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8672 Positive Cases of COVID-19 in New Mexico/387 Total Deaths Statewide (Updated: June 5, 2020, 4:04 p.m.)
New Mexico Department of Health 1-855-600-3453

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June 5, 2020 5:19 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 8,672
Update includes four additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Friday announced 331 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

19 new cases in Bernalillo County
4 new cases in Cibola County
5 new cases in Curry County
28 new cases in Doña Ana County
2 new cases in Eddy County
3 new cases in Lea County
2 new cases in Luna County
77 new cases in McKinley County
2 new cases in Otero County
2 new cases in Rio Arriba County
2 new cases in Sandoval County
52 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Torrance County
1 new case in Union County
1 new case in Valencia County
116 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
13 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility

The Department of Health on Friday also reported four additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:

A male in his 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Genesis Uptown Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque.
A male in his 80s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup.
A male in his 60s in Otero County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a New Mexico Corrections Department inmate at the Otero County Prison Facility.
A male in his 60s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions.

The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 387.

Previously reported numbers included eight cases that have been identified as duplicates (three in Bernalillo County, one in Chaves County, one in McKinley County, one in San Juan County, one in Sandoval County, and one among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility); two cases in Doña Ana County that have been determined to be out-of-state residents; and two cases that were not lab confirmed (one in McKinley County, one in Santa Fe County) – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 8,672 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,559
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 50
Cibola County: 152
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 62
Doña Ana County: 535
Eddy County: 28
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 29
Lincoln County: 5
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 11
McKinley County: 2,617
Otero County: 25
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 54
Roosevelt County: 42
Sandoval County: 579
San Juan County: 1,893
San Miguel County: 15
Santa Fe County: 150
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 54
Taos County: 31
Torrance County: 34
Union County: 5
Valencia County: 81

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:

Cibola County Correctional Center: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 272
Otero County Processing Center: 92
Torrance County Detention Facility: 18

The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the following facilities:

Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 219
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1

As of today, there are 175 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 3,206 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following long-term care and acute care facilities:

Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
Casa Maria Health Care Center in Roswell
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
Genesis Uptown Rehabilitation Center
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
McKinley Care Center in Gallup
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Prime Care Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
Wellbrook Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Farmington

The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:

Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregate settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Asymptomatic people who are currently working;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.

New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

Prior Updates

June 5, 2020 5:18 PM

Media contact: Catherine Zaharko, Doña Ana County
575-525-5801 • catherinez@donaanacounty.org

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.

REGIONAL HOSPITAL RESOURCES (INCLUDES: Dona Ana, Catron, Socorro, Grant, Sierra, Luna, Lincoln, Hidalgo, and Otero Counties):

CURRENTLY IN USE CAPACITY REMAINING AVAILABILITY
TOTAL ICU CAPABILITY 48 149 101





COVID PATIENT HOSPITALIZATION



POSITIVE COVID ADMITTED 12







VENTILATOR USE



VENT AVAILABILITY 17 90 73







Regional updates:

City of Anthony Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept. Oscar Dominguez, City Manager The city gave away 1,800 masks on Wednesday. There is concern about the growing number of COVID-19 cases in El Paso.

www.cityofanthonynm.com

City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

www.sunlandpark-nm.gov On June 11, 2020, a DOH “TAG” testing will be held from 7 AM-10 AM.

City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org Special City Council meeting being held today to discuss utilization of face coverings throughout the city.

Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org Nothing new to report.

Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net Zoom meeting today with the athletic directors to discuss how athletics will be handled in the new school year. Samantha will send out a press release

Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org Nothing new to report.

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org Sheriff is handing out masks throughout the county.

Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

www.donaanacounty.org/detention Nothing new to report.

Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

www.villageofhatch.org No report.

Town of Mesilla Dorothy Sellers www.mesillanm.gov Nothing new to report.

Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

www.mmclc.org No report.

MountainView Regional Medical

Center

Ben Woods

www.mountainviewregional.com Nothing new to report.

New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

www.nmsu.edu Face to face classes will resume in August with a few exceptions and a hybrid model for some classes. NMSU has put together “tiger teams” to facilitate the return to campus strategies.

New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

www.nmsupolice.com Nothing new to report.

Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency Nothing new to report.

Southern New Mexico Correctional

Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-

new-mexico-correctional-facility/ No report.

State of NM Aging & Long-Term

Services Nothing new to report.

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us

Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch

Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

www.mvrda.org No report.

U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-

borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas Due to staffing constraints, CBP will not be contributing daily updates to the Joint Information Center. Occasional messages will be passed along via email as necessary.

NM Department of Health

David Morgan

www.cv.nmhealth.org

June 5, 2020 5:12 PM

The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department will continue implementing its phased reopening plan which will extend hours for certain specialty parks and open new public spaces. The first limited reopening under Phase One (Green Phase) has proven successful thanks to the cooperation of the community with following guidelines. The plan was designed to align with directives from New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s extended public health emergency order, which remains in place, and the New Mexico Department of Health guidelines. The Las Cruces community is encouraged to continue social distancing practices, good hygiene, keeping groups to five or less, and no large gatherings.

Phase One (Green Phase)

Beginning Monday, June 8, the green phase will expand with the addition of Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon and 5 – 9 p.m., to tennis and pickleball courts sessions. Metro Verde Tennis Court, 6013 Atlas Street, will be added to the open courts list along with Lions Park tennis court and Apodaca Park pickleball court. Schedule will be the same.

The Remote-Control Track, 1453 E. Hadley, will change to regular hours, dawn to dusk daily. The Remote-Control Airport, located in the Las Cruces Foothills Landfill, 555 S. Sonoma Ranch Blvd., will change to regular hours, dawn to dusk, Monday – Friday. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday.

Phase Two (Yellow Phase)

The yellow phase will begin on Monday, June 15 with the opening of one city park in each city council district. Playgrounds will remain closed for now. As parks open, park service will be increased accordingly. The parks are as follows:

District One: Klein Park, 155 N. Mesquite Street

District Two: Tony Gomez Park/Frenger Park, 2283 S. Espina St.

District Three: Las Cruces Dog Park, 430 N. Hermosa St.

District Four: La Llorona Park, 3440 W. Picacho Ave.

District Five: Twin Parks, median on Engler Road (between McGuffy St. and Mesa Grande Ave.)

District Six: Desert Trails Community Park, 3492 Sonora Springs

Under the Phase 2 Yellow, Frenger Pool will open for lap swimming by reservation only. The Regional Aquatic Center will open for lap swimming, channel use, and upstairs gym use, also by reservation. (Reservations allow employees to schedule decontamination cleaning according to use.) Reservation information will be available before Friday, June 12 at las-cruces.org/Covid19ParkSchedules.

On Monday, June 15, Butterfield Shooting Range will revert to regular hours, from dawn to dusk, while still maintaining Covid-19 guidelines put in place by the Parks & Recreation department.

The Parks and Recreation Department is will continue to assess the opening of more public spaces in alignment with the Governor’s directives and the NM Department of Health recommendations. For up-to-date park schedules and information go to las-cruces.org/COVID19ParkSchedule. Contact Parks & Recreation Department Administration Offices 575/541-2550 or email at CLCEngage@las-cruces.org.


June 5, 2020 1:34 PM

Las Cruces City Council has scheduled a special meeting for Monday, June 8, immediately following the regularly scheduled Work Session at 1 p.m., to discuss a resolution for the Council’s consideration. The Resolution encourages the public to wear face coverings in retail and commercial business in the city limits due to the Corona Virus pandemic.

The Resolution, if approved, is in lieu of Ordinance No. 2929, which would have required face coverings to be worn by the public in retail and commercial businesses with exceptions (aligned with the State of New Mexico Covid-19 Public Health Order) for eating, drinking, exercising, children under three-years-old or those with other personal health concerns prohibiting the use of a face covering. Under the Ordinance, if enacted, any violations would have constituted a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine up to $500 and/or 90 days in jail. Council prefers voluntary compliance over enforcement and does not want the effort to be punitive, which the proposed Resolution would encourage.

City Council tabled the Ordinance indefinitely at a special meeting today, Friday, June 5, and will instead focus on the resolution which holds no punitive consequences.

You can find all Las Cruces City Council Regular Meeting and Work Session agendas at the following link: https://lascruces.civicweb.net/portal/.

City of Las Cruces news releases are available on the home page of the City website at las-cruces.org under News & Announcements and can be translated into Spanish and multiple other languages using the Select Language feature on the lower right side of the page.

June 5, 2020 10:07 AM

Lujan Grisham administration releases additional summer resources for families
Multi-agency state effort addresses access to food, child care, cultural learning opportunities

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday announced additional resources for New Mexico families interested in summer youth programming. Through a collaboration between the Department of Cultural Affairs, Public Education Department, Early Childhood Education and Care Department, and Children, Youth & Families Department, the state has assembled a comprehensive array of supports for families – including a directory of available programs, online and print resources, child care resources and other materials.

These resources are available on http://www.newmexico.gov/summer-youth-programs/, along with a full list of COVID-19 Safe Practices for in-person programs.

“Children have always been a top priority of this administration. They must be able to play and learn and eat during the summer, even during the current health crisis. Working together, these state agencies are making sure that happens and happens safely,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said.

CYFD will support food deliveries to communities in need in New Mexico, including tribes and pueblos, throughout the summer. To date, CYFD has led the coordination and distribution of more than 1 million pounds of food and 5.4 million meals throughout the state.

CYFD will also continue to prioritize outreach and support to children and youth in custody throughout the summer. Staff are working to connect families and foster parents to summer recreational and educational activities for children and families, many offered through the Early Childhood Education and Care Department and the Department of Cultural Affairs, including options for child care in addition to fun activities, books, arts and crafts and science experiments that can be done at home. For older youth and young adults, CYFD will continue to help with access to housing, jobs, apprenticeships, and preparation for fall academic activities. Increased video and telephonic “visits” with children in foster care and young people previously in CYFD custody who are now living independently will address any emergent needs through the summer months.

“One thing we’ve seen during this incredibly difficult time has been our staff’s desire to connect more with families and families’ reciprocal engagement as that’s happened,” CYFD Secretary Brian Blalock said. “We’re seeing children and young people trusting more than ever that CYFD is here for them, and that’s helping increase access to supports and helping them thrive. These more frequent and meaningful connections are something we’re looking to continue doing for the long term.”

CYFD also continues to support telehealth services throughout the summer. People who have benefited from the convenience of increased behavioral health access at home and through the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line and its companion app, NMConnect, will be pleased to know telehealth services are here to stay.

The Early Childhood Education and Care Department will continue to assist families in accessing child care for children 6 weeks to 12 years of age in centers and homes. Families who need care can call New Mexico Kids (1-800-691-9067). ECECD is also working to make state government programming available to child care centers – including DCA’s “bookmobile” program.

“Supporting families during this public health emergency means striking a balance: providing opportunities for children to learn, grow, and develop, while preventing the spread of the virus.” said Early Childhood Education and Care Secretary Elizabeth Groginsky. “These resources do just that.”

The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs is dedicated to continuing to provide educational, enriching programming to the children of New Mexico and their families throughout the summer. All DCA’s annual Summer Youth Programs will continue in a virtual environment. Exciting events and programs, including the first statewide summer reading program, will be available online. New Mexico’s museums, historic sites, and cultural institutions are creating fun, educational activity kits that will be distributed to families via programs throughout the state. Families can take advantage of the weekly Friday night concert series, Our Fair New Mexico, and a variety of virtual exhibit tours, fun DIY activities, and engaging video content can be found on Visit Virtually. Explore all of DCA’s resources on http://www.NewMexicoCulture.org. Check back often as content is always being added.

“The incredible educators and instructional staff at all of DCA’s divisions have been working hard to bring our state’s rich culture into the homes of all New Mexicans this summer,” said Cultural Affairs Secretary Debra Garcia y Griego, “We are committed to providing hands-on activities and virtual experience to help New Mexico families and children throughout the summer.”

The Public Education Department determined that it would not be possible to meet the statutory requirements of K-5 Plus for summer 2020. However, Extended Learning Time Programs may still be possible in August while adhering to public health requirements and best practices.

