COVID-19 in numbers
New Mexico health officials yesterday reported 719 new cases of COVID-19, so far bringing the statewide total to 247,353. The DOH has designated 216,688 of those cases as recovered. Bernalillo County recorded 212 new cases, followed by 51 cases in Chaves County and 50 cases in Sandoval County. Santa Fe County has registered 18 new cases.
The state also announced 19 more deaths, 18 recent, including the 164th from Santa Fe County: a man in his 60s who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. There are now 4,719 dead. Yesterday, 359 people were hospitalized with COVID-19.
The majority of cases, hospitalizations and deaths remain among those who are not vaccinated — 85.5% of cases; 90.8% of hospitalizations; and 94.6% of deaths, according to this week’s immunization report.
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NM achieves 70% vaccination rate
Yesterday, New Mexico announced that 70% of residents 18 years of age are now fully vaccinated. “This is an incredible milestone,” Deputy Health Secretary Dr Laura Parajón said in a weekly pandemic update. Currently, 79.5% of New Mexicans aged 18 and over have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. In the 12-17 age group, 63.3% of people have received at least one dose and 53.3% are fully vaccinated. In Santa Fe County, of those 18 and over, 90.5% have received at least one dose and 80.4% are fully immunized. Health officials also say Santa Fe County has improved its standing on community transmission, which, although described as substantial in the state’s weekly community transmission report, is no longer in the category. “High” – or red – than most other counties in the state. to occupy. “It’s a welcome sight,” said state epidemiologist Dr. Christine Ross of the Santa Fe County improvement. “What we’re hoping to see is that all of the State will turn blue, indicating a low level of community transmission. ” Currently, no county is blue and only Los Alamos County is yellow, indicating moderate transmission. Health officials are also preparing for federal decisions regarding the availability of booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccine. Last night, the Food and Drug Administration approved recalls of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for people 65 years of age and older who received their second dose at least six months previously; people at high risk of severe COVID-19; and those at risk of serious complications from exposure to the virus in their work. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Immunization Practices Advisory Committee is meeting today for the second time to review potential guidelines for such recalls, and Parajón said the state medical advisory team will meet after the release of federal guidelines to prepare for deployment to New Mexico, potentially as early as Monday.
Report: students fell behind due to pandemic
New Mexico students have lost at least 10 to 60 days of teaching due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report presented to lawmakers yesterday. Although data is incomplete due to test waivers, low attendance, and remote administration during school closures, these wasted days, analysts say, “potentially increase the existing achievement gap and place New Mexico children even further behind academic standards ”. Legislative Finance Committee program evaluator Ryan Tolman told lawmakers yesterday that while the federal government has allocated $ 1.5 billion to schools to deal with pandemic emergencies, “We are finding that districts do not ‘make equal use of the resources at their disposal, varying in their strategies and priorities to address student learning. “Tolman said.” This could inadvertently create disparities for students between school districts. “The state also lacks sufficient data to analyze the problem, the secretary-designate of the Department of Public Education told lawmakers. , Kurt Steinhaus, and insufficient staff to meet current demands. “The amount of work that is expected of our agency relative to the resources we have just does not exist,” said Steinhaus. learning missed during the COVID-19 pandemic, students will need more instructional time to catch up with their grade level, according to the report.
