Nursing Home Reviews Ongoing Amid PandemicKRQE-TV, Associated Press

The New Mexico Attorney General's Office is considering a request by a state lawmaker to look into an Albuquerque rehabilitation center as part of the agency's ongoing review of health and safety concerns at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

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State Updates Orders To Expand Capacity In Churches, Retailers – Albuquerque Journal, KUNM

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham eased some capacity restrictions on churches and retailers Friday even as the state reported 164 new positive COVID-19 cases.


Governor Says New Mexico Is Short On Virus-Tracing Personnel - By Morgan Lee, Associated Press

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says the state is woefully short of professionals devoted to contact tracing aimed at alerting people who are exposed unknowingly to the coronavirus.

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Retail Restrictions Will Ease In NM, But Everyone Must Wear Masks In PublicAlbuquerque Journal and KUNM News

New Mexico’s public health restrictions will relax starting Saturday with more businesses able to open, but with a new mandate that everyone wears a face mask in public places.

Megan Kamerick

New Mexico Opens COVID-19 Testing To All Workers In StateAssociated Press

New Mexico officials have announced that COVID-19 testing is now available for all workers in the state.

The New Mexico Department of Health said Monday testing would be open to government employees, utility and construction workers, grocery and pharmacy employees, and anyone in food service or other service industries.

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Sheriffs Ask AG Barr To Review New Mexico Health Orders - By Russell Contreras Associated Press

New Mexico Republicans and sheriffs are asking U.S. Attorney General William Barr to review Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's COVID-19 health orders. 

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Forest Official Cites Rising Risk Of Human-Caused Wildfires -Associated Press

A New Mexico national forest's top administrator says there's an elevated risk of human-caused wildfires due to drying conditions and some visitors' negligence.

Carson National Forest Supervisor James Duran said there's a high fire danger in the 2,340-square-mile forest as it is visited by many people weary of staying at home during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Extreme Lockdown Shows Divide In Hard-Hit Navajo Border Town - By Morgan Lee, Associated Press

Tens of thousands of people living on and around the vast Navajo reservation in the U.S. southwest do their shopping in Gallup, a town of 22,000 people.

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New Mexico Governor Extends Navajo Nation Gateway Lockdown - By Morgan Lee, Associated Press

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has announced she will extend the lockdown on a western New Mexico city to help stop the spread of COVID-19 on the Navajo Nation.

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New Mexico Mandates Face Masks At Retail Stores, Restaurants – Associated Press

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is ordering workers at retail stores and restaurants to wear face coverings as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19, starting with big box stores and major grocery stores on Wednesday.

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Hospital Praises Lockdown On City On Edge Of Navajo Nation - By Morgan Lee, Associated Press

Medical personnel on the front lines of a rural coronavirus hot spot on the outskirts of the Navajo Nation are praising an aggressive lockdown involving roadblocks and the National Guard as they grapple with infections that have spilled over to hospital staff.

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New Mexico Takes More Drastic Measures Against Virus Hotspot -Associated Press

A modern-day trading post on the southern outskirts of the Navajo Nation was on lockdown under the watch of National Guard troops and state police to discourage nonessential travel and commerce as local coronavirus infections soar.

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New Mexico Blocks Roads Into Gallup As Virus Cases Surge - By Morgan Lee, Associated Press

The governor of New Mexico invoked the state's Riot Control Act as she sealed off roads to nonessential traffic in Gallup to help control a surging coronavirus outbreak in the former trading post on the outskirts of the Navajo Nation.

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Navajo Infections Surge As Trump Prepares To Visit Southwest - By Morgan Lee, Associated Press

U.S. health officials say coronavirus infections are beginning a renewed surge on the Navajo Nation and bordering areas that may peak around May 10. 

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Court Forces New Mexico COVID-19 Patients To Self-IsolateAssociated Press, Albuquerque Journal

Two uncooperative coronavirus patients in New Mexico were ordered to self-isolate after state health officials obtained court orders in April.

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At Urging Of Mayor, Some Stores Reopen In New Mexico Town - By Russell Contreras, Associated Press

The mayor of a small New Mexico city and several dozen supporters rallied as he encouraged business owners to defy a public health order by the governor that shuttered nonessential shops to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Ruling Due Monday In Tribal Case Over Virus Relief Funding -Associated Press

A federal judge says he will issue a decision Monday on a request from tribal nations to temporarily halt the distribution of $8 billion in coronavirus relief funding. 

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COVID-19 Cases Rise To 2,521 Cases With Six Additional DeathsKUNM, Albuquerque Journal

The number of positive COVID-19 cases jumped by 153 Friday to 2,521 in New Mexico with an additional six deaths, bringing the total to 84.

Five of those six deaths were among people from congregate living facilities -- Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington and Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque. There are 12 such facilities in the state where the Department of Health has identified positive COVID-19 cases in residents and/or staff

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New Mexico Mayor Vows To Reopen City Despite Lockdown Order - By Russell Contreras, Associated Press

The mayor of the of Grants has announced that he will allow small businesses to reopen in defiance of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's order that's keeping nonessential businesses closed.

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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.

Megan Kamerick

Study Finds Warming Makes US West Megadrought Worst In Modern Age - By Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer

A new study finds that much of the western United States is baking in what scientists call an emerging megadrought.

Megan Kamerick

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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Hospitals Announce Staff Cuts And FurloughsAssociated Press, Santa Fe New Mexican

Hospitals around New Mexico have announced staff cuts and furloughs.

Hundreds of employees from Memorial Medical Center and MountainView Regional Medical Center in Las Cruces to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe are being placed on temporary leave amid fallout from public health orders and a ban on elective surgeries and non-urgent procedures.

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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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Top Navajo Leaders Quarantine As Tribe Prepares For Curfew -Associated Press

Two leaders of the largest Native American reservation in the U.S. are in self-quarantine as the coronavirus outbreak sweeps across the Navajo Nation.

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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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Governor Warns More People Need To Stay Home As COVID Cases Rise - KUNM

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham began a press conference Thursday wearing a mask and warned that people and businesses could face citations and penalties if they violate public health orders to stay at home.

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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.