Emergency Alert – New Mexico

COVID-19 update NM instructed to stay home except for emergency essential outings.

Stay home, save lives. All non-essential businesses must cease in-person operations. List of essential businesses and more COVID-19 info at newmexico.gov and cv.nmhealth.org.


This just landed in my iPhone as an emergency alert…something I’m signed up for with the state of New Mexico.

38 thoughts on “Emergency Alert – New Mexico

  1. Bilagáana says:

    “New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham raised alarms with President Donald Trump Monday about “incredible spikes” in coronavirus cases in Navajo Nation, warning that the virus could “wipe out” some tribal nations, according to a recording of a call between Trump and the nation’s governors obtained by ABC News. https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/mexicos-governor-warns-tribal-nations-wiped-coronavirus/story?id=69884997
    “I’m very worried, Mr. President,” Governor Lujan Grisham said, as she followed up on a request she made to the Department of Defense last Wednesday for a 248-bed U.S. Army combat support hospital (CSH) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Grisham told Trump she had not yet received a response.”
    There are 23 Indian tribes located in New Mexico – nineteen Pueblos, three Apache tribes (the Fort Sill Apache Tribe, the Jicarilla Apache Nation and the Mescalero Apache Tribe), and the Navajo Nation. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Indian_reservations_in_New_Mexico
    Each Tribe is a sovereign nation with its own government, life-ways, traditions, and culture.
    Map (click to enlarge)

  2. Vince Ramos says:

    “New Mexico using cell phone data to track movement of people within state and considering more restrictive travel measures” https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/09/us/new-mexico-cell-phone-data-track-residents/index.html

    “How New Mexico Jump Started Aggressive COVID-19 Testing” https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/new-mexico-covid-19-testing “In much of the country, even those with COVID-19 symptoms are struggling to get tested for the virus. But in New Mexico, an extremely rural and low income state, the governor announced last week that certain residents without symptoms can now get tested.
    New Mexico’s expansion of its testing eligibility — which now allows testing for asymptomatic people who are exposed to COVID-19 or who live in group living facilities like nursing homes — is a testament to how quickly the state was able to scale up its testing.
    Until last week, only New York, Washington and Louisiana were turning around more tests on a per capita basis than New Mexico, according to an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation. A few other states have since caught up, but New Mexico has remained in the top 10 — a remarkable achievement for a state where four-in-10 residents live under 200 percent of the federal poverty line.”

  3. Update says:

    New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham invoked the state’s Riot Control Act on Friday to essentially lock down the city of Gallup after its mayor requested that she do so on Thursday. Under the act, all roads leading into Gallup are now closed off “to mitigate the uninhibited spread of COVID-19 in that city.” https://www.cbsnews.com/news/gallup-new-mexico-riot-control-act-coronavirus/
    Executive order 2020-027: “…Effective at 12 p.m., May 1, all roads into Gallup are closed. Businesses in the city of Gallup will close from 5 p.m. through 8 a.m. Vehicles may only have a maximum of two individuals. Residents of the city should remain at home except for emergency outings and those essential for health, safety and welfare.
    Gallup city police and McKinley County sheriff’s department will partner with New Mexico State Police and Department of Transportation to enforce the emergency order and road closures. The New Mexico National Guard will also provide support to this effort in a non-law enforcement capacity.” https://www.governor.state.nm.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Executive-Order-2020-027.pdf
    Gov. Grisham used the Riot Control Act to lockdown the city, which says anyone who fails to comply with restrictions imposed under the act is guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction of a second or subsequent offense is guilty of a fourth-degree felony.
    Gallup is in McKinley County, which has reported over 1,000 cases of COVID-19 — more than 30 percent of New Mexico’s total COVID-19 cases. https://nativenewsonline.net/currents/navajo-nation-border-gallup-n-m-under-lockdown/

    • Akicita says:

      “South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem Tells Native American Tribes: Remove COVID Checkpoints—or Else” https://www.thedailybeast.com/south-dakota-gov-kristi-noem-tells-native-american-tribes-to-remove-covid-checkpointsor-else
      “South Dakota’s Trump-supporting governor, Kristi Noem, has ordered the removal of COVID checkpoints into tribal land from state highways within 48 hours. Noem sent a letter threatening legal action to the leaders of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, which set up checkpoints to prohibit anyone who does not live on the reservations from entering unless they are carrying out essential services. Both tribes issued strict stay-at-home orders for residents despite the fact that that South Dakota never locked down the state. Noem now says the checkpoints interfere with traffic and must be removed.”

