So, you get Covid. What comes next? Check out the NMDOH link below for more details, but here’s the gist of it: 

Instructions for people you were around:

You will also need to contact any people you were around for two days before your symptoms started or before the day you got your positive test if you don’t have symptoms. If there were any people who were within six feet of you for more than three minutes (even if you had masks on), you should tell them about your positive result and tell them to:

Isolation Instructions if You Were Notified You are Positive for COVID-19 | NMDOH – Coronavirus Updates – NMDOH – Coronavirus Updates | Coronavirus Updates in New Mexico

Symptoms of COVID-19 may include cough, fever, upset stomach, headache, body aches, and/or loss of taste or smell. Pick one of the three situations that fits you best and follow the instructions.


Why do I keep posting about the vaccine and the virus? Because while we’re doing a pretty good job of getting workouts in, we can’t get back to ‘normal’ as long as people are worried about catching the virus, bringing it home to their kids/grandkids or elderly parents, are uncomfortable wearing a mask, etc, etc. So, if you know how to get tested, where to get the vaccine, etc, you’ll have a better chance of helping us to get the high case rate in Otero County under control again. Yes, it has a high ‘survivability rate’ but so do measles/chicken pox/influenza, and nobody wants to get those things either. Hospitals have to treat people who can’t breathe, even if they are going to ‘survive’ and if hospitals are overloaded with Covid patients they can’t handle other catastrophes (mass shootings, fires, floods, car accidents, etc) as well.  I personally think we now have a permanent ‘new normal’ and will adapt. As early as February 2020 we started to change our workout system, remodel our club, downsized in anticipation of what this pandemic would bring.  If you’d rather workout someplace that is reactive instead of proactive in it’s approach, I understand that, too. Thanks.


September is a “long month” of training and starts today, Sunday, August 29 and goes through Sat Oct 2. You’ll still get 4 weeks of training but we will be taking off a week of extra days scattered throughout the month (as well as our normal Fri/Sat/Sun.) Some of the days we will only cancel the morning but still have the PM session, and vice versa. We will usually still have 6 am coed training and most aerobics classes on those days, but I will send updates as the month progresses. 

The first cancelled days this month are:

The morning of Wed Sept 1 (please attend evening training/classes or the 6 am coed and morning yoga and zumba). 

Sun and Mon Sept 5 & 6 (we’ll still have all aerobics classes on these days)


Kind scuba divers try to convince a tiny octopus to trade its plastic cup for a shell

A really lovely video.

10 Psychologist Recommended Kids Books

Whether you’re a parent, a grandparent, a teacher, or just someone who loves being around kids, there are some good suggestions here for books that might come in handy.

Lost your card?

 “New Mexicans who misplace their vaccine card can contact the provider that administered their vaccine and ask for a replacement.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

New Mexicans can also visit 

 to obtain their immunization record, which should show that they’ve completed the vaccine series (assuming the provider has correctly reported it to NMSIIS already).⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

If you experience difficulty logging in, please call the NMSIIS Help Desk at 833-882-6454 for assistance.” From the NMDOH.⠀


If you go to this link you can see what Walgreens offers for testing and decide which way is best for you.

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