STATE News:SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 81 additional positive tests for COVID-19.Los Alamos County remains at 29 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.Today’s update announces zero new deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.The New Mexico Department of Health reported today the most recent cases: 22 new cases in Bernalillo County9 new cases in Chaves County1 new case in Colfax County5 new cases in Doña Ana County3 new cases in Lea County15 new cases in Luna County1 new case in Otero County3 new cases in Sandoval County11 new cases in Santa Fe County11 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Lea County Correctional FacilityThe Department of Health reported zero deaths today in New Mexico related to COVID-19.The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 remains at 823.One case previously reported as a New Mexico Corrections Department inmate at the Otero County Prison Facility has since been determined to be a case in Otero County and has been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 26,842 COVID-19 cases:Bernalillo County: 6,077Catron County: 11Chaves County: 956Cibola County: 403Colfax County: 24Curry County: 724De Baca County: 2Doña Ana County: 3,031Eddy County: 625Grant County: 99Guadalupe County: 32Harding County: 2Hidalgo County: 98Lea County: 1,264Lincoln County: 177Los Alamos County: 29Luna County: 372McKinley County: 4,266Mora County: 7Otero County: 240Quay County: 69Rio Arriba County: 374Roosevelt County: 230Sandoval County: 1,292San Juan County: 3,233San Miguel County: 91Santa Fe County: 909Sierra County: 39Socorro County: 78Taos County: 124Torrance County: 64Union County: 31Valencia County: 532County 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: 281Otero 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: 31Lea County Correctional Facility: 15Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 1Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1Otero County Prison Facility: 472Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 4As of today, there are 60 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 14,470 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:Adobe Assisted Living in Las CrucesAlbuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in AlbuquerqueAristocrat Assisted Living in Las CrucesAvamere at Roswell in RoswellBear Canyon Rehabilitation Center in AlbuquerqueBelen Meadows Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in BelenBloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in BloomfieldBrookdale Santa FeCamino Healthcare in AlbuquerqueCasa de Oro Center in Las CrucesCasa Maria Health Care Center in RoswellDesert Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in HobbsFort Bayard Medical Center in Santa ClaraGood Life Senior Living in LovingtonGood Samaritan Society Las CrucesGood Samaritan Society SocorroHarmony Residential Care in Rio RanchoHeartfelt Manor in RoswellHeritage Assisted Living in Las CrucesLakeview Christian Home in CarlsbadLas Palomas Center in AlbuquerqueLifeSpire Assisted Living in AlbuquerqueLovington Healthcare in LovingtonMescalero Care Center in MescaleroMission Arch Center in RoswellNew Mexico State Veterans’ Home in Truth or ConsequencesPacifica Senior Living in Santa FePalmilla Senior Living in AlbuquerquePrinceton Place in AlbuquerqueRed Rocks Care Center in GallupThe Rehab Center of Albuquerque in AlbuquerqueRetirement Ranches in ClovisThe Rio at Las Estancias in AlbuquerqueSagecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Las CrucesSandia Ridge Center in AlbuquerqueSan Juan Center in FarmingtonSilver City Care Center in Silver CitySunny Day Assisted Living in GallupSunset Villa Nursing Home in RoswellVillage Retirement Community in RoswellWelbrook Senior Living Las CrucesWheatfields Senior Living in ClovisThe 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.
Former national tennis player and current tournament organiser Max Brown will be hoping to spark the future of Jamaican tennis at the Max Brown Clay Court Tennis Championships, scheduled to take place from April 10 to 13 at the Couples Swept Away Resort in Negril.The tournament will bring together local and international players to the island to showcase their skills on the clay surface at the resort, which is the only location in Jamaica that has such facilities. Brown, who now lives in Vancouver, Canada, says that the tournament is the culmination of a 30-year dream to combine his love for tennis and his willingness for others to see Jamaica as a popular destination. “When the opportunity came about me doing a tournament in Jamaica, it was ideal for me to bring down my friends and clients from Vancouver, give them a taste of the history of Jamaica, and, at the same time, have some fun,” Brown told The Gleaner. IMPROVED LEVEL Brown is targeting an improved level of participation from last year and is hoping for at least 100 entrants, similar to the draw for major tennis tournaments.“We had 70-80 people last year, and this year, we really want to make it at least 100. As you know, the Grand Slam events with the Roger Federers and the Rafael Nadals and the Novak Djokovics, they have 124 players in the draw. So that’s my goal,” Brown said.A total prize purse of $700,000 will be up for grabs during the three days, and Brown is seeking to bring various international players to participate. He is particularly hoping to attract interest from younger players in the open category as he sees the benefits of providing an international-style event to grow the game locally.“Tennis is a very costly sport to play, so when we can provide the younger generation with an international event like this, in the near future, they should see way better results,” he said. “But overall, I think when it comes to development, it’s a very critical piece of [improving] the tennis. I’m happy to be a part of it, and I really want to make it a lifelong, regular thing every year.”As a former junior representative, Brown said that the tournament was essential for him to re-establish his commitment to helping Jamaica, and in particular its youth, giving them an opportunity to shine through the sport.