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Recap of New Mexico COVID-19 news (8/18/20 edition)

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The drastic drop in COVID-19 cases hit a new milestone, as the state Department of Health reported just 95 new cases, but also four more deaths, on Monday. It was the single-day report of fewer than 100 cases since mid-June. Read more here.Citing “eminent domain,” some businesses want the state to pay for lost business because of COVID-19 restrictions. Read more here on the lawsuit seemingly destined for the state Supreme Court.As fears of postal delays after changes made by the Trump administration grow, elections officials in New Mexico say they were told the delays will not be a problem in New Mexico, KOB-TV reported.The state of New Mexico is making preparations for a COVID-19 vaccine, which could happen near the end of this year but likely early in 2021, the Albuquerque Journal reported.Rio Rancho Public Schools, which is not alone, could lose funding because of a drop in enrollment this year, the Rio Rancho Observer wrote.The Albuquerque City Council approved $300,000 in funding for eviction prevention services, KOB-TV reported.Las Vegas City Schools announced a positive COVID-19 test from someone on a campus, the Las Vegas Optic reported.Charlie’s Sandbox in Albuquerque and the Lazy lizard Grill in Sandia Park were both cited for violating the state’s public health order, KRQE-TV reported.Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez issued some line item vetoes on legislation passed by the Navajo Nation Council to spend the hundreds of millions of dollars the nation received through a federal COVID-19 recovery bill, the Farmington Daily Times reported. The Council approved $650.9 million in spending, but just $475 million made it through the vetoes.KOB-TV reported on Navajo Nation isolation centers in Gallup, like the Howard Johnson Hotel, for those who tested positive for COVID-19 to recover in.The Silver City Daily Press reported on a program from that same bill that allowed people in Grant County to receive produce, whether or not they receive food assistance.Someone at a Starbucks in Albuquerque without a mask was enraged and began throwing items at the employees, KRQE-TV reported. Starbucks didn’t say if the temper tantrum came because they were asked to wear a mask, as is required by the state’s public health order.An online course at Santa Fe Community College for workplace COVID-19 safety has had more than 2,200 students so far, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.The Las Cruces Sun-News wrote about how truckers in the area are key to keeping things running.People flocked to the BioPark, which includes the zoo in Albuquerque, KRQE-TV reported.While zoos in Clovis and Albuquerque are open, the Spring RIver Zoo in Roswell remains closed, KRQE-TV reported.Casa de Piñatas is being kept afloat by making a COVID-19-inspired piñata, KOB-TV reported.The latest NMED rapid response data, where the state responds to a workplace positive COVID-19 test, included these workplaces, with all but Salt River Material Groups with one positive test.A-Core Concrete CuttingUNM Surgery DepartmentEnchanted Hills Home HealthcarePetcoSt. Anthony Healthcare and Rehabilitation CenterJacobs TechnologySchlotzsky’sGH Las Uvas Valley DairyFloyd Municipal SchoolsSmiling FacesSalt River Material Groups (7 cases)Valencia County Courthouse

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