Public Health

San Juan Basin Public Health at risk of disbanding; director eyes job in Oregon

Archuleta County is looking to pull out of San Juan Basin Public Health, putting the region’s top health department at risk of disbanding and its executive director searching for a new job in...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2020 | UPDATED: 2 days 17 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Navajo Nation moves toward virtual learning

FARMINGTON – Even with case rates slowing on the Navajo Nation, schools are likely to implement virtual learning for the fall semester, with funding support from the federal CARES Act. The Navajo...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2020 | CATEGORY: New Mexico

New COVID-19 testing site pops up near Durango Public Library

A new and free COVID-19 testing site has been set up near Durango Public Library for three days a week. San Juan Basin Public Health announced the drive-thru and walk-up testing site will be...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2020 | UPDATED: 3 days 18 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

N.M. Supreme Court says governor can fine businesses

FARMINGTON – The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has the authority to fine businesses that do not follow public health orders. The New Mexico Restaurant...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2020 | UPDATED: 5 days 20 hours ago | CATEGORY: New Mexico

Bayfield School District delays start

Bayfield schools will open a week late, Aug. 24, but the exact manner of schooling during the coronavirus pandemic has yet to be determined. La Plata County school districts have been weighing...

DATE: July 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango man battled COVID-19. Now he’s fighting health restrictions

Jaime McMillan just overcame a six-week battle with COVID-19, but he’s worried health restrictions are now more of a menace to individual liberties and commerce than the virus is to public health....

DATE: July 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southern Ute tribe to offer free, communitywide testing

The Southern Ute Indian Tribe will hold its second communitywide testing event Aug. 12 and Aug. 13 to identify any COVID-19 hot spots within the community. The tribe and its partners, International...

DATE: July 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Santa Fe County man diagnosed with bubonic plague

FARMINGTON – New Mexico has its first positive human plague case in 2020. A Santa Fe County man in his 60s was diagnosed with bubonic plague and is recovering in a local hospital, the New Mexico...

DATE: July 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: New Mexico

Mercy limits COVID testing; other centers prioritize who gets them

Mercy Regional Medical Center will decrease its daily COVID-19 testing starting Monday, which prompted other testing centers in La Plata and Archuleta counties to prioritize who gets tested first....

DATE: July 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County officials clash over mask mandate

Montezuma County commissioners have defied Colorado Gov. Jared Polis’ COVID-19 prevention orders, and one suggested the local health department could face firings and a reduced budget if it...

DATE: July 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Health clinic to offer immunizations at no cost to parents

FARMINGTON – Public health officials are warning parents not to miss crucial routine vaccines for students despite school closures and worries about the coronavirus. One local clinic is offering...

DATE: July 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: New Mexico

Safety precautions guide dental clinics during pandemic

FARMINGTON – What does social distancing and personal safety look for dentists and patients during the coronavirus pandemic? Regional dental care providers say they have implemented a series of...

DATE: July 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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