The PED encourages school districts to run locally funded, remote, or virtual summer school opportunities. The Summer School 2020 Guidance document published by PED on May 21st offers districts and school leaders resources and considerations based on what has been learned in the shift to remote learning and the research behind summer learning. Recent evidence suggests that expanding summer learning beyond remediation to provide students with rigorous opportunities to preview and practice knowledge and skills aligned to upcoming grade-level standards is effective at bolstering student achievement. Likewise, providing social and emotional learning supports for students yields benefits in more traditional school contexts. Families are encouraged to check in with their local schools to learn about remote summer program opportunities in their area.

The PED offers the following resources to families in support of social and emotional well-being:
Strategies for Trauma-Informed Distance Learning
Supporting Mindfulness in Learning
CASEL Resources: scroll down to see links that support SEL at Home
Building Positive Conditions for Learning at Home (In both English and Spanish)
In addition, Grab and Go meal sites for children will continue operating throughout the summer – and educational, cultural and social emotional resources will be available for families at these sites. A site list is available here.

June 5, 2020 9:41 AM

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday announced additional resources for New Mexico families interested in summer youth programming. Through a collaboration between the Department of Cultural Affairs, Public Education Department, Early Childhood Education and Care Department, and Children, Youth & Families Department, the state has assembled a comprehensive array of supports for families – including a directory of available programs, online and print resources, child care resources and other materials.

These resources are available on http://www.newmexico.gov/summer-youth-programs/, along with a full list of COVID-19 Safe Practices for in-person programs.

“Children have always been a top priority of this administration. They must be able to play and learn and eat during the summer, even during the current health crisis. Working together, these state agencies are making sure that happens and happens safely,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said.

CYFD will support food deliveries to communities in need in New Mexico, including tribes and pueblos, throughout the summer. To date, CYFD has led the coordination and distribution of more than 1 million pounds of food and 5.4 million meals throughout the state.

CYFD will also continue to prioritize outreach and support to children and youth in custody throughout the summer. Staff are working to connect families and foster parents to summer recreational and educational activities for children and families, many offered through the Early Childhood Education and Care Department and the Department of Cultural Affairs, including options for child care in addition to fun activities, books, arts and crafts and science experiments that can be done at home. For older youth and young adults, CYFD will continue to help with access to housing, jobs, apprenticeships, and preparation for fall academic activities. Increased video and telephonic “visits” with children in foster care and young people previously in CYFD custody who are now living independently will address any emergent needs through the summer months.

“One thing we’ve seen during this incredibly difficult time has been our staff’s desire to connect more with families and families’ reciprocal engagement as that’s happened,” CYFD Secretary Brian Blalock said. “We’re seeing children and young people trusting more than ever that CYFD is here for them, and that’s helping increase access to supports and helping them thrive. These more frequent and meaningful connections are something we’re looking to continue doing for the long term.”

CYFD also continues to support telehealth services throughout the summer. People who have benefited from the convenience of increased behavioral health access at home and through the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line and its companion app, NMConnect, will be pleased to know telehealth services are here to stay.

The Early Childhood Education and Care Department will continue to assist families in accessing child care for children 6 weeks to 12 years of age in centers and homes. Families who need care can call New Mexico Kids (1-800-691-9067). ECECD is also working to make state government programming available to child care centers – including DCA’s “bookmobile” program.

“Supporting families during this public health emergency means striking a balance: providing opportunities for children to learn, grow, and develop, while preventing the spread of the virus.” said Early Childhood Education and Care Secretary Elizabeth Groginsky. “These resources do just that.”

The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs is dedicated to continuing to provide educational, enriching programming to the children of New Mexico and their families throughout the summer. All DCA’s annual Summer Youth Programs will continue in a virtual environment. Exciting events and programs, including the first statewide summer reading program, will be available online. New Mexico’s museums, historic sites, and cultural institutions are creating fun, educational activity kits that will be distributed to families via programs throughout the state. Families can take advantage of the weekly Friday night concert series, Our Fair New Mexico, and a variety of virtual exhibit tours, fun DIY activities, and engaging video content can be found on Visit Virtually. Explore all of DCA’s resources on http://www.NewMexicoCulture.org. Check back often as content is always being added.

“The incredible educators and instructional staff at all of DCA’s divisions have been working hard to bring our state’s rich culture into the homes of all New Mexicans this summer,” said Cultural Affairs Secretary Debra Garcia y Griego, “We are committed to providing hands-on activities and virtual experience to help New Mexico families and children throughout the summer.”

The Public Education Department determined that it would not be possible to meet the statutory requirements of K-5 Plus for summer 2020. However, Extended Learning Time Programs may still be possible in August while adhering to public health requirements and best practices.

The PED encourages school districts to run locally funded, remote, or virtual summer school opportunities. The Summer School 2020 Guidance document published by PED on May 21st offers districts and school leaders resources and considerations based on what has been learned in the shift to remote learning and the research behind summer learning. Recent evidence suggests that expanding summer learning beyond remediation to provide students with rigorous opportunities to preview and practice knowledge and skills aligned to upcoming grade-level standards is effective at bolstering student achievement. Likewise, providing social and emotional learning supports for students yields benefits in more traditional school contexts. Families are encouraged to check in with their local schools to learn about remote summer program opportunities in their area.

The PED offers the following resources to families in support of social and emotional well-being:

Strategies for Trauma-Informed Distance Learning
Supporting Mindfulness in Learning
CASEL Resources: scroll down to see links that support SEL at Home
Building Positive Conditions for Learning at Home (In both English and Spanish)

In addition, Grab and Go meal sites for children will continue operating throughout the summer – and educational, cultural and social emotional resources will be available for families at these sites. A site list is available here.

June 5, 2020 9:38 AM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 8,353
Update includes eight additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 218 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
20 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Chaves County
1 new case in Cibola County
1 new case in Curry County
21 new cases in Doña Ana County
3 new cases in Eddy County
30 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Otero County
1 new case in Roosevelt County
3 new cases in Sandoval County
21 new cases in San Juan County
2 new cases in Socorro County
1 new case in Taos County
1 new case in Torrance County
1 new case in Valencia County
66 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
44 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Thursday also reported eight additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A female in her 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque.
A female in her 40s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a patient at the Canyon Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque.
A male in his 90s from McKinley County. The individual was a resident of Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 50s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 80s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 383.

Previously reported numbers included two cases in McKinley County that have been identified as duplicates and three cases that have been determined to be out-of-state residents (one in Bernalillo County, one in Luna County and one in McKinley County) – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 8,353 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,543
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 51
Cibola County: 148
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 57
Doña Ana County: 509
Eddy County: 26
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 26
Lincoln County: 5
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 9
McKinley County: 2,542
Otero County: 23
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 52
Roosevelt County: 42
Sandoval County: 578
San Juan County: 1,842
San Miguel County: 15
Santa Fe County: 150
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 54
Taos County: 31
Torrance County: 33
Union County: 4
Valencia County: 80

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:
Cibola County Correctional Center: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 157
Otero County Processing Center: 92
Torrance County Detention Facility: 18
The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the following facilities:
Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 206
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
As of today, there are 170 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 3,115 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following long-term care and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
Casa Maria Health Care Center in Roswell
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
McKinley Care Center in Gallup
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Prime Care Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
Wellbrook Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Farmington
The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:
Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregate settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Asymptomatic people who are currently working;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

June 4, 2020 4:11 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 8,353
Update includes eight additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 218 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

20 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Chaves County
1 new case in Cibola County
1 new case in Curry County
21 new cases in Doña Ana County
3 new cases in Eddy County
30 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Otero County
1 new case in Roosevelt County
3 new cases in Sandoval County
21 new cases in San Juan County
2 new cases in Socorro County
1 new case in Taos County
1 new case in Torrance County
1 new case in Valencia County
66 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
44 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility

The Department of Health on Thursday also reported eight additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:

A female in her 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque.
A female in her 40s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a patient at the Canyon Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque.
A male in his 90s from McKinley County. The individual was a resident of Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 50s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 80s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 383.

Previously reported numbers included two cases in McKinley County that have been identified as duplicates and three cases that have been determined to be out-of-state residents (one in Bernalillo County, one in Luna County and one in McKinley County) – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 8,353 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,543
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 51
Cibola County: 148
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 57
Doña Ana County: 509
Eddy County: 26
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 26
Lincoln County: 5
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 9
McKinley County: 2,542
Otero County: 23
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 52
Roosevelt County: 42
Sandoval County: 578
San Juan County: 1,842
San Miguel County: 15
Santa Fe County: 150
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 54
Taos County: 31
Torrance County: 33
Union County: 4
Valencia County: 80

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:

Cibola County Correctional Center: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 157
Otero County Processing Center: 92
Torrance County Detention Facility: 18

The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the following facilities:

Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 206
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1

As of today, there are 170 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 3,115 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following long-term care and acute care facilities:

Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
Casa Maria Health Care Center in Roswell
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
McKinley Care Center in Gallup
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Prime Care Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
Wellbrook Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Farmington

The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:

Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregate settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Asymptomatic people who are currently working;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.

New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

June 4, 2020 10:23 AM

Every New Mexican should have health care during the COVID-19 emergency – to help expedite that process there is a new online screening tool to help New Mexicans determine what health insurance coverage they may qualify for by answering a few simple questions, the state announced Thursday. It is available at: New Mexico Health Coverage Connector. The New Mexico Office of Superintendent of Insurance partnered with the New Mexico Human Services Department, beWellnm, and the New Mexico Medical Insurance Pool to make the tool. “Our top priority is to make sure people have quality health coverage during COVID-19,” said Superintendent of Insurance Russell Toal. “Sometimes it’s hard to know what type of coverage you qualify for, so we created a tool that asks a few simple questions to point you in the right direction.”The Medicaid program provides health insurance to more than 840,000 New Mexicans, or 42 percent of the state’s population.“Every New Mexican should have the security of health coverage to ensure they can get the medical care they need if they contract COVID-19,” said Abuko D. Estrada, Health Insurance Coverage Innovation Officer for the New Mexico Human Services Department, Medical Assistance Division. “If you are uninsured, apply for coverage. Medicaid and our partners will help you find the option that best meets your family’s needs during these unprecedented and challenging times.”To apply for Medicaid coverage, New Mexicans should start at yes.state.nm.us or call 1-855-637-6574. New Mexicans who qualify for Medicaid coverage may sign up any time of the year.New Mexico operates a state health insurance exchange, beWellnm. Individuals only have 60-days to sign up for health coverage on beWellnm after a job loss event where the individual’s health insurance was through their previous employer. The exchange enables people and small businesses to purchase health insurance with financial assistance to lower monthly premiums based on household income.“If you don’t qualify for Medicaid and you recently experienced a qualifying special enrollment circumstance, like job loss or income change due to COVID-19, call us at 1-833-862-3935 immediately. Time is of the essence. Once you experience a qualifying life change, there is a limited time to enroll in a plan through beWellnm.” said Jeffery Bustamante, Chief Executive Officer of beWellnm. “There is also premium assistance available to those who qualify, so please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here for you and proud to be partnering with the state to help you and your family find health coverage during this time.”

If you don’t qualify for Medicaid or coverage through beWellnm, everyone in New Mexico can get coverage through the New Mexico Medical Insurance Pool. To request an application call 1-844-728-7896. “It has never been more important that New Mexicans have health coverage,” said Debbie Armstrong, Executive Director of the NM Medical Insurance Pool. “The Pool is there for anyone who falls through the cracks. If you don’t qualify for other forms of coverage, we can make sure you are covered.”

June 3, 2020 5:36 PM

Virtual Town Hall – Resources for Reopening New Mexico Businesses

(Albuquerque, NM) – The New Mexico Departments of Economic Development, Workforce Solutions, and Environment, as well as the New Mexico Small Business Development Center have partnered to offer a series of Virtual Discussions for New Mexico Employers. The discussions are aimed at assisting businesses as they seek to reopen in compliance with Executive Health Orders.

The first of this series will take place on Monday, June 8th and will specifically address the needs of businesses with a high-level of customer engagement such as retail, sales, food service, lodging, etc.

Resources for the following activities will be discussed:
Staff recruitment and training needs
Training on how businesses can modify service delivery to comply with the public health orders
COVID-19 mitigation strategies and resources for securing PPE
Strategies and initiatives for bolstering consumer confidence

The Virtual Town Hall will be directly available to 1,000 participants, and can be accessed via Zoom meeting or by dialing in. Meeting information is provided to participants once they register for the event.

