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As things stand, students across New Mexico will return to school in the Fall and follow a hybrid model. Teachers, parents, and students alike are concerned about safety, and funding is tight. One pioneering outdoor gardening elective is being cut. 

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Steve Pearce, chairman of the Republican Party of New Mexico, said Wednesday, April 22, that the party did not participate in or endorse the actions of Take Back New Mexico, a group calling for non-essential businesses to reopen in violation of the stay-at-home order.

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New Mexico Likely To Extend Public Health Orders Into MayAssociated Press

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Wednesday public health orders aimed at curbing the coronavirus outbreak will likely be extended to May 15 as the state looks to ramp up testing for COVID-19.

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University Of New Mexico Scientists Reusing Protective GearKOAT-TV, Associated Press

Scientists and clinical staff at the University of New Mexico have started to sterilize and reuse single-use personal protective equipment.

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Unemployment Claims Surpass Great Recession Enrollment – Associated Press

Officials say the number New Mexico residents filing for unemployment benefits amid the coronavirus lockdown has exceeded enrollment during the depths of the Great Recession.

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No End In Sight For New Mexico Emergency RestrictionsAssociated Press, KUNM

There is no end in sight for a public health emergency declared by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in response to the coronavirus as deaths accelerate.

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Faith-based organizations across the county are providing various community services amid the coronavirus pandemic. Here in New Mexico, the Quaker organization American Friends Service Committee has started a “Farm to Food Bank” project to help local pantries, farmers, and community members – each facing their own challenges around food during this health crisis. Director Sayrah Namaste spoke with KUNM about the program and how it came about.  

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New Mexico GOP Pushes Back On COVID-19 Business Restrictions - By Morgan Lee and Russell Contreras, Associated press

The Republican Party is urging Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to allow the reopening of nonessential small businesses with some requirements for social distancing.

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Bill Richardson Seeks Humanitarian Aid For Navajo Nation - By Morgan Lee, Associated Press

A philanthropic effort aimed at boosting access to scarce medical and protective equipment supplies on the Navajo Nation is being organized by former Gov. Bill Richardson.

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New Mexico State Police To Crack Down As Virus Cases Go Up – Associated Press

New Mexico State Police say they will be cracking down on businesses that aren't abiding by the governor's public health orders as new confirmed cases pushed the state's total higher on Wednesday.

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Pandemic Scuttles Market For Folk Artists From 50 Nations - By Morgan Lee, Associated Press

The International Folk Art Market in New Mexico that helps sustain highly skilled artisans and affiliated cooperatives from India to Cuba by connecting them with U.S. collectors is canceling its annual open-air market.

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Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller showcased a homemade mask in a video briefing on Monday afternoon, April 6, about the city’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. He said their Environmental Health Department has reached out to over 150 nursing facilities to give infection control guidance and remind them of public health orders like halting group activities and dining. KUNM spoke with Mayor Keller over the weekend about other ways the city is working to support residents through the crisis. 

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Two People Die At Albuquerque Retirement Facility With Coronavirus Cases - By Morgan Lee, Associated Press

Two people have died at a retirement facility in Albuquerque where a city health official says 19 residents  and three staff members tested positive for the coronavirus.

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New Mexico Has Few Medical Masks To Spare As Virus SpreadsAssociated Press, Albuquerque Journal

State officials say new Mexico's health care system has a limited statewide stock of about 44,000 snug-fitting N95 face masks that can protect medical workers from the coronavirus by filtering out small airborne particles.

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Workers for the grocery delivery app Instacart organized a national strike on Monday, March 30, demanding the company do more to help its workers minimize health risks and increase compensation and benefits as they provide an increasingly essential service. With a spike in orders, the app’s independent contractors here in New Mexico are taking additional safety precautions on the job.

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Governor Says Man In 40s Becomes 5th Virus Death In New Mexico - By Morgan Lee and Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

New Mexico's death toll from the coronavirus pandemic has increased to five, with the case of a man in his 40s.

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The statewide stay-at-home order announced by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham on March 23 orders all "non-essential” businesses to close until April 10, in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Farmers’ markets are considered “essential businesses” under the order and can remain open. Albuquerque’s Downtown Growers’ Market is now hoping to open on its original start date of April 18, with certain adjustments, which means local artisans are likely out of luck this season. 

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New Mexico Extends Classroom Shutdown Due To Coronavirus - By Morgan Lee, Associated Press

Public school students in New Mexico will not return to classrooms or athletic fields during the current academic year because of the coronavirus.

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New Mexico Prepares For More Cases, Extended School Closures – Associated Press

The number of people who have tested positive for the coronavirus in New Mexico rose to 136 Thursday, a day after health officials confirmed the state's first COVID-19 related death.

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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.”