COVID-19 cases are surging since the introduction of the new Omicron variant. Officials from UNM Hospital and Presbyterian Medical Services update the public on the impacts of Omicron on their daily operations and specifically Emergency Rooms. Our Line panelists also react to those warnings about longer wait times for minor health issues and the growing issues individuals are having when trying to get tested for the virus.
Plus, Our Line Panelists share their opinion on a study to determine the feasibility of publicly owned utility companies. Are they more accountable to their customers than private electric companies? And what does the changing composition of the Public Regulations Commission mean for energy oversight in the future?
Line Opinion Panelists:
Michael Bird, former President, American Public Health Association
Tom Garrity, Garrity Public Relations Group
Martha Burk, Political Psychologist and Author
For More Information:
Omicron’s Impact on Hospitals & Wait Times (VIDEO) – NMiF YouTube
New Mexico Hospitals Warn of Wait Times for the Less Sick – Associated Press
COVID-19 Dashboard – NMDOH
Vaccine Signup – NMDOH
NM Utility Regulators Skeptical of Study on Publicly Owned Electric Power – Santa Fe New Mexican
Group of Legislators Request Study About Creating Government-Run Electric Utilities – NM Political Report
PRC Asked by Legislators to Consider Public Utilities as Option for NM– Santa Fe New Mexican