Department experts will be on hand to provide information on frequently asked questions regarding reopening and will be answering live questions asked during the Town Hall.

Virtual Town Hall
WHO: Economic Development Department, New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, New Mexico Environment Department, and NMSBDC
WHAT: Virtual Town Hall for businesses with high-level customer engagement
WHERE: Register to attend the event at https://nm-reopen-town-hall.eventbrite.com
WHEN: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Monday, June 8th

June 3, 2020 5:33 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 8,140
Update includes eight additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 122 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
28 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new cases in Cibola County
1 new case in Curry County
8 new cases in Doña Ana County
1 new case in Lincoln County
1 new case in Luna County
37 new cases in McKinley County
3 new cases in Rio Arriba County
4 new cases in Sandoval County
7 new cases in San Juan County
3 new cases in Santa Fe County
2 new cases in Valencia County
25 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Wednesday also reported eight additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A second male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 80s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized.
A male in his 80s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 60s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 60s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of Life Care Center of Farmington.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 375.

Previously reported numbers included six cases that have been identified as duplicates (two in Bernalillo County, one in Chaves County, two in McKinley County, one in Sandoval County) and one case in Santa Fe County that was not lab confirmed – these have now been corrected. Previously reported numbers did not include one case that was thought to be an out-of-state resident that has since been identified as a New Mexico state resident and has been added to San Juan County. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 8,140 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,524
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 50
Cibola County: 147
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 56
Doña Ana County: 488
Eddy County: 23
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 26
Lincoln County: 5
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 10
McKinley County: 2,515
Otero County: 22
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 52
Roosevelt County: 41
Sandoval County: 575
San Juan County: 1,821
San Miguel County: 15
Santa Fe County: 150
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 52
Taos County: 30
Torrance County: 32
Union County: 4
Valencia County: 79

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:
Cibola County Correctional Center: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 91
Otero County Processing Center: 92
Torrance County Detention Facility: 18
The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the following facilities:
Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 162
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
As of today, there are 170 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 3,013 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following long-term care and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
Casa Maria Health Care Center in Roswell
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
McKinley Care Center in Gallup
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Prime Care Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
Wellbrook Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Farmington
The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:
Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregate settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Asymptomatic people who are currently working;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

June 3, 2020 5:04 PM

Media contact: Catherine Zaharko, Doña Ana County

575-525-5801 • catherinez@donaanacounty.org

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.

Regional updates:

City of Anthony Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept. Oscar Dominguez, City Manager www.cityofanthonynm.com Board meeting 5:30 PM on Thursday.

City of Sunland Park No report.

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire www.sunlandpark-nm.gov

City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org A special meeting of the City Council will be held on Friday at 9:30 AM regarding the use of face coverings in Las Cruces.

Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org One officer tested positive for COVID-19. He is on medical leave and under quarantine.

Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net Starting re-entry task force that will address communications, operations, health and safety, instruction, student support, athletics, and technology. Initial plan should be rolled out the first week of July. Mask distribution by DASO at Fairacres Elementary on June 11, 2020.

Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org Nothing new to report.

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org Sheriff to hand out masks throughout the county.

Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

www.donaanacounty.org/detention Nothing new to report.

Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

www.villageofhatch.org No report.

Town of Mesilla Dorothy Sellers www.mesillanm.gov Nothing new to report.

Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

www.mmclc.org Nothing new to report.

MountainView Regional Medical

Center

Ben Woods

www.mountainviewregional.com Nothing new to report.

New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

www.nmsu.edu Nothing new to report.

New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

www.nmsupolice.com Nothing new to report.

Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency Nothing new to report.

Southern New Mexico Correctional

Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-

new-mexico-correctional-facility/ Nothing new to report.

State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us Nothing new to report.

Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch

Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

www.mvrda.org No report.

U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-

borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas Due to staffing constraints, CBP will not be contributing daily updates to the Joint Information Center. Occasional messages will be passed along via email as necessary.

NM Department of Health

David Morgan

www.cv.nmhealth.org Testing for Wednesday: · Sunland Park Public Health Office-8:30-11:30 · Las Cruces Public Health Office-8:30-4 Pm

June 3, 2020 4:25 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 8,140
Update includes eight additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 122 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

28 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new cases in Cibola County
1 new case in Curry County
8 new cases in Doña Ana County
1 new case in Lincoln County
1 new case in Luna County
37 new cases in McKinley County
3 new cases in Rio Arriba County
4 new cases in Sandoval County
7 new cases in San Juan County
3 new cases in Santa Fe County
2 new cases in Valencia County
25 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility

The Department of Health on Wednesday also reported eight additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:

A male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A second male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 80s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized.
A male in his 80s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 60s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 60s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of Life Care Center of Farmington.

The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 375.

Previously reported numbers included six cases that have been identified as duplicates (two in Bernalillo County, one in Chaves County, two in McKinley County, one in Sandoval County) and one case in Santa Fe County that was not lab confirmed – these have now been corrected. Previously reported numbers did not include one case that was thought to be an out-of-state resident that has since been identified as a New Mexico state resident and has been added to San Juan County. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 8,140 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,524
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 50
Cibola County: 147
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 56
Doña Ana County: 488
Eddy County: 23
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 26
Lincoln County: 5
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 10
McKinley County: 2,515
Otero County: 22
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 52
Roosevelt County: 41
Sandoval County: 575
San Juan County: 1,821
San Miguel County: 15
Santa Fe County: 150
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 52
Taos County: 30
Torrance County: 32
Union County: 4
Valencia County: 79

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:

Cibola County Correctional Center: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 91
Otero County Processing Center: 92
Torrance County Detention Facility: 18

The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the following facilities:

Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 162
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1

As of today, there are 170 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 3,013 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following long-term care and acute care facilities:

Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
Casa Maria Health Care Center in Roswell
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
McKinley Care Center in Gallup
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Prime Care Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
Wellbrook Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Farmington

The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:

Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregate settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Asymptomatic people who are currently working;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.

New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

June 3, 2020 11:46 AM

Department of Health provides COVID-19 testing Thursdays at the Otero County Public Health Office

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health is providing COVID-19 virus screening every Thursday at the Otero County Public Health Office, 1207 8th St. in Alamogordo from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Testing is available by appointment only. Testing is also available at facilities that request testing on their premises. Please call (575) 437-9340, extension 4 to schedule.

COVID-19 testing is available to New Mexico residents regardless if they have COVID-19 symptoms or not. Residents, however, should particularly consider being tested if they have any combination of the following symptoms: cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.

All testing is still FREE OF CHARGE to anyone getting the test, and anyone can get tested, whether they have insurance or not. Please remember to bring your insurance card with you when you get tested and to limit two people per vehicle to avoid unnecessary risk for viral spread. If not traveling alone, also wearing facemasks can help to further reduce the chance spreading the virus to your passengers.

For more information visit the Department of Health’s COVID-19 website, https://cv.nmhealth.org/, where we provide daily updates of case numbers, screening locations and the ability to access your test results online.

In addition, New Mexicans can continue to call with health-related questions to the Department of Health’s coronavirus hotline at 855-600-3453. For non-health-related questions or concerns call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov.

June 3, 2020 11:46 AM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 8,024
Update includes five additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 227 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
15 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Chaves County
2 new cases in Cibola County
2 new cases in Curry County
3 new cases in Doña Ana County
2 new cases in Lincoln County
1 new case in Luna County
30 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Rio Arriba County
3 new cases in Sandoval County
42 new cases in San Juan County
4 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Socorro County
1 new case in Taos County
3 new cases in Valencia County
116 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Tuesday also reported five additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A female in her 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Uptown Genesis facility in Albuquerque.
A male in his 80s from Cibola County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of the Good Samaritan Society facility in Grants.
A male in his 30s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 50s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions.
A female in her 50s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 367.

Previously reported numbers included three cases that have been identified as duplicates (one in Eddy County, one in Roosevelt County, one in San Juan County) – those have now been corrected. One case was previously reported in Bernalillo County and is now being correctly reported as being a New Mexico Corrections Department inmate at the Penitentiary of New Mexico. Four cases were previously reported as being among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility and are now being correctly reported as being among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 8,024 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,499
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 51
Cibola County: 145
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 55
Doña Ana County: 479
Eddy County: 23
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 26
Lincoln County: 4
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 9
McKinley County: 2,480
Otero County: 22
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 49
Roosevelt County: 41
Sandoval County: 572
San Juan County: 1,813
San Miguel County: 15
Santa Fe County: 148
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 52
Taos County: 30
Torrance County: 32
Union County: 4
Valencia County: 77

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:
Cibola County Correctional Center: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 66
Otero County Processing Center: 92
Torrance County Detention Facility: 18
The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the following facilities:
Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 162
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
As of today, there are 182 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 2,960 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following long-term care and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
Casa Maria Health Care Center in Roswell
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
McKinley Care Center in Gallup
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Prime Care Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
Wellbrook Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Farmington
The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:
Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregate settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Asymptomatic people who are currently working;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

June 2, 2020 4:36 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 8,024
Update includes five additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 227 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
15 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Chaves County
2 new cases in Cibola County
2 new cases in Curry County
3 new cases in Doña Ana County
2 new cases in Lincoln County
1 new case in Luna County
30 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Rio Arriba County
3 new cases in Sandoval County
42 new cases in San Juan County
4 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Socorro County
1 new case in Taos County
3 new cases in Valencia County
116 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Tuesday also reported five additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A female in her 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Uptown Genesis facility in Albuquerque.
A male in his 80s from Cibola County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of the Good Samaritan Society facility in Grants.
A male in his 30s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 50s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions.
A female in her 50s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 367.

Previously reported numbers included three cases that have been identified as duplicates (one in Eddy County, one in Roosevelt County, one in San Juan County) – those have now been corrected. One case was previously reported in Bernalillo County and is now being correctly reported as being a New Mexico Corrections Department inmate at the Penitentiary of New Mexico. Four cases were previously reported as being among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility and are now being correctly reported as being among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 8,024 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,499
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 51
Cibola County: 145
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 55
Doña Ana County: 479
Eddy County: 23
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 26
Lincoln County: 4
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 9
McKinley County: 2,480
Otero County: 22
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 49
Roosevelt County: 41
Sandoval County: 572
San Juan County: 1,813
San Miguel County: 15
Santa Fe County: 148
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 52
Taos County: 30
Torrance County: 32
Union County: 4
Valencia County: 77

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:
Cibola County Correctional Center: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 66
Otero County Processing Center: 92
Torrance County Detention Facility: 18
The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the following facilities:
Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 162
Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1
As of today, there are 182 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 2,960 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following long-term care and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
Casa Maria Health Care Center in Roswell
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
The Jim Wood Home in Hatch
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
McKinley Care Center in Gallup
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Prime Care Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
Wellbrook Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Farmington
The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:
Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregate settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Asymptomatic people who are currently working;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

June 1, 2020 7:42 PM

The City of Las Cruces voted to table Ordinance 2929 (regarding Face Coverings) at its Regular Meeting for today, June 1, 2020. Tabling the Ordinance will allow for additional comments from community members who may have been anticipating a vote on June 15th. The Ordinance will address additional situations for wearing face coverings such as all retail and commercial business, when utilizing taxi, ride share, and private car services. Some exemptions for the ordinance include when eating, drinking, for a child under the age of 3, and when wearing the face coverings would inhibit the individual’s health.

The special council meeting will also include a discussion from members of the New Mexico Department of Health. This interaction will allow the members of Council and the DOH to talk about the current sate of the public health emergency in Las Cruces and the County and the impact face masks and re-opening of businesses and services.

Also on the agenda will be a resolution to approve a grant acceptance in the amount of $42,480 from Children, Youth and Families Department, Inc. for the Juvenile Citation Program.

The Special City Council meeting will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, June 5. Those interested in providing comments/concerns/questions may contact the Mayor or Clerk for inclusion in public comments. Comments can be emailed to Mayor Ken Miagishima at mayor@las-cruces.org or Interim City Clerk Christine Rivera at crivera@las-cruces.org. Inclusion of comments is at the discretion of the Mayor.

