Why Kevin Harvick will win the 2017 Monster Energy Series title

first_imgRELATED: Buy tickets for Homestead-Miami Championship WeekendEditor’s note: This is the third in a series of four stories examining why each driver could win the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship. RECAP: Martin Truex Jr. | Kyle Busch | Brad Keselowski• • •Kevin Harvick will win the 2017 championship because … He’s “The Closer.”The Stewart-Haas Racing driver has a history of sealing the deal late in races, and we’ve yet to see a title won in this format that didn’t come down to the wire — with all three champions holding off his playoff competitors and winning the race outright since its debut in 2014.And who set the bar for that? Harvick, the 2014 champion.The veteran driver is near-untouchable at Miami in his career, as the statistical leader in top-five finishes (eight), top 10s (14), laps run (4,277), and lead-lap finishes (15). He has the best driver rating among the Championship 4 at the 1.5-mile facility at 106.0 and sports a nice average finish of 6.9 — with the next closest among the four being Truex at 12.3.In addition to his Miami-specific stats, Harvick has been sensational on intermediate tracks in general in 2017, only finishing outside the top 10 once, at Las Vegas. The 2014 champ crashed out of that one with a tire going down shortly before the end of Stage 1 … while racing inside the top 10.All of this could lead to just one more “Monster” reason for Harvick to be happy come Sunday night.MORE: Kevin and DeLana through the years | Breaking down the Championship 4last_img read more

Bristol Motor Speedway, Formosa Productions explore racing future in Nashville

first_imgFormosa Productions Inc. and Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) have today reached an agreement to explore bringing major NASCAR racing events back to Nashville. The joint effort intends to combine local racing and other major motorsports events that once made Fairgrounds Speedway one of the premier raceways in motorsports.Formosa Productions has a multi-year contract with the Metro Nashville Board of Fair Commissioners to promote and manage the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway and operate a limited number of local racing events. BMS and Formosa Productions, who will continue to lead local racing efforts, have signed a contract to work with Metro Nashville and the Board of Fair Commissioners, owner of the historic raceway at the Nashville Fairgrounds, on a long-range plan of significant track improvements and high-profile race events that could include NASCAR events upon the facility meeting standards.“This is terrific news for fans of racing and drivers all across the country and will bring a brighter future for Nashville Fairgrounds,” said Tony Formosa, president of Formosa Productions. “I’m excited to work with Bruton and Marcus Smith and the Bristol team who I feel will bring this historic facility back to where it belongs. Today marks an exciting new beginning for the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville.”Claire Formosa, vice president of Formosa Productions added, “This is exactly what the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville needed. This is one of the most historic short tracks in the country. To know that we now have the chance to bring back NASCAR and restore this facility to what it once was, without losing any of its history is remarkable. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for this facility and everyone involved.”Said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway, “Tony and our team both see the same bright future for Fairgrounds Speedway. Nashville has a special reputation as one of the most exciting tracks in the history of motorsports, and the region has a remarkably large and passionate fan base. The motorsports industry — the sanctioning bodies, drivers and race teams — is excited about Nashville’s potential to be a regular site for major events. With Metro supportive of that vision, we are eager to start working tomorrow with the city, Tony and other stakeholders at the Fairgrounds and beyond, to develop a first-class racing facility and program.”last_img read more

Post-Katrina, Innovative Charter School in New Orleans Sets Example for Nation

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSince Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has become a laboratory for all sorts of charter schools.One school promising a college prep environment opened its doors to incoming freshman in the desolate Ninth Ward, where most of the students entered with reading skills at only a fourth grade level.By focusing on enthusiasm for the goals of reaching college and daily character growth, the Science & Math Academy has designed a program that both addresses their deficits and accelerates them beyond the average. And, the program is working.In two years, as founder and incoming principal, 28-year-old Ben Marcovitz has taken the original freshman class,  previously with little hope for a successful future, to nearly the top of the city’s list for overall test scores.WATCH the video to witness the transformation of kids enrolled at Sci Academy…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Cheapest gas prices most likely over. How does that impact Texas?

