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COVID safety and Memorial Day

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COVID-19 is back. Not that it ever went away. According to the New York Times tracking system, over the past two weeks, COVID cases nationally were up 40 percent. Here in New Mexico over the past two weeks, cases surged by 102 percent, with hospitalizations up 115 percent and numbers in intensive care up a whopping 235 percent. And all this is happening while most governments are weakening or lifting COVID restrictions altogether. How will the uptick affect Memorial Day celebrations and what steps can we take to minimize our risks? I turned to national infectious disease expert Dr. David Freedman at the University of Alabama, Birmingham to find out more.

Mary Lou Cooper reports on consumer issues for KSFR as well as on politics and elder affairs. She has worked for the U.S. Congress as well as for the Nevada and Tennessee legislatures, and remains a political junkie. She worked many years for an association of Western state legislatures and was a contributor to “Capitol Ideas,” a national magazine about state government. In 2016 Cooper received a public service award from the New Mexico Broadcasting Association for her KSFR story on Internet romance scams. She has received journalism awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and from the National Federation of Press Women. She grew up in Oak Ridge, TN and received her BA from Emory University in Atlanta and her MA from the University of Texas Austin. She also holds fiction and screenwriting certificates from the University of Washington.