      Mass grave for 250 Lakota Sioux men, women, and children after the Wounded Knee Massacre in South Dakota (1890)

  4. Querencia says:

    “America’s coronavirus divide is reflected in two New Mexico mayors. One asked for a lockdown. The other defied orders.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/coronavirus-new-mexico-reopen-divide/2020/05/06/01ba22ea-8f6b-11ea-a9c0-73b93422d691_story.html
    “Gallup and Grants — though geographically close on either side of the Continental Divide — represent opposite ends of the spectrum. One mayor volunteered for his city to be cut off from the world, a surefire blow to the economy, but one that might save lives. Another sought to boost flailing local businesses, but in a way that public health experts — and the governor — say is deeply reckless.
    Where on that continuum the country ultimately lands will dictate the course of its struggle with a disease that has claimed more than 72,000 lives, infected more than 1.2 million and forced more than 30 million people out of work.”

    “Not being open is bad for business. But killing your customers is really bad for business.”
    Henry Lackey, owner of the Route 66 Junkyard Brewery in Grants NM. https://accesswdun.com/article/2017/11/600133

  5. Vecino says:

    “How a New Mexico hospital rebelled against its bosses as Covid-19 hit” (Guardian UK 5/7/20) https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/07/new-mexico-rehoboth-mckinley-hospital-coronavirus
    “Unsafe, understaffed, overwhelmed : As COVID-19 sweeps through the Navajo Nation, a hospital is accused of endangering lives” (Searchlight New Mexico 5/7/20) https://www.searchlightnm.org/unsafe-understaffed-overwhelmed
    Searchlight photographer Don J. Usner is traveling around New Mexico, documenting life as the COVID-19 crisis unfolds. Each day, look for a new image (gallery) https://www.searchlightnm.org/series-coronavirus

  6. Boom and bust says:

    “For a City Already in a ‘Death Spiral,’ What’s After Lockdown?” https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/12/us/politics/farmington-nm-jobs-coronavirus-reopening.html “In Farmington, N.M., the economy was already struggling. Now everyone knows someone who is out of work because of the coronavirus. Very few say they know anyone who got sick.”

    By some estimates, New Mexico is home to more than 400 ghost towns. Most were once flourishing mining towns but a few were farming communities that also dried up and vanished. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ghost_towns_in_New_Mexico

    • Bilagáana says:

      A Farmington health store is under fire Thursday over a sign that says anyone who supports the Black Lives Matter movement can find somewhere else to shop. https://www.krqe.com/news/new-mexico/farmington-stores-anti-blm-sign-goes-viral/
      “Investigating Hate Crimes in Farmington, New Mexico” (2013) https://repository.arizona.edu/handle/10150/293748
      “Indian rolling (or Injun rollin’) is the assault, and in some cases murder, of Navajo and Apache, often of homeless individuals,[3] committed by non-Indians in the Southwestern United States, particularly in the border towns surrounding the Navajo Nation and Jicarilla lands.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_rolling “The term first came to public notoriety in the spring of 1974 when three Navajos were beaten and murdered by white teenagers in the city of Farmington, New Mexico, and their mutilated bodies were subsequently found in a nearby canyon. The perpetrators were not convicted of murder but were sent to a reform school. Subsequent protests by tribal members turned into riots when permits to march peacefully were revoked or not granted.
      “The Farmington Report: A Conflict of Cultures.” New Mexico Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. 1975. https://www.usccr.gov/pubs/docs/122705_FarmingtonReport.pdf