first_img Neighboring areas and their current gas prices:• Midland Odessa – $1.61/g, down 5.4 cents per gallon from last week’s $1.66/g.• San Antonio – $1.41/g, down 1.8 cents per gallon from last week’s $1.43/g.• Austin – $1.46/g, down 3.6 cents per gallon from last week’s $1.49/g. It’s becoming clearer that 99-cent per gallon gas prices from the COVID-19 pandemic are solidly behind us as gasoline demand rebounds across the country with cities and states slowly reopening.“The lowest-priced stations in the country will see some upward movement, but most areas will still see declines,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy.Texas gas prices have fallen 4.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.49/g today, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 13,114 stations. Gas prices in Texas are 17 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand 110.5 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.“While oil may continue to struggle, a disconnect between low oil prices and rising gasoline prices has emerged at the hands of refineries that have slowed production over the past month to avoid flooding the market with unwanted gasoline,” DeHaan said.“As demand stages a rebound, it remains to be seen how quickly refiners will raise production to meet the locations that have or will begin to re-open in the days and weeks ahead. For now, expect prices to see upward potential- but only in the lower priced states- as we await a boost in gasoline production.”center_img According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Texas is priced at $1.09/g today while the most expensive is $2.39/g, a difference of $1.30/g.The lowest price in the state today is $1.09/g while the highest is $2.39/g, a difference of $1.30/g.The national average price of gasoline has risen 1.5 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $1.75/g today.The national average is down 14.8 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands 114.7 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.Historical gasoline prices in Texas and the national average going back ten years:May 4, 2019: $2.59/g (U.S. Average: $2.90/g)May 4, 2018: $2.57/g (U.S. Average: $2.81/g)May 4, 2017: $2.20/g (U.S. Average: $2.35/g)May 4, 2016: $1.99/g (U.S. Average: $2.22/g)May 4, 2015: $2.39/g (U.S. Average: $2.62/g)May 4, 2014: $3.45/g (U.S. Average: $3.68/g)May 4, 2013: $3.34/g (U.S. Average: $3.52/g)May 4, 2012: $3.66/g (U.S. Average: $3.80/g)May 4, 2011: $3.86/g (U.S. Average: $3.99/g)May 4, 2010: $2.78/g (U.S. Average: $2.89/g)last_img read more

Donna Marie Asbury on Saying Goodbye to Broadway’s Chicago After 20 Years

first_img“Chicago” cast member Donna Marie Asbury(Photo: Riche Fahey) Chicago In the corporate world, employees leaving a job are often asked to sit through an exit interview with HR about their time at the company. That concept doesn’t exist for Broadway performers, but we love checking in with stars as they finish up a successful run. Donna Marie Asbury has had a long career on Broadway. She made her debut (back when she was Donna Marie Elio) as the Balloon Girl in the 1974 production of Gypsy, starring Angela Lansbury. She went on to perform in the original production of Merriy We Roll Along as well as Smile, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, and she spent a whopping 20 years in the Tony-winning revival of Chicago. After two decades of playing June (“He ran into my knife 10 times!”) in the ensemble and covering Roxie Hart, Velma Kelly and Mama Morton, Asbury will play her final performance in the hit musical on June 3. We asked this Broadway stalwart what it’s like to say goodbye to her home at Chicago after so many years with the company. Happy trails, Donna Marie!How did you feel when you first got this job?In shock! Happy, thankful and scared. I had never been a replacement before, so I had no idea what to expect. I actually started out on the tour in December of 1997 and then came to the Broadway company in March of 1999. Chicago has been a huge part of my life.How do you feel now that you’re leaving? So bittersweet, but what a ride I’ve had!What are three words you would use to describe your experience? Challenging, exhilarating, fulfilling.What was the easiest thing about this job? No costume changes! Think about it, when you do a show, usually you have multiple wig and costume changes. Your timing offstage becomes as important as your time on.What was the hardest thing? Balance, and I don’t mean the dancer kind. My daughter was three years old when I joined the Broadway company—she’s 23 now! This schedule can be challenging because you don’t get to go to bed at a “normal” hour. But if I didn’t get up with her in the morning, I would hardly see her. I remember when Chicago changed their performance schedule to Wednesdays off, I was thrilled because I could go to her home and school meetings. Thank God for my husband for being so incredibly supportive, even when he was working the same crazy show schedule. Chicago’s Donna Marie Asbury(Photo: Jeremy Daniel) What was the highlight of your time at this job? So many, but I would have to say the tenth anniversary of the show. All of the stars came back. The original ensemble came back. It was electric. A magical night for sure.What skills do you think are required for future job applicants? Passion, commitment and a sense of humor!What advice would you give to future employees in your job position? Be forever grateful you are a part of this fantastic show. Honestly, when the show would start, and I’d hear 5,6,7,8…I would be so excited!How do you think you’ve grown? Wow, so much. I was 36 years old when I started the show, but in many ways I feel like I’ve grown up. I’ve never done a long run in a show, so you learn to never take anything for granted. This business can be so challenging you really work on not taking things personally. Sometimes decisions are made that you may not understand or agree with, but you show up and do the work.Why are you leaving? It’s time. Twenty years seemed like a really good number. I wanted to leave and still be proud of what I do.What will you miss the most? The laughter! Also the people I work with every night. The cast, musicians, crew, ushers… everyone. I’ll miss hearing about their day to day lives, and I’ll miss sharing mine. But we have a saying at Chicago, you never leave… so, who knows!center_img Related Shows View Comments from $49.50last_img read more

