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There are about 4,000 to 5,000 homeless youth in Bernalillo County alone, making them especially vulnerable during this coronavirus outbreak. 

The state decision to close school until April 6, means those kids will also lose the security that education provides them.

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New Mexico To Order 'Non-Essential Businesses' To CloseAssociated Press

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has announced new restrictions aimed at fighting the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Let's Talk New Mexico 3/23, 8a: The coronavirus outbreak has everyone talking and thinking about the same thing, so each morning this week, we'll be coming to you live with special call-in shows all about local responses to COVID-19. We want to hear how you're holding up. What questions or concerns do you have about the way New Mexico agencies are addressing this public health crisis? How are you staying safe and caring for your community during this time of social distancing? Email, tweet at us with #LetsTalkNM, or call in live during the show at (505) 277-5866. If you're outside of the ABQ Metro area, the number is 1-877-899-5866. 

Megan Kamerick

The popcorn machine is silent in the lobby of the Guild Cinema in Albuquerque’s Nob Hill. Owner Keif Henley was supposed to show the movie “Phoenix Oregon” over the weekend. But for now, he’s closed.

Movie theaters around New Mexico have shut down in response to a public health order by the governor to halt the spread of coronavirus. For small, independently owned venues, and the films they show, this could be economically devastating.

“Oh, it's terrible like you'd expect it to be,” Henley says. “You know, we're not really making much revenue.”

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Over 10,000 New Mexico Residents File For UnemploymentAssociated Press

More than 10,000 residents of New Mexico have filed for unemployment benefits in less than a week, potentially doubling the number of recipients amid economic upheaval linked to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The New Mexico Department of Health on Mar. 13 restricted visitation to nursing facilities, whose residents are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. New Mexicans with loved ones who they can’t see now say communication, both from the facility and with their relatives, has been mixed.


Since the coronavirus reached the U.S. after being first detected in China last year, there’s been a spike in cases of xenophobia and discrimination against Asians and Asian Americans across the nation. Albuquerque’s newest city councilor Lan Sena met with local Asian American community leaders this week to hear concerns and offer support. 

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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Rise To 35Associated Press

Health officials have confirmed a second positive test for coronavirus in New Mexico with no known connection to travel.

Let's Talk Sports Gambling In New Mexico

Mar 18, 2020
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  Let’s Talk New Mexico 3/19, 8am: New Mexico has two sportsbooks -- a way for people to legally bet on sports, that is, until the sports world was put on hold due to the coronavirus. On this week’s Let’s Talk New Mexico, we’ll talk about sports gambling and the potential long term impact of having no games and empty stadiums.

Restaurants, bars and major ski resorts have begun to temporarily shut down across the Mountain West this week in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. But economists said it’s still too early to fully understand the breadth of how these closures will impact the region’s booming tourism economy.

Michael Hess

New Mexico Cracks Down On Hoarding Of Medical SuppliesAssociated Press

New Mexico has confirmed a coronavirus infection that has no apparent link to travel as the governor takes new steps to limit the spread of the contagion by limiting restaurants to take-out service and closing down movie theaters, gyms and shopping centers.

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Several California counties have ordered residents to shelter in place, as the state sees more than 500 cases of the virus. Millions of people in the area are now confined to their homes except for essential travel, such as groceries. KQED’s Marisa Lagos (@mlagos) breaks the situation down for us.

COVID-19 In Latin America

Mar 17, 2020

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Coronavirus Cases Jump To 23 As National Guard Delivers FoodAlbuquerque Journal, Associated Press

Health officials say two more people in New Mexico have tested positive for the coronavirus. A man in Taos County in his 50s and man in Santa Fe County in his 40s both recently tested positive for COVID-19.

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The New Mexico Department of Health Sunday, Mar. 16, announced amendments to the public health order to slow the spread of COVID-19. The changes involve new rules for restaurants, including staying at or below half occupancy, having no more than six people at a table, and positioning the tables at least six feet apart. Local restaurants in Albuquerque’s International District are working to comply with the order while weathering a significant drop in business.

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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.

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Families prepare for extended school closures in New Mexico - By Morgan Lee And Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

New Mexico health officials say 10 people in the state have now tested positive for the new coronavirus, with the new cases including household members of those who had previously tested positive.

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All New Mexico Public Schools To Close For Three WeeksAssociated Press

New Mexico's governor announced Thursday that K-12 schools will close for three weeks in an effort to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.