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Please Note:  As of August 16, 2021, all individuals (vaccinated and unvaccinated) are required to wear a facemask that covers the mouth and nose inside all county-owned facilities.

New Mexico Dept. of Health COVID-19 Epidemiology Reports: Weekly Reports on statewide data regarding Cases, Hospitalizations, Mortality, Variant Concerns, Pediatric Cases, Community Transmission by County and Vaccinations. 

COVID-19 Community Profile Report:
 Generated Data Strategy and Execution Workgroup in the Joint Coordination Cell, under the White House COVID-19 Team. It's managed by representatives from US Dept. of Health & Human Svcs, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the Assist. Secretary for Preparedness & Response, and the Indian Health Service. The CPR provides information on key indicators for all regions, states, core-based statistical areas (CBSAs), and counties across the US.

Los Alamos Office of Emergency Management Report presented to the County Council Oct. 19, 2021. 

New Mexico Health Alert Network (HAN) issued by NMDOH on Sep. 27, 2021: Latest Guidance from CDC and FDA on Booster Doses for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID19 Vaccine

Vaccine Cards:
Visit the NMDOH site www.vaxviewnm.org to obtain immunization records, which show completed COVID-19 vaccine series, if applicable.  Individuals can also call the COVID hotline at: at 855-600-3453 to request a replacement vaccine card. 

New Mexico Medical Reserve Corps seeks volunteers
in the medical field who would be interested in supporting vaccination efforts, or any other medical event. Please register at the New Mexico Medical Reserve Corps 

Updated Pandemic Annex to Emergency Operations Plan adopted 5/5/2020

Last update to this page: 10/21/2021


 COVID Testing    COVID Vaccines   Volunteer Hours button   COVID NM Cases   NMDOH COVID Website

IMPORTANT NUMBERS, WEBSITES & CONTACTS

1. NM Dept. of Health Coronavirus emergency hotline: 1-855-600-3453 (Call this number before visiting a local health care center) 

  • NMDOH Self-screening toolShould I Get Tested?
  • NMDOH Test Results Portal.  Be prepared to create an account.  You need to provide your NAME, DATE OF BIRTH, and DATE SAMPLE WAS COLLECTED. 

2. NM Dept. of Health hotline for everything else: 1-833-551-0518

3. Center for Disease Control (COVID-19) and the CDC COVID-19 Self-Checker website.   For the latest on the COVID-19 News from the CDC visit the CDC What's New Web Page

4. New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH COVID-19) (Visit the NMDOH COVID-19 website for current info on tests/positive cases of COVID 19 in New Mexico.). 

5. New Mexico Crisis and Access Line

6. LANL COVID-19 hotline: 505-606-2667

7. Customer Care Center: 505-662-8333 (Call for information on county facility closures, assistance with meals and utility bills or how to help the community at this time.)

8. Emergency Management: 505-662-8283 or 505-709-8632

ALL TOGETHER NEW MEXICO - COVID-SAFE PRACTICES FOR INDIVIDUALS & EMPLOYERS

April 30, 2021: New Mexico Economic Recovery Council and COVID-Safe Practices Subcommittees issue revised booklet: ALL TOGETHER NEW MEXICO, COVID-Safe Practices for Individuals and Employers (Apr. 2021)

It includes:

  • COVID Safe-Practices for all Employers (on page 10) that also identifies additional resources such as, OSHA and CDC guidelines and EPA list of Disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV-2
  • How each business (restaurants, gyms, retail, grocery stores, farmers markets, youth sports and programs, intercollegiate sports, hotels, resorts & lodging, golf courses, houses of worship, etc....) can comply with the phased reopening of the New Mexico economy.
Read the State of the Response: State Actions to address the Pandemic issued by the National Safety Council.

NOVEL CORONAVIRUS: WHAT IS IT? HOW DO I KEEP MY FAMILY SAFE?

Learn more about Pandemic Flu and Coronavirus

The best source for current information on Coronavirus or any type of seasonal flu is the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Link below: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

Pandemic flu is a global outbreak of flu, no matter what kind. Learn more about pandemic flu here: 
www.cdc.gov/flu/pandemic/

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) facts:

The 2019 novel coronavirus, also called COVID-19, is a respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The novel coronavirus is a new virus and part of a large group of viruses that infect people and while normally causing a mild respiratory disease - such as the common cold - it can potentially be deadly. Signs and symptoms of this coronavirus illness include fever, cold spells, cough, difficulty breathing, chills and muscle pains. Because this time of year is also cold and flu season, testing to identify coronavirus is needed. It shares similar symptoms to cold and flu.