Frito-Lay’s TrueNorth brand inspired by Dallas triathlon coach

first_imgTexas resident and accomplished triathlon coach Claire Oliver has been named the ‘TrueNorth Story of the Month’ in a promotion from the TrueNorth brand of 100% natural nut snacks, produced by PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division.Inspired by the belief that everyone has a singular passion in life, PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay is recognising real people who have pursued their life’s passions or their ‘true north’.The TrueNorth brand is thus recognising the inspirational story of Claire Oliver, an accomplished triathlon coach in the Dallas area. A certified USA Triathlon (USAT) coach, Claire’s true north is helping new and veteran triathletes achieve success. An accomplished athlete herself, Claire has completed more than 40 triathlons, two Ironman events and 10 marathons.In 2003, a few years after Claire’s stepfather lost his battle with leukaemia; Claire set out to honour the man who made a big difference in her life, by bringing awareness to the disease and raising money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). She embarked on her first triathlon raising US$2,500 for the organisation. Claire continues to compete in triathlons and to-date has raised more than US$100,000 for LLS.Today, she is dedicated to helping triathletes accomplish goals they set for themselves. Through her efforts, she has helped train more than 500 athletes to cross the finish line and lead a more active lifestyle.”After my step-dad Tom passed away from leukaemia in April 2000, I found a way to channel my anger towards the disease and do something good for myself and others at the same time,” shared Oliver. “After completing a number of triathlons and continuing to raise money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, I found my passion in coaching others to be successful triathletes. I firmly believe that everyone can complete a triathlon and make a difference in their life to be more active.””Many of us have experienced the heart break of losing someone important to us like Claire did,” said Regan Ebert, Vice President and General Manager, Warehouse Direct Business, Frito-Lay North America. “The courageous way that she turned the experience into something positive and selfless is what inspired us. We are thrilled to spotlight her story and the incredible work she does to guide so many people towards that finish line.”The TrueNorth brand encourages consumers to continue to submit a written essay that describes how they are pursuing their life’s passions through the brand’s website – www.truenorthsnacks.com. The brand will select a ‘Story of the Month’ each month through to December that will be prominently featured on the web site. In addition to being featured online, the recipient of ‘Story of the Month’ will be awarded a US$1,000 grant and a passion pack to help in the pursuit of his or her passion.www.truenorthsnacks.com www.fritolay.com Relatedlast_img read more

