Tag Archives: Coronavirus

Demand surges for absentee ballots across New Mexcio

Santa Fe, NM (AP) –Voters across New Mexico have submitted nearly 250,000 absentee ballot requests with especially strong demand among Democrats for alternatives to in-person voting amid the pandemic, according to statistics released Thursday by state voting regulators. In 2016, voters cast 8,000 absentee ballots. Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver said the popularity of…MORE

Covid-19 transmission rate on the increase

Santa Fe, NM (KKOB)–There’s been an uptick in the coronavirus transmission rate in New Mexico, believed to be tied to increased Labor Day activities and the easing of some restrictions. In the last week, the rate increased from point-89 to 1.11. Anything above one means an infected person will spread the virus to at least…MORE

More coronavirus cases in New Mexico

Santa Fe, NM (KKOB)–110 more New Mexicans have tested positive for Covid-19. That brings the total number of cases statewide to 27,790. And the death toll has risen to 854, with three more deaths reported on Tuesday. Two of those who died were in their 90’s. 69 people are hospitalized, and more than 15,500 have…MORE

Audit probes New Mexico hospital that was overrun by virus

Santa Fe, NM (AP) — A special audit of management contracts is raising concerns about weak financial controls, executive compensation excesses and potential profiteering at a county-owned hospital on the edge of the Navajo Reservation that became overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The state auditor’s office on Tuesday released results for the Rehoboth McKinley Christian…MORE

No new coronavirus deaths in New Mexico

Santa Fe, NM (KKOB)–For the second time in the past week, the New Mexico Department of Health reported no new coronavirus deaths on Monday. There were 81 new cases, bringing the state’s total to more than 26,800. Of the new cases, 11 were at the Lea County Correctional Facility. 60 individuals are hospitalized, and 14,470…MORE

Two students at UNM/Taos test positive for COVID-19

Taos, NM (KKOB) — Two students attending in-person classes at University of New Mexico/Taos tested positive for COVID-19, as reported by the Taos News. Both were asymptomatic, but reported to the university they’d tested positive. The UNM/Taos strategic support manager said the students attended separate classes, but in the same building. She cannot legally provide…MORE

Coronavirus numbers improve on Navajo Nation

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB)–For the first time since the coronavirus pandemic hit in March, the Navajo Nation reported no new cases Tuesday night. The Albuquerque Journal reports that, in mid May, the Navajo Nation had the worst infection rate in the country, leading to overflowing reservation hospitals, and some patients being sent to facilities in Albuquerque…MORE

Republicans, Democrats deeply divided over pandemic response

Albuquerque, NM (AP) — A Republican congressional candidate in New Mexico endorsed a slimmed-down federal COVID-19 rescue package and challenged the state’s Democratic governor to provide residents with more discretion to reopen the economy. Michelle Garcia Holmes made the comments at a rally Wednesday in support of President Donald Trump’s bid for re-election in Albuquerque’s…MORE

Scenic train rides start up Sept. 21st

Chama, NM (KKOB) –The Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad starts rolling down the track beginning the 21st, out of Chama. With travel quarantine restrictions between New Mexico and low-risk states lifted, the choo-choo’s set to begin service again. Earlier this year, the railroad was running between Antonito, Colorado and Osier, Colorado. The Cumbres and Toltec…MORE

New supplemental SNAP increases being issued in September

Santa Fe, NM (KKOB) –The New Mexico Human Services Department is pleased to announce that New Mexico households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will again receive the maximum amount for their household size for the month of September. Beginning in March 2020, SNAP households that were not already receiving the maximum SNAP benefit…MORE

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