About Coronavirus COVID-19:

  • Person-to-person spreads mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread
  • Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure
  • Anyone infected with COVID-19 can spread it, even if they do NOT have symptoms.
  • Recovery for average healthy adult is 7-14 days

Protect Yourself and Others

  • Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines have been approved for use and are found to be highly effective in protecting individuals. See "Vaccines for COVID-19" further down on the page for information on how to register and schedule an appointment.  
  • For those that are not fully vaccinated and aged 2 or older, the CDC recommends wearing a mask in indoor public places.
  • Individuals who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken their immune system may not be fully protected even if they are fully vaccinated. It is recommended these individuals continue to wear a mask, practice social distancing and talk to their healthcare providers.    
  • To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possible spread to others, the CDC recommends wearing a mask indoors in public for vaccinated and nonvaccinated individual if they are in an area of substantial or high transmission.

Do you need a facemask?

The Customer Care Center also has a limited number of masks. If you need one contact them at at 505.662.8333 or CustomerCare@lacnm.us.

Hygiene Counts!

One of the best defenses against flu epidemics of any kind is basic hygiene.
  • Wear a mask.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue whenever you cough or sneeze. Throw it away afterwards. Flu is spread through 'respiratory droplets.
  • Wash your hands often, or at least use hand sanitizing gels often.
  • Teach your children this respiratory etiquette and insist on it for yourself and others.
  • STAY HOME from work when you are ill.
  • Keep your children home and their friends away when they are ill, period.
  • Enact a 6 ft. rule when in public places

IF YOU THINK YOU ARE SICK

If you think that you might have been exposed to COVID-19 and/or you develop a fever and other symptoms such as a cough or difficulty breathing -

Get tested

Testing is easy, free and results are turned around fairly quickly.  Los Alamos Public Health Office and Curative are both testing here in Los Alamos.  Testing dates and times with info on how to schedule on appointment is on the COVID Testing page.  

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website: What to Do if You Are Sick?

New Mexico Department of Health

Call NM Dept. of Health (NMDOH) Coronavirus emergency hotline at 855-600-3453.

NMDOH hotline for everything else: 1-833-551-0518.

Physician

Call your doctor.

TESTING FOR COVID

Free COVID-19 Testing in Los Alamos

LOS ALAMOS PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICE:

Register firstYou will need this code to schedule an appointment at the Los Alamos Public Health Office.
Visit: https://cvtestreg.nmhealth.org/ or call the Public Health Office Monday – Friday 8AM-5PM at 505-753-2794 if you need help registering.

Appointments can be scheduled online or by calling the local Los Alamos Public Health Office at 
505-662-4038 (you will need your confirmation code).

Dates & Times: Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 AM - 11 AM

Address & Phone: Los Alamos Public Health Office, 1183 Diamond Dr., Los Alamos | phone: 505-662-4038

Test Results: If you were tested, get your results on the NMDOH online COVID-19 test results portal (approx. 72 hours)


LOS ALAMOS CURATIVE SHALLOW NASAL SWAB TESTING IN LOS ALAMOs

(NOTE: Beginning Tuesday, August 24, 2021, Curative will set up a mobile van testing site in the parking lot of the Mari Mac Village Shopping Center, 759 Central Ave.) 

Register first
: Visit the Curative website at https://curative.com to schedule a date and time.  

Dates & Times:  Every Tuesday and Thursday from 8 AM - 3 PM 

Address & Phone: Parking lot of the Mari Mac Village Shopping Center at 759 Central Avenue  | phone: 505.662.8333

Test Results: Results will be sent via text or email (approx. 24 - 72 hours)

COVID-19 Testing locations throughout New Mexico:

VAULT: AT HOME SALIVA COVID-19 TESTING

NMDOH and Vault Medical Services have teamed up to offer at-home COVID-19 saliva testing for any person who believes they need to be tested, with or without symptoms, at no cost. 1) Order the test from Vault, 2) Log on for a virtual visit with a Vault test supervisor who will show you how to collect your saliva sample, 3) Ship the sample to the lab using a prepaid UPS package, 4) Results provided within 24 to 48 hours after the sample arrives at the lab. Order here.