Results of world’s first study on new treatment for heroin addiction

first_imgLed by researchers from Providence Health Care (PHC), the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHÉOS) at St. Paul’s Hospital and the School of Population and Public Health of the University of British Columbia (UBC), it’s the only clinical trial of its kind in the world.“Prior to SALOME, hydromorphone had never been evaluated as a substitution treatment for opioid dependence,” said SALOME Principal Investigator Dr. Eugenia Oviedo-Joekes. “Hydromorphone is a widely available licensed pain medication. Our study shows that hydromorphone is as effective as diacetylmorphine, providing a licensed alternative to treat severe opioid use disorder. Providing injectable opioids in specialized clinics under supervision ensures safety of both the patients and the community, and the provision of comprehensive care.”A total of 202 participants in Vancouver were randomized in a six-month double blind study to receive either injectable hydromorphone or injectable diacetylmorphine (DAM). The medication was administered at PHC’s Crosstown Clinic under the supervision of an interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, social workers and counselors.Key findings of the research include:Injectable hydromorphone is as effective as injectable diacetylmorphine for long-term street opioid users not currently benefitting from available treatments (estimated to be about 10 per cent of the opioid-dependent population not currently in treatment).Study participants on both medications reported far fewer days of street-heroin and other opioid use at six months (three to five days per month), compared to almost daily illicit opioid use prior to being enrolled in the study.Participants also reported a significant reduction in days of illegal activities (from an average of 14.1 days per month to less than four).Almost 80% were retained in treatment at six months.Hydromorphone and diacetylmorphine are both safe when taken in a clinical setting. Out of a total of 88,451 injections, there were 14 overdoses and 11 seizures, all successfully managed in the clinic. If these events had occurred in the street, the outcomes may have been fatal.“As diacetylmorphine is not presently available in many countries for political and/or regulatory reasons, hydromorphone has a significant advantage as a legal, licensed pain medication,” said Dr. Patricia Daly, Vancouver Coastal Health’s chief medical health officer. “While methadone and buprenorphine/naloxone are effective heroin addiction treatments for many people and should remain the first line responses, no single treatment is effective for all individuals. Every person with severe opioid use disorder left untreated is at high risk of serious illness and premature death.”SALOME started in late 2011 and concluded in late 2015. It is the follow-up study to the North American Opiate Medication Initiative (NAOMI), North America’s first-ever clinical trial of diacetylmorphine/prescription heroin as an opioid agonist treatment medication. Share Pinterest LinkedIn Share on Twittercenter_img Share on Facebook Email The results of the ground-breaking SALOME research, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Psychiatry, show chronic heroin addiction now has another effective treatment tool – hydromorphone, a licensed pain medication.“The findings of the SALOME researchers shine a new light on how we can help people with heroin addictions,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “While methadone and suboxone are effective for many people with opioid addictions, there is a proportion of people who have not found success with these treatments. The SALOME study shows there are alternative treatments that may be able to help those who don’t respond to methadone and suboxone. This is very exciting research and could go a long way in helping those who need it.”SALOME, which stands for the Study to Assess Longer-term Opioid Medication Effectiveness, found hydromorphone (HDM) to be as effective as diacetylmorphine (pharmaceutical-grade prescription heroin) for people who have not benefited from previous treatments, such as methadone or suboxone.last_img read more

