NMDOH News: As part of the state’s proactive testing efforts to identify, isolate and trace new cases, the Department of Health has designated special statewide COVID-19 testing hours for all employees who work to provide New Mexican families with food, including workers at restaurants, grocery stores, farmers’ markets, distribution centers and food manufacturing facilities. “Our essential food industry workers continue to help New Mexican families access food,” said New Mexico Environment Department Cabinet Secretary James Kenney. “Now we can help our essential food industry workers access proactive testing for COVID-19. Food industry employers are strongly urged to take advantage of this testing.” “Broadscale testing will ultimately result in more lives saved,” said Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Kathy Kunkel. “Even as we reopen, COVID-19 is still out there, and we must continue to be vigilant.” “Part of the New Mexico Restaurant Association’s mission is to ‘protect the hospitality industry in New Mexico,’ and we feel that encouraging participation in this widespread testing effort is our duty under that promise,” said Carol Wight, Chief Executive Officer of the New Mexico Restaurant Association. “Making testing readily accessible to our industry protects our employees and customers, and we ask that every New Mexico restaurant consider doing their part to slow the spread of COVID-19 by encouraging their staff to get tested.” Many people who are infected with coronavirus may not experience any symptoms while still having the potential to pass the virus onto others, making largescale testing incredibly important in preventing its spread – and keeping New Mexico on a path toward reopening the economy. Testing as many food industry workers as possible builds consumer confidence while helping employers minimize their occupational risk of an asymptomatic employee spreading the disease in the workplace. If proactive testing identifies a positive case, the New Mexico Environment Department and Department of Health will contact the employer about the appropriate next steps to take to prevent the spread of the virus, including disinfection and follow-up testing. Proactive testing can minimize disruption to operations. Testing is available 8-11 a.m. every Monday, beginning June 15, at the locations listed. Testing is free, but those who have insurance should bring their card with them. Appointments are required and must be scheduled by noon the preceding Friday by calling a local public health office.
Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. CLEVELAND – Despite not getting any help from the his defense on Monday night, it was another night of subpar pitching for Indians ace Corey Kluber, leading to more speculation about if the two-time Cy Young award winner is less than 100 percent.Kluber lasted just four innings against the Pirates, who beat him up for seven runs (three earned) on nine hits, and he recorded just two strikeouts.The Tribe’s number one pitcher had an injection in his knee over the All-Star break, as well as 11 days off, but said that neither of that hurt him despite having another rough outing.“That wasn’t the issue at all,” Kluber said about the knee. “I just have to get my delivery to where I can make good pitches consistently, my knee was fine, didn’t have any issues.”He threw a total of 72 pitches, and many Indians fans wondered why he came back out to pitch following a 27-minute rain delay to throw the fourth inning with the team already down 4-0.“It was basically just a one inning off,” Tribe manager Terry Francona said about Kluber coming back out after the second delay.“You got to start thinking about getting through a game, and if you take him out after the third, you’re going to make a roster move.” The fourth inning was another disaster, as the Pirates pounded him for three more runs to put up a 7-0 lead.“I’ve just got to figure out what I need to do to reign it back in and get it to where I want to be,” Kluber said after the loss. “I feel like I wasn’t in a good spot before hand, and just have to work through it and get it back to where I want to be.”The last seven outings for Kluber have been underwhelming and very ‘unKluber’ like to say the least. In those games he’s going 2-4, and his ERA in his last seven starts is now at 5.13 following his latest setback.In those six outings he’s allowed 22 earned runs in 38 innings, allowing 40 hits, eight walks, and 31 strikeouts. Another alarming number is the fact he’s allowed eight homers in the last six times on the hill.“I think he had a point there where he had a little trouble staying over the rubber like we talked about,” Francona said of Kluber’s issues. “That’s why we gave him the injection.“He’s probably the one guy, but I don’t know if you could go the whole year at that level, and not have a hiccup or two. I’m not sure that’s realistic, he makes it look that way.”Kluber says he feels good, the team says he feels good, but the results right now are clearly not where he or the team want them to be. Matt Loede Related TopicsCorey KluberIndiansTerry Francona