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COVID-19 in numbers
New Mexico health officials reported 762 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the total number of cases to 244,720. The DOH has designated 212,750 of them as recovered. Bernalillo County had 119 new cases, followed by Lea County with 89 and Doña Ana County with 83. Santa Fe County had 25.
The state also announced 13 more deaths, including 10 recent; there have now been 4,675 deaths in total. As of Friday, 354 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, 34 fewer than the day before. The DOH is expected to provide a three-day update on cases, deaths and hospitalizations this afternoon.
Currently, 79.2% of New Mexicans aged 18 and over have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 69.5% are fully vaccinated. In the 12 to 17 age group, 62.8% of people have received at least one dose and 52.2% are fully immunized. In Santa Fe County, of those 18 and older, 90.1% have received at least one dose and 79.7% are fully immunized.
ICYMI, the Food and Drug Administration’s Advisory Committee on Vaccines and Related Biologics, met Friday to discuss COVID-19 vaccine recalls, recommending them for people 65 years of age and older and other Americans vulnerable, but not yet for the general public, members said, on a lack of evidence as to their need. The FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have yet to weigh in on the matter, but you can read a helpful article Vox explainer on the issue of boosters here and watch some science data that New Mexico health officials shared here last week. Yesterday, Dr Anthony Fauci appeared on several Sunday morning news broadcasts to respond to the advisory committee’s vote, saying the issue will continue to be examined in real time as more data becomes available. “The story is not over yet,” he said. “I think you are going to see an evolution of this process.”
Finally, early this morning, Pfizer and BioNTech announced that their COVID-19 vaccine (Comirnaty) is safe for children under 12, based on the results of the first trial. A press release from the companies indicated that in In participants aged 5 to 11, the vaccine was safe, well tolerated and showed “robust neutralizing antibody responses”. The companies plan to file an application with the FDA by the end of the month to use the vaccine among this age group.
You can read all of SFR’s COVID-19 coverage here.
DOH reports five cases of West Nile virus
This summer’s monsoons in the southwest brought much-needed rains to New Mexico, but also created stagnant water, an attraction for mosquitoes spreading West Nile virus. The health department on Friday reported five West Nile virus infections among residents of Bernalillo, Doña Ana and Taos County. So far, the state has not recorded any deaths from West Nile virus, but has issued recommendations on how to avoid mosquito bites and potential infections. “West Nile virus can be a health problem anywhere in New Mexico,” Department of Health Assistant Secretary Dr. Laura Parajón said in a statement. “Until the cold sets in, take mosquito bite precautions wherever mosquitoes are active.” These times are dawn and dusk, when people are advised to avoid outdoor activities and wear long sleeves and pants. Symptoms of West Nile virus may include fever, headache, fatigue, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. Last year, the state recorded eight human cases and one death, down from 2019 when there were 40 human cases and four deaths. And, no, there is no vaccine for West Nile virus.
Some McKinley companies prefer alcohol to gasoline
New Mexico’s new liquor control law paves the way for liquor delivery and new forms of liquor licensing statewide. It also contains a provision affecting McKinley County only, prohibiting companies that sell gas from selling any type of alcohol other than beer. The Albuquerque Journal reports that since this law came into effect on July 1, at least three gas stations have stopped selling gasoline in order to continue selling alcohol. Benjamin Gonzales, manager of the El Sabino grocery store and gas station in Vanderwagen, tells the Newspaper the decision was “obvious”: “Everybody complains that we should have kept the gas and got rid of the alcohol, and this, that and the third, but people just don’t get it,” he said. -he declares. “I mean, if we had done that, a lot of our employees would have lost their jobs, you know, or had their hours cut.” Residents say the lack of gasoline has made life less convenient and blocked some motorists. State Senator George Muñoz, D-Gallup, who has advocated for the restriction, says he is not surprised that some companies have chosen alcohol over gasoline. “I think they made a moral choice, a financial choice. They probably weren’t pumping that much gas, ”he said. “They were just liquor stores with a gas pump outside.”
In the weeds
Santa Fe City Chooses Not To Provide Zoning Approval To Potential Cannabis Producers Until City Council Passes A New Zoning Ordinance For Cannabis Businesses, And Continues To Be Slowest Municipality to adopt new rules in response to state law regulating cannabis. The council will review this ordinance next week. In the meantime, would-be cannabis producers remain in limbo, unable to complete applications to the state’s Regulatory and Licensing Division. This agency began accepting applicants about three weeks ago and as of September 3 had more than 1,200 active applications statewide and 36 full submissions. The city has the option of providing approval under existing zoning laws, depending on the state. “Until more cannabis zoning laws are put in place, the existing zoning would be what a business would need to get approval,” RLD spokeswoman Heather Brewer confirms. Noah Berke, head of planning at the city’s land use planning department, confirms to SFR that his office has had “multiple inquiries”, but says by email that his office has not “issued any Zoning Letters for Producers since the Law was passed … We have encouraged those asking for these Zoning Letters to wait for the Board of Directors to pass the new Land Use Code changes.
On the last installment of This American life, “The End of the World as We Know It”, Act 2 strikes near us. Very. In “Out of the crying pan and into the fire”, silver planet host and journalist Alexi Horowitz-Ghazi, originally from Santa Fe, brings This American life host Ira Glass at Zozobra where, as the show says, “people have found a surprisingly effective way to deal with the world’s problems big and small.”
In search of turquoise
Textile artist Diné Naiomi Glasses talks to Vogue magazine about its turquoise collection, “one of the most enviable in the world,” says the magazine. Glasses, who exhibited at the Santa Fe Indian Market last month, says all of his pieces have stories or memorabilia attached to them; she remembers seeing the pieces her grandmother Nellie wore. “My late grandmother was traditional, and she said to wear your turquoise every day so that the ‘holy people’ would recognize you,” says Glasses. Vogue. Gallup, which is close to Glasses’ home in Rock Point, Arizona, is one of her favorite places to look for new pieces. “A lot of people may not be aware that a lot of artists live in or near Gallup,” she says. “I will go to commodity stores that sell turquoise, coral and silver, and I will have the chance to meet artists there and place future orders with them. Turquoise holds both family memories and tribal significance. “Turquoise is an integral part of our Diné culture,” she says. “It is included in many traditional teachings, and it is even a sacred stone.”
Happy Hispanic Heritage Month
National Hispanic Heritage Month began on September 15 and continues through October 15, with Atlas Obscura offering 15 locations across the United States to celebrate. El Santuario de Chimayo arrives at # 14, with the Atlas Obscura noting that “belief in the healing powers of dirt is purely based on faith”. Either way, “Many people experience a deep wave of emotions, strange bodily sensations, and a myriad of other physical, emotional and spiritual effects when they are there. In addition, a taste of Chimayo’s famous red chili, also considered by many to have miraculous healing properties, is worth the trip on its own. ” NPR, meanwhile, is addressing the ongoing controversy over the term Hispanic versus Latino / Latinx (the New York Times also asked if Hispanic Heritage Month needed a “rebranding” in an article last June, and explains New Mexico’s connection to the term). If you’d rather celebrate rather than contemplate the nomenclature, the Department of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico offers a number of events and resources.
Look for temperatures starting to slide toward fall numbers today, with a high of nearly 78 degrees on a sunny, albeit windy, day. Tomorrow looks sweatshirt-worthy with a high of nearly 67 degrees, but may be an outlier as the National Weather Service predicts temperatures will rise back to 70 degrees on Wednesday.
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