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This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Megan Kamerick talks with Drs. Sanjeev Arora and Leslie Hayes about telehealth and how rural medical centers and hospitals are handling cases of the novel coronavirus.

Senior producer Matt Grubs talks to U.S. Sen. Tom Udall about the COVID-19 pandemic as the Senate passes its latest attempt to provide a safety net for the U.S. economy and healthcare system.

Correspondent Laura Paskus continues with the third in her series of interviews with journalists around the state as they cover COVID-19 in their communities. Staci Matlock, managing editor of the Taos News, discusses the progress and results of the outbreak in Northern New Mexico.

Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel discuss how rural hospitals are struggling to keep their doors open while they brace for a surge in COVID-19 patients, and what’s ahead for health care in less populated parts New Mexico. The Line also looks whether the state has enough resources to expand novel coronavirus testing for every citizen, and what it might need to reopen the economy.

Host:
Gene Grant

In Focus Interviews:
Rural Hospitals and Telehealth
Correspondent: Megan Kamerick
Guest: Dr. Sanjeev Arora, founder, Project Echo at UNM
Dr. Leslie Hayes, family practitioner, El Centro Health in Española

Sen. Tom Udall on U.S. Economy and Healthcare
Correspondent: Matt Grubs
Guest: U.S. Senator Tom Udall

COVID-19 in Northern New Mexico
Correspondent: Laura Paskus
Guest: Staci Matlock, managing editor, Taos News

The Line Opinion Panel:
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Sophie Martin, attorney
H. Diane Snyder, former state senator