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Coronavirus (COVID-19) in New Mexico

Updated: March 23, 2020

The KUNM newsroom is hard at work to get you the latest information about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in New Mexico. We're chasing stories locally and, with your help, bringing you stories from our region and around the globe, both on the web and on 89.9 FM on your dial.

Here is where you'll find updates from local and state agencies, the latest guidance from health experts, and stories that tell you what your neighbors and community members are doing to stay safe and support one another. If you've got a local resource that we're missing, send us a tip at news@kunm.org or call (or text) the news director at (505) 389-5761.

Be well out there, and hey -- wash your hands again. Catch you on the airwaves.

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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.

YNMG & COVID: Hospital Readiness

Apr 2, 2020
Hannah Colton / KUNM

In episode 34,  we discover how prepared hospitals and health care facilities in New Mexico really are. And we go all over the state for this one.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has shuttered museums and galleries, leaving artists without income and audiences without artistic inspiration.  But a nonprofit in Albuquerque is finding ways around the shutdown.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has cancelled in-person classes for universities and public schools in New Mexico, including crucial hands-on learning for nursing students in hospitals. That leaves future nurses feeling ill-prepared to take on the responsibilities of nursing after graduation.

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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.

YNMG & COVID: Tribal Concerns

Apr 1, 2020
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In episode 33, we learn about obstacles for tribes as they try to quell the virus' spread, including bureaucratic hurdles in accessing billions in federal funding that's been allotted to sovereign nations. National Native News anchor Antonia Gonzales tells us what she's learned from the reporting she's done. We also get to listen to her interviews with Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Stacy Bohlen, CEO of the National Indian Health Board.

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Let's Talk New Mexico 4/2, 8a: As we near the one-month mark of living with COVID-19 in New Mexico, we'll check in with state and federal officials to hear how they're handling the latest public health challenges. What new kinds of support do you want to see from state agencies? How will Congress' $2 trillion dollar coronavirus relief bill help our state's most vulnerable people?  How are school districts and individual teachers adapting to meet students' needs and comply with state education laws? 

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