  7. Do no harm says:

    (June 14, 2020) “State Investigating Hospital With Coronavirus Policy That Profiled Pregnant Native American Mothers and Separated Them From Newborns : Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham cited “significant, awful allegations” in a ProPublica and New Mexico In Depth story on a hospital where clinicians said pregnant Native women were singled out for COVID-19 testing and separated from newborns after delivery.” https://www.propublica.org/article/state-investigating-hospital-with-coronavirus-policy-that-profiled-pregnant-native-american-mothers-and-separated-them-from-newborns
    “A Hospital’s Secret Coronavirus Policy Separated Native American Mothers From Their Newborns” (ProPublica 6/13/20) https://www.propublica.org/article/a-hospitals-secret-coronavirus-policy-separated-native-american-mothers-from-their-newborns

    • Update says:

      (ProPublica June 22,2020): A Hospital Was Accused of Racially Profiling Native American Women. Staff Said Administrators Impeded an Investigation.
      Federal regulators are investigating a New Mexico hospital accused of racial profiling. This comes as hospital staff said administrators appeared to hide documents and discouraged cooperation with an initial state inquiry. https://www.propublica.org/article/a-hospital-was-accused-of-racially-profiling-native-american-women-staff-said-administrators-impeded-an-investigation
      (Navajo Times June 20, 2020): [President] “Nez credits lockdowns, other measures with containing the virus” https://navajotimes.com/coronavirus-updates/nez-credits-lockdowns-other-measures-with-containing-the-virus/
      “This week has been the first full week that new daily cases did not surpass 100, but as the Navajo Nation sees a decline in COVID-19 cases the rest of Arizona, Utah and California are experiencing viruses surges.
      The Navajo Nation has 6,894 recorded COVID-19 cases, of which 3,462 individuals have recovered, as well as having a reported 330 deaths.”
      Re: Jonathan Nez, Navajo Nation President see https://www.opvp.navajo-nsn.gov/About-Us/President-Jonathan-Nez

      • Bilagáana says:

        (8/22/20) “Federal Investigation Finds Hospital Violated Patients’ Rights by Profiling, Separating Native Mothers and Newborns : It remains unclear just how many newborns were separated from their mothers as a result of the policies. Lovelace Women’s Hospital did not admit to any wrongdoing but reported that the practice has been halted.” https://www.propublica.org/article/federal-investigation-finds-hospital-violated-patients-rights-by-profiling-separating-native-mothers-and-newborns
        Investigators concluded that the hospital failed to protect patients’ rights by implementing an “informal policy to target patients that live on Native American reservations for COVID testing, and [to] separate mother and baby while test results were pending, and did not provide clear options for these patients to request or refuse COVID testing and separation from their babies.”
        CMS [New Mexico Department of Health, Children’s Medical Services} referred the findings to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights. CMS and the state Health Department did not immediately respond Friday to questions about the status of the Office for Civil Rights inquiry.”

        “WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation health officials have reported a dozen new confirmed cases of COVID-19 but no additional deaths.
        That brings the total number of people infected to 9,547 with the known death toll still at 493 as of Sunday night as another 32-hour lockdown on the reservation ended at 5 a.m. Monday.
        Navajo Department of Health officials said 91,888 people have been tested for the coronavirus and 7,061 have recovered.
        The Navajo Nation lifted its stay-at-home order on Aug. 16, but is asking residents to leave their homes only for emergencies or essential activities.
        Much of the Navajo Nation has been closed since March as the coronavirus swept through the vast reservation that extends into New Mexico, Utah and Arizona.” https://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/Navajo-Nation-reports-no-new-COVID-19-deaths-12-15510071.php