June 1, 2020 5:44 PM

At a special meeting today, the Las Cruces City Council voted unanimously (0-7) against the extension of the emergency proclamation issued by Mayor Ken Miyagishima on Friday, May 29, providing guidance and information for the reopening of restaurants, movie theatres, gyms and nail and hair salons in Las Cruces.

The proclamation, set to expire today, June 1, is now defunct. The term of the Mayor’s emergency proclamations are 72 hours and City Council could have voted to extend it up to 14 days.

On March 27, City Council approved an emergency declaration ordinance that provides the mayor and mayor pro tem the authority to take immediate action for the protection of life and property, and for the preservation of public peace, safety, health, welfare, and for the continuity of efficient government operations.

The mayor issued the proclamation Friday alongside the Governor’s extension of New Mexico’s Public Health Order, with amendments to include guidance on the reopening of certain businesses.

City of Las Cruces news releases are available on the home page of the City website at las-cruces.org under News & Announcements and can be translated into Spanish and multiple other languages using the Select Language feature on the lower right side of the page.



June 1, 2020 4:40 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 7,800
Update includes six additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 113 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
12 new cases in Bernalillo County
3 new cases in Chaves County
1 new case in Curry County
10 new cases in Doña Ana County
2 new cases in Eddy County
35 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Rio Arriba County
2 new cases in Roosevelt County
37 new cases in San Juan County
3 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Socorro County
6 new cases in Taos County
The Department of Health on Monday also reported six additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A male in his 40s from McKinley County.
A female in her 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 30s in Otero County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a New Mexico Corrections Department inmate at the Otero County Prison Facility.
A female in her 50s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 60s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 60s from Socorro County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 362.

Previously reported numbers included two cases in Bernalillo County that have been identified as duplicates and one case in Taos County that was not lab confirmed – these have now been corrected. Two cases were previously reported in error among inmates at the Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center – this has been corrected and those two cases are now correctly reported in Cibola County. There are currently zero cases among inmates at the Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 7,800 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,486
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 50
Cibola County: 143
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 53
Doña Ana County: 476
Eddy County: 24
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 26
Lincoln County: 2
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 8
McKinley County: 2,451
Otero County: 22
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 48
Roosevelt County: 42
Sandoval County: 568
San Juan County: 1,771
San Miguel County: 15
Santa Fe County: 144
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 51
Taos County: 29
Torrance County: 32
Union County: 4
Valencia County: 74

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:
Cibola County Correctional Center: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 70
Otero County Processing Center: 92
Torrance County Detention Facility: 18
The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the following facilities:
Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 42
As of today, there are 191 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 2,888 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following long-term care and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
Casa Maria Health Care Center in Roswell
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
McKinley Care Center in Gallup
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Prime Care Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
Wellbrook Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Farmington
The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:
Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregate settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Asymptomatic people who are currently working;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

June 1, 2020 4:14 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 7,800
Update includes six additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 113 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
12 new cases in Bernalillo County
3 new cases in Chaves County
1 new case in Curry County
10 new cases in Doña Ana County
2 new cases in Eddy County
35 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Rio Arriba County
2 new cases in Roosevelt County
37 new cases in San Juan County
3 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Socorro County
6 new cases in Taos County
The Department of Health on Monday also reported six additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A male in his 40s from McKinley County.
A female in her 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 30s in Otero County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a New Mexico Corrections Department inmate at the Otero County Prison Facility.
A female in her 50s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 60s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 60s from Socorro County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 362.

Previously reported numbers included two cases in Bernalillo County that have been identified as duplicates and one case in Taos County that was not lab confirmed – these have now been corrected. Two cases were previously reported in error among inmates at the Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center – this has been corrected and those two cases are now correctly reported in Cibola County. There are currently zero cases among inmates at the Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 7,800 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,486
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 50
Cibola County: 143
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 53
Doña Ana County: 476
Eddy County: 24
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 26
Lincoln County: 2
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 8
McKinley County: 2,451
Otero County: 22
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 48
Roosevelt County: 42
Sandoval County: 568
San Juan County: 1,771
San Miguel County: 15
Santa Fe County: 144
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 51
Taos County: 29
Torrance County: 32
Union County: 4
Valencia County: 74

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:
Cibola County Correctional Center: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 70
Otero County Processing Center: 92
Torrance County Detention Facility: 18
The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the following facilities:
Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 42
As of today, there are 191 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 2,888 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following long-term care and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brookdale Tramway Ridge in Albuquerque
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Camino Retirement Apartments in Albuquerque
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
Casa Maria Health Care Center in Roswell
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa Blanca
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
McKinley Care Center in Gallup
Mission Arch Center in Roswell
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Prime Care Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
Wellbrook Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Farmington
The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:
Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregate settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Asymptomatic people who are currently working;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

June 1, 2020 1:55 PM

Media contact: Kelly Jameson, Las Cruces Public Schools

575-639-2121 • kjameson@lcps.net

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.



Regional updates:


City of Anthony

Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager

www.cityofanthonynm.com


Chief Ordoñez, Anthony PD – Situational awareness in response to nation-wide protests. No significant events over the weekend; tentative mask distribution event Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – Regular board meeting June 4 at 5:30, virtual. Details on website.

City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

www.sunlandpark-nm.gov


Issuing thermometers to department directors for temp checks. Will be bringing essential positions back to city hall.


City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org




Launched new COVID-19 interactive dashboard on the city’s website. More information can be found here:

http://www.las-cruces.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2890



Special City Council meeting scheduled for 1 p.m. today to discuss emergency orders related to face coverings. More information can be found here:



https://lascruces.civicweb.net/Portal/MeetingInformation.aspx?Org=Cal&Id=66





Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org




No updates related to COVID-19; remain vigilant towards potential protesting locally.


Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net


District employees and contractors are now required to attend a drive-through wellness check at six different sites.

Last week, NMAA board voted to allow practices to begin later this month.

School re-entry task force will be meeting to discuss what school will look like when classes start in August. More virtual learning will be made available.

School board work session at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

*Kelly Jameson announced today the leadership of the JIC will transition to Catherine Zaharko, Doña Ana County. Kelly will still represent LCPS on the JIC calls, which will now be held Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m. until further notice.

Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org




Nothing new to update Monday.


Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org




Mask dissemination events will be going on all week; Sheriff drove to ABQ over the weekend to get additional supplies.




Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

www.donaanacounty.org/detention




Continue to test detainee population.

Question about local lab testing to avoid delays. Brian Hartley with OEM will follow up.

Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

www.villageofhatch.org




Nothing new to report Monday.




Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers

www.mesillanm.gov






Nothing new to report Monday.






Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

www.mmclc.org




A clarification regarding last week’s update to the visitor policy: Visitors at MMC are only for same-day surgical patients.




MountainView Regional Medical Center

Ben Woods

www.mountainviewregional.com




No updates Monday.




New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

www.nmsu.edu




COVID-19 rapid response team launched last week, tasked with coordinating what’s needed for next semester and in the future. Phase 3 began this week of their Health Safety Plan. More can be found here: https://research.nmsu.edu/ReturntoResearch.html#phasesummary

Also, important dates have not changed with respect to studying at NMSU. Some important ones to note:

August 14 – Housing move-in

August 17 – Faculty return

August 18 – Convocation (this will happen online)

August 19 – Classes begin



New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

www.nmsupolice.com




Nothing new to report Monday.




Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency




Test sites for today and tomorrow confirmed. (See DOH section below)


Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-new-mexico-correctional-facility/




Nothing new to report Monday.








State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program

http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us




Nothing new to report Monday.




Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

www.mvrda.org




Nothing new to report Monday.


U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas




Due to staffing constraints, CBP will not be contributing daily updates to the Joint Information Center. Occasional messages will be passed along via email as necessary.



NM Department of Health

David Morgan

www.cv.nmhealth.org




Testing locations in the county today by our public health division:

June 1

Electronic Caregiver from 8 to 11 a.m.

Anthony Public Health Office, 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Peak Behavioral Health, 7 to 11 a.m.

June 2

Chaparral, St. Thomas More Catholic Church (along with food distribution), 7:30 am. to noon

Las Cruces Public Health Office (for day care employees only), 4 to 7 p.m.

June 1, 2020 1:15 PM

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday issued the following statement regarding the Peaceful Protests:

“I want to wholeheartedly commend the thousands of New Mexicans who peacefully protested in Albuquerque last night. Freedom of speech is an undeniable right of every American and every New Mexican, and in moments of crisis, in expressing anger at long-standing injustice and racism, that right is all the more important. These protesters were part of an exemplary demonstration.

“Later in the night, a small group took a wrong turn, and this is greatly concerning. We have received reports of shots fired at or in the direction of public safety officers – and this is flatly unacceptable. That sort of behavior is an attempt to distort the important work of the peaceful protesters – who have every right to demonstrate in peace – and puts both the protesters and public safety officers at risk. Those individuals, I have complete confidence, will be held accountable. There is no place in this moment for hijacking the protesters’ message of justice and non-violence.

“The president’s comments this morning were a dangerous step in this wrong direction. His effort to militarize the response to these protests will only serve to inflame the feelings of anger and injustice – and will give rise to additional opportunity for violence and chaos. I unequivocally reject his notion that physical or military force is the only worthwhile or effective response to these protests.

“The state of New Mexico will stand ready to assist local governments in facilitating peaceful protests. These protesters are giving voice to powerful and deep feelings about the unacceptable inequity and injustice woven into this country; their stand against racism is a worthy one; and I encourage them to continue demonstrating in a peaceful and safe fashion, remembering the urgent health risks of this moment. Lastly it is essential that I underscore the importance of not allowing that message to be distorted by the harmful actions of a few bad actors.”

June 1, 2020 9:18 AM

New Mexico’s emergency public health order has been extended and amended to permit indoor dining, hair salons, gyms and indoor shopping malls to reopen on a limited basis and in accordance with required COVID-Safe Practices, among other changes

Restaurants may resume indoor seating at 50 percent maximum occupancy effective Monday, June 1. Bar and counter seating are still prohibited; to be served, customers must be seated at tables positioned at least 6 feet apart, per the amended emergency public health order, among other required and recommended COVID-Safe Practices.

Gyms also will be allowed to reopen at 50 percent occupancy among other restrictions – including that group fitness classes are not permitted – while indoor malls, hair and nail salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors and massage services may begin operating at 25 percent occupancy. Shopping mall food courts must remain closed, and loitering is prohibited. Salons and other personal-service businesses must operate on a by-appointment basis, per the amended order. Waiting rooms will remain closed; clients will not be allowed to enter until time for their appointment.

As they reopen, all businesses must operate in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices for their industry, which can be found in “All Together New Mexico: COVID-Safe Practices for Individuals and Employers.” That document can be accessed and downloaded at newmexico.gov and cv.nmhelath.org or at the link provided here.

“Reopening our economy is not an invitation to forget about the risks of this virus – it is a mandate that we be more cautious and careful about our choices and decisions than ever before,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “Just because you can go doesn’t mean you should. Ask yourself: Is this business operating with safe practices? When in doubt, err on the side of safety and stay home.”

The amended order becomes effective June 1 upon the expiration of the prior health order, dated May 15. Its provisions apply statewide – meaning the northwestern public health region, encompassing the counties of Cibola, McKinley and San Juan, will operate under the same guidelines as the rest of the state. It will be effective for 30 days, through the end of June.

Also to be incorporated in the amended public health order:

Drive-in theaters may reopen under COVID-Safe Practices;
Nine additional state parks that reopened for day-use only as of Saturday, with five more opening Monday, some with capacity limits;
Hotels may operate at 50 percent of maximum occupancy under COVID-Safe Practices;
The 14-day quarantine order for airport arrivals has been amended to permit certain business travel under COVID-Safe Practices.
The changes are part of New Mexico’s phased reopening plan, which began by reopening the businesses and services that required the least personal contact. Moving from phase to phase depends on meeting certain benchmarks – called “gating criteria” – that measure steady progress toward containing spread of COVID-19. The state is currently in Phase 1 of that reopening plan. Later phases will include reopening theaters, casinos, museums, zoos and more.

“As we move forward in reopening our economy in a COVID-positive New Mexico, it’s critically important that everyone in our state keeps up the good work we’ve been doing by adopting COVID-19 Safe Practices as a new normal way of life. You know the drill: wear a mask in public, wash your hands often, keep a 6-foot distance from others, and STAY HOME if you are sick or have risk factors,” said Dr. David Scrase, secretary of the Human Services Department.

