Let's Talk New Mexico 3/25, 8a: The coronavirus has now reached 11 counties in New Mexico, with 100 cases of COVID-19 now confirmed mostly in the Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Las Cruces areas. "Non-essential" workers are now staying home. Amid all this fearful uncertainty, it's heartening to hear how communities are building new ways to care for each other. We're spending our mornings this week taking your calls about the coronavirus pandemic, and we want to hear what's happening in your home or neighborhood. How are you coping with the anxieties and sudden lifestyle changes? How are you staying busy and getting creative about keeping up with loved ones from a distance? Email LetsTalk@kunm.org or call in live during the show at 277-5866.
- Shelle Sanchez, Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of Albuquerque
- Selinda Guerrero, organizer with the ABQ Mutual Aid coalition
- Zoey Craft, organizer with ABQ Mutual Aid
- Katrina Hotrum-Lopez, Secretary of the N.M. Aging and Long-Term Services Department
- Buffie Saavedra, Deputy Secrety of NMALTSD
- Volunteer or request assistance with the ABQ Mutual Aid coalition or Santa Fe Mutual Aid.
- Want to plant a garden? Food Is Free Albuquerque is handing out free gardening supplies.
- Find out if the person you're talking to is trying to use fears about the virus to scam people. Albuquerque's Consumer Financial Protection Initiative is keeping track. If you think you might have been scammed, report it to the Federal Trade Commission.
- Want to help make sure the state's seniors get food? You can volunteer.
- Read the state's emergency order issued Monday, March 23. Is your business or workplace on the state's list of essential services? And what does it mean when the governor says "stay home"?
- Find fun things to do and educational resources at ABQToDo.com.