COVID-19 by the numbers
New Mexico health officials yesterday reported 132 new positive test results for COVID-19, bringing the statewide total so far to 22,444, of which the health department has designated 9,428 as recovered. The new cases include 26 in Bernalillo County, 23 in Lea County and 19 in Doña Ana County. Santa Fe County had five new cases yesterday.
The state also announced five new deaths, including a man in his 20s in Lea County, along with fatalities in Doña Ana, Luna and McKinley counties, and the first death from COVID-19 in Sierra County. There have been 690 fatalities. As of yesterday, 127 people were hospitalized with COVID-19.
Both New Mexico's effective rate of transmission and case positivity rate continue to decline, according to the state's online status of these gating criteria. Currently, the rate of effective transmission has decreased to .70—well below the desired target of 1.05. The case positivity rate is below the 5% threshold at 3.0%.
Buckman faces potential shut down
The Buckman Direct Diversion Water Treatment Plant, currently one of Santa Fe's main sources of water, may have to temporarily shut down in the not-so-distant future. Buckman, operated by the city and county, diverts water to Santa Fe from the Rio Grande, where water levels continue to decline. "What we think we're looking at are critically low flows starting pretty soon," BDD Facilities Manager Rick Carpenter said during a BDD board meeting last week. According to Carpenter, the plant will be unable to pull water from the Rio Grande once water levels drop below 200 cubic feet per second. Carpenter said it is "highly likely" that could happen in the near future, sending Buckman offline for three to six weeks as a result.
MWC cancels fall sports
Yesterday, the Mountain West Conference—a collegiate athletics conference that includes the University of New Mexico Lobos—announced it has canceled fall sports because of COVID-19. The newest cancellations include football; men's and women's cross-country; women's soccer; and most women's volleyball competitions. MWC had already canceled fall seasons for golf; tennis; swimming and diving; men's and women's indoor track and field; softball and baseball. Last weekend, the Mid-American Conference announced similar cancellations. "The Mountain West Board of Directors prioritized the physical and mental health and well-being of the Conference's student-athletes and overall campus communities in its decision—as it has done throughout the course of the pandemic," the league announced in a press release. Last month, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham wrote to leaders at the state's universities asking them to cancel fall sports; Western New Mexico, Eastern New Mexico and Highlands University have announced they will do so.
NM courts introduces app
The New Mexico judiciary yesterday unveiled a new app allowing mobile access to state court cases. The New Mexico Courts Case Lookup app will show summary information for civil and criminal cases, including scheduled hearings; the names of the parties; attorneys and presiding judges; a register of the actions that have taken place in the case; and the charges and their disposition in criminal cases. Users can search by the names of the party or case numbers in district, magistrate and metropolitan courts, as well as the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. They can search separately by name for DWI cases in state and municipal courts. While some of the app's info is already available on the courts' Case Lookup system, the app has additional functionality, such as text search capacity for words in the summary information of a displayed case and users' viewed case histories.
The most recent installment of No More Normal, "The Struggle Continues," focuses on the journey to racial equality. Guests include Dr. Charlene Reid, CEO and founder of Excellence Community Schools in the Bronx; Dr. Nichole Nelson, who wrote "Reparations need to be part of the conversation about racial justice" for the Washington Post; Charles Ashley III, president and CEO of Cultivating Coders; Kimberly York, president of SO WHO Enterprises and the interim director of Black Programs at New Mexico State University; host Khalil Ekulona's father Ademola Ekulona; and many more. No More Normal is a collaboration between KUNM, SFR and New Mexico PBS.
Never Rarely Sometimes Always talk tonight
If you haven't yet watched the critically acclaimed Never Rarely Sometimes Always, you might want to get on it. Like, now. That's because at 6 pm this evening, the Center for Contemporary Arts will host an online conversation with writer and director Eliza Hittman as part of CCA's Living Room series. Described by Deadline as a "beautifully observed film…deserving of every accolade coming its way," Never Rarely Sometimes Always tells the story of a 17-year-old girl trying to get an abortion and, in so doing, the New York Times writes, "tells a seldom-told story about abortion." For tonight's discussion, aptly sponsored by the National Organization of Women, Hittman will discuss reproductive rights, working with young actresses and the state of independent cinema.
The big screen returns
Tired of screening flicks at home? Ready for a night out on the town with buttered popcorn to boot? You're not alone. Enter Motorama at the Downs, where a 70-by-40-foot screen has been built up with shipping containers. Motorama had a soft launch last weekend with Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and has screenings Thursday through Sunday this week for (in this order): The Terminator, The Hunger Games, 50 First Dates and Captain Underpants. Co-founder and Events Coordinator Stephanie Ortega tells SFR the concept is to foster specific moviegoing nights: some for buds, some for dates, some for families. For now, organizers are focusing on throwbacks but are working toward newer releases in the future. Yes to concession stands and Ortega plans to have food trucks on site going forward as well. You can buy tickets online through Eventbrite (click here to do that) and follow Motorama on Facebook for the most up-to-the-minute info.
Still hot, still dry
Today's forecast, much like yesterday's, calls for sunny skies with a high near 94 degrees and north wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon.
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