All local COVID-19 news, in one handy location.
V.29 No.36 | 9/3/2020
Essential Worker by Eric Cousineau
Eric Cousineau was approached by some of the folks at Center in Santa Fe to start the Essential Worker project knowing that he was both a talented portrait photographer and that he was an essential worker at a supermarket. The result is a diverse and growing collection of black and white photographs that document the essential workers here in New Mexico.
V.29 No.34 | 8/20/2020
courtesy of Arizona National Guard
The Invisible Monster
Navajo Nations’ warriors won’t surrender to COVID-19
The Navajo Nation’s fight against COVID-19 embodies all the red "flag of defiance” represents. They will not surrender to the monstrous pandemic enemy. The Navajo Nation’s success in flattening the curve has been primarily due to an aggressive testing regimen, widespread adherence to mask-wearing and social distancing, as well as one of the strictest stay-at-home curfews in the country.
The constitutionality of Albuquerque’s ban on weapons at city parks is being questioned; a Bernalillo County district judge dismissed a lawsuit filed against the state over indoor dining the pandemic; the federal government’s underground nuclear waste repository continues to operate despite an increase in COVID-19 cases.
V.29 No.32 | 8/6/2020
How is UNM Going to Work?
A conversation with the new dean of the College of Fine Arts.
It’s going to be a very different year at the College of Fine Arts at UNM, beginning with a new dean, Harris Smith, and obviously, continuing on with new ways to teach given the global pandemic. We sat down with Smith to talk about his background, his goals for the school and how students are going to be able to learn in this very different environment.
The Yellow Brick Road Back to School
Coronavirus, masks and computer screens line the path to Emerald City
APS teachers and school staff return to school on Aug. 5 to prepare for online and in-school teaching, and learning in a sanitized and safe setting that includes social distancing and wearing face masks. While safety must be the main consideration, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to school reopening.
Welcome Back, Now Get to Work!
Councilors return to tackle helping Burque businesses
City Councilors faced down a packed Zoom agenda with no end in sight to the COVID pandemic, and many questions of how to help the city’s struggling businesses and residents were hanging in the virtual air.
V.29 No.31 | 7/30/2020
Workers Are Not Expendable
The New Mexico Restaurant Association needs to know
A few weeks ago, the New Mexico Restaurant Association (NMRA) hosted a virtual protest urging restaurants across the state to post pictures of their employees outside of their establishments with signs that read “Let Us Serve.” This action came after Governor Lujan Grisham announced reimposing the ban on indoor dining at eateries and breweries.
PED Secretary told reporters that the department is working on a plan to reopen schools and get kids back into the classroom; the New Mexico Restaurant Association is continuing to battle health orders that ban indoor dining; the federal Bureau of Land Management has been surrendering land in New Mexico and Arizona to the US Army for use in the construction of a border wall.
A Discussion on Honesty and Reporting
COVID-19 testing exposes gaps in reporting and response
With a COVID-19 reporting system so comprehensive, where could anything go wrong?
V.29 No.29 | 7/16/2020
Food for Thought
New Mexico Restaurant Association campaign leaves bad taste in mouth
The #LetUsServe campaign, being hosted by the New Mexican Restaurant Association, is a digital peaceful protest wherein restaurant employees within the state hold up signs, asking Governor Lujan Grisham to pretty please reopen indoor dining for restaurants.
Pranidchakan Boonrom / CC AS 2.0
Non-COVID-Related Treatments Pushed Aside
Those with preexisting conditions face more hurdles than ever
The coronavirus has irreparably changed life as we know it, forcing us to adapt in unexpected ways. In healthcare it has become far more difficult for people with existing conditions to get the care they need.
Brandon Stephenson / CC AS 2.0
COVID Fun in Burque
Don’t let a pandemic stop your summer
Drive-in movies, golf and swim strokes, hundreds of miles of a variety of trails and virtual tours of museums, zoos and other cultural gems are available distractions to ward off the COVID stir crazies.
The New Mexico Restaurant Association organized a virtual protest against the public health order; Department of Workforce Solutions will continue waiving work search requirements for those seeking unemployment compensation; Organizers of two major events are still holding public gatherings in defiance of the governor’s health order.
Local Organizer Evicted During Moratorium
Lack of information makes eviction moratorium confusing for tenants and landlords
Last Monday, July 6, local community organizer Selinda Guerrero and her family were evicted from their home, during what is supposed to be an eviction moratorium in New Mexico due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
News on the Green
Study: CBD Could Fight Cocaine Addiction
A meta-study, which analyzed data across multiple studies, suggests that CBD can treat cocaine misuse; Researchers at Augusta University say CBD could have a positive effect on acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)—a severe autoimmune response in the lungs that afflicts some COVID-19 patients.