Jan. 9 was National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. If you have a police officer as a friend or family member, this week is the perfect time to let them you know that you appreciate how difficult their job is. National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day was created in 2015 as a way for people to express their gratitude for officers in the United States. There are nearly a million police officers in our country, and they deserve our thanks for putting themselves at risk for us every day.
Locally, of course, we are extremely proud of the Carlsbad Police Department. Thanks to the Eddy County Sheriff’s Department, the District Attorney’s Office, New Mexico State Police, and many other organizations who work together every single day to keep us safe. We also are thankful for the organizations such as COPS who find ways to support our police officers throughout the year.
The first blizzard of 2021 (on Saturday night and Sunday morning) resulted in a little more than an inch of snow for most of Carlsbad, with Hobbs and other communities east of here getting quite a bit lot more. While visibility was limited on the highway, we are not aware of any major accidents taking place here over the weekend. We certainly appreciate the additional moisture.
The state has issued another update on its COVID-19 vaccination plan by announcing that it has moved into Phase 1B of its distribution plan. This means that the vaccine will soon be available to New Mexicans who are 75 years or older, who have underlying medical conditions placing them at risk, who are frontline essential workers who can’t work remotely or who are residents of congregate care settings. This phase includes teachers and grocery store workers. Some of these vaccination efforts are already taking place in Carlsbad while other processes are in development. The number of doses available is still very limited at this time.
As a reminder, New Mexicans who want to be vaccinated are encouraged to register at https://cvvaccine.nmhealth.org. You will be notified when a vaccine is available to you. The vaccination plan is available here: https://cv.nmhealth.org/covid-vaccine.
COVID-19 update: Sunday was not a good day for Eddy County. We had 97 new positive COVID-19 cases, according to the NM Department of Health, which included 51 positives for the 88220 zip code. This was the highest number of COVID-19 cases for any zip code in the state reported that day. There were also 72 positive COVID-19 cases announced for this county on Saturday and one COVID-19 related death. Eddy County has now recorded a total of 5,184 positive cases since reporting began last year.
Many in our community have directly seen the impact of this virus. While we are enthusiastic about the vaccine, we also have a ways to go before it is fully available. Please do what you can to help us keep the case count down, by avoiding large gatherings and wearing a mask when possible, as we push to getting things back to normal.
Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway