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COVID-19 in numbers

New Mexico health officials reported 791 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, bringing the nationwide total to 253,815. DOH has designated 224,058 of these cases as recovered.

Bernalillo County had 213 new cases, followed by San Juan Counties with 81 and two counties, Doña Ana and Sandoval, with 51. Santa Fe County had 27 new cases.

The state also announced 11 more deaths, 10 of them recently; there were now 4,812 fatalities. 347 people with COVID-19 were hospitalized on Friday. DOH is slated to provide a three-day update on cases, deaths and hospital admissions this afternoon.

Currently, 80.1% of New Mexicans aged 18 and over have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 70.8% are fully vaccinated. In the 12 to 17 age group, 64% of people received at least one dose and 54.7% were fully vaccinated. In Santa Fe County, 90.9% of people 18 year olds and older have received at least one dose and 80.9% are fully vaccinated. New Mexico State University officials counted vaccination rates for staff and students on Friday after a Sept. 30 deadline, reporting that while 72.3% of staff had submitted proof of vaccination, the number of students remained – at just over 30% – insufficient. “Our student vaccination card upload numbers are not where we want them to be now because of this early data – and that’s not unexpected,” Jon Webster, NMSU System CO-COVID-19 project manager, said in a statement . “We continue to reach students through SMS, email, social media, digital signs and many other communication channels.”

The state health department has added a tool to their vaccination website that will help recipients of the Pfizer vaccine determine if they are eligible for a booster dose.

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

Done, done, vote

If you want to vote early, remember that online registration for the elections will end on November 2nd tomorrow (however, you can still vote on election day with registration on the same day). Voting officials will also be mailing out postal ballot papers tomorrow, and it will be the first day you can vote in person at the County Clerk office (100 Catron St.). From October 16, the locations for early voting will be expanded. SFR has answers here to most – possibly all – of your voting questions. Find out more about the Santa Fe City Council and mayoral candidates here. You will have the opportunity to participate in two consecutive forums (both free) tonight at 6pm and tomorrow evening at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. Hosted by the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce and the Santa Fe Coalition for Affordable Housing, the forum will focus on business and economic issues tonight, while tomorrow will focus on housing issues. Remember that the Lensic requires proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to enter. Both the forum tonight and on Tuesday evening will also be broadcast live on Facebook. In addition to the community races, candidates for Santa Fe Public Schools, Santa Fe Community College, and school district borrowing and mill levy issues will be on the ballot. The Santa Fe County League of Women Voters will also be hosting some forums this week and has a voter guide that covers all of the races in Santa Fe County. Finally, after entering your registration data (name and date of birth), you can view a sample voting slip for your address.

Sink or swim

Summer is over and won’t return until June 2022, but with luck and a lot of money, the city of Santa Fe will get a new outdoor pool by then. Members of the city’s finance committee, which meets at 5 p.m. tonight, will review a $ 1.9 million plan to repair and rebuild the bicentennial pool, the city’s only outdoor swimming pool. Earlier this year, the city identified what a public works memo calls a “major leak,” which caused the pool to lose more than 100,000 gallons of water per month. “Due to the water loss and the severe drought of the season, the city council decided to close the pool and develop a solution to mitigate the leak,” reads an explanatory memo. Since then, Public Works has “been actively evaluating the pool’s conditions and capabilities to address the issues identified. After a thorough investigation of the problem, it was determined that the only viable solution was to replace the existing pool shell and associated plumbing and electrical systems with a completely new shell and associated systems Refurbish the pool building and facilities for a total of $ 2.3 million. The finance committee will also hear a presentation today on the fiscal 2020 review that the city submitted to the country last month with a nine-month delay.

State announces payment for low-income families

On Friday, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that families eligible for the Pandemic Emergency Fund would receive one-time cash payments of $ 446. “This critical aid will help nearly 13,000 working families in New Mexico,” Governor Lujan Grisham said in a statement. “My government will continue to aggressively pursue every avenue to help working families get the services and support they need, be it childcare, energy assistance, or cash for other necessities.” According to a press release, New Mexico was awarded the program the Administration of Children and Families, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) to support eligible families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic with the passage of the American federal rescue plan law. This payment is intended to be used for all critical needs including emergency shelter, utility payments, groceries, clothing and back to school expenses. “The public health emergency has disproportionately affected so many families working to make ends meet,” Angela Medrano, assistant secretary for human services, said in a statement. “These funds are essential to provide families with much-needed financial relief.” HSD also announced last week an increase in monthly benefits that began Friday for those in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.


In her latest book, Ten More Doors: Politics and the Path to Change, former Senator Dede Feldman, who has lived with her husband in New Mexico for decades, talks about how they were ready and waiting at the front doors of the people who lived near her to get involved in their life. She discusses her memoirs and her path into politics with KNME correspondent Gwyneth Doland. Former US Senator Tom Udall says Feldman’s memoir “shows how grassroots citizens who show up, volunteer for a candidate, write articles and share their views – just like they did – can make a difference by giving up on it follow the path she has sketched. ”

Green and yellow

Even if locals don’t find many new ideas in the New York Times’ latest travelogue, Eight Things To Do In The Southwest This Fall, it’s always nice to be featured. Needless to say, Albuquerque’s International Balloon Fiesta (runs until October 10th and if you attend, New Mexico Magazine has some photo tips) is on the list, as is green chilli season. Regarding the latter, the Times specifically points to the State Fair’s annual Green Chile Cheeseburger Challenge (won by Oso Grill in Capitan this year) along with Santa Fe’s own Smackdown (won by the Street Food Institute) and talks with Judge Josh Gerwin , the head chef and owner of Dr. Field Goods here and in Albuquerque: “The heat of the chilli helps reduce the fat in the cheeseburger so they go well together,” notes Gerwin. Also on the local fall to-do list for this fall: visit some ghost towns (like Cerrillos); Bird watching in the Bernardo Waterfowl Area; And if you want to keep going, you can take a look at the stars and book some farm visits in Arizona.

Write on time

Perhaps the shortening of days and the freshness of the air inspire you to turn inward and pen on paper (or fingers on keys). Then SFR’s annual writing competition is just right for you and is ready to be submitted now. This year’s fictional theme “Emerge” will feature characters who overcome obstacles and head for achievement (or not?). You don’t need to include the word emerge in your story, but each fiction entry must contain the following three words: fog, guard, and antiseptic. Nonfiction attendees should consider what we owe, rather than focusing on monetary debt and more on how we interact, interact, and otherwise thrive in a strange new world. Submissions are possible until October 31, 2021 at midnight. The entry fee of USD 10 supports SFR’s journalism and the first place finishers in each category will receive a cash prize of USD 100. SFR publishes the first three winners in each category in print and online. The contributions should not exceed 1,800 words and must be submitted digitally and previously unpublished. Contributions paid to SFR in the last year are not eligible. Read last year’s winners of fiction here and last year’s winners of non-fiction here.

The warm up

Make sure the temperature rises a little this week. According to the National Weather Service, it will be sunny today with a high of nearly 75 degrees and a northeasterly wind at a speed of about 10 miles / h that will turn southwest in the afternoon. If you can’t wait for the snow season to begin, head up the mountain!

Thank you for reading! A longtime fan of the Santa Fe BURNING BOOKS press, The Word happily completed its somewhat unconventional survey “Why is art like an alligator” a few months ago and was delighted to review the results.

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