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Report added: The COVID Report August 13, 2022

[Editor's Note: Apologies for forgetting to add the full report. I forgot to add the code for it. Sorry! It's there now.]

THIS WEEK'S SUMMARY - August 13, 2022:

This week, the 4 week, 2 week, and 2 day trends were all good except for Grant County [page 5, 7].

OUR LOCAL GEOGRAPHIC AREA:

Grant County cases rose [page 15] and doubling times may be an issue [page 5, 7]; workplace cases oscillated [page 18, 19]. Recent GRMC Covid admissions fell from 3 to 2 in the last week [page 22, 24]; covid-like ED visits oscillated [page 23, 26]. Silver City, Bayard and Hurley daily cases fell then rose but week on week they were lower [page 16, 17]. Grant and Luna Counties had 0 deaths [page 14]. Covid omicron variants are still significant.

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Department of Health amends emergency public health order 

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health amended the state’s emergency public health order rescinding all previous orders and streamlined it to adapt to the evolving nature of the virus and the effective tools we have today along with shifting management to the federal government and reducing state regulations. Only the directives in the new order shall remain in effect until it is amended or rescinded. The new order effective today will be in effect until August 26, 2022. 

“It’s clear by the CDC’s recommendation yesterday which moves away from restrictive measures that we’re in a different place in this pandemic than we were two years ago,” said Acting Department of Health Secretary David R. Scrase, M.D. “Over the past eight months we have excelled in implementing the tools to minimize the spread of COVID-19 such as: vaccines, boosters, home testing and oral treatments that have helped reduce hospitalizations and deaths.” 

The new order aligns the reporting requirements for all facilities licensed or certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) directly to CMS. 

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The COVID Report August 6, 2022

THIS WEEK'S SUMMARY - August 6, 2022:

Good news this week, the 4 week, 2 week, and 2 day trends were all good except for one [page 5, 7].

OUR LOCAL GEOGRAPHIC AREA:

Grant County cases fell [page 15]; workplace cases improved [page 18, 19]. Recent GRMC Covid admissions rose to 2 in the last week [page 22]; with covid-like ED visits falling [page 23, 26]. Silver City cases fell, Bayard and Hurley daily cases while low, rose week on week [page 16, 17]. Grant County had 1 death; Luna 0 deaths [page 14]. Covid omicron variants are still significant.

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The COVID Report July 30, 2022

THIS WEEK'S SUMMARY - July 30, 2022:

Good news this week. Overall cases fell or leveled, and fatalities may be leveling [page 5, 7].

OUR LOCAL GEOGRAPHIC AREA:

Grant County cases fell [page 15]; workplace cases improved a bit [page 18, 19]. Recent GRMC Covid admissions fell from 2 to 0 in the last week [page 22]; with earlier covid-like ED visits bouncing around [page 23, 26]. Silver City cases fell, Bayard and Hurley daily cases rose but fell week on week [page 16, 17]. Grant County had 2 deaths, Luna 1 death [page 14]. Covid variants are significant, we are not out of the woods yet.

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The COVID Report July 23, 2022

THIS WEEK'S SUMMARY - July 23, 2022:

Fatalities may be leveling [page 7, 29]. This wave is prolonged: sub variants change to evade people's natural or vaccinated antibody defenses, sub variants are more contagious, and people seem less cautious. However, memory T-cells limit serious cases and deaths. NMED data glitch on workplace data.

OUR LOCAL GEOGRAPHIC AREA:

Grant County cases oscillate [page 15]; workplace cases undetermined due to NMED data glitch [page 18, 19]. Recent GRMC Covid admissions 2 in the last week [page 22]; with earlier covid-like ED visits bouncing around [page 23, 26]. Silver City and Bayard cases rose, Hurley oscillates [page 16, 17]. Grant County had 6 deaths, Luna 4 deaths, [page 14]. Covid variants are significant so caution is advised.

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The COVID Report, July 16, 2022

THIS WEEK'S SUMMARY - July 16, 2022:

This flat wave keeps oscillating. Prolonging factors are: sub variants change to evade people's natural or vaccinated defenses, sub variants are far more contagious, and people seem less cautious. Cases seem more manageable but people can get re-infected multiple times. The longer a wave continues, the more chance there may be for even more sub variants. Fatalities seem to be rising [page 7, 29].

OUR LOCAL GEOGRAPHIC AREA:

Grant County cases are oscillating [page 15]; workplace cases are concerning [page 18, 19]. Recent GRMC Covid admissions were stable [page 22]; with earlier covid-like ED visits bouncing around [page 23, 26]. Silver City, Bayard, and Hurley cases are oscillating [page 16, 17]. Grant County had 1 death [page 14]. Covid variants are significant so caution is advised.

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The COVID Report July 9, 2022

THIS WEEK'S SUMMARY - July 9, 2022:

This wave, though almost a plateau, keeps having ups and downs. Prolonging it is the fact that sub variants change to evade people's natural or vaccinated defenses, sub variants are far more contagious, and people seem less cautious. Cases seem more manageable but people can get re-infected several times.

Also added is useful covid data for Catron, Hidalgo, Luna, Dona Ana, and Sierra counties.

OUR LOCAL GEOGRAPHIC AREA:

Grant County did better; cases fell [page 15]; workplace cases mostly fell [page 18, 19]. Recent GRMC Covid admissions were stable [page 22]; with earlier covid-like ED visits bouncing around [page 23, 26]. Silver City, Bayard, and Hurley cases are not concerning [page 16, 17]. Grant County had 0 COVID deaths [page 14]. Covid variants are significant so caution is advised.

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The COVD report, June 25, 2022

THIS WEEK'S SUMMARY - June 25, 2022:

Overall this week was better than last week. This wave may be leveling; sub variants need watching as they may evade people's natural or vaccinated defenses. Cases seem to be less severe but multiple re-infections seem to be happening. Key data for Luna, Hidalgo, Catron, Sierra, and Dona added towards the end of this report.

OUR LOCAL GEOGRAPHIC AREA:

Grant County did better; cases fell [page 15]; workplace cases improved [page 18, 19]. GRMC Covid admissions were 0 [page 22]; recent covid-like ED visits fell [page 23, 26]. Silver City, Bayard, and Hurley cases mostly improved [page 16, 17]. Grant County had 0 deaths [page 14]. While cases are less severe, covid variants are significant so caution is advised.

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