At gyms, swimming pools may reopen for lap swimming and lessons of up to two students; personal training is permitted for up to two trainees. Group fitness classes are still prohibited, as are sparring, grappling, wrestling and other forms of person-to-person contact training.

Bars – defined as food and beverage service establishments that derived more than 50 percent of their revenue in the prior calendar year from the sale of alcoholic beverages – remain temporarily closed, although breweries and wineries can do curbside pickup where permitted by their licenses.

Workers can make reports about suspected unsafe work environments in the state to nmenv-osha@state.nm.us.

The extended order leaves intact these earlier requirements:

Retailers and houses of worship may operate at 25 percent of maximum occupancy in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices.
Face-coverings must be worn in public settings.
Mass gatherings and congregations are still unsafe and prohibited.
New Mexicans are still urged to stay home, especially if sick or in a high-risk group, and to maintain a 6-foot physical distance from others if you must go out.
“With slow, safe, pragmatic and practical respect for this virus, we can safely reinitiate reopening the economy, but this only works if we respect that individuals have to do isolation, social distancing, hand washing and wearing masks. If we don’t do that, all of this changes,” the governor said.

“If we do too much all at once, we’ll see a rate of spread that will create problems,” the governor added. “Slow but methodical and practical is the best way to hold where we are and build. We don’t want to have to go backward and shut down a business or a geographic area. This is working. I think it’s tied largely to mask-wearing and staying home. It’s very behavior dependent.”

The New Mexico Department of Health and its partners continue to emphasize an expansion of testing, focusing in particular on correctional environments, tribal entities, long-term care facilities, homeless and domestic violence shelters and other congregant living sites, as well as workers in health care, utilities, grocery stores, restaurants and child care.

“This is very ambitious surveillance to get ahead of the virus,” Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel said.

June 1, 2020 6:50 AM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 7,689
Update includes five additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Sunday announced 69 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
12 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new cases in Chaves County
2 new cases in Cibola County
1 new case in Curry County
6 new cases in Doña Ana County
2 new cases in Eddy County
11 new cases in McKinley County
3 new cases in Rio Arriba County
2 new cases in Roosevelt County
2 new cases in Sandoval County
19 new cases in San Juan County
2 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Valencia County
4 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Sunday also reported five additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A female in her 80s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 60s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Cedar Ridge Inn facility in Farmington.
A male in his 90s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Life Care Center of Farmington.
A second male in his 90s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Life Care Center of Farmington.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 356.

Previously reported numbers included two cases that were identified as duplicates (one in McKinley County, one in San Juan County); one case that has been determined to be an out-of-state resident in McKinley County; and one case in Taos County that was not lab confirmed – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 7,689 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,476
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 47
Cibola County: 141
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 52
Doña Ana County: 466
Eddy County: 22
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 26
Lincoln County: 2
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 8
McKinley County: 2,415
Otero County: 22
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 47
Roosevelt County: 40
Sandoval County: 568
San Juan County: 1,733
San Miguel County: 15
Santa Fe County: 142
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 50
Taos County: 24
Torrance County: 32
Union County: 4
Valencia County: 74

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:
Cibola County Correctional Center: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 70
Otero County Processing Center: 92
Torrance County Detention Facility: 18
The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the following facilities:
Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 1
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 42
As of today, there are 182 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 2,853 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following long-term care and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
Casa Maria Health Care Center in Roswell
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
McKinley Care Center in Gallup
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Prime Care Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
Wellbrook Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Farmington
The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:
Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregate settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Asymptomatic people who are currently working;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

May 31, 2020 6:02 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 7,689
Update includes five additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Sunday announced 69 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
12 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new cases in Chaves County
2 new cases in Cibola County
1 new case in Curry County
6 new cases in Doña Ana County
2 new cases in Eddy County
11 new cases in McKinley County
3 new cases in Rio Arriba County
2 new cases in Roosevelt County
2 new cases in Sandoval County
19 new cases in San Juan County
2 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Valencia County
4 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Sunday also reported five additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A female in her 80s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 60s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Cedar Ridge Inn facility in Farmington.
A male in his 90s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Life Care Center of Farmington.
A second male in his 90s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Life Care Center of Farmington.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 356.

Previously reported numbers included two cases that were identified as duplicates (one in McKinley County, one in San Juan County); one case that has been determined to be an out-of-state resident in McKinley County; and one case in Taos County that was not lab confirmed – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 7,689 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,476
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 47
Cibola County: 141
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 52
Doña Ana County: 466
Eddy County: 22
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 26
Lincoln County: 2
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 8
McKinley County: 2,415
Otero County: 22
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 47
Roosevelt County: 40
Sandoval County: 568
San Juan County: 1,733
San Miguel County: 15
Santa Fe County: 142
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 50
Taos County: 24
Torrance County: 32
Union County: 4
Valencia County: 74

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:
Cibola County Correctional Center: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 70
Otero County Processing Center: 92
Torrance County Detention Facility: 18
The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the following facilities:
Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 1
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 42
As of today, there are 182 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 2,853 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following long-term care and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
Casa Maria Health Care Center in Roswell
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
McKinley Care Center in Gallup
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Prime Care Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
Wellbrook Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Farmington
The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:
Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregate settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Asymptomatic people who are currently working;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

May 31, 2020 11:06 AM

In a continuing effort to provide the public with the latest COVID-19 related data for Las Cruces and Dona Ana County, the City of Las Cruces has created a new, comprehensive web page with a variety of the latest essential data.

Information includes the use of cell phone data for real-time tracking of personal distancing in select areas within city limits with pre and post shelter in place counts, along with a daily count slider. Locations include Downtown Las Cruces, Mesilla Valley Mall and several retail stores.

The site also includes the interactive map by the New Mexico Department of Health that provides data by county and zip code about total cases, total deaths and total tests. Data also includes total number of tests performed, total hospitalizations and number of recoveries. Other charts on the site include breakdowns by the senior population, businesses, employees, those covered by health insurance, the number of available ICU beds and household data. Data from Johns Hopkins University is available as are helpful tips to stay healthy.

“We want to ensure our community has the most current, accurate and relevant information on a variety of coronavirus-related matters,” said Interim City Manager David Maestas. “This web page is easy to follow and contains a considerable amount of pertinent information. I highly encourage our community members to access the site often.”

The Las Cruces/ Dona Ana County dashboard can be found COVID19LasCruces.com or directly here

May 30, 2020 6:13 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 7,624
Update includes seven additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Saturday announced 134 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

19 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Chaves County
2 new cases in CibolaCounty
11 new cases in Doña Ana County
58 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Rio Arriba County
1 new case in Roosevelt County
8 new cases in Sandoval County
23 new cases in San Juan County
3 new cases in Santa Fe County
7 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Saturday also reported seven additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:

A male in his 50s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A second male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A third male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had no underlying conditions.
A male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup.
A female in her 70s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized.
A male in his 40s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 351.

Previously reported numbers included one case that was identified as a duplicate in Curry County; one case that has been determined to be an out-of-state resident in Sandoval County; one case has been added to the Torrance County Detention Facility; and one case in Valencia County that was not lab confirmed – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 7,624 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,464
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 45
Cibola County: 139
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 51
Doña Ana County: 460
Eddy County: 20
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 26
Lincoln County: 2
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 8
McKinley County: 2,406
Otero County: 22
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 44
Roosevelt County: 38
Sandoval County: 566
San Juan County: 1,715
San Miguel County: 15
Santa Fe County: 140
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 50
Taos County: 25
Torrance County: 32
Union County: 4
Valencia County: 73

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:

Cibola County Correctional Center: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 66
Otero County Processing Center: 92
Torrance County Detention Facility: 18
The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the following facilities:

Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 1
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 42
As of today, there are 189 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 2,835 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following long-term care and acute care facilities:

Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
Casa Maria Health Care Center in Roswell
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
McKinley Care Center in Gallup
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Prime Care Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
Wellbrook Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Farmington
The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:

Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregate settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Asymptomatic people who are currently working;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

May 30, 2020 5:31 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 7,624
Update includes seven additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Saturday announced 134 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

19 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Chaves County
2 new cases in CibolaCounty
11 new cases in Doña Ana County
58 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Rio Arriba County
1 new case in Roosevelt County
8 new cases in Sandoval County
23 new cases in San Juan County
3 new cases in Santa Fe County
7 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Saturday also reported seven additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:

A male in his 50s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A second male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A third male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had no underlying conditions.
A male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup.
A female in her 70s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized.
A male in his 40s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 351.

Previously reported numbers included one case that was identified as a duplicate in Curry County; one case that has been determined to be an out-of-state resident in Sandoval County; one case has been added to the Torrance County Detention Facility; and one case in Valencia County that was not lab confirmed – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 7,624 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,464
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 45
Cibola County: 139
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 51
Doña Ana County: 460
Eddy County: 20
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 26
Lincoln County: 2
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 8
McKinley County: 2,406
Otero County: 22
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 44
Roosevelt County: 38
Sandoval County: 566
San Juan County: 1,715
San Miguel County: 15
Santa Fe County: 140
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 50
Taos County: 25
Torrance County: 32
Union County: 4
Valencia County: 73

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:

Cibola County Correctional Center: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 66
Otero County Processing Center: 92
Torrance County Detention Facility: 18
The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the following facilities:

Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 1
Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 42
As of today, there are 189 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 2,835 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following long-term care and acute care facilities:

Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Camino Healthcare in Albuquerque
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
Casa Maria Health Care Center in Roswell
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
McKinley Care Center in Gallup
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Prime Care Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
Wellbrook Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Farmington
The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:

Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregate settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Asymptomatic people who are currently working;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

May 29, 2020 6:36 PM

Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima today signed an emergency proclamation providing guidance and information for the reopening of restaurants, movie theatres, gyms and nail and hair salons in Las Cruces. The term of the proclamation is 72 hours and City Council can vote to extend it up to 14 days.


The emergency proclamation allows for increased public education to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and will provide the City more effective and efficient oversight on the local level. Violations would constitute a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $500 and/or 90 days in jail. The City prefers voluntary compliance over enforcement and does not want the effort to be punitive.

The mayor issued the proclamation on the heels of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Thursday, May 28, 2020 announcement of the extension of New Mexico’s Public Health Order. New Mexico’s emergency public health order will be extended and amended to permit indoor dining, hair salons, gyms and indoor shopping malls to reopen next week on a limited basis and in accordance with required COVID-Safe Practices.

The Mayor’s emergency proclamation allows for reopening of restaurants, theatres, gyms, and hair and nail salons provided they meet individual requirements for the type of business. All must require employees and staff to wear face coverings and have either hand sanitizer available at the entrance of the business or use of hand sanitizer before the beginning of particular salon services. The requirements may also consist of enforcing social distancing, appropriate to the business and it’s clients or customers. In the case of hair and nail salons, additional requirements will be enforced when face to face interactions are necessary. The Mayor’s Proclamation lists requirements specific to each business type.

On March 27, city council approved an emergency declaration ordinance that provides the mayor and mayor pro tem the authority to take immediate action for the protection of life and property, and for the preservation of public peace, safety, health, welfare, and for the continuity of efficient government operations.
The ordinance allows the council to authorize limited action in response to an emergency situation and to exercise their emergency powers through a proclamation. The term of the proclamation is three days but can be extended for up 14 days at a time.

On April 7, the mayor issued an emergency proclamation so that the City may have the potential to receive reimbursement for funding and programs from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) based on qualified expenses as federal assistance is ordered.

On April 10, city council extended the term of the emergency proclamation by 14 days. That order expired on April 24.

