact on those families and small businesses who need it most.”

“New Mexicans are hurting, and without more federal economic relief in sight we have to take action now,” said Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth. “Assisting our small businesses, shoring up unemployment funds to help displaced workers, and providing some relief for people struggling with food and housing are all priorities the legislature strongly supports.”

“New Mexicans have remained incredibly resilient throughout this pandemic, yet their future is uncertain if we do not deliver the relief they desperately need to defeat this virus,” said Speaker of the House of Representatives Brian Egolf. “The relief we pass this special session will go directly to hardworking families struggling to keep their children fed, a roof over their heads, and the heat and bills paid. Unlike Washington, our state government knows New Mexico’s future is dependent on keeping families whole through this pandemic and beyond.”

It will be the second special session the governor has called amid the pandemic to address issues stemming from the health and economic crises. The first, in June, encompassed an emergency agenda set by the governor to ensure state solvency after the pandemic cratered the oil market; establish emergency small business support programs; require all law enforcement officers to wear body cameras; and authorize a bipartisan state Civil Rights Commission to analyze and make recommendations to the Legislature and governor.

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November 23, 2020 7:00 AM

NMDOH seeks applicants for contact-tracing jobs

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health and the State Personnel Office are seeking applicants with education or experience in health care fields to fill contact-tracing positions statewide as the fight against COVID intensifies.

As COVID cases rise and testing demand increases, the need for contact-tracers is imperative to identify, isolate, monitor and support COVID positive cases through their period of isolation.

Contact-tracing not only supports someone who has tested positive for COVID, they also alert those who have come into close contact with the COVID positive person so that they can immediately get tested and isolate. This process of case investigation is critical to virus containment and stopping the spread of the disease.

Applicants can apply by logging onto the State Personnel Office website and navigate to “View Job Opportunities and Apply” at the top right of the page. The contact-tracing positions are listed there. Hiring is virtual, and work will be remote.


Covid-19 Testing Opportunities

NMHR is recruiting health professionals to volunteer to staff Covid testing sites throughout the state. The NM Department of Health, Infectious Disease Bureau, is actively seeking volunteers now, and contract positions are forthcoming.

Licensed medical, dental professionals from assistants to those trained at the highest levels are invited to register here. From that link one will be able to provide your name, address and contact information. MAKE SURE YOU MENTION VOLUNTEER INTEREST ON THE “WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR” SECTION. NMHR will then be able to pass it along to the NM Department of Health. Soon to graduate students comfortable with their infection control capabilities also are encouraged to apply.

Coordination of specific activities will be through the NM Medical Reserve Corps (NMMRC). Volunteers are informed about opportunities in their area and around the state. This may include working a Covid-19 test site, staffing the Covid-19 hotline, or volunteering at a Covid-19 acute care facility.

The first step is to go https://www.3rnet.org/candidate-registration .

November 22, 2020 2:49 PM

New Mexico COVID-19 update: 2,468 new cases, totaling 81,896
Thirty-three additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Sunday announced 2,468 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

710 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Catron County
82 new cases in Chaves County
58 new cases in Cibola County
4 new cases in Colfax County
45 new cases in Curry County
220 new cases in Doña Ana County
79 new cases in Eddy County
20 new cases in Grant County
3 new cases in Guadalupe County
8 new cases in Hidalgo County
121 new cases in Lea County
31 new cases in Lincoln County
1 new case in Los Alamos County
49 new cases in Luna County
190 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Mora County
52 new cases in Otero County
5 new cases in Quay County
31 new cases in Rio Arriba County
27 new cases in Roosevelt County
161 new cases in Sandoval County
193 new cases in San Juan County
21 new cases in San Miguel County
107 new cases in Santa Fe County
29 new cases in Sierra County
20 new cases in Socorro County
24 new cases in Taos County
15 new cases in Torrance County
4 new cases in Union County
103 new cases in Valencia County
3 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
2 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Cibola County Correctional Center
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County
4 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Guadalupe County Correctional Facility
22 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Lea County Correctional Facility
6 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County
4 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County
11 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe

The Department of Health on Sunday reported thirty-three additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19:

A female in her 60s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions.
A second female in her 60s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of The Rio at Las Estancias facility in Albuquerque.
A female in her 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque.
A second female in her 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque.
A third female in her 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Skies Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque.
A fourth female in her 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.
A male in his 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque.
A female in her 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque.
A female in her 60s from Chaves County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A second female in her 60s from Chaves County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A third female in her 60s from Chaves County. The individual had underlying conditions.
A male in his 60s from Chaves County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 70s from Chaves County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 50s from Cibola County.
A male in his 80s from Cibola County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 50s from Doña Ana County. The individual was hospitalized.
A female in her 60s from Doña Ana County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Casa de Oro Center in Las Cruces.
A male in his 80s from Doña Ana County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 60s from Eddy County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 70s from Lea County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the White Sands Healthcare facility in Hobbs.
A female in her 80s from Lea County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the White Sands Healthcare facility in Hobbs.
A male in his 80s from Lea County. The individual had underlying conditions.
A female in her teens from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions.
A male in his 40s from Sandoval County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 60s from Sandoval County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 100s from Sandoval County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Palmilla Senior Living facility in Albuquerque.
A female in her 50s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 60s from San Juan County.
A male in his 70s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A second male in his 70s from San Juan County. The individual was a resident of the Aztec Healthcare facility in Aztec.
A male in his 80s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the San Juan Center in Farmington.
A male in his 90s from San Juan County. The individual was a resident of the Aztec Healthcare facility in Aztec.
A male in his 90s from Taos County. The individual had underlying conditions.

The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 1,383.

The ten ZIP codes across the state with the most COVID-19 cases on Friday, Nov. 20, are:

87121 – 118
87114 – 96
88240 – 75
87105 – 72
87031 – 65
87401 – 59
87120 – 56
87301 – 56
87507 – 56
87124 – 53

Previously reported numbers included twelve cases that have been identified as duplicates (one in Bernalillo County, one in Chaves County, five in Doña Ana County, one in Lea County, one in Santa Fe County, two in San Juan County, one in Taos County) that have now been corrected. One case previously reported in Bernalillo County has been determined to be among NMCD inmates at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County. One case previously reported in Cibola County has been determined to be among NMCD inmates at the Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County. One case previously reported among NMCD inmates at the Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility has been determined to be in Union County. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 81,896 COVID-19 cases:

Bernalillo County: 21,885
Catron County: 33
Chaves County: 3,925
Cibola County: 1,375
Colfax County: 134
Curry County: 2,835
De Baca County: 32
Doña Ana County: 12,072
Eddy County: 2,587
Grant County: 434
Guadalupe County: 99
Harding County: 4
Hidalgo County: 166
Lea County: 3,684
Lincoln County: 668
Los Alamos County: 111
Luna County: 1,794
McKinley County: 6,180
Mora County: 33
Otero County: 1,224
Quay County: 198
Rio Arriba County: 1,087
Roosevelt County: 890
Sandoval County: 4,107
San Juan County: 5,126
San Miguel County: 368
Santa Fe County: 4,204
Sierra County: 266
Socorro County: 530
Taos County: 674
Torrance County: 241
Union County: 95
Valencia County: 2,343

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:

Cibola County Correctional Center: 363
Otero County Prison Facility: 423
Otero County Processing Center: 193
Torrance County Detention Facility: 44

The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the following facilities:

Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 197
Guadalupe County Correctional Facility: 54
Lea County Correctional Facility: 143
Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 85
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 47
Otero County Prison Facility: 472
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 102
Roswell Correctional Center: 221
Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County: 142
Springer Correctional Center in Colfax County: 1
Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 5

As of today, there are 845 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 28,857 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following long-term care facilities:

Adobe Assisted Living in Las Cruces
Advantage Assisted Living in Rio Rancho
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center
Albuquerque Uptown Assisted Living
The Aldea House – Heaven Sent LLC in Albuquerque
The Arbors of Del Rey in Las Cruces
Artesia Healthcare and Rehabilitation
The Aristocrat Assisted Living Community in Las Cruces
Atria Vista Del Rio in Albuquerque
Avamere at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Avamere at Rio Rancho
Avamere at Roswell
Aztec Healthcare in Aztec
Bear Canyon Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
BeeHive Homes Raton
BeeHive Homes Deming
BeeHive Homes Farmington
BeeHive Homes of San Pedro in Albuquerque
Belen Meadows Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Belen
Bloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation in Bloomfield
Blue Horizon Boutique Assisted Living & Memory Care in Las Cruces
Brookdale Santa Fe
Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
Brookdale Valencia Albuquerque
Buena Vista Senior Care in Albuquerque
Calibre Sagecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Las Cruces
Camino Retirement Homes in Albuquerque
Carefree Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Casa del Sol Center in Las Cruces
Casa de Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa de Palomas in Albuquerque
Casa Maria Health Care Center in Roswell
Casa de Paz in Rio Rancho
Casa Real in Santa Fe
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Clayton Nursing and Rehabilitation in Clayton
Clovis Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Clovis
Cuesta Manor in Albuquerque
Desert Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hobbs
El Castillo in Santa Fe
Elmcroft of Quintessence in Albuquerque
Fairwinds Assisted Living in Rio Rancho
Fort Bayard Medical Center in Santa Clara
Golden Hands Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Good Life Senior Living in Carlsbad
Good Life Senior Living in Hobbs
Good Life Memory Care Los Lunas
Good Samaritan Society - Manzano del Sol Village in Albuquerque
Good Samaritan Society Betty Dare in Alamogordo
Good Samaritan Society Grants
Good Samaritan Society Las Cruces
Good Samaritan Society Socorro
Grace Adult Care Homes in Albuquerque
Haciendas of Grace Village in Las Cruces
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
Hilldale House in Albuquerque
Ladera Center in Albuquerque
Laguna Rainbow Care Center in Casa Blanca
Lakeview Christian Home in Carlsbad
Landmark at Desert Gardens in Hobbs
Landsun Unit of Lakeview Christian Home in Carlsbad
Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque
La Vida Llena Assisted Living in Albuquerque
The Legacy at Santa Fe
Life Spire Assisted Living Rio Rancho
Life Spire Assisted Living Albuquerque
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
Lotus Care Homes Galaxia in Albuquerque
Life Care Center in Farmington
Lovington Healthcare in Lovington
Kingston Residence of Santa Fe
Mariah House in Albuquerque
Mescalero Care Center in Mescalero
Mi Casa Bonita in Santa Fe
Mimbres Nursing Home in Deming
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
The Montecito in Santa Fe
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Albuquerque
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Rio Rancho
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho
The New Beginnings Senior Living in Albuquerque
New Mexico State Veterans Home in Truth or Consequences
North Ridge Care Center in Albuquerque
Odelia Healthcare (Camino Healthcare) in Albuquerque
Pacifica Senior Living in Santa Fe
Palmilla Senior Living in Albuquerque
Princeton Place in Albuquerque
Ravenna Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches in Clovis
Retreat Healthcare in Rio Rancho
The Rio at Las Estancias in Albuquerque
Rio Rancho Center
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
Sandia Senior Suites in Albuquerque
Sandia View West in Rio Rancho
Sierra Healthcare Center in Truth or Consequences
Sierra Vista Retirement Community in Santa Fe
Silver City Care Center in Silver City
Skies Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation in Los Alamos
South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
St. Anthony Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Clovis
Stardust Assisted Living in Albuquerque
The Suites at Rio Vista in Rio Rancho
Sunset Villa Care Center in Roswell
Sunset Vista Adult Residential in Silver City
Taos Living Center
Tender Heart Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Tercer Cielo Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Uptown Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
Village Retirement Community in Roswell
Vista Hermosa in Santa Fe
The Watermark at Cherry Hills in Albuquerque
Welbrook Senior Living Farmington
Welbrook Senior Living Las Cruces
Wheatfields Senior Living Community in Clovis
White Sands Healthcare in Hobbs
Willow Manor in Deming

The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home, especially if you are sick. Wear a mask or face covering when in public and around others.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

The Department of Health strongly encourages the following groups to get tested:

Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and/or loss of taste or smell;
Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of people in their infectious period who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic people who live or work in congregate settings such as long-term care facilities and group homes;
Patients who are scheduled for surgery and whose provider has advised them to get tested before the procedure.

New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.