Hot air balloon pilot had drugs in his system at the time of the crash
The operator of a hot air balloon that crashed in Albuquerque last June had cocaine and marijuana in his body, according to a toxicology report. Nick Meleski, 62, struck power lines on June 26, knocking the balloon to the ground near Central and Unser NW and killing Meleski and his four passengers: former Albuquerque policeman Martin Martinez; his wife, Mary Martinez; Georgia O’Keeffe Elementary School Deputy Principal Susan Montoya; and her husband John Montoya. KOB4 News spoke with out-of-state toxicologist Dr. Ernest Chiodo, who said Federal Aviation Administration test results show that Meleski “used [drugs] relatively recently, but not just before the accident. Meleski’s family released a statement saying they were reviewing a copy of the toxicology report and requested confidentiality, according to KOB. Mary Martinez’s brother Manny Sisneros also released a statement saying his family were heartbroken by the news. “By taking a hot air balloon ride like my sister Mary did, she entrusted her life to this pilot. Nicholas Meleski obviously did not take into consideration all the people whose lives he destroyed because of his drug use. We are aware that the drugs in his system may not have been the cause of the crash, but the cocaine and marijuana in his system may have been one of the contributing factors. The National Transportation Safety Board has not released its official report into the cause of the crash, but several pilots who knew Meleski tell the Albuquerque Journal they were surprised by the toxicological results. “As far as I know he was a good pilot,” said Rainbow Ryders chief pilot Troy Bradley, who had known Meleski for decades. “Obviously if this all turns out… that he was doing drugs while flying – he’s not a good pilot,” he said. “The ability to maneuver an airplane is one thing, but doing it while impaired is never something that would be tolerated by another pilot. “
Santa Fe’s KTRC 1260 AM radio station recently featured a new health-focused show, For your health, co-hosted by Santa Fe La Familia Medical Center and Southwest Care clinics (10 a.m. Saturdays). In her most recent episode, La Familia Medical Center Harm Reduction and Recovery Program Manager Myriam Salazar joins host Dr Wendy Johnson, Chief Medical Officer of La Familia, to discuss the issues. related to addiction and substance use during National Recovery Month.
Netflix released the movie Intrusion yesterday, which toured in Albuquerque from October to November of last year. Reviews, so far, indicate that it’s not very good … but that it’s at least ‘watchable’. Diary line: “After a deadly home invasion of a couple’s new dream home, the traumatized woman (Frieda Pinto) searches for answers and learns that the real danger has only just begun.” Director Adam Salky spoke to Distract about his experience filming and living in New Mexico during the pandemic, which apparently involved a clean “trespass”. “I pull over to my rental and the garage door is open,” Salky said. “I go to the back door, turn the handle and the back door is open too. So this movie started with me slowly going through this house and checking every room with my iPhone ready to go, not knowing if someone was going to come out and hit me on the head or something! Salky also spoke to Screen cry about the house where the movie invasion takes place and how he wanted a house that was both architecturally modern but with a “scary” character to it. “We actually found this house in Albuquerque, New Mexico,” says Salky. “It was literally a needle in a haystack. Albuquerque’s architectural style is called Pueblo Revival, and it’s a really cool architectural style. But that wasn’t what I had in mind for the movie, so we were scouting, and I started to get really nervous that we weren’t going to find that perfect location for the movie. Thanks to a tip to his cinematographer, Salky learned of a potential candidate in the area. “We walked around and immediately fell in love. It had everything we needed, and there was also the unknowability factor. There were hallways that went to weird places, and there were closets that you opened and there was only one wall there. There were some weird aspects, and we immediately fell in love. Fortunately, the family allowed us to shoot there.
No place like a $ 7.9 million house
As long as we envision local real estate, a “home” made in Santa Fe Global Manor‘s “today’s list” earlier this week. The 36-acre equestrian estate will set you back around $ 7.9 million and includes a 14-acre plot with the main house, swimming pool, detached guesthouse, caretaker’s quarters, and a barn. Add an additional $ 1 million and you can add an adjacent 22 acre land suitable for equestrian sports. “The size and scale of the property are very unusual,” said Paul McDonald, listing agent for Sotheby’s International Realty. Global Manor. “The properties are indistinguishable. Looks like everything is in one piece. Tell us more! According to McDonald, the gated enclosure is next to “the former Georgia O’Keeffe estate … these are really the two key properties of the Old Santa Fe Trail,” he notes. In addition to the features one would expect in any 9,789 square foot home (bedrooms, bathrooms) and those befitting a luxury property (a pool, cabana, and outdoor kitchen), the property also has eight indoor stalls, nine paddocks, two arenas, a horse shower room, saddlery, hay storage and over 20 acres of private groomed trails for horseback riding and walking.
Ba-dee-ya, has never been a cloudy day
The second day of fall is expected to bring a high temperature of 80 degrees, according to the National Weather Service, with partly sunny skies and a north wind of 5 to 15 mph turning to the west in the afternoon.
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