DOH: No changes in vaccination requirements for schools
Yesterday, the state Department of Health and Human Services announced that its Health Vaccine Advisory Committee is recommending that there be no significant changes or additions to New Mexico’s 2023-2024 school immunization requirements, after meeting annually on the subject earlier this month. According to a press release, the committee’s recommendations are based on those of the Advisory Committee on Immunization of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “as well as the local knowledge and expertise of the committee members.” These include: Continuation of the 10 current compulsory school vaccinations for 2023/2024, such as measles, polio and tetanus. The committee also recommends, but does not require, age-appropriate influenza and COVID-19 vaccines, and “strongly recommends” vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) at ages 11 to 12. “Vaccination requirements in schools have been in place since the 1850s to control vaccine-preventable diseases such as diphtheria, measles, mumps, whooping cough, polio, rubella and tetanus,” said Acting Minister of Health Dr. David Scrase in a statement. “School and daycare immunization prescriptions are necessary to protect all childhood children from communicable diseases.” The committee’s recommendations come as hospital officials report a surge in pediatric patients due to a confluence of influenza, RSV and other infections. “DOH has never mandated viral respiratory disease vaccinations for schoolchildren,” Scrase said, “but we are encouraging them this year as we see an influx of young children getting sick with various viruses … and hospital pediatric departments are overwhelmed.” Vaccinating children against influenza and COVID-19 would help prevent the spread of disease, serious illness and long-term complications in children.” Health officials are expected to address the surge in pediatric cases at a press conference this afternoon (details below). in the COVID-19 section).
The city hires a national contractor to revise the land use law
National land use consulting firm Clarion Associates will lead a multi-phase update to the City of Santa Fe’s Land Development Code, also known as Chapter 14, the city announced yesterday. The contract has yet to appear in the city’s online contract database, but is reportedly expected to pay Clarion — which has previously worked with the city on updates to the historic preservation code — to complete the first phase of the contract. This first phase will take place in two parts and will include a diagnostic review and technical fixes to the code. A second phase will include more substantive changes, while the third will incorporate “the city’s updated general plan” into the Code. “Our land use code is long overdue for an update,” Mayor Alan Webber said in a statement. “I believe Santa Fe’s future runs through our land use division as we make our master plan reflect our community values, modernize our code, and create land use plans and decisions that ensure our city’s future is sustainable, equitable, authentic and livable.” forthcoming “engagement timeline” for the public to learn about and comment on the proposed changes will be released in the Spring.
Monday night’s shooting turns into a murder investigation
Santa Fe police are investigating the city’s latest murder following the death of a victim in a shooting Monday night. According to statistics recently presented to the city’s Public Safety Committee by SFPD chief Paul Joye, the city had seven homicides in 2022, compared to eight in 2021. According to a news release at around 9:40 p.m. SFPD on Nov. 14 received calls reporting a man on the street near Camino Capitan and Galisteo Road. When police officers arrived at the scene, 32-year-old Armando Torres Marquez was on the 2300-block Camino Capitan roadway; Suffering at least one gunshot wound, he was taken to a local hospital and died of his injuries the next day. SFPD investigators are investigating this case as a homicide and are currently working on active leads. Capt. Aaron Ortiz of the Santa Fe Police Department tells this Santa Fe New Mexicans The agency has identified an individual interested in the case. “It’s still a very new investigation that’s evolving rapidly,” Ortiz told the newspaper. “Every minute we are building this case piece by piece. And hopefully in the end [it] will result in the arrest of the suspect.” Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Mariah Gonzales at (505) 955-5233.
COVID-19 in numbers
Reported on November 16: New cases: 844; 638,055 total cases. deaths: five; Santa Fe County had a total of 366 deaths; nationwide there were 8,689 deaths. nationwide hospital admissions: 172; ventilation patients: five.
The current Minister of Health, Dr. David Scrase, DOH Assistant Secretary Dr. Laura Parajón and Assistant Chief Physician at the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital, Dr. Anna Duran, will be providing an update on COVID-19, RSV, flu and monkeypox today at 1:00 p.m. on the DOH Facebook page and with Spanish translation on Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s YouTube page.