Movin’ on up? Views on social mobility shape Americans’ faith in the status quo

first_imgShare “Belief in the American Dream appears tied to defending the status quo,” said Martin Day, an assistant professor of psychology at Memorial University of Newfoundland who began the research as a postdoctoral researcher at Princeton. “This research suggests that if people knew how unlikely it is to realize the dream, they may increase their demand for a better system.”Day conducted the research with Susan Fiske, Princeton’s Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology and professor of psychology and public affairs. Together they are the authors of an article describing the research titled “Movin’ on Up? How Perceptions of Social Mobility Affect Our Willingness to Defend the System” that was published online Nov. 22, 2016, by the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.“Now seems like a particularly important time to understand why people don’t support a system they see as fixed against them,” Fiske said. “We show that a system that doesn’t work for them causally undermines their support.”In the experiments, nearly 850 Americans were assigned to read one of two summary reports describing social mobility in the United States or to read neither. One report described a study on the relative ease with which Americans can move up and down the socioeconomic ladder. The other report took a similar form but highlighted a message of low social mobility. Participants then answered a series of questions designed to test their willingness to defend the current system.“We repeatedly found that those who were exposed to information that conveyed a sense of low social mobility reduced their desire to defend the system as compared to those exposed to information suggesting that social mobility is healthier,” Day said.Michael Kraus, an assistant professor of organizational behavior at Yale University who studies how people perceive and explain the attainment of social status, said the research demonstrates “that blindness about the actual lack of economic mobility in society can prevent Americans from realizing how unfair and unmeritocratic our current economic system is.”Shai Davidai, an assistant professor of psychology at the New School in New York who studies perceptions of and reactions to economic inequality, said the new research is interesting to consider in the context of recent political events in the United States.“While traditionally more conservative individuals tend to reject change and accept the status quo, this past election has been riddled with voices on the right calling for change and rejection of the prevailing forces,” he said. “Could this shift be explained by the drop in actual mobility rates in the previous decades? Are people’s subjective perceptions of mobility rates catching up with the actual decline in mobility in the U.S.?”Looking forward, Day said, the research can help influence future research by highlighting the importance of beliefs about social mobility in defending the status quo.“For example, it may be useful for future research to examine how perceived social mobility may relate to support for various programs and policies,” Day said. “More broadly, it may be useful to better understand how we can effectively reduce barriers that limit people’s opportunities to change their position in society.” Share on Twitter Is the American socioeconomic ladder sturdy, offering a good chance for people to move up and down? Or is it rickety, leaving most people stuck where they are?Psychologists at Princeton University and Memorial University of Newfoundland have found that how Americans view social mobility affects their willingness to defend the basic underpinnings of American society — such as social and economic policies, laws, and institutions.In a series of studies, the researchers found that people who think Americans have ample opportunities to change their place in society are more likely to defend the status quo than those who think people are mostly stuck in their current place. LinkedIncenter_img Email Pinterest Share on Facebooklast_img read more

