City pays local hotels to shelter COVID-19 patients

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By Alika Medina / NM News Port With the striking rise in the number of COVID-19 cases  this fall, the city of Albuquerque has turned to some local hotels to keep vulnerable residents safe and quarantined.   Since July, the city has been renting hundreds of rooms in several local hotels to provide isolation for people… Continue reading City pays local hotels to shelter COVID-19 patients

Video games offer escape for stressed, overworked students

A controller for Sony's Play Station 4 next to a Nintendo Switch, one of the biggest consoles and handheld gaming devices respectively. (By Shelby Kleinhans / Daily Lobo / @realShelbyK)

By Jesus Mata / The Daily Lobo Editor’s Note: This story was originally published by the Daily Lobo, minus the YouTube video below.  Video games have become a refuge in many people’s lives during the coronavirus pandemic, and studies show that video games are a ray of light for mental health amid dark times. Video… Continue reading Video games offer escape for stressed, overworked students

Albuquerque shelter officials concerned about rise of COVID-19 cases

By Alika Medina / NM News Port The number of COVID-19 cases in Albuquerque’s largest homeless shelter has risen to more than 114, which comes as the shelter was re-opening in advance of winter weather.  Dennis Plummer, CEO of the nonprofit Heading Home, has confirmed between 114 and 130 homeless people at the Westside Emergency… Continue reading Albuquerque shelter officials concerned about rise of COVID-19 cases

Will a COVID-19 vaccine be mandated for schools?

Griego’s son Vinny poses with his bandage-covered arm after receiving a flu shot. Vaccines are important to Griego and her family, and vows to get the future vaccine for coronavirus once widely available. 

By Devin Muzzey / NM News Port  A COVID-19 vaccine could be ready for widespread use sometime next year, and people like Albuquerque resident Michelle Griego understand the importance of vaccines. “We vaccinated our kids since they were born,” Griego said.  She’s not the only one. With many public school districts in New Mexico still… Continue reading Will a COVID-19 vaccine be mandated for schools?

Albuquerque ramping up enhanced flu vaccination program

Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller discusses government finances and safety nets for workers during the coronavirus outbreak, Friday, March 27, 2020 (Photo: Ludella Awad/ NM News Port)

By Ludella Awad / NM News Port As flu season returns this fall, Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller and public health officials are urging New Mexicans to participate in voluntary flu vaccinations. This comes as the city also prepares for a potential mass vaccination effort against COVID-19. “We’re coming into the fall. We’ve got two challenges… Continue reading Albuquerque ramping up enhanced flu vaccination program