The latest Nov. 10 “Community Levels” map from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which uses a combination of hospital and case rate metrics to calculate COVID-19 risk for the preceding seven-day period, now categorizes eight Counties in New Mexico as “red” for COVID-19 — high-risk — including Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Taos, and Rio Arriba counties, as well as Bernalillo, Sandoval, McKinley, and San Juan (last week, only McKinley County was red). Seven counties in New Mexico are “yellow,” and the rest of New Mexico counties continue to show “green,” aka low scores. Corresponding recommendations for each level can be found here.
resources: Authorization Tool for CDC Interactive Boosters; NM DOH Vaccine and Booster Registration; Interactive CDC isolation and exposure tool; curative test sites; COVID-19 treatment information; NMDOH Immunocompromised Toolkit. Individuals seeking treatment who do not have a medical provider may call NMDOH’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-855-600-3453. DOH encourages residents to download the NM Notify app and report positive COVID-19 home tests in the app.
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New Mexico Magazine, the state Department of Health and Human Services and KOB-4 join forces tonight at 7 p.m. to pay tribute to the 2022 New Mexico True Heroes in a live YouTube broadcast. The event will highlight 11 people who have done it all in the past year in healthcare, education, volunteering, philanthropy, arts, culture and more. Read more about it here.
Fenn’s treasure is auctioned off
You may not have found the contents of the late Forrest Fenn’s treasure chest, but now you can bid on it and potentially buy it. The bidding runs through December 14 through Heritage Auctions for 476 pieces of gold, coins, jewelry and other items found in the chest Fenn hid in 2010. As reported by Outside Magazine Jack Stuef found the chest in 2020 and subsequently sold it to Tesouro Sagrado Holdings, LLC, which is now putting most of the items up for auction. Stuf, in a Middle Post last week said he had “no financial interest” in the “future of the collection in the collectors’ market,” but had heard from other treasure hunters in recent years who were hoping they could buy an item to commemorate their adventures on the Search to remember, “I’m fortunate … these folks finally have the opportunity,” Stuef wrote, “with a large number of items to choose from.” These items include a 1928 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle; a 18 ounce Alaska Gold Placer “about the size of a hen’s egg”; and a gold breastplate ‘said to represent the sun’, originating from Colombia between 200 and 600 AD, among other treasures. The auction also appears to include a “perfectly intact, wax-sealed little glass jar said to contain at least Fenn’s autobiography,” about which Fenn wrote, “I… wanted to add something personal to the treasure, because the lucky finder might want to know little about the stupid one.” Person who left such an opulent cache. So I put a 20,000 word autobiography in the trunk. It is housed in a small glass jar and the lid is wax coated to protect the contents from moisture. The printed text is so small that a magnifying glass is needed to read the words. I tried to think of everything.”
In this newsletter yesterday, Native American hoop dancer ShanDien Sonwai LaRance was mentioned by Lonely Planet’s local New Mexico travel guide of Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo. What we didn’t like was that the story is part of Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2023 itineraries, which highlight 30 of the best places to visit next year. Yes, New Mexico is one of them and has been identified by Lonely Planet as a top place to “learn” – in this case about indigenous culture, art and music. That Washington Post also highlights three locations in New Mexico in his travel story about visiting UNESCO; World Heritage Sites: Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention’s master plan for the preservation, protection and promotion of “the most valuable natural and cultural sites in the world”. In New Mexico these include: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (1995); Chaco Cultural National Park (1987); and Taos Pueblo (1992), where the post recommends visiting on festival days and shopping locally for Horno-baked bread and handmade crafts. Last, Wanderlust The magazine also directs travelers to New Mexico to learn more about indigenous cultures in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Taos.
Light and cold
The National Weather Service is forecasting a sunny day with a high of nearly 42 degrees and a 10 to 15 mph north wind blowing from the southwest in the afternoon.
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