Mayor’s Emergency Proclamation 2020-03

May 29, 2020 5:04 PM

CITY OF LAS CRUCES PROCLAMATION OF EMERGENCY 2020-03


WHEREAS, pursuant to LCMC Art. Ill, Sec. 9-35, Emergency Declaration Ordinance, the Mayor has the has the authority to proclaim that a state of emergency exists in the municipality, after consultation with the emergency manager, chief of police, or fire chief; and
WHEREAS, such proclamation allows the Mayor to prohibit and/or require certain actions to maintain the public peace, health, welfare, or safety, and if desired, to request that the Governor of New Mexico proclaim a state of emergency pursuant to the Riot Control Act; and
WHEREAS, on April 7, 2020, an Emergency Proclamation was issued by Mayor Kenneth Miyagishima, and was extended and approved by the City Council on April 10, 2020 and again on April 24, 2020; and
WHEREAS, the Emergency Proclamations support and reiterate Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham's Executive Orders tied to the public health emergency created by the novel coronavirus disease which has been referred to as " COVID -19"; and
WHEREAS, the Governor's Executive Orders and the City of Las Cruces Emergency Proclamations have been implemented as emergency measures intended to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to reduce the potentially devastating effects of the disease; and
WHEREAS, the City of Las Cruces continues to be supportive and cooperative with the Governor's Executive Orders and on May 28, 2020, the Governor issued guidelines for limited reopening for dine-in restaurants, indoor malls, gyms, salons and more; and
WHEREAS, in addition to the Governor's recently issued guidelines, the City issues the following requirements for the applicable busin esses.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Kenneth Miyagishima, Mayor of the City of Las Cruces, New Mexico, hereby invoke LCMC Sections 9-35 through 9-41, to preserve the peace, health, welfare, and safety in the City of Las Cruces, consistent with the above guidance and information. In particular, I am invoking the following actions:
I. I order the following:
a. Requirements for restaurants:
1. Must utilize disposable menus;
2. No self-serve stations, i.e. Ketchup, Mustard etc.;
3. Tables to be sanitized after each party leaves;
4. Tables must be 8 feet apart on all sides;
5. Employees/Staff must wear face coverings;



(575) 541 - 2067 POST OFFICE Box 20000 LASCRUCES, NEW MEXICO 88004

6. Maximum occupancy 25% inside and 50% first 30 days, then 50%/75%
respectively;
7. Must place hand sanitizer stands at all entrances.

b. Requirements for theaters:
1. Must disinfect entire auditorium after each showing, [Foggers are recommended];
2. Must skip every other row;
3. Patrons must maintain 8 feet distance, immediate family members may sit together (Max 6 people);
4. Must purchase tickets online only for the first 30 Days;
5. Employees/Staff must wear face coverings;
6. Maximum occupancy 25%;
7. Must place hand sanitizer stands at all entrances;
8. No self-serve stations, i.e. Ketchup, Mustard, Butter etc.

c. Requirements for gyms
1. Exercise machines only, no free weights;
2. Occupancy limited to number of stationary machines; for Example, 5 Treadmills, 5 exercise bikes, 5 stair masters, 5 elliptical machines (20 machines) will equal 20 person maximum;
3. Must place hand sanitizer stands at all entrances;
4. Employees/Staff must wear face coverings;
5. Machines must be wiped down or sanitized after every use.


d. Requirements for hair/ nail salons:
1. Must install plexiglass barriers around each workstation or provide 6 feet spacing between booths;
2. Must provide contactless payment and receipts;
3. Require clients to wear face coverings during service;
4. Recommended the use of face shields, in addition to appropriate face coverings by those employees providing shampoo services and other services requiring face-to-face interaction;
5. Recommended screening of employees and customers with a no-contact thermometer; individuals with a temperature reading above 100.4°F should be denied entry;
6. Recommended staggered work schedules to lower workplace density;
7. Sanitize exposed touchpoints after every individual appointment;
8. Recommended at least 15 minutes between the conclusion of an appointment and the beginning of the next appointment for proper disinfecting practices.
9. No group appointments permitted.

10. Require clients to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before providing nail service;



II. Effective Date
I hereby declare that this Proclamation will become effective upon my signature and direct the City Manager to disseminate the contents hereof to the public by appropriate news media, government media and website, and other means availa ble.


Ill. Term.
This Proclamation of Emergency may be extended for such additional periods of time as determined necessary by Resolution of the Governing Body of the City of Las Cruces, New Mexico.

May 29, 2020 2:19 PM

Media contact: Kelly Jameson, Las Cruces Public Schools
575-639-2121 • kjameson@lcps.net

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.

Regional updates:

City of Anthony

Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager

www.cityofanthonynm.com

Chief Ordoñez, Anthony PD – operations going well; no exposures to date. One call for social distancing violation. PPE supplies adequate. If anyone in the community of Anthony needs masks, please call the Anthony Police Department: 575-882-2769.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – Nothing new to update Friday, aside from same hours of operation in the main lobby. Business is by appointment only, except for early voting. Open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. until further notice.

City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

www.sunlandpark-nm.gov

Nothing new to report on Friday.

City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org

Monday is a regular meeting of city council, discussion for possible approval for face coverings by the public in businesses, facilities, public transportation. Special meeting immediately following. More information can be found here:

https://lascruces.civicweb.net/Portal/MeetingInformation.aspx?Org=Cal&Id=66 ttps://lascruces.civicweb.net/Portal/MeetingInformation.aspx?Org=Cal&Id=139
Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org



No updates Friday.

Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net


Nothing new to report. Next week should be talking about re-entry to school buildings.

Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org



Nothing new to report.

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org



Nothing to update Friday. Mask dissemination event happened this morning. Distributed close to 3,000 masks.



Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

www.donaanacounty.org/detention



Nothing new to update Friday.

Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

www.villageofhatch.org

Had one social distancing complaint yesterday; had assistance from County Mounted Patrol yesterday at food distribution site.





Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers

www.mesillanm.gov





Nothing new to report Friday.





Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

www.mmclc.org



Will be adjusting which entrances patients will enter at the annex; will be going through main entrance. Monday, June 1 will be allowing one adult well visitor for surgical patients only. Every person entering the building is screened.



MountainView Regional Medical Center

Ben Woods

www.mountainviewregional.com



No updates Friday.



New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

www.nmsu.edu



Nothing new to report Friday.


New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

www.nmsupolice.com



Nothing new to report Friday.



Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency



Nothing new to report; will be coordinating with DOH for added screenings in Hatch.

Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-new-mexico-correctional-facility/



Nothing new to report Friday.







State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program

http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us



Nothing new to report Friday.



Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

www.mvrda.org



Nothing new to report Friday.

U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas



Due to staffing constraints, CBP will not be contributing daily updates to the Joint Information Center. Occasional messages will be passed along via email as necessary.



NM Department of Health

David Morgan

www.cv.nmhealth.org



Testing locations in the county today by our public health division:

Anthony – Cri Cri Day Care (retest, not open to public)
Chaparral – Public Health Office
Las Cruces – Public Health Office
Lordsburg – Public Health Office
Santa Teresa – Stampede Meat Packing Plant (retest, not open to public)



May 29, 2020 8:26 AM

Governor announces limited reopening for dine-in restaurants, indoor malls, gyms, salons and more
Amended emergency public health order effective June 1

SANTA FE – New Mexico’s emergency public health order will be extended and amended to permit indoor dining, hair salons, gyms and indoor shopping malls to reopen next week on a limited basis and in accordance with required COVID-Safe Practices, among other changes, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Thursday.

Restaurants, which were allowed to offer limited outdoor dining on Wednesday, may resume indoor seating at 50 percent maximum occupancy effective Monday, June 1. Bar and counter seating are still prohibited; to be served, customers must be seated at tables positioned at least 6 feet apart, per the amended emergency public health order, among other required and recommended COVID-Safe Practices.

Gyms also will be allowed to reopen at 50 percent occupancy among other restrictions – including that group fitness classes are not permitted – while indoor malls, hair and nail salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors and massage services may begin operating at 25 percent occupancy. Shopping mall food courts must remain closed, and loitering is prohibited. Salons and other personal-service businesses must operate on a by-appointment basis, per the amended order. Waiting rooms will remain closed; clients will not be allowed to enter until time for their appointment.

As they reopen, all businesses must operate in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices for their industry, which can be found in “ All Together New Mexico: COVID-Safe Practices for Individuals and Employers.” That document can be accessed and downloaded at newmexico.gov and cv.nmhelath.org or at the link provided here.

“Reopening our economy is not an invitation to forget about the risks of this virus – it is a mandate that we be more cautious and careful about our choices and decisions than ever before,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “Just because you can go doesn’t mean you should. Ask yourself: Is this business operating with safe practices? When in doubt, err on the side of safety and stay home.”

The amended order becomes effective June 1 upon the expiration of the prior health order, dated May 15. Its provisions apply statewide – meaning the northwestern public health region, encompassing the counties of Cibola, McKinley and San Juan, will operate under the same guidelines as the rest of the state. It will be effective for 30 days, through the end of June.

Also to be incorporated in the amended public health order:
Drive-in theaters may reopen under COVID-Safe Practices;
Nine additional state parks will reopen for day-use only beginning Saturday, with five more opening Monday, some with capacity limits;
Hotels may operate at 50 percent of maximum occupancy under COVID-Safe Practices;
The 14-day quarantine order for airport arrivals will be amended to permit certain business travel under COVID-Safe Practices.
The changes are part of New Mexico’s phased reopening plan, which began by reopening the businesses and services that required the least personal contact. Moving from phase to phase depends on meeting certain benchmarks – called “gating criteria” – that measure steady progress toward containing spread of COVID-19. The state is currently in Phase 1 of that reopening plan. Later phases will include reopening theaters, casinos, museums, zoos and more.

“As we move forward in reopening our economy in a COVID-positive New Mexico, it’s critically important that everyone in our state keeps up the good work we’ve been doing by adopting COVID-19 Safe Practices as a new normal way of life. You know the drill: wear a mask in public, wash your hands often, keep a 6-foot distance from others, and STAY HOME if you are sick or have risk factors,” said Dr. David Scrase, secretary of the Human Services Department.

At gyms, swimming pools may reopen for lap swimming and lessons of up to two students; personal training is permitted for up to two trainees. Group fitness classes are still prohibited, as are sparring, grappling, wrestling and other forms of person-to-person contact training.

Bars – defined as food and beverage service establishments that derived more than 50 percent of their revenue in the prior calendar year from the sale of alcoholic beverages – remain temporarily closed, although breweries and wineries can do curbside pickup where permitted by their licenses.

Workers can make reports about suspected unsafe work environments in the state to nmenv-osha@state.nm.us.

The extended order leaves intact these earlier requirements:
Retailers and houses of worship may operate at 25 percent of maximum occupancy in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices.
Face-coverings must be worn in public settings.
Mass gatherings and congregations are still unsafe and prohibited.
New Mexicans are still urged to stay home, especially if sick or in a high-risk group, and to maintain a 6-foot physical distance from others if you must go out.
“With slow, safe, pragmatic and practical respect for this virus, we can safely reinitiate reopening the economy, but this only works if we respect that individuals have to do isolation, social distancing, hand washing and wearing masks. If we don’t do that, all of this changes,” the governor said.

“If we do too much all at once, we’ll see a rate of spread that will create problems,” the governor added. “Slow but methodical and practical is the best way to hold where we are and build. We don’t want to have to go backward and shut down a business or a geographic area. This is working. I think it’s tied largely to mask-wearing and staying home. It’s very behavior dependent.”

The amended emergency public health order will be executed and disseminated Friday, May 29.

The New Mexico Department of Health and its partners continue to emphasize an expansion of testing, focusing in particular on correctional environments, tribal entities, long-term care facilities, homeless and domestic violence shelters and other congregant living sites, as well as workers in health care, utilities, grocery stores, restaurants and child care.

“This is very ambitious surveillance to get ahead of the virus,” Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel said.

May 28, 2020 4:40 PM

State seeks applicants for contact-tracing jobs

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health and the State Personnel Office began accepting applications Friday to fill 200 to 250 contact-tracing positions around the state as the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic moves into the next phase.

The positions range from entry-level through supervisory. Work will be done remotely, and hiring will be done virtually. Qualifications include experience in a health-related field or work with communities on social service matters, social work or case management.

Those hired will work with approximately 150 Health Department personnel already engaged in contact tracing, many of whom have been temporarily reassigned from other public health roles in the department.

Those hired will be assigned to one of five regional contact-tracing teams statewide, with larger teams deployed to the regions with higher numbers of cases.

Additional positions are likely to become available over the summer as New Mexico continues to increase contact-tracing capacity.

The goal is to ensure that every individual who tests positive for COVID-19 is identified, isolated, monitored and supported through the isolation period and that all known contacts are also contacted, tested for COVID-19 and monitored.

Effective and timely case investigation and contact tracing are central to New Mexico’s effort to contain the virus and move into each of our three phases of economic recovery.

