Secretary of State Jim Condos announced today the appointment of Chris Winters as Deputy Secretary of State. Winters has served the Secretary of State’s office for 18 years, the last nine of which he has served as Director of the Office of Professional Regulation. “I am excited to have Chris as my Deputy; I have worked with him for many years – even before becoming Secretary of State. During my time in the Vermont Senate, particularly as Chair of Senate Government Operations, Chris worked with my committee and me – and I have always had great respect for his managerial skills and legal expertise,” Condos said.Secretary Condos added, “Chris’ years of experience and his excellent reputation across Vermont State government will allow him to hit the ground running as we head into the legislative session and continue to work on improving the office’s accessibility and transparency.”Colin Benjamin, Board Counsel for the Office of Professional Regulation, will be replacing Winters as its Director. Secretary Condos remarked, “Colin has been excellently situated to take over as Director of the Office of Professional Regulation. He is an incredibly dedicated public servant who is very passionate about public protection. He will be a great fit for the office.”Brian Leven, the former Deputy, will be stepping down in January to work closer to home. He has worked for the state of Vermont for approximately sixteen years – the first twelve in the Office of Legislative Council and the last four as the Deputy Secretary of State. The Secretary of State wishes Brian and his family well on their next adventure.Source: Condos 12.23.2014
STATE News:SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 132 additional positive tests for COVID-19.Los Alamos County remains at 7 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.Today’s update includes 5 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.The New Mexico Department of Health reported today the most recent cases: 13 new cases in Bernalillo County1 new case in Cibola County1 new case in Colfax County3 new cases in Curry County1 new case in Doña Ana County17 new cases in Hidalgo County2 new cases in Lea County1 new case in Luna County25 new cases in McKinley County1 new case in Otero County8 new cases in Sandoval County26 new cases in San Juan County3 new cases in Santa Fe County1 new case in Taos County29 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison FacilityThe 5 additional deaths in New Mexico reported today include:A male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.A male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a patient at the Canyon Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque.A female in her 90s from McKinley County. The individual was a resident of Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup.A female in her 60s from Roosevelt County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.A male in his 90s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 440.Previously reported numbers included five cases that have been identified as duplicates (one in Doña Ana County, one in McKinley County, three in Sandoval County); four cases that were not lab confirmed (two in Bernalillo County, one in Curry County, one in San Juan County); and one case in Sandoval County that was determined to be an out-of-state resident – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 9,845 positive tests for COVID-19:Bernalillo County: 1,705Catron County: 2Chaves County: 59Cibola County: 185Colfax County: 8Curry County: 83Doña Ana County: 657Eddy County: 47Grant County: 16Guadalupe County: 20Harding County: 1Hidalgo County: 20Lea County: 44Lincoln County: 6Los Alamos County: 7Luna County: 29McKinley County: 2,936Otero County: 30Quay County: 4Rio Arriba County: 59Roosevelt County: 53Sandoval County: 634San Juan County: 2,123San Miguel County: 16Santa Fe County: 173Sierra County: 4Socorro County: 55Taos County: 33Torrance County: 34Union County: 5Valencia County: 89County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:Cibola County Correctional Center: 2Luna County Detention Center: 1Otero County Prison Facility: 275Otero County Processing Center: 108Torrance County Detention Facility: 24The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the following facilities:Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 1Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1Otero County Prison Facility: 295Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1As of today, there are 161 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.As of today, there are 4,160 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following long-term care and acute care facilities:Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in AlbuquerqueAlbuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in AlbuquerqueArtesia Healthcare and Rehabilitation in ArtesiaAvamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in AlbuquerqueAztec Health Care in AztecBear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in AlbuquerqueBeehive Homes in FarmingtonBelen Meadows in BelenBonney Family Home in GallupBrookdale Tramway Ridge in AlbuquerqueBrookdale Santa Fe in Santa FeCamino Healthcare in AlbuquerqueCamino Retirement Apartments in AlbuquerqueCasa De Oro Center in Las CrucesCasa Del Sol Center in Las CrucesCasa Maria Health Care Center in RoswellCedar Ridge Inn in FarmingtonCentral Desert Behavioral Health in AlbuquerqueClayton Nursing and Rehab in ClaytonDungarvin New Mexico, LLC in GallupGenesis Uptown Rehabilitation CenterGood Samaritan Society in GrantsHeartland Continuing Care Center in PortalesThe Jim Wood Home in HatchLaguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa BlancaLa Vida Llena in AlbuquerqueLegacy Santa Fe in Santa FeLife Care Center of Farmington in FarmingtonLittle Sisters of the Poor in GallupMcKinley Care Center in GallupMission Arch Center in RoswellMorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa FePacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa FePrime Care Assisted Living in AlbuquerqueRed Rocks Care Center in GallupRetirement Ranches, Inc. in ClovisRobin House Assisted Living Center in AlbuquerqueSan Juan Center in FarmingtonSouth Valley Care Center in AlbuquerqueSpanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in AlbuquerqueSundance Care Home in GallupTohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in TohatchiThe Village at Alameda in AlbuquerqueThe Village at Northrise in Las CrucesWellbrook Transitional Rehabilitation Center in FarmingtonThe Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Get tested. Stay home, especially if you are sick. Wear a mask or face covering when in public and around others.New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing: Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;Asymptomatic people in congregate settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;Asymptomatic people who are currently working; andSymptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.