  8. Heads up says:

    “Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said during an online press conference on Thursday that the state is in “an extreme crisis” for the respiratory illness that has claimed the lives of over 235,000 nationwide and 1,082 in the state. And she said it is already too late to “prevent the pain that is coming to our first responders and our health care workers,” later this month.
    During Lujan Grisham’s press conference, state Human Services Department Secretary Dr. David Scrase likened the situation to what happened in Italy in March, when the hospital system in that country was so overwhelmed, hospital workers had to limit care.
    “We’re preparing institutions for an Italy-like situation over the next couple of weeks,” Scrase said.
    Lujan Grisham did not declare any new public health orders limiting travel or businesses, saying she wanted more time to look at the data. But, she said new public health orders may be announced in the next two to three days.” https://nmpoliticalreport.com/2020/11/06/new-mexico-in-extreme-crisis-for-covid-19/

  9. Bilagáana says:

    A New Mexico mayor who blocked people with COVID-19 from quarantining at a hotel in his city is now changing course after the state stepped in. The City of Socorro held an emergency city council meeting Thursday over the issue, but ten minutes before it started, the mayor got a letter from the state. https://www.krqe.com/health/coronavirus-new-mexico/socorro-mayor-removes-barriers-to-quarantine-hotel-after-state-steps-in/
    The barricades are down at the Days Inn in Socorro. “Our voice was heard,” former Alamo Navajo tribal leader Hector Guerro said.
    This comes after the mayor of Socorro blocked off the hotel Monday morning, which he said was being set up as a quarantine location for members of the Navajo Nation without his knowledge. He has opened it back up after the Department of Health contacted the city this afternoon. “I am glad they were able to help us in our favor,” Guerro said.
    In a letter to Mayor Ravi Bhasker and city councilors, the DOH [Department of Health] said they are in full support of the Navajo Nation’s efforts and implementing the plan, something Bhasker was not happy about in Thursday’s city council meeting. “I am very disappointed in them,” Bhasker said. “I am very disheartened because the resources that we have if something goes wrong out there, I am totally lacking.”

  10. Norteño says:

    Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and the state Department of Health announced on Friday the details of the state’s “red to green” reopening system for counties. (11/27/20) https://nmpoliticalreport.com/2020/11/27/state-announces-details-of-county-by-county-reopening/
    The system, which will go into place on Dec. 2 when the current two-week “reset” with a shutdown of in-person business at non-essential workplaces is set to end, would allow counties to further reopen based on the rate of spread and the per capita numbers of cases.
    Counties that are in the “red” zone have a “very high” risk of COVID-19, while those marked “yellow” have high risk and those that are “green” have medium risk.
    As of now, 32 of the 33 counties in the state are red, while Los Alamos County is yellow. The map will be updated every other Wednesday, according to DOH.
    Lujan Grisham ordered the shutdown earlier this month after New Mexico experienced record numbers of COVID-19 cases, patients and deaths.
    See also NMDOH info: https://cvprovider.nmhealth.org/public-dashboard.html

  11. p/s says:

    The city of Roswell, sporting one of the highest per capita rates of Covid in the nation, saw its City Council last week vote to open all city facilities to the public in violation of the state’s Public Health Order. https://www.kob.com/new-mexico-news/as-covid-cases-sharply-rise-in-roswell-city-councilors-vote-to-reopen-all-city-facilities/5939411/

    As officials of New Mexico’s largest hospitals await guidance on whether to implement “crisis care” standards — an action that could lead to a rationing of care as COVID-19 continues to overwhelm the health care system — they reiterated their facilities are at capacity and staffing remains a challenge. https://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/coronavirus/hospitals-in-new-mexico-are-at-capacity/article_e246b2ec-38a3-11eb-ab74-936f76a9a1e9.html

    The federal government on Monday released detailed hospital-level data showing the toll COVID-19 is taking on health care facilities, including how many inpatient and ICU beds are available on a weekly basis. https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/12/09/944379919/new-data-reveal-which-hospitals-are-dangerously-full-is-yours
    Using an analysis from the University of Minnesota’s COVID-19 Hospitalization Tracking Project, NPR has created an interactive tool that allows you to see how your local hospital and your county overall are faring. https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/12/09/944379919/new-data-reveal-which-hospitals-are-dangerously-full-is-yours#lookup

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