Category: Health Care

WLV Head Start makes adjustments due to pandemic

WLV Head Start makes adjustments due to pandemic

From the Las Vegas Optic West Las Vegas Schools will soon hire two new “co-teachers” for its federally-funded school readiness program Head Start. The Board of Education unanimously approved the hirings during its regular meeting last Thursday. Head Start program managers are also working to train current teachers on the use of Google Meet, a…

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Odette Bolano, 2020 CEO of Influence

Odette Bolano, 2020 CEO of Influence

From the Idaho Business Review From an early age, Odette Bolano knew she wanted to enter health care administration. After graduating from Texas Christian University with a nursing degree, she went on to pursue a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Houston. She’s worked as a critical care nurse and as…

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Mark Maxfield, 2020 CEO of Influence

Mark Maxfield, 2020 CEO of Influence

From the Idaho Business Review The Cottages Assisted Living and Memory Care began on a piece of land that once belonged to Mark Maxfield’s grandparents. They had called the land home for 50 years, and raised their children there. “In December of 2001, we opened the very first building in Emmett,” Maxfield said. “They always…

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Breaking Down Barriers: Diversion program thrives on cooperation, embraces skeptics

Breaking Down Barriers: Diversion program thrives on cooperation, embraces skeptics

From the Las Vegas Optic ALAMOSA, Colo. — Addiction is not a crime, yet many battling addiction end up with a criminal record because their addiction pushed them to break the law. In some cases, they might steal items from a store. In other cases, the crime they’ve committed is merely possessing the drug they’re…

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Jail staff, inmates test negative for COVID-19

Jail staff, inmates test negative for COVID-19

From the Las Vegas Optic No new coronavirus cases were detected during testing of all inmates and staff at the San Miguel County Detention Center, according to Warden Matt Elwell. The testing was prompted after one inmate tested positive May 5 during routine testing. New Mexico Department of Health officials tested staff and other inmates…

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Jail staff, inmates await coronavirus test results

Jail staff, inmates await coronavirus test results

From the Las Vegas Optic Twenty-two staff members at the San Miguel County Detention Center are currently living at the jail after an inmate tested positive for COVID-19 Tuesday, according to Warden Matthew Elwell. New Mexico Department of Health officials tested all inmates and staff members on Wednesday, though he was not given a time…

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Affeldt appointed to governor’s Economic Recovery Council

Affeldt appointed to governor’s Economic Recovery Council

From the Las Vegas Optic Hospitality entrepreneur and philanthropist Allan Affeldt, who owns the Plaza and La Castañeda hotels in Las Vegas, has been selected as one of 15 business and labor leaders from across New Mexico to advise Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on strategies for reopening businesses in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.…

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Data on local COVID-19 testing remains elusive

Data on local COVID-19 testing remains elusive

From the Las Vegas Optic More than 14,000 New Mexicans have been tested for the COVID-19 virus, but the number of people tested in San Miguel or Mora counties is difficult to determine. Data provided by the New Mexico Department of Health does not detail the number of tests given in particular counties, and according…

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Jail bookings, arrests lower since first case of coronavirus

Jail bookings, arrests lower since first case of coronavirus

From the Las Vegas Optic Criminal bookings at the San Miguel County Detention Center have decreased substantially since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in New Mexico on March 11, according to data compiled by the Optic. During the two-week period of March 11 to March 25 in 2019, SMCDC had 92 criminal bookings. During…

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San Miguel County reports first coronavirus case

San Miguel County reports first coronavirus case

From the Las Vegas Optic The New Mexico Department of Health announced seven new positive COVID-19 cases Thursday, including the first positive case in San Miguel County. While the NMDOH has not released details about the person as of this writing, Nora Meyers Sackett, the governor’s press secretary, told the Optic the person is self-isolating…

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