UNM to demand that students and staff be vaccinated against COVID-19 – KUNM News
The University of New Mexico will require all students and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 this fall, with a few exceptions.
In an email sent to the entire campus Monday, UNM President Garnett Stokes announced the mandate, which she says she asked the Council of Regents to approve.
The Council meets on Thursday. If approved, Stokes says the warrant will go into effect on the same day.
It states that eligible members of the UNM community be fully immunized as soon as possible, but no later than the end of September.
The vaccine requirement applies to all students and staff accessing facilities and programs at the main Albuquerque campus and side campuses across the state. It does not apply to staff at UNM hospitals, which have their own vaccination policies, according to the announcement.
The university offers accommodations for students and staff with certain disabilities, health problems or religious beliefs who request and are permitted to relinquish the mandate. Exemptions also exist for those who learn or work remotely, and temporarily while vaccines remain under FDA emergency use clearance.
Those who are not vaccinated may be required to undergo regular testing and not have access to all areas of the campus.
New Mexico tries carrot stick approach to boost vaccination – By Morgan Lee Associated Press
The state of New Mexico moved forward on Monday with a carrot and stick approach to COVID-19 vaccinations with a new payment of $ 100 to newly vaccinated residents.
This $ 100 offer remains in effect until the end of August. The strategy was launched by New Mexico for several days in June, with around 25,000 eligible participants. The state’s $ 5 million raffle prize for a vaccinated resident is expected to be awarded on Saturday.
President Joe Biden recommends that more states use cash payments to increase the pace of vaccination as health authorities grapple with the more contagious delta variant.
Starting Tuesday, New Mexico is requiring state officials eligible for the vaccine to get vaccinated or tested weekly for the infection.
Democratic Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham last week described the strategy as “a little push, a little mandate.”
“This is the kind of movement, I think, that will bring us ever closer and closer to the goals we need to adequately protect ourselves from the delta and any other mutated version of this terrible virus,” she said during of a press conference.
New Mexico was one of the first to deploy the vaccine, and vaccination rates exceed 90% among eligible residents of Los Alamos County.
Immunization rates are still lagging in many rural and politically conservative counties, including the oil-producing region bordering West Texas. Less than a third of eligible Roosevelt County residents are fully immunized.
The state continues to focus on the availability of coronavirus testing. And it prompts people to voluntarily participate in a crowdsourcing initiative that uses smartphones to track close encounters with people who will later test positive for COVID-19.
Across the country, a growing number of companies are demanding their employees get vaccinated against COVID-19, alarmed by the rise of the delta variant and frustrated by the cap on vaccination rates in the United States.
Others are abstaining from a warrant while taking steps to make it more onerous for workers to remain unvaccinated, requiring them to take regular COVID tests or denying them certain privileges reserved only for those vaccinated.
Navajo Nation: 9 new cases of COVID-19, no deaths for day 2 – Associated Press
The Navajo Nation reported nine new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, but no additional deaths for the second day in a row.
The latest figures have brought the total number of coronavirus cases to 31,421 since the pandemic began more than a year ago.
The known death toll remains at 1,377.
The tribe had reported 25 new cases and three deaths on Saturday with 10 new cases and no deaths on Sunday.
The sprawling Navajo Nation Reservation includes parts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah.
“Public health experts say it is now an unvaccinated pandemic, due to data showing that most new infections and deaths from COVID-19 involve people who are not vaccinated “Tribal President Jonathan Nez said in a statement. “It’s important to remember that even after being fully vaccinated, you can still get COVID-19, but vaccines are very effective in reducing symptoms and reducing the risk of hospitalization. “
New Mexico court upholds 2011 triple murder conviction – Associated press
The New Mexico Supreme Court upholds the conviction of a man who, as a teenager, killed three members of a family with a large pickaxe.
The High Court said in a statement on Monday that it had determined that Nicholas Ortiz’s constitutional rights had not been violated, as he had been convicted as an adult on three convictions for first degree murder.
Ortiz’s attorneys argued that since he was 16 at the time of the crimes, Ortiz should have had a “reorganization hearing” to see if he was open to some kind of juvenile reintegration.
But the court argued that a review hearing is only mandatory for juveniles convicted of second degree murder.
Ortiz was sentenced to 25 years in 2019 on three counts of first degree murder and one count of conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary.
Authorities say Ortiz killed Lloyd Ortiz, Dixie Ortiz and their son, Steven Ortiz, at their El Rancho home in 2011 during an attempted robbery.
Ortiz was not linked to the victims but did meet them when he stayed with the couple’s adult daughter for several months.
Trial in 2018 Espanola Drive-By Shooting Death To Begin – Associated press
After being delayed for more than a year due to possible exposure to COVID-19, a murder trial against a man in Ojo Caliente is expected to begin this week.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that jury selection was underway Monday for the trial of Mark Hice, 25, who faces charges of first degree murder and other charges.
Hice was on the verge of trial in July 2020 when her defense attorney revealed she had been exposed to COVID-19 patients 11 days earlier while working as a midwife.
The judge declared the trial canceled.
Defense lawyer Sheri Raphaelson said at the time that the judge found her in contempt of court and accused the defense lawyer of endangering jurors and other participants. Raphaelson said she wore full protective gear as a midwife.
Hice is accused of armed himself and some of his friends, including teenagers, in October 2018 because another man threatened to kill him on social media. The group then circled around and Hice shot a car at NM 68 north of Spain due to a perceived threat.
Prosecutors say it is a mistaken identity. Hice ended up killing 18-year-old Cameron Martinez and injuring three others.
Albuquerque to vote to put $ 50 million stadium bond on the ballot – Associated press
Albuquerque officials will vote on a resolution on Monday that allows voters to decide whether they want to build a new stadium for the New Mexico United football team.
KOB-TV reports that city councilors will assess the resolution of a voting measure involving a $ 50 million tax liability.
The resolution was heavily promoted by Mayor Tim Keller, who worked with team owner.
The $ 50 million would finance the design, construction and improvement of the stadium.
Defenders say the stadium could be used for several things beyond football matches, such as concerts and other massive events.