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Governor in quarantine

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SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Oct. 5 she is temporarily self-quarantined in Santa Fe after a possible exposure to COVID-19 in accordance with state Department of Health guidelines.

A custodial staff member of the governor’s residence reported feeling unwell in the afternoon Oct. 1, and was...

11 new positive cases across New Mexico’s public schools

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Nine staff members, two students tested positive

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department on Oct. 8 announced 11 new positive cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. Rapid response has been initiated, and all pertinent information has been verified. The following new cases have been reported:

One case in McKinley County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Oct. 2.  All staff members and parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

Two cases in Bernalillo County. The infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Sept. 23 and Oct. 5. All staff members and...

State agencies champion good treatment in nursing homes

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State leaders from the attorney general’s office, the state auditor and state ombudsman are working together across the state to protect seniors and people who need specialized care.

The governor’s office announced the partnership between the agencies on Sept. 16 in a news release which focuses on poor treatment, abuse and fraud at nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

The state has over 370 long-term facilities with over 11,000 residents.

“The overarching goal is to make sure we elevate the care in long-term care facilities across the state of New Mexico, that we make sure residents are safe, that their rights are protected, that these facilities know that when it...

Positive COVID cases in New Mexico public schools

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Six new positive cases, five staff, one student

SANTA FE — The Public Education Department announced six new positive cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours ending at 4 pm Sept. 24. Rapid response has been initiated, and all pertinent information has been verified with the schools and school districts. The following new cases were reported:

• Two staff members at two public schools in Eddy County were infected. They were last on campus Sept. 14 and 18.

• One case at a public school in Chaves County that is in the remote learning mode. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Sept. 18.

• One case at a public school in Doña Ana County in the remote...

NMSU Regents approve proposed amendment to Commercial Feeds rule

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Addresses new ‘Spay and Neuter Program Fee’ section of rule

LAS CRUCES – The New Mexico State University Board of Regents approved the New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s  proposed Commercial Feeds rule amendment at its regular meeting Sept. 18.

During the 2020 legislative session, Senate Bill 57 Pet Food Fee for Neutering & Sheltering was signed into law. This amended the New Mexico Commercial Feed Act (Section 76-19A NMSA 1978) to add a new section titled Spay and Neuter Program Fee. The legislation mandates that NMDA shall impose an additional fee on pet food registration for dogs and cats to fund the dog and cat spay and neuter assistance program and the animal...

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