To apply for a contact-tracing position, applicants should log into the State Personnel Office website at spo.state.nm.us and navigate to “View Job Opportunities and Apply” at the top right. The contact tracing positions will be at the top of the state job listings.

May 28, 2020 4:39 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 7,364
Update includes six additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 108 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
51 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new cases in Cibola County
1 new case in Curry County
3 new cases in Doña Ana County
2 new cases in Eddy County
18 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Otero County
3 new case in Rio Arriba County
5 new cases in Sandoval County
19 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Socorro County
1 new case among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Thursday also reported six additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A male in his 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup.
A male in his 20s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized.
A male in his 50s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 70s from Rio Arriba County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 60s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 335.

Previously reported numbers included four cases that have been determined to be out-of-state residents (two in Bernalillo County, one in McKinley County, one in San Juan County) – these have now been corrected. Previously reported numbers did not include eight cases that were thought to be out-of-state residents that have since been identified as New Mexico residents and have been added (two in Bernalillo County, four in McKinley County, two in San Juan County). Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 7,364 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,434
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 42
Cibola County: 136
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 51
Doña Ana County: 442
Eddy County: 21
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 24
Lincoln County: 2
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 7
McKinley County: 2,291
Otero County: 18
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 41
Roosevelt County: 37
Sandoval County: 556
San Juan County: 1,662
San Miguel County: 14
Santa Fe County: 138
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 50
Taos County: 24
Torrance County: 33
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 73

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:
Cibola County Correctional Center: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 55
Otero County Processing Center: 92
Torrance County Detention Facility: 17
The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the following facilities:
Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 42
As of today, there are 196 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 2,684 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following congregate living and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Avamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Belen Meadows in Belen
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Casa De Oro Center in Las Cruces
Casa Del Sol Center in Las Cruces
Casa Maria Health Care Center in Roswell
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
Good Samaritan Society in Grants
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
McKinley Care Center in Gallup
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Prime Care Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces
Wellbrook Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Farmington
The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:
Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregate settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Asymptomatic people who are currently working;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

May 28, 2020 12:51 PM

TODAY: Governor, state officials to give
press update on COVID-19 efforts, public health order

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials will host a remote news conference today, Thursday afternoon, to provide an update on COVID-19 efforts in New Mexico and related emergency public health orders.

WHAT: Remote news conference regarding New Mexico’s COVID-19 efforts
WHEN: Thursday, May 28, 3 P.M.

The news conference will be streamed live on the governor’s Facebook page.

A simultaneous interpretation of the news conference in Spanish will be streamed live on YouTube​.

Members of the media will be able to participate remotely. If you would like the opportunity to ask questions, please RSVP to nora.sackett@state.nm.us with your name and media affiliation. After your RSVP is received, you will receive more information about how to participate.

Pool photographs courtesy of the Santa Fe New Mexican will be available after the press conference here.

May 28, 2020 12:05 PM

Media contact: Kelly Jameson, Las Cruces Public Schools
575-639-2121 • kjameson@lcps.net


OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.

Regional updates:


City of Anthony

Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager

www.cityofanthonynm.com


Chief Ordoñez, Anthony PD – unavailable Thursday.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – Nothing new to update Thursday.


City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

www.sunlandpark-nm.gov


Nothing new to report on Thursday.


City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org


A Resolution Extending the Term for the Mayor’s Emergency Proclamation is on the next special City Council meeting following Monday’s regular meeting at 1 p.m. June 1. More information can be found here:

https://lascruces.civicweb.net/filepro/documents/5803?preview=7689&splitscreen=true



Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org




Nothing new to report Thursday.


Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net


Nothing new to report.


Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org




Nothing new to report.


Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org




Sheriff will be handing out cloth face masks from 9;30 to 11 at DASO Friday, limit of 5 masks per car.




Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

www.donaanacounty.org/detention




Nothing new to update Thursday.


Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

www.villageofhatch.org


Food drive going on today, some residents heard there was COVID-19 screening. Brian to coordinate with Amanda from OEM.






Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers

www.mesillanm.gov






Nothing new to report Thursday.






Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

www.mmclc.org




Nothing new to report Thursday.




MountainView Regional Medical Center

Ben Woods

www.mountainviewregional.com




No report Thursday.




New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

www.nmsu.edu




Working on plans for re-entry for fall semester; substantial communications initiative underway. More details forthcoming next week.


New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

www.nmsupolice.com




Nothing new to report Thursday.




Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency




Nothing new to report; will be coordinating with DOH for added screenings in Hatch.


Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-new-mexico-correctional-facility/




Nothing new to report Thursday .








State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program

http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us




Nothing new to report Thursday.




Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

www.mvrda.org




Nothing new to report Thursday.


U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas




Due to staffing constraints, CBP will not be contributing daily updates to the Joint Information Center. Occasional messages will be passed along via email as necessary.



NM Department of Health

David Morgan

www.cv.nmhealth.org




Testing locations in the county today by our public health division:

Anthony – Cri Cri Day Care (retest – not public)

Chaparral – Public Health Office

Hatch – Our Lady of All Nations Catholic Church (food bank and public community event)

Las Cruces – Public Health Office

Lordsburg – Public Health Office

Santa Teresa – Stampede Meat Packing Plant (retest)

May 28, 2020 10:26 AM

“Mask Madness” voting opens
Statewide competition to highlight New Mexicans’ creative face-coverings

SANTA FE – The Office of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday announced that the first round of voting has opened for New Mexico Mask Madness, a statewide competition intended to highlight the creativity and artistic ability of New Mexicans amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Mexicans can cast a vote for their favorite masks once a day online here.

Seeding-round voting will be open through the end of Wednesday, June 3. The top vote-getters will be seeded into brackets and New Mexicans will be able to vote for their favorite mask in each match up until a champion is crowned – and a prize is awarded to the best mask in New Mexico!

Per the New Mexico Department of Health public health emergency order effective May 16, all New Mexicans are required to wear a mask or face covering in public settings, with exceptions for eating, drinking and exercising and medical requirements. New Mexicans can make their own mask easily – see a tutorial video here. New Mexicans can also request a face covering from the state here.

Stay home. Don’t gather with people. And wear a mask to protect your community and slow the spread of COVID-19.

May 28, 2020 10:19 AM

NMSU researchers launch survey on COVID-19 impact on food security, access
DATE: 05/27/2020
WRITER: Adriana M. Chavez, 575-646-1957, adchavez@nmsu.edu
CONTACT: Stephanie Rogus, 817-253-9624, srogus@nmsu.edu
A group of researchers from New Mexico State University and the University of New Mexico have launched a survey to find out how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the food system, food access and affordability in the state.

The survey was originally developed by a research team at the University of Vermont and Johns Hopkins University, and adapted for New Mexico to better understand the impact of the global pandemic on food security and access among New Mexicans.

The survey is open to all New Mexico residents 18 and older. The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete, and participants will be entered into a raffle to win one of 50 $25 grocery store gift cards. The researchers’ goal is to reach as many people in New Mexico as possible in order to understand how residents are responding to the pandemic, how the food system has been affected, and additional needs in order to inform pandemic-related policy efforts.

The survey may be accessed in English at https://foodaccessandsecurityenglish.questionpro.com, or in Spanish at https://acesnmsu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_87VroW6YXbFqqyx. More information may also be found at the survey’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/New-Mexico-Survey-Impacts-of-the-Coronavirus-on-Food-Security-and-Access-105470201150461/.

For questions or more information, contact principal investigator Stephanie Rogus at srogus@nmsu.edu or 817-253-9624.

May 28, 2020 10:18 AM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 7,252
Update includes four additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 127 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
24 new cases in Bernalillo County
4 new cases in Cibola County
1 new case in Curry County
13 new cases in Doña Ana County
33 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Rio Arriba County
1 new case in Roosevelt County
5 new cases in Sandoval County
37 new cases in San Juan County
4 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Torrance County
2 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
1 new case among federal detainees held by ICE at the Torrance County Detention Facility
The Department of Health on Wednesday also reported four additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A female in her 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Village at Alameda facility in Albuquerque.
A male in his 20s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 50s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions.
A male in his 60s from San Juan County.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 329.

Previously reported numbers included two cases that have been identified as duplicates (one in Bernalillo County, one in San Juan County) and three cases that have been determined to be out-of-state residents (one in Bernalillo County, two in Doña Ana County) – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 7,252 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,383
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 42
Cibola County: 134
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 50
Doña Ana County: 439
Eddy County: 19
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 24
Lincoln County: 2
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 7
McKinley County: 2,270
Otero County: 17
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 38
Roosevelt County: 37
Sandoval County: 551
San Juan County: 1,642
San Miguel County: 14
Santa Fe County: 137
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 49
Taos County: 24
Torrance County: 33
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 73

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:
Cibola County Correctional Center: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 54
Otero County Processing Center: 92​
Torrance County Detention Facility: 17
The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the following facilities:
Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 42
As of today, there are 210 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 2,638 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following congregate living and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Bear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in Albuquerque
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Casa Maria Health Care Center in Roswell
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
McKinley Care Center in Gallup
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Taos Living Center in Taos
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
Wellbrook Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Farmington
The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:
Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregate settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Asymptomatic people who are currently working;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

May 28, 2020 9:09 AM

Media contact: Kelly Jameson, Las Cruces Public Schools
575-639-2121 • kjameson@lcps.net

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.

Regional updates:

City of Anthony

Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager

www.cityofanthonynm.com


Chief Ordoñez, Anthony PD – Nothing new to report today; operations going well.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – Nothing new to report Wednesday.




City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

www.sunlandpark-nm.gov


About to finalize phone system that automate information for inbound calls to the city, including DOH info. Should be up this week.


City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org




Nothing new to report Wednesday.


Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org




Nothing new to report Wednesday.


Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net


LCPS employees will have appointment-based testing on May 29 at DOH building on Solano.

Posting summer events on websites, along with board meeting updates.

Board highlights will be posted from livestream.


Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org




Nothing new to report.


Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org




Nothing new to report.




Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

www.donaanacounty.org/detention




COVID-19 testing still underway for staff and contractors, followed by detainee population. Expected to continue through next week.






Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

www.villageofhatch.org




Nothing new to report Wednesday.






Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers

www.mesillanm.gov






Nothing new to report Wednesday.






Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

www.mmclc.org




Nothing new to report Wednesday.




MountainView Regional Medical Center

Ben Woods

www.mountainviewregional.com




Nothing new to report Wednesday.




New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

www.nmsu.edu




No report Wednesday.


New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

www.nmsupolice.com




Nothing new to report Wednesday.




Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency




Presentation will be given to LC city council on Friday.

There were previous reports of COVID-19 testing being conducted at the Truckstops of America today. That is inaccurate information; there is no testing being conducted there today




Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-new-mexico-correctional-facility/




Nothing new to report Wednesday.








State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program

http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us




Nothing new to report Wednesday.




Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

www.mvrda.org




Nothing new to report Wednesday.


U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas




Due to staffing constraints, CBP will not be contributing daily updates to the Joint Information Center. Occasional messages will be passed along via email as necessary.



NM Department of Health

David Morgan

www.cv.nmhealth.org




Testing locations in the county today by our public health division:

Anthony – Public Health Office

Las Cruces – Detention Center (not open to the public)

Las Cruces – Discovery Daycare (re-tests, not open the public)

Las Cruces – NMSU

Las Cruces – Public Health Office

Socorro – Public Health Office

Sunland Park – Public Health Office

Sunland Park – Stampede Meat Plant (re-tests, not open to the public)

May 26, 2020 4:13 PM

Media contact: Kelly Jameson, Las Cruces Public Schools 575-639-2121 • kjameson@lcps.net

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.



Regional updates:



City of Anthony

Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager

www.cityofanthonynm.com

Chief Ordoñez, Anthony PD – Received 2,000 cloth masks from OEM. Operations going as planned.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – Board meeting on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. (virtual).


City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

www.sunlandpark-nm.gov

No updates Tuesday.
City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org



Special city council meeting today at 1 p.m., with an item on the agenda related to how COVID-19 has affected our economy. More information can be found here: https://lascruces.civicweb.net/Portal/MeetingInformation.aspx?Org=Cal&Id=133
Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org

No updates Tuesday.
Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net

Will be featuring weekly op-ed articles in the Las Cruces Sun-News on district-related news.

