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NM COVID-19 Hospitalizations Reach Nine-Month High |

COVID-19 in numbers

New Mexico health officials reported 1,048 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, bringing the nationwide total to 296,790; DOH has designated 255,289 of these cases as recovered. Bernalillo County had 302 new cases, followed by Doña Ana County with 179 and San Juan County with 86. Santa Fe County had 33 new cases. The 7-day test positive rate remains above the target of 7.5% at 12.4%.

The state also announced 12 more deaths, 10 of which were recent; 5,203 deaths are now to be mourned. As of yesterday, 542 people with COVID-19 had been hospitalized, 40 more than the previous day and the highest number since February 1.

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, 6.3% received at least one dose of the Pfizer vaccine. In Santa Fe County, 95.4% of people 18 years and over have received at least one dose and 83.6% are fully vaccinated. New Mexicans can register for a COVID-19 vaccine, schedule a COVID-19 vaccine refresh here, and here see a public calendar for vaccine availability here. Parents can add relatives to their vaccination profiles here.

The incumbent Minister of Health Dr. David Scrase, DOH Assistant Secretary Dr. Laura Parajón and the state epidemiologist Dr. Christine Ross will host a COVID-19 news update today at 2pm; According to a press release, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham is also expected to join if the schedule allows. The press conference will be broadcast live on the Ministry of Health’s Facebook page and with Spanish translation on the Governor’s YouTube page.

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

Education chief wants $ 6.7 million increase

Kurt Steinhaus, undersecretary-designate for Public Education, told lawmakers yesterday the department needs a budget increase of $ 6.7 million, much of which – $ 4.9 million – will be used to support plans Address the persistent deficits in the state in the education of Native American, non-English speaking and disabled students. as identified in the Yazzie / Martinez lawsuit. The department also hopes to hire more than 30 people to meet both the Yazzie / Martinez plans and other priorities in other departments. Legislators on the Legislature’s Finance Committee found that the PED already has nearly 60 funded and vacant posts. Steinhaus said he had filled positions in the department and organized interviews to try to fill the current positions, but that the new positions are needed to address growing state and federal programs. Some of the additional positions include a stock specialist; Early literacy and reading support staff; a hotline manager for racist bullying; and curriculum coordinator for black education.

Film Office offers free PA training

The state film bureau yesterday announced a new program to train new Mexicans for entry-level positions as production assistants. The free one-day online bootcamps for production assistants begin November 20 and last through April 2022. They are offered and coming in partnership with CNM Ingenuity, the nonprofit of Central New Mexico Community College, as the state’s film industry is both booming and booming goes under extra control after last month’s deadly shootings at the Rust film set. The new training program will prepare new Mexicans to start immediately in production assistant positions, according to a press release that said such positions may vary in their duties, including office work, errands, setup and cleanup. Participants “will gain a thorough understanding of the basic role of a PA, reading a call sheet, understanding departments and protocols, general terminology, equipment familiarity, safety training, and more.” The class is taught by filmmaker Alton Walpole ( Crazy Heart, Longmire). “Working as a production assistant is like a rite of initiation and a great way to learn about the different departments of a film set and what you want to do and if that’s their job,” Film Office Director Amber Dodson said in a statement. “As New Mexico continues to see production growth and a need for trained and skilled crew in our state, this new production assistant boot camp will provide a pipeline of trained New Mexicans for the PA entry-level positions required by productions.” Be Mexico, over 18 years old and ready to start work right away

Bernalillo County DA goes behind Facebook

ICYMI, on Monday, Bernalillo District Attorney Raúl Torrez filed a petition to force a subpoena against Facebook and announced the action in a press conference and press release. The move that has attracted national attention is the latest fallout from an Albuquerque protest in June 2020 against a statue of Spanish conqueror Juan de Oñate that resulted in a man being shot and wounded. Torrez then attempted to ban a group called the New Mexico Civil Guard from “acting as an unauthorized police or paramilitary force” after NMCG members “appeared at protests and demonstrations in Albuquerque, New Mexico throughout the summer of 2020, including camouflage and athletic clothing Assault rifles carried and “other military equipment with the stated purpose of” protecting “people and property. Torrez’s latest petition, filed in San Mateo County, California, goes to Facebook for refusing to reveal account information about the group, saying the information no longer existed following Facebook’s own crackdown on extremist groups. “Facebook is asking Congress and the American people to trust it to regulate extremist content on its platform, yet refuses to provide basic account information about an identified extremist group that has used the same platform to recruit its members and instruct to engage in illegal activity, ”Torrez said in a statement. “We … find it hard to believe that a trillion dollar tech company can’t get account information about a group that the company removed from the platform because of its extremist activities.”


