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COVID-19 in numbers

New Mexico health officials yesterday reported 1,790 new cases of COVID-19, marking a new milestone as cumulative cases reach 300,101; The DOH has designated 256,190 of these cases as recovered. Bernalillo County recorded 469 new cases, followed by Doña Ana County with 305 and San Juan County with 254. Santa Fe County recorded 65 new cases.

The state also announced nearly twice as many deaths yesterday as on Wednesday: 23, including 21 recent and two of them from Santa Fe County: a man in his 40s who had been hospitalized and a man in his 70s which had underlying conditions. Santa Fe County has now had a total of 177 deaths; there were 5,238 across the state. COVID-19-related hospitalizations also continue to increase with 599 people hospitalized yesterday, 60 more than the day before.

Currently, 84.4% of New Mexicans aged 18 and over have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 73.8% are fully immunized. Of this age group, 18% received a booster injection. In the 12-17 age group, 63.8% of people have received at least one dose and 55.2% are fully vaccinated. Of children aged 5 to 11, 8% received at least one dose of Pfizer vaccine. In Santa Fe County, 95.4% of people 18 and older have received at least one dose and 83.6% are fully immunized.

New Mexicans can sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine here, schedule a COVID-19 vaccine booster here, and view a public calendar for vaccine availability here. Parents can add dependents to their immunization profiles here.

You can read all of SFR’s COVID-19 coverage here.

Hospital leaders: no end in sight

Models show COVID-19-related hospitalizations could reach 700 in the next two weeks, according to Presbyterian Health Services Chief Medical Officer Dr Jason Mitchell, who updated yesterday, along with Dr Rohini McKee, head of quality and safety at the University of New Mexico. , on the largest hospitals in the state. The Presbyterian and the UNM both activated crisis care standards last week, and Acting Health Secretary Dr David Scrase told Wednesday’s state briefing that six hospitals had it. now done. Neither the Presbyterian nor the UNM have had to ration care – one of the possibilities offered by the crisis standards – but both are very limited, with McKee claiming the UNMH is at 140% capacity and has set up a “triage committee” if such decisions are necessary. “I don’t know when this is going to happen,” Mitchell said. “But if something doesn’t change, we run a high risk of running out of resources. The two highlighted vaccination and booster shots as essential to ending the state’s current outbreak and accompanying hospital crisis. “If we were to get everyone in New Mexico vaccinated, in six weeks, seven weeks it would be over,” Mitchell said. He compared the situation to watching a car or train crash in slow motion. “From a community perspective, something is going to have to change,” he said. “And we need to start pulling those levers as a community pretty quickly. “

SFPS returns to distance learning before the holidays

Santa Fe Public Schools yesterday announced schools will return to distance learning for a day next week (Tuesday) before the Thanksgiving holiday “to slow the spread of COVID-19” (a move that appears to have baffled many parents, based on the Facebook responses). SFPS recently launched a COVID-19 dashboard to track cases and is reporting 71 cases between November 6 and 19, 93% among students. According to the district, less than 13% of cases were related to previous school cases. SFPS board members discussed the decision at their meeting last night, with Superintendent Hilario “Larry” Chavez explaining that the district did not include distance learning on Monday to give parents four. days to plan.

Carmen Gonzales, a member of District 1, also said that she and Chavez recently met with parents who want the district to issue a vaccination mandate for staff members. This meeting followed an uproar after a cluster of 10 cases at Acequia Madre Elementary School were attributed to a teacher, although neither Gonzales nor Chavez specified this school or situation when discussing ‘last night. School board president Kate Noble said she could “appreciate that we’ve had a terrifying number of cases in our schools and I think things are pretty rough right now from what I’ve seen. , felt and heard, “but said she hoped the district could be” careful “in its decision-making. “Everything seems fragile right now in our schools,” Noble said. Board members acknowledged that a vaccination mandate could exacerbate teacher shortages in the district, but also said there should be more discussion about whether or not to do so. Chavez said the district should do a “deep dive” in the research before discussing a vaccine mandate, and noted that “it would be something that could take some time,” given that “we are in the midst of a pandemic, we are finishing the first semester “and there is a” vacation around the corner. “He said the district would review and tighten its COVID safety protocols. SFPS will also be holding a vaccination clinic COVID-19 for children ages 5 to 11 on November 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Desert Sage Academy (351 W Zia).