News Scan for Nov 07, 2014

first_imgStudy finds flu vaccine effective in elderly during widespread outbreaksSeasonal influenza vaccination is significantly effective in elderly, community-dwelling populations during seasons in which flu activity is widespread, according to a meta-analysis yesterday in Lancet Infectious Diseases.Dutch researchers analyzed 35 studies containing 49 datasets of information from 15 countries and 9 flu seasons. They reduced confounding bias and improved accuracy by including only studies that used a test-negative, case-control design.All flu cases were lab-confirmed in a primary care setting or during hospital admission. The team excluded studies that didn’t use polymerase chain reaction for confirmation and those that obtained specimens more than 7 days after symptom onset.They evaluated vaccine effectiveness according to antigenic match and epidemic conditions, which were defined as influenza cases in multiple countries, the study said.The meta-analysis found that seasonal flu vaccination was significantly effective against lab-confirmed flu in the elderly during regional or widespread outbreaks, regardless of whether the vaccine was a good match to circulating strains. The vaccine was also significantly effective during sporadic flu activity, but only when it was a good match.Vaccination was found to be not significantly effective in the elderly during local flu virus activity—ie, limited to one country—regardless of match to circulating strains, the authors said.In a related commentary, Michael L. Jackson, PhD, MPH, of the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle commends the study for its rigorous methods while noting that the results may not entirely account for variability in different vaccines used in the 15 countries, dominant virus types and subtypes across seasons and geography, and the measurement of vaccine antigenic match.Both the authors of the meta-analysis and Jackson conclude that seasonal flu vaccination should be recommended in the elderly and mention an ongoing need for meta-analyses and robust prospective vaccine effectiveness studies in diverse populations. Nov 6 Lancet Infect Dis article Nov 6 Lancet Infect Dis commentary Saudis announce 2 more MERS cases, education campaignSaudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health (MOH) has issued yet another update to its recent flurry of MERS-CoV case reports, adding two more cases today, bringing the country’s total to 798.The new case-patients are a 45-year-old man from Riyadh and a 49-year-old man from Jeddah. Neither is a healthcare worker and neither had known contact with a suspected or confirmed MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) patient in the hospital.The Riyadh man, who had preexisting disease, did have contact with a MERS patient in the community. The Jeddah man is currently listed as being in critical condition and his animal exposure status is listed as “under investigation” in the report.Also, the MOH in a press release today announced the launch of a public information campaign in the city of Taif, site of numerous cases in the country’s recent MERS-CoV spike. Medical professionals at various locations will educate the public on the “crucial role of the community in preventing the spread of the disease,” says the release.The campaign will focus on alerting individuals to the importance of avoiding unprotected exposures to camels and to properly boiling/cooking camel milk and meat before ingestion. The release said that, of 38 Saudi MERS cases since Sep 5, nearly a third have had camel contact.Nov 7 MOH update Nov 7 MOH press releaseIn related news, the World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed 12 additional MERS cases that Saudi Arabia reported from Oct 27 to Oct 30, as well as 3 deaths from Oct 4 to Oct 24. The agency said that household and healthcare contacts for the active cases are being traced.The WHO does not specify information on each case-patient but says 11 (92%) had comorbidities, none had traveled or performed Umrah or Hajj in the 14 days prior to illness, and only 1 had a history of contact with animals and consumption of raw camel products.Locations of the 12 cases are Riyadh (5), Taif (4), Hafar Al-Batin (1), Al Jawf (1), and Mecca (1). Seven patients came into contact with MERS-CoV patients in the community, and two, including a healthcare worker, were in hospitals with MERS patients although they had no reported contact.The WHO’s global total for lab-confirmed cases stands at 909 with “at least 331 related deaths.”Nov 7 WHO update Study finds no transmission of MERS to health workersAlthough MERS-CoV certainly holds the potential for transmission and several reports of such have been published, a study yesterday in Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) identified no evidence of infection in hospital healthcare workers (HCWs) who had contact with an infected patient.The index patient was hospitalized in June 2012 after a 7-day history of fever, cough, sputum expectoration, and shortness of breath. Airborne-transmission precautions were taken for 2 days, followed by droplet precautions for 2 days and then contact precautions. The patient died on day 11.The authors, from Saudi Arabia and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tested blood specimens from 48 HCWs who had known contact with the patient and from a roughly equal number of control HCWs 4 months after the patient’s death.The samples from the contact group and controls were all found to be negative for MERS-CoV by HKU5.2N nucleocapsid enzyme immunoassay. Thirteen randomly selected serum specimens from the test group were likewise negative on immunofluorescence assay.Nov 6 EID study Iranian MERS cluster showed evidence of person-to-person spreadAnother MERS study in EID published Nov 5 involved a cluster of five cases in Iran from May to July 2014 and demonstrated likely person-to-person spread in four of the patients.The authors, from Tehran University and the Iranian Center for Communicable Disease Control, tested 1,800 patients with respiratory illness from January 2013 through August 2014 for MERS-CoV.The cluster, which occurred in Kerman province, involved a woman who had contact with an ill friend who had traveled to Saudi Arabia but had incomplete testing for MERS-CoV. It also included the woman’s sister, a nurse and a physician who had contact with the initial case in the intensive care unit, and a patient at the hospital who was admitted after the two women were gone (the first patient died, and her sister was discharged).None of the cluster patients had traveled or had contact with animals in the 14 days prior to illness onset.The authors say person-to-person transmission is likely responsible for the first four cases but that the route of transmission for the last is unclear. They conclude, “Future research should focus on clarifying routes of transmission for this virus, including the possibility of transmission from persons with subclinical infection.”Nov 5 EID studylast_img read more