NEW MEXICO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


Visit the NMDOH website for COVID-19 Screening &Testing

(Note that if individuals are taking a COVID test to satisfy employer policies - check with the employer as to which test types are acceptable. For example some employers may not accept "Rapid Tests." On the NMDOH website, individuals can filter by "Testing Type," in addition to location, site type, etc.... )

CURATIVE SHALLOW NASAL SWAB TESTING LOCATIONS

Visit the Curative website at https://curative.com to schedule a date and time.

VACCINES FOR COVID-19

Register with the Dept. of Health

For individuals 12 years and older, visit the Dept. of Health website to register and schedule an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine:  https://cvvaccine.nmhealth.org/


Vaccines

NMDOH Handouts:

How many shots do I need? | Cuál inyecciones necesito?

I have the Pfizer vaccine | Tengo la vacuna Pfizer

I have the Moderna vaccine | Tengo la vacuna Moderna

I have the Johnson and Johnson vaccine | Tengo la vacuna de Johnson and Johnson


The following links are for additional information on:


Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine

Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine (Johnson & Johnson)


What to bring to your Trinity Urgent Care/Los Alamos County vaccine appointment

  • Print, complete and sign the Trinity Urgent Care CONSENT FORM and bring it to your appointment (pdf document)

  • Your NMDOH confirmation number (seven-digit number issued upon registration with NMDOH).

  • Insurance and Medicare cards if applicable

  • On the morning of your appointment (first and second appointments), complete the NMDOH MEDICAL QUESTIONNAIRE on your NMDOH profile online.

  • Bring CDC Vaccine Card. This card will be updated after your booster.


OTHER HELPFUL INFORMATION

What to expect after receiving the COVID vaccine (pdf document).

V-Safe CDC App information sheet (pdf document)
V-Safe is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Through v-safe, you can quickly tell CDC if you have any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Depending on your answers, someone from CDC may call to check on you. And v-safe will remind you to get your second COVID-19 vaccine dose if you need one. Your participation in CDC’s v-safe makes a difference — it helps keep COVID-19 vaccines safe. Sign up with your smartphone's browser at https://vsafe.cdc.gov


ASSISTANCE (MEALS, CHILDCARE, LOSS OF INCOME, UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS & UTILITIES)

Meal Assistance Information

Child Care or Loss of Income

  • Resources to find CHILD CARE near you (search by county/zip, within a radius from your home, by school district) - view the brochure with active links prepared by New Mexico Regional Education Cooperatives Association working with NM Public Education Department and the NM Early Childhood Education & Care Department.  
  • Child Care Resources and Referral Support Line 1-800-691-9067.
  • For assistance to pay for Child Care and other programs such as Home Visiting, Pre-Kindergarten, Summer Food, Boys & Girls Club, Head Start, and Family Infant Toddler (FIT), visit: Am I Eligible?  A website for Family Services Programs in New Mexico. 
  • For other help with child care or loss of income call the 1-833-551-0518

Benefits for Unemployment

Workers affected by COVID-19, there is assistance available to those who are not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits.  Information and FAQs on how to apply for the different types of benefits available and additional resources can be found on the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions website.  Find tutorial and more on the NMDWS YouTube channel.  

Utility Bill Assistance

 

Housing Assistance

Individuals concerned that they may lose their housing as Public Health Orders are lifted the following information was compiled by the Federal Interagency Recovery Committee to serve as a starting point for addressing these home leasing concerns.

This is general purpose information compiled from publicly available sources. For specific information related to the programs and benefits described, please consult directly with the provider of the resource through the contacts listed on the websites below:

  • The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has published a webpage on COVID-19 related resources for homeowners and renters in collaboration with the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The collaborative webpage provides information regarding mortgage relief options, protection for renters, and avoiding scams. https://www.consumerfinance.gov/coronavirus/mortgage-and-housing-assistance/#renters

 

 

ASSISTANCE FOR NEW MEXICO BUSINESSES

Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce

Visit the Chamber website for information on Business Support, Status Childcare, and Summer Programs

New Mexico Finance Authority

The Small Business Recovery Loan Fund for New Mexico small businesses opened on August 5, making $400 million in loan funds available for small businesses. The online application is available at www.nmfinance.comRead the press release.

Small Business Administration

The Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act, prepared by the US Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, is designed to guide businesses through the programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was passed by Congress to assist business owners.  The document includes FAQs for each program. 

  1. SBDC New Mexico - Help for Businesses Impacted by the COVID-19 Health Emergency

  2. Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL):    This loan advance will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties.
       
  3. Paycheck Protections Program (PPP): This loan program provides loan forgiveness for retaining employees by temporarily expanding the traditional SBA 7(a) loan program..

