SAT: Albuquerque Hospital Offers Drive-Up COVID-19 Testing, + More

Mar 14, 2020

Albuquerque Hospital Launches Drive-Up COVID-19 TestingAlbuquerque Journal, Associated Press

Drive-up COVID-19 testing is now available at a hospital in downtown Albuquerque.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Lovelace Medical Center plans to offer drive-up services from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. Chief medical officer Vesta Sandoval says mobile testing can reduce emergency room crowding and give better data to public health officials.

Health officials say people with mild symptoms, or who are asymptomatic but recently traveled or had contact with an infected person can give a quick specimen that is then tested at a local lab.

Officials announced that New Mexico has three additional virus cases, for a total of 13 statewide, and health officials are ordering nursing homes to limit visitation.

US Officials Say Immigrants Can Seek Coronavirus Care Without FearAssociated Press

The U.S. government says a new rule disqualifying more people from green cards if they use government benefits will not apply to immigrants who seek care for symptoms of the illness caused by coronavirus.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said late Friday that seeking treatment or preventive services won’t affect someone’s immigration status under the new public charge rule, which took effect last month.

The announcement came after lawmakers and advocacy groups urged the government to suspend the rule during the coronavirus outbreak. Advocates say they have been fielding panicked calls from immigrants who are worried about the impact on their status if they seek health care.

Albuquerque Police Say Shooting Leaves 1 Dead, 3 InjuredAssociated Press

Albuquerque police say a shooting Saturday morning left one person dead and three others injured.

No identities were released and police said their investigation was in its early stages as detectives conducted interviews and obtained a search warrant.

The incident occurred in southeast Albuquerque neighborhood near Broadway Boulevard and Coal Avenue.

Ski Resorts Stay Open While Trying To Prevent Virus SpreadAssociated Press

Ski resorts in United States are grappling with how to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus while most planned to stay open as ski season nears an end.

Some resorts are closing enclosed gondolas or aerial trams while others are encouraging skiers to ride lifts with only people they know as they adhere to social distancing guidelines. Nearly every resort is promising extra cleanings of public spaces, more hand sanitizer stations and vowing to follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

They are touting the popular winter activity as a relatively safe option for diversion as concerts, sporting events and museums shut down.