New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 158 New Cases, Total Now At 30,632 With 2 More Deaths And 17,330 Patients Recovered

first_imgSTATE News:SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 158 additional positive tests for COVID-19.Los Alamos County remains at 35 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.Today’s update announces 2 new deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.The New Mexico Department of Health reported today the most recent cases:51 new cases in Bernalillo County10 new cases in Chaves County1 new case in Cibola County12 new cases in Curry County44 new cases in Doña Ana County1 new case in Lea County2 new cases in Lincoln County4 new cases in Luna County1 new case in McKinley County1 new case in Otero County1 new case in Quay County2 new cases in Roosevelt County14 new cases in Sandoval County4 new cases in San Juan County1 new case in San Miguel County3 new cases in Santa Fe County1 new cases in Sierra County2 new cases in Socorro County2 new cases in Valencia County1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union CountyThe Department of Health reported 2 deaths today in New Mexico related to COVID-19.A female in her 70s from Chaves County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.A male in his 70s from Lea County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now at 894.Previously reported numbers included two cases that have been identified as duplicates (one in Curry County, one in Santa Fe County) and one case that has been identified as an out-of-state resident in Bernalillo County – these have now been corrected. Including the cases reported today, New Mexico has now had a total of 30,632 COVID-19 cases:Bernalillo County: 6,928Catron County: 9Chaves County: 1,356Cibola County: 446Colfax County: 39Curry County: 919De Baca County: 1Doña Ana County: 3,678Eddy County: 911Grant County: 131Guadalupe County: 34Harding County: 1Hidalgo County: 102Lea County: 1,524Lincoln County: 225Los Alamos County: 35Luna County: 449McKinley County: 4,356Mora County: 7Otero County: 280Quay County: 77Rio Arriba County: 404Roosevelt County: 306Sandoval County: 1,419San Juan County: 3,392San Miguel County: 104Santa Fe County: 1,083Sierra County: 50Socorro County: 117Taos County: 148Torrance County: 80Union County: 31Valencia County: 606County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:Cibola County Correctional Center: 324Otero County Prison Facility: 286Otero County Processing Center: 163Torrance County Detention Facility: 44The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the following facilities:Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 35Lea County Correctional Facility: 51Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 2Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1Otero County Prison Facility: 472Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County: 1Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 4As of today, there are 97 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.As of today, there are 17,330 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following long-term care facilities:Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation CenterAristocrat Assisted Living in Las CrucesAtria Vista Del Rio in AlbuquerqueAvamere at Rio RanchoBear Canyon Rehabilitation Center in AlbuquerqueBelen Meadows Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in BelenBloomfield Nursing and RehabilitationBrookdale Santa FeCamino Healthcare in AlbuquerqueCasa Arena Blanca Nursing Center in AlamogordoCasa de Oro Center in Las CrucesCasa Maria Health Care Center in RoswellClovis Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in ClovisColfax Long Term Care Center in SpringerDesert Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation in HobbsGood Life Senior Living in LovingtonGood Samaritan Society Las CrucesHeartfelt Manor in RoswellLaguna Rainbow Care in Casa BlancaLakeview Christian Home in CarlsbadLas Palomas Center in AlbuquerqueLotus Care Homes in AlbuquerqueLovington Healthcare in LovingtonMission Arch Center in RoswellMorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care in Rio RanchoPrinceton Place in AlbuquerqueRamah Adult Care in RamahRaton Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in RatonThe Rehab Center of Albuquerque in AlbuquerqueRed Rocks Care Center in GallupRetirement Ranches in ClovisSandia Senior Suites in AlbuquerqueSan Juan Center in AlbuquerqueSilver City Care Center in Silver CitySunset Villa Nursing Home in RoswellTercer Cielo in AlbuquerqueVillage at Northrise in Las CrucesVillage Retirement Community in RoswellThe Watermark at Cherry Hills in AlbuquerqueWelbrook Senior Living Las CrucesThe Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home, especially if you are sick. Wear a mask or face covering when in public and around others.New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).The Department of Health strongly encourages the following groups to get tested:Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and/or loss of taste or smell;Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of people in their infectious period who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;Asymptomatic people who live or work in congregate settings such as long-term care facilities and group homes; andPatients who are scheduled for surgery and whose provider has advised them to get tested before the procedure.New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.last_img read more