  4. SBA Express Bridge LoansEnables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.

  5. SBA Debt Relief: The SBA is providing a financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
          
  6. Find a Counselor: Get free business counseling. 
APPLY:  Online through the Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Assistance  OR contact the New Mexico Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) (an SBA resource partner) at one of the 19 offices set up across New Mexico. They are offering instruction and guidance on how to apply.

New Mexico Economic Development Department

Visit the New Mexico Economic Development Department or call them on the hotline: 1-800-659-2955 (TTY/TDD: 1-800-877-8339).  They have resources and tools on the COVID-19 Health Emergency including loan programs and recorded webinars.

New Mexico loan programs, approved by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham to assist businesses during the COVID-19, have no time limit. 

CONSIDER registering your businesses to be a part of the “BUY TODAY FOR TOMORROW” campaign at: www.buynmlocal.com

Community members buy vouchers from local companies to use later when the company is back open.

State Assistance: EDD Financial Programs

  • LEDA 0% Interest Loans through NMEDD
    • Company must be a qualified entity (manufacturer, non-retail service business with more than 50% of revenue generated out of state)
    • Limited to expenditures for land, building and infrastructure; can be used for lease abatement or mortgage assistance
    • All loans will be required to provide security equal to the amount of the loan
    • Contact your NMEDD Regional Rep.

Additional State Assistance Programs

The NM Small Business Investment Council has identified several partners offering loan programs.

If you are a larger organization which employs more than 40 employees, you may be eligible for the New Mexico Recovery Fund.

Grant Opportunities

New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department

NM Taxation and Revenue Dept. has extended income and payroll tax deadline to July 15, 2020.

WHAT IS MY GOVERNMENT DOING?

What is the County Doing?

The County Office of Emergency Management works closely with LA Medical Center, LANL, other local entities, and State health officials to continue to respond to the Coronavirus.


 

What is the State Doing?

New Mexico Department of Health

Visit the New Mexico Department of Health website to stay informed. New Mexico DOH has a dedicated Coronavirus webpage that is being updated in real time.

All NMDOH Public Health Orders

All NMDOH Press Releases 

Office of the New Mexico Governor

NM Governor's Economic Recovery Council

PRESS RELEASES
All New Mexico Governor Press Releases:

EXECUTIVE ORDERS
All NM Governor's Executive Orders

New Mexico Economic Development

Help for businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19



What is the Federal Government Doing?

On March 13, 3030 the President declared the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic an emergency declaration for all states, tribes, territories, and the District of Columbia pursuant to section 501 (b) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 5121-5207 (the “Stafford Act”). State, Territorial, Tribal, local government entities and certain private non-profit (PNP) organizations are eligible to apply for Public Assistance.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

FEMA COVID-19 Emergency Declaration 

Small Business Administration (SBA)

Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Assistance

Press Releases;
SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to New Mexico Small Businesses Economically Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19)

SBA Ofrece Asistencia de Desastres a los Pequeños Negocios de New Mexico Impactados Económicamente por Coronavirus (COVID-19)

HOW CAN I HELP?

Here's what you can do to help during this pandemic:
  • New Mexico Medical Reserve Corps seeks volunteers in the medical field who would be interested in supporting vaccination efforts, or any other medical event, please register here.
  • Volunteers are encouraged to log their hours.  Whether you make face masks for the community and county employees or help in some other way, please log your hours here.

  • Donate to a Homeless Shelter

  • Donate non-perishable food to a Food Bank.
  • For local community assistance, consider a monetary donation to Self Help, Inc or send a check payable to Self Help, Inc. to 2390 North Road, in Los Alamos. All donations are tax deductible.
  • Consider a monetary donation to the Utility Assistance Program. This is a program maintained by the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities.  Donations from DPU's customers are used to help other customers who are experiencing trouble paying utility bills. To make a donation, visit our Paymentus bill payment portal, where you can now click on a Utilities Assistance Program button.  You do not have to be a current LAC DPU customer to donate.  Thank you for helping our community.
  • MANY of you are sewing masks to donate to others, delivering food to neighbors ... THANK YOU.  Help us keep track of those hours. Click on the link below.   

LOG YOUR VOLUNTEER HOURS HERE

 


Contact Information:
Emergency Management   Beverley.Simpson@lacnm.us
Beverley Simpson  505-662-8283

Contact Info

505-662-8283

Beverley.Simpson@lacnm.us

2500 Trinity, Los Alamos, NM