ESD Secretary to Lawmakers: Show Us The Money

The state’s economic development department yesterday presented its budget request to the legislative finance committee, aimed at adding staff and funds across departments. The request includes $ 2.25 million for a new justice, equity, diversity and inclusion office to support minority-owned businesses; $ 4.5 million to market the state and its targeted industries, such as the Outdoor Recreation Division; $ 800,000 for statewide business incubator grants; and $ 500,000 to add six full-time employees who will act as regional representatives to provide technical assistance to local communities and businesses across the state. EDD is also seeking $ 30 million in one-time funding to fill infrastructure gaps for projects under the Local Economic Development Act and $ 12 million for the Vocational Training Incentive Program. The ministry, according to the presentation, has suffered back-to-back cuts for its FY 21 and FY 22 budget cycles and is operating on 30% less resources than a decade ago, but said FY21 was nonetheless a peak year for creation. jobs in the state. “Policymakers in New Mexico must recognize that major changes in the economy will require significant funding from the Department of Economic Development and its programs,” Economic Development Secretary Alicia J. Keyes said in a statement. “The money invested today will help New Mexico realize the state’s potential that we know. This funding is necessary so that we can provide opportunities and a future for all New Mexicans. New Mexico cannot continue on the path it followed in previous years; the state must act now.

Listen

Planning a trip during the holidays? For masked and vaccinated people, the actual time on the plane, when the jets are operating and air is flowing, is relatively safe. But crowded airports and the boarding process carry higher risks, according to University of Alabama Professor Emeritus of Infectious Diseases David Freedman, who offers advice to travelers in a recent interview with the reporter from KSFR Mary Lou Cooper. Some takeaways: alternate meals with your seat neighbor so as not to be unmasked at the same time.

City NM for sale

The New York Post reports that Fort Wingate, a former military base, is for sale, priced at $ 11 million, including a cafe, post office, gas station and huge parking lot. Mark Price of Realty One Group Concierge, who handles the registration, tells the To post the town, which was released on Nov. 5, has been owned by one family since 1946. “The current owner has lived there his entire life,” Price said. “He’s never been outside of the city limits and the family now wants to spend the rest of the time traveling.” The owner has also run the city “for decades,” Price said. “He’s the fire chief, the police and the owner. It’s time to hand over the baton. In view of the sale, the Smithsonian the magazine delves into the history of Fort Wingate; the base was decommissioned in 1912, but continued to serve as both a storage and training center, the article notes, and it is there that the code speakers, “who confused the Japanese military by sending messages in their native Navajo during WWII “were formed. The site closed permanently in 1993.

Talk about and eat native foods

Daily food magazine online Food highlights Andi Murphy (Diné), host of the award-winning Indigenous cooking podcast, Grilled sister. The story begins in Murphy’s kitchen in New Mexico, where most of the items feature her favorite color: black, which she also favors in her wardrobe and the rest of her furniture. “It’s clean,” she said. “It’s always been my aesthetic.” Black provides a great backdrop for the colorful food she cooks in her kitchen, and food is another of Murphy’s favorite things—the favorite – “the best and strongest relationship I have ever had in my life,” she says. This passion drives Grilled sistersuccess in the form of awards, recognition and scholarships. Food looks at Murphy’s five-pillar approach to food sovereignty, but its primary focus is on the cook and making indigenous food available. “It’s no good if people don’t bring the food home or don’t have the skills or tools to cook these foods in a way that is delicious to them or beneficial to producers, such as local tribes. and Indigenous Farmers, ”she says.

A long fall

Today it will be sunny with a high of nearly 54 degrees and northerly winds of 10 to 15 mph turning to the west in the afternoon. As for the weekend, the National Weather Service predicts comparable conditions through Monday, with our first chance of precipitation (20% so far) Tuesday night.

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