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The New Mexico Department of Health has confirmed 72 new cases of COVID-19 in the state, for a total of 865 to date. Taos County cases remain at 14. Three additional deaths were announced on Wednesday (April 8), bringing the state total of fatalities tied to the virus to 17 to date. more
Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, whose roughly 350,000-member tribe has been devastated by 15 deaths from COVID-19 and nearly 400 positive cases, is implementing a 57-hour curfew this weekend in hopes of blunting the disease's spread.Nez, the leader of the nation's largest Native American tribe, spread out over three states and 27,000 square miles, said the wide swath of the disease mandates the unusual action - and a willingness to enforce the curfew. more
New Mexico officials announced novel coronavirus outbreaks in two of the state's tightest communities Tuesday: San Felipe and Zia pueblos.The Department of Health reported 52 people have tested positive for COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus, at San Felipe Pueblo while 31 cases have been detected at Zia Pueblo. more
The New Mexico Acequia Association will be holding a free web meeting about how to clean in the time of COVID-19, the illness caused by a new coronavirus.  From noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday (April 9), the association will host a web class on how to deal with the current health order set by the governor's office and how to clean the ditches within new guidelines that require social distancing of six feet between people and no gatherings larger than five people.  more
Traditional Spanish Market decided Monday to call off this year's event amid a growing sense that many, if not most, of Santa Fe's summer art festivals won't occur this year due to the COVID-19 crisis. Santa Fe Indian Market announced Saturday it was moving its 99th market to 2021, and the board of directors at the International Folk Art Market met Monday to talk about the situation. more
Employees of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission received the terrifying news in an email the morning of March 23. One of their co-workers, who had last been in the office at the PERA Building downtown 12 days before, had tested positive for COVID-19. More disconcerting news came four days later. more
Lowan Stewart, an emergency medicine doctor who splits his time between Santa Fe and Norway, said he, his wife and their two children all had COVID-19. Stewart said he was flat on his back for five days and coughing for another week. His family members experienced... more
As the number of cases of the new coronavirus continued to rise in New Mexico, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday afternoon ordered a series of additional restrictions on business operations to further prevent the virus's spread - and she warned of increased enforcement efforts. more
The New Mexico Department of Corrections will commute the sentences of some prisoners and release them early to reduce prison populations and lower the risk of COVID-19 outbreaks, according to an order from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham."The early release of incarcerated individuals who are near their release date and meet certain criteria will help to protect public health without a concomitant risk to public safety," the executive order states. "This measure will serve to protect the health of those individuals, of staff and inmates at all state correctional facilities, and of all New Mexicans." more
Members of the town council voted Friday (April 3) to extend the town’s emergency declaration as well as the curfew set down earlier in the week by Mayor Dan Barrone and town manager Rick Bellis.  During a special remote-cast meeting, members of the town council met  to discuss the future of the COVID-19 emergency situation in Taos. Councilors had a discussion about the curfew, various closures and the need to maintain the current status quo on urging people to stay home.  more
Limiting the number of people in grocery stores, closing liquor stores and extending all public health orders to April 30 are among New Mexico’s latest efforts to thwart the spread of a new coronavirus and prevent a spike in cases that threaten to overwhelm hospitals. The new restrictions will begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday (April 7). more
U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., is reaching out to communities across the state looking for heroes during this time of crisis.  Heinrich’s Hometown Hero initiative is looking for everyday community members trying to make a difference in their areas by performing acts of kindness or charity during the growing concerns over COVID-19, the illness caused by a new coronavirus.  more
Still confused and cross-eyed over how to fill out the forms for federal loans and grants available to businesses hit hard by coronavirus restrictions? The New Mexico Small Business Developement Center is offering free webinars twice a day to help business owners understand the process and whether or not they qualify. more
On Monday, (March 30), the state of New Mexico announced a new and improved phone system for people who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 and need help getting their unemployment checks, which many need to survive. Within hours, the system buckled under the weight of more than 500,000 calls. more
All of us are adjusting to a new way of life as social distancing and self-isolation become our daily reality. With the extended school closure now confirmed, schools, teachers, parents and … more
More than 19,000 people have been tested for a new coronavirus that causes the deadly illness COVID-19 and New Mexico health officials announced Friday (April 3) that testing has been expanded. more
Area wireless companies are stepping up to help Taos County  and other parts of Northern New Mexico stay connected during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Kit Carson Internet is expanding the … more
Taos County recorded the most coronavirus infections per capita in New Mexico as of Thursday (April 2), according to data compiled by the New Mexico Department of Health. … more
Yesterday, my friend Kate O’Toole texted from Dublin, where she’d just spent a minute at her open window clapping for the health care workers. They do all over Ireland at 8 p.m., because that’s when the nurses change shifts. On streets where a lot of nurses live, the clapping goes on for many minutes more. more
Sin Fronteras Nuevo México is hard at work making sure immigrant families in Taos County are taken care of during the COVID-19 emergency.The organization has been … more
Officials report 7th death in N.M. . Say they are aggressively trying to get more equipment from feds more
As the state braces for a potential COVID-19 medical crisis, New Mexico's rural hospitals have taken a severe financial blow and are worried about their futures under federal guidelines and a state order to forgo elective medical treatments, a primary source of their revenue.Most of New Mexico's hospitals already were suspending elective treatments with the aim of creating more bed space in intensive care units and shifting personnel to emergency teams to battle the pandemic. more
Holy Cross Medical Center closed its doors to visitors beginning Saturday (March 28) in an effort to prevent the spread of a deadly coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 illness. The only exception will be if a visitor is needed to calm a patient such as a parent to help with their child, according to information from hospital administrators. more
No Taos Plaza Live. No summer concerts. No Fourth of July pancake breakfast or Taos Farmers Market. The town of Taos has canceled all music events and gatherings on town property for the summer, another casualty of a deadly coronavirus that has swept across New Mexico and around the world. more
For hundreds of years, Taoseños have embraced the annual tradition of cleaning the acequias for the spring. The runoff from melting winter snowpacks in the mountains brings the water needed to grow countless crops across the county, which people use to feed both themselves and the community. This year, concerns and mandates over the COVID-19 pandemic could hinder that process and change the tradition for the time being. more
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