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New Mexico delays in-person learning at schools until after Labor Day

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SANTA FE, NM (KFOX14) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials hosted a remote news conference Thursday afternoon to provide an update on COVID-19 efforts in New Mexico and the plan for a safe and methodical re-entry to the public school year this fall.

Lujan Grisham announced Thursday that all New Mexico students will begin the upcoming school year online.

In-person learning in New Mexico will be delayed through at least Labor Day on Sept. 7. Schools can begin online distance learning in August.

The state issued a hybrid plan for bringing students back to schools in stages, beginning with elementary students on Sept. 8.

Middle school students will follow a few weeks later, with high school students returning last a few weeks after middle school students, according to the plan.

According to the Public Education Department's back-to-school plan, schools can serve special needs students in person in a small group or 1-on-1 settings.

Schools will also be permitted to serve small groups of students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade in person in groups of no more than five students per teacher and prioritizing students who are most in need of learning support.

New Mexico state officials reported 343 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state Thursday and 5 additional deaths.

There are now 18,163 total confirmed COVID-19 cases in New Mexico and 596 deaths from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

According to health officials, 167 people are currently hospitalized for COVID-19 in New Mexico, 34 of which are on ventilators.

The NMDDOH reports 496,985 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in New Mexico.

Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. David R. Scrase said state data shows the seven-day average of daily COVID-19 cases has increased by 123 percent over the last five weeks.

New Mexico’s Department of Health and the New Mexico Environment Department have conducted more than 800 “rapid responses” to COVID-19 cases among employees at New Mexico workplaces.

Rapid responses include five elements to help contain the spread of COVID-19 and allow businesses to return to safe operations as fast as possible.

Those five elements are the temporary closure of certain operations of a business, testing and self-quarantine of COVID-19 positive employees, resting employees until they receive negative tests before they return to work, disinfecting workplace areas COVID-19 positive employees may have been in contact with and the implementation of a COVID-19 safety plan.

According to New Mexico Secretary of Environment James Kenney, since rapid responses were implemented around 8 weeks ago, the number of COVID-19 cases among restaurant employees is 15 times greater than at the start of the program.

A replay of the press conference is available below:

A simultaneous interpretation of the news conference in Spanish is being streamed live on YouTube.

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SANTA FE, NM (KFOX14) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials hosted a remote news conference Thursday afternoon to provide an update on COVID-19 efforts in New Mexico and the plan for a safe and methodical re-entry to the public school year this fall.

Lujan Grisham announced Thursday that all New Mexico students will begin the upcoming school year online.

In-person learning in New Mexico will be delayed through at least Labor Day on Sept. 7. Schools can begin online distance learning in August.

The state issued a hybrid plan for bringing students back to schools in stages, beginning with elementary students on Sept. 8.

Middle school students will follow a few weeks later, with high school students returning last a few weeks after middle school students, according to the plan.

According to the Public Education Department’s back-to-school plan, schools can serve special needs students in person in a small group or 1-on-1 settings.

Schools will also be permitted to serve small groups of students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade in person in groups of no more than five students per teacher and prioritizing students who are most in need of learning support.

New Mexico state officials reported 343 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state Thursday and 5 additional deaths.

There are now 18,163 total confirmed COVID-19 cases in New Mexico and 596 deaths from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

According to health officials, 167 people are currently hospitalized for COVID-19 in New Mexico, 34 of which are on ventilators.

The NMDDOH reports 496,985 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in New Mexico.

Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. David R. Scrase said state data shows the seven-day average of daily COVID-19 cases has increased by 123 percent over the last five weeks.

New Mexico’s Department of Health and the New Mexico Environment Department have conducted more than 800 “rapid responses” to COVID-19 cases among employees at New Mexico workplaces.

Rapid responses include five elements to help contain the spread of COVID-19 and allow businesses to return to safe operations as fast as possible.

Those five elements are the temporary closure of certain operations of a business, testing and self-quarantine of COVID-19 positive employees, resting employees until they receive negative tests before they return to work, disinfecting workplace areas COVID-19 positive employees may have been in contact with and the implementation of a COVID-19 safety plan.

According to New Mexico Secretary of Environment James Kenney, since rapid responses were implemented around 8 weeks ago, the number of COVID-19 cases among restaurant employees is 15 times greater than at the start of the program.

A replay of the press conference is available below: A simultaneous interpretation of the news conference in Spanish is being streamed live on YouTube.

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