Several recent episodes of New Mexico Restaurants Now !, the New Mexico Restaurant Association podcast, highlight the winners of the NMHA’s 2021 Hospitality Industry Awards. These Santa Fe winners include The Compound Restaurant’s owner / chef, Mark Kiffin, who was named Chef of the Year, and Manager of the Year, Tai Ayers, of Ohori’s Coffee Roasters. Ayers, a native of Santa Feans, talks to podcast host and NMHA CEO Carol Wight about how teenagers come to appreciate coffeehouses here (with shouting to the former Aztec Cafe, natch). “Coffee houses were places where young people could meet outside of their homes, and I’ve developed an appreciation for coffee, but also for what some people call the middle space where people can meet,” says Ayers. “I really loved this middle room from a young age.” Her father was an accountant at Ohori, so Ayers’ relationship with the store dates back to childhood. She quit college and traveled the world, but her love for coffee brought her back to Ohori, where she had worked for more than 20 years, becoming general manager in 2006 and partial owner in 2017.

Color coordinated

In Smithsonian Magazine, mixed media artist Lisa Solomon discusses how she incorporated Crayola crayons into her practice, and introduces five other artists doing the same. Among them: Douglas Mehrens, founder of the Museum of Encaustic Art in New Mexico, which was formerly in Santa Fe but is now in its original location on Mehrens’ property in Cerrillos. The museum has more than 450 works of art in its permanent collection and has 124 in its current location (you can also check the permanent collection on the museum’s website and read the latest issue of Encaustic Arts Magazine). Mehrens, writes Solomon, “has used over 300,000 Crayola colored pencils in his work over the years. In the beginning, he cut off each package and saved it to remember how much he had used. He has 156,000 of them. When the 96 pack came out in 1992, he started saving up the sharpeners instead. He has over 1,000 of them. When the pack of 120 came out, he started keeping the new tip sharpener, and he has over 400 of them! “Mehrens says that one of his most demanding jobs, which took over a year, involved” pouring melted crayons into plastic tubes that transferred the wax into nine-foot-high porcelain glass tubes, “in which” each layer of cast crayons was a single tier of. represents each of the 110 floors of the NYC World Trade Center Twin Towers. It is shown in black, gray, and white colored pencils where the planes hit the towers. Leftover dried crayon [bits] from the tubes were removed and placed at the base to show the remains of the destruction. “

Taos Pueblo without tourists

The travel magazine AFAR is investigating the impact of the pandemic on Taos Pueblo, where COVID-19 provided a “rare opportunity” for both Taos and other pueblos: “the first interruption in over a century to let tourists into their homes and sacred spaces” . For some, closing the pueblo to tourists means a sense of relief. Cornbringer Michaels, a Taos Pueblo artist and general manager for the Millicent Rogers Museum, says the pueblo now has one manned entrance instead of four: “It’s safe for me to keep my gate open in front of my house,” says Michaels opposite AFAR. “There are no social media warnings about strange vehicles driving around. I wave to everyone now, because even if I don’t recognize someone, I can assume that it is a relative. Everyone here should be here. It’s a great relief to have privacy. ”But the lack of tourist dollars has also created hardship. “My friends are having problems,” says jewelry maker Lyle Wright. Wright is about to open a gallery and shop three miles from the pueblo in Taos Plaza. “It’s terrible,” he says of the current challenges facing Taos Pueblo artists. “Your kids come up to me and ask how long it will be before my gallery opens because they have never seen their parents so broken.” While the pueblo may reopen next year, some changes await: “It has to be different “says Ilona Spruce, tourism director of Taos Pueblo. “We have already started making changes. We opened a gas station to bring in some money. We’re talking about adding an educational component to the tours, so it’s not just ‘come and see the Indians’. “


Temperatures in Santa Fe will cool down this morning with north winds of 5 to 10 miles per hour from the southwest, according to the National Weather Service, which forecasts a high near 59 degrees. Today it should be sunny (yesterday it should also be sunny, but to us it looked quite cloudy).

Thank you for reading! The Word was happy to learn that pink is basically a real color (although she isn’t the person who submitted the question).

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