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COVID-19 in numbers

New Mexico health officials reported 3,712 new COVID-19 cases yesterday for the three-day period November 13-15, bringing the nationwide total to 295,767; DOH has declared 254,476 of these cases recovered. Bernalillo County had 1,009 new cases, followed by San Juan County with 580 and Doña Ana County with 566. Santa Fe County had 146 new cases. In a press release, the health department reported that the positivity rate of seven-day test tests in New Mexico rose from 11.8% in the last week to 12.9%. the goal is 7.5% – higher test positive rates indicate that not all cases will be detected. New Mexicans can search the DOH test directory for location and order home tests through Vault.

The state also announced 22 other deaths, 18 of which were recent; So far there have been 5,191 deaths. Yesterday, 498 people with COVID-19 were hospitalized.

Currently, 84.2% of New Mexicans over the age of 18 have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 73.7% are fully vaccinated. In this age group, 16.9% received a booster vaccination. In the 12-17 age group, 63.7% of people have received at least one dose and 55.2% are fully vaccinated. Of the children aged 5 to 11 years, 6.2% received at least one dose of the Pfizer vaccine. In Santa Fe County, 95.4% of people 18 years or older have received at least one dose and 83.6% are fully vaccinated.

New Mexicans can register for a COVID-19 vaccine here, schedule a COVID-19 vaccine refresh here, and view a public calendar for vaccine availability here. Parents can add relatives to their vaccination profiles here.

You can read all of SFR’s COVID-19 coverage here.

SFPS launches COVID tracker

Yesterday, the Santa Fe Public Schools unveiled an online dashboard reporting the county’s COVID-19 cases to “provide more transparency and better reporting to the public.” The district reported its cases in daily press releases. The dashboard only includes cases that were infectious on campus and is regularly updated with cases throughout the day once all close contacts have been notified. Principals will continue to notify parents whose students are in the classroom with someone who has been positive on campus. “Given the boom we’re seeing in COVID cases, SFPS sees the new COVID dashboard as an improved way to inform the public about what’s happening with students and staff across the county and school-by-school,” said SFPS Superintendent Hilario ” Larry “Chavez in a statement. “Graphs and diagrams help to clarify and relativize numbers, and the viewer can select different time periods that allow better analysis.” Since the beginning of the school year, the district has reported 345 cases – 83.5% of them with students – and says that nearly 82% were unrelated to a previous case based on contact tracing. Capital High School had the most cases to date at 32, followed by Santa Fe High School and Wood Gormley Elementary at 27 and 22. In October, the county reported 114 new cases, compared with 70 in September and 80 in August. To date, the county has reported 81 cases for November. SFPS will host a vaccination clinic for children ages 5-11 at the Desert Sage Academy, 351 W Zia Road, on November 20th from 10am to 3pm.

Good news for Chaco

President Joe Biden announced yesterday that in the coming weeks the Home Office will “consider a 20 year retreat from state within 10 miles of Chaco Culture National Historical Park to free the area from new state oil- and to protect gas leases ”. and development. “A White House briefing on” Building A New Era of Nation-to-Nation Engagement, “outlining various initiatives with tribal nations, notes that” Pueblos and tribes in Arizona and New Mexico over the past decade Have raised concerns about oil and gas ingress. “Development threatening sacred and cultural sites, and Congress has adopted a number of measures to temporarily postpone new leases.” The proposed withdrawal, the briefing stated, ” will not apply to individual Indian allotment gardens or to minerals within the area owned by private, state and tribal units, “nor will” limit other developments such as roads, water pipes, transmission lines, or buildings. “US Senator Martin Heinrich, D-NM, petitioned for withdrawal in a May letter to US Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, then said, “It is time to move away from short-term policy; ie shifts every year to the long-term security of an administrative deprivation of federal mineral resources near the park. ”Heinrich made a statement yesterday in which he welcomed the announcement by the Biden government and stated that he intended to work with members of the New Mexico delegation to introduce laws to permanently withdraw the states around the Chaco Canyon from further development. “The Chaco Canyon is one of the most precious landscapes on earth and has deep meaning for tribes, pueblos and communities in northern New Mexico,” Heinrich said in a statement. “I am grateful for the guidance of Minister Haaland and all of the New Mexicans who have worked to maintain the integrity of Chaco’s irreplaceable resources.”

