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On Aug. 22 of this year, Uvaldo V. Lopez went missing, but before his body could be found two weeks later in a remote part of Carson National Forest, the Taos County Sheriff’s Office and Taos Search and Rescue would have to find a way to work together on the mission, when doing so hadn’t always been easy in the past. That’s where David Elliot comes in.
Taos County continues to see a rise in its COVID-19 case rate (cases per 100,000 people per week). But after last week’s startling 276 percent rise in case rates, the county reports a milder 34 percent rise this week. Still, hospitals in the state remain concerned about running out of room to treat newly sick patients, a major problem when the first wave of the pandemic hit in 2020.
The days of social distancing and masks are back in the town of Taos after the Town Council voted in an emergency meeting Friday (Aug. 13) to approve a new public health order.
The COVID-19 case rate (cases per 100,000 people per week) increased by 48 percent across New Mexico between July 7-12, according to the town of Taos, which referenced data from the New Mexico Department of Health and Johns Hopkins University.
The case rate increase in Taos County from the previous week was nearly three-fold, jumping from 34 to 92. The county case rate had peaked in November 2020 at 627 cases per 100,000 people per week.