In the ABQ murder wave

The New York Times yesterday investigated the current surge in homicides in the US and shed light on four lives in four hard-hit American cities, including Albuquerque, where murders this month are on track to surpass previous years. At the same time, New Mexico saw an overall increase in drug use and saw a record number of drug overdoses in the past year. One particularly pathetic detail that the Times story focuses on is the predominance of motels as the scenes of murders in Albuquerque in which at least 16 murder victims were either shot or stabbed. Among them: Joshua J. Garcia, one of three victims in a Motel 6 off I-25. “We don’t kill tourists in hotels, we kill residents,” Chief Harold Medina of the Albuquerque Police Department told the Times. This Motel 6, the Times writes, “is isolated off Interstate 25, surrounded by empty desert lots dotted with cacti and low scrub. But the two-story building comes alive at night, with expensive cars rushing across the parking lot, people hopping between rooms, and the flames from meth pipes lighting up the darkness. ”Garcia died from a single bullet in the chest. No arrests have been made and the detectives have not yet established exactly what happened. His family says they don’t know why Garcia drove from Alamogordo to the Albuquerque Model 6; he had struggled with substance abuse and had previously served two and a half years in juvenile prison for assault and DWI.


New Mexico is said to receive nearly $ 4 billion from the infrastructure bill signed by President Joe Biden yesterday (Michelle Lujan Grisham administration attended the signing). For its All Things Considered program, NPR interviewed a New Mexico farmer, pecan farmer Greg Daviet of Las Cruces, to learn how spending money on water infrastructure improvements could help his business. New Mexico, Daviet notes, is used to droughts and the farming they make. “In a drought, we need to be able to adapt well to changing, variable and sometimes unpredictable water situations,” Daviet told NPR. “We therefore hope that the infrastructure bill will contribute to our water infrastructure so that we can better use every drop of water to be more productive for the people who rely on our products.”

NM goes to Disney

Disney reports on updates to its American Heritage Gallery at the EPCOT theme park in Florida, with additional content dedicated to the recognition of indigenous communities and Native American Heritage Month. They did this with a little help from New Mexico. According to Disney’s blog, the Walt Disney Imagineering Collections Management team worked with the Santa Fe Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC on the exhibition Creating Tradition: Innovation and Change in American Indian Art. “This exhibition would not have been possible without our partnerships with the many museums, tribes and artists represented in the exhibition, ”said curator Deb Van Horn in a statement. “These partnerships have enabled us to deliver authentic stories to our guests and ensure that we represent cultures in a respectful and engaging manner.” Fashion designer Loren Aragon (Acoma Pueblo) is one of the featured artists in the exhibition and described the opportunity in his own post on the website of his fashion couture company ACONAV as “a dream come true! Sharing my talents with so many viewers who will see my creation for the next several years is just AMAZING. ”Aragon’s work, he writes, includes a unique piece that is” authentically inspired by a traditional Acoma Pueblo olla “selected from the vaults of MIAC. “For me a first of its kind and a very welcome challenge. This design incorporates everything I’ve always wanted to explore in my fashion talents and truly represents my Acoma Pueblo culture in a respectful and responsible manner. ”Overall, the interactive displays and immersive storytelling of Disney’s exhibition showcase native communities from seven geographic regions.

Sounds great!

Our long warm autumn may mean that various weeds will continue to thrive in your garden (or possibly just ours). If you spot dandelions in the jungle, check out Edible New Mexico’s “Don’t Diss the Dandelion” before you rip it up. At this time of year, focus on the roots, writes Ellen Zachos, which can be cooked as a vegetable and have a potato-like taste. “To enjoy the roots, wash them, boil them for two to three minutes, then soak them in cold water to loosen the skin. They should slip off easily, after which you can continue cooking the roots according to your recipe. Older dandelion roots may have a woody core, but the cooked meat can be easily detached from the core with the prongs of a fork. “Dandelion roots can also be used to make decaf coffee substitutes (and Zachos has instructions on how to do this) and to flavor milkshakes, Ice cream and custard. “Roasted dandelion root ice cream may look like coffee ice cream,” the story says, “but its taste is richer and more complex. Garnish with some red chilli hot fudge sauce and you’ve taken the flavor of feed to a whole new level. ”If that sounds too good to be true, the story has a recipe for toasted dandelion root ice cream to order To make it easier for you to get started.

Hot and windy

According to the National Weather Service, more warm weather is expected today, with a high of nearly 68 degrees on a mostly sunny day and a north wind of 10 to 20 miles per hour turning west in the afternoon. Much of the state is now under a “red flag” because of fire, in the face of winds, heat and drought. Thank you for reading! The Word enjoyed reading novelist and bookseller Ann Patchett’s story about Tom Hanks.

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