May 29, 6:30 to 10 a.m. will be conducting screenings for district staff at the DOH. Most employees are still working from home. Extremely modified protocols at central office for those who are cleared for entry.
Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org



Plans are underway for reopening the government center; will be conducting COVID-19 testing for employees on June 5.


Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org

No updates Tuesday.


Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

www.donaanacounty.org/detention



This week will be testing adult facility officers and a portion of the detainee population. Starts today through Friday and possibly into next week.




Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

www.villageofhatch.org



Nothing to report.




Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers

www.mesillanm.gov

No updates Tuesday.










Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

www.mmclc.org



No updates Tuesday.




MountainView Regional Medical Center

Ben Woods

www.mountainviewregional.com



No report Tuesday.








New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

www.nmsu.edu

No report Tuesday.


New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

www.nmsupolice.com




Nothing new Tuesday.





Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency



Issued over 9,000 cloth masks to the community for those who do not have them. Continue to monitor regional hospital resources. Are currently at a 3% rate of those who are tested are positive. As numbers are rising, are still staying at the same rate of infection.
Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-new-mexico-correctional-facility/



Nothing to report.






State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program

http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us




Nothing to report Tuesday.





Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

www.mvrda.org



No updates Tuesday.






U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas



Due to staffing constraints, CBP will not be contributing daily updates to the Joint Information Center. Occasional messages will be passed along via email as necessary.



NM Department of Health

David Morgan

www.cv.nmhealth.org

Doña Ana County – today only: Chaparral – Public Health Office La Mesa – Food Distribution Site, will test families seeking food services. Las Cruces – Dona Ana County Detention Center Las Cruces – Public Health Office Mesquite – Food Distribution Site, will test families seeking food services.

May 26, 2020 4:02 PM

State announces soft reopening for dine-in restaurants
Restaurants may provide outdoor or patio services
where available beginning Wednesday

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday announced the state’s emergency public health order will be amended to permit limited outdoor dine-in services for most of the state beginning Wednesday, May 27.

Dine-in services inside restaurants and bars remain temporarily prohibited. New Mexico is on target for a June 1 reopening of those services under a limited capacity per fire code occupancy restrictions – however, New Mexico health officials continue to monitor the rate of transmission in the state’s southwestern public health region, which if unchecked could preclude further reopenings in that region. The amended public health order does not apply to the northwestern public health region.

Under the amended public health order, which is attached and will be effective Wednesday, May 27, restaurants may offer dine-in service in outdoor seating areas at up to 50 percent of their outdoor area fire code occupancy. The following stipulations apply:
No dine-in service may be provided in indoor seating areas.
Outdoor dine-in service may only be provided to patrons who are seated.
Tables must be placed with at least six feet of distance between one another.
No more than six patrons may be seated at any single table.
No bar or counter seating is permitted.
Bars – defined as food and beverage service establishments that derived more than 50 percent of their revenue in the prior calendar year from the sale of alcoholic beverages – are not included in this provision and may not operate outdoor or patio services at present. Bars may continue to operate for take-out and delivery if permitted under their applicable licenses.

“Our priority throughout this public health crisis has been the safety and health and well-being of New Mexicans, and this modification of the emergency public health order aligns with that mandate while providing an opportunity for restaurants to begin preparing for a wider reopening next week,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham. “We continue to see sustained, consistent progress in our fight against this virus, which is a credit to the New Mexicans who have amended their behavior to keep themselves, their families and their communities safe. I greatly look forward to being able to continue to ease the restrictions imposed on us by this heinous virus – provided that we continue on the right track and New Mexicans take every necessary precaution, whether in an individual capacity or as a business-owner or employee.”

“The New Mexico Restaurant Association is happy with the Governor's decision to allow a soft opening, of outdoor dining, for restaurants on May 27,” said Carol Wight, the association’s chief executive. “We believe this will provide restaurants the opportunity to ease back into the swing of things while taking the time to properly train staff and implement COVID-19 safe procedures effectively, before fully opening to the public on June 1.

“At this time we ask our industry partners in Doña Ana County to seriously consider refraining from participation in this soft opening,” Wight added. “The rate of transmission is considerably higher in this area and in order for everyone to be able to safely reopen soon, the NMRA would like restaurants in this area to forgo the May 27 date and work hard to slow the spread for the June 1 reopening of our industry.”

COVID-safe practices for restaurants are available here and will be adhered to under any broader reopening that could take place early next week upon the expiration of the current emergency public health order.

The emergency public health order mandates compliance with COVID-Safe Practices for Restaurants, which have been updated with an adjustment related to contact tracing. The requirement is as follows:

“To support contract tracing, offer all customers who visit the establishment with the opportunity to record their name and phone number or email address, along with the date and time of their visit, and retain such records for no less than four weeks from the date of collection.”

All COVID-Safe Practices can be found in “All Together New Mexico: COVID-Safe Practices for Individuals and Employers”, which can be accessed and downloaded at newmexico.gov and cv.nmhelath.org at the link provided here. (The document includes COVID-Safe Practices for salons, spas, and tattoo parlors, although those are not yet permissible, in order to allow these establishments to prepare for what practices will be required upon a later limited re-opening.)

The amended public health order – which otherwise remains the same, meaning other close-contact facilities and outdoor recreation facilities must remain closed – will not apply to the northwestern public health region, encompassing the counties of Cibola, McKinley and San Juan. That public health region remains under the May 5, 2020, public health order but is on track to move ahead into broader reopenings beginning June 1.

The public health order dated May 15, 2020, can be found here.

The amended public health order is attached. It will be executed Wednesday, May 27.

May 26, 2020 3:54 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 7,130
Update includes five additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 107 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
15 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new cases in Chaves County
1 new case in Cibola County
3 new cases in Curry County
4 new cases in Doña Ana County
22 new cases in McKinley County
3 new cases in Otero County
2 new cases in Sandoval County
26 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in Taos County
12 new cases in Torrance County
1 new case in Valencia County
1 new case among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
14 new cases among federal detainees held by ICE at the Torrance County Detention Facility
The Department of Health on Tuesday also reported three additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A male in his 60s from Cibola County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup.
A female in her 80s from Otero County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 60s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 70s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Cedar Ridge Inn facility in Farmington.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 325.

Previously reported numbers included two cases that have been identified as duplicates (one in McKinley County, one in San Juan County) and one case in San Juan County has been determined to be an out-of-state resident – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 7,130 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,362
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 42
Cibola County: 130
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 49
Doña Ana County: 428
Eddy County: 19
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 20
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 24
Lincoln County: 2
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 7
McKinley County: 2,236
Otero County: 17
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 37
Roosevelt County: 36
Sandoval County: 546
San Juan County: 1,605
San Miguel County: 15
Santa Fe County: 133
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 49
Taos County: 24
Torrance County: 32
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 73

The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:
Cibola County Correctional Center: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 52
Otero County Processing Center: 92
Torrance County Detention Facility: 16
The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the following facilities:
Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 42
County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 211 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 2,564 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following congregate living and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Casa Maria Health Care Center in Roswell
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
McKinley Care Center in Gallup
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Taos Living Center in Taos
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
Wellbrook Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Farmington
The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:
Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregate settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Asymptomatic people who are currently working;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

May 25, 2020 8:14 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 7,026
Update includes three additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 93 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
13 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Chaves County
16 new cases in Doña Ana County
1 new case in Eddy County
1 new case in Lea County
25 new cases in McKinley County
2 new cases in Roosevelt County
2 new cases in Sandoval County
26 new cases in San Juan County
2 new cases in San Miguel County
2 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Monday also reported three additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A male in his 50s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions.
A female in her 50s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 50s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 320.

Previously reported numbers included: nine cases that have been identified as duplicates (one in Bernalillo County, one in Doña Ana County, one in Luna County, two in McKinley County, one in Sandoval County, two in San Juan County, one in Taos County); one case in San Juan County that has been identified as not being lab confirmed; and one case in Santa Fe County that has been determined to be an out-of-state resident – these have now been corrected. Previously reported numbers did not include one case that was thought to be an out-of-state resident but has been identified as a New Mexico resident and has been added to Doña Ana County. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 7,026 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,347
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 40
Cibola County: 129
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 46
Doña Ana County: 423
Eddy County: 19
Grant County: 16
Guadalupe County: 19
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 24
Lincoln County: 3
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 7
McKinley County: 2,215
Otero County: 14
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 37
Roosevelt County: 36
Sandoval County: 544
San Juan County: 1,581
San Miguel County: 15
Santa Fe County: 133
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 49
Taos County: 23
Torrance County: 20
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 72

The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:
Cibola County Correctional Center: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 51
Otero County Processing Center: 92
Torrance County Detention Facility: 2
The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the following facilities:
Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 42
County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 216 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 2,522 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following congregate living and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Casa Maria Health Care Center in Roswell
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
McKinley Care Center in Gallup
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Taos Living Center in Taos
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
Wellbrook Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Farmington
The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:
Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregate settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Asymptomatic people who are currently working;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

May 24, 2020 7:27 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 6,943
Update includes nine additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Sunday announced 149 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
12 new cases in Bernalillo County
3 new cases in Chaves County
7 new cases in Cibola County
17 new cases in Doña Ana County
1 new case in Eddy County
64 new cases in McKinley County
2 new cases in Otero County
1 new case in Rio Arriba County
1 new case in Roosevelt County
9 new cases in Sandoval County
23 new cases in San Juan County
3 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Taos County
1 new case in Torrance County
3 new cases in Valencia County
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Sunday also reported nine additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of the Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup.
A male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 80s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A second female in her 80s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Little Sisters of the Poor facility in Gallup.
A third female in her 80s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of the Little Sisters of the Poor facility in Gallup.
A male in his 90s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Little Sisters of the Poor facility in Gallup.
A male in his 50s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized.
A male in his 60s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 80s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 317.

Previously reported numbers included: one case in Bernalillo County that has been identified as a duplicate; one case in Doña Ana County that has since been determined to be an out-of-state resident; and one case in Santa Fe County that has been identified as not being lab confirmed – these have now been corrected. Previously reported numbers did not include two cases that were thought to be out-of-state residents but have since been identified as state residents and have been added to San Juan County. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 6,943 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,337
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 39
Cibola County: 129
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 46
Doña Ana County: 407
Eddy County: 18
Grant County: 16
Guadalupe County: 19
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 23
Lincoln County: 3
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 8
McKinley County: 2,192
Otero County: 14
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 37
Roosevelt County: 34
Sandoval County: 543
San Juan County: 1,558
San Miguel County: 11
Santa Fe County: 132
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 49
Taos County: 24
Torrance County: 20
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 72

The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:
Cibola County Correctional Center: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 50
Otero County Processing Center: 92
Torrance County Detention Facility: 2
The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the following facilities:
Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 41
County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 213 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.
As of today, there are 2,464 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.
The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following congregate living and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Casa Maria Health Care Center in Roswell
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
McKinley Care Center in Gallup
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Taos Living Center in Taos
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
Wellbrook Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Farmington
The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:
Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregate settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Asymptomatic people who are currently working;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

May 24, 2020 9:09 AM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 6,795
Update includes six additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Saturday announced 175 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

16 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Chaves County
1 new case in Curry County
22 new cases in Doña Ana County
2 new cases in Lea County
44 new cases in McKinley County
2 new cases in Roosevelt County
5 new cases in Sandoval County
42 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in San Miguel County
1 new case in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Taos County
11 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
26 new cases new cases among federal detainees at the ICE Otero County Processing Center
The Department of Health on Saturday also reported six additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:

A female in her 50s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions and was hospitalized. The individual was a resident of the Uptown Genesis facility in Albuquerque.
A male in his 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque.
A female in her 80s from Sandoval County. The individual had underlying conditions and was hospitalized.
A male in his 80s from Sandoval County. The individual had underlying conditions and was hospitalized.
A female in her 60s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was hospitalized.
A female in her 70s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was hospitalized.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 308.

Previously reported numbers included: five cases that were identified as duplicates (3 cases in Bernalillo County, 1 case in McKinley County and 1 case in Valencia County); two cases that has since been determined to be an out-of-state residents ( 1 case in Doña Ana County, and 1 case in McKinley County); one case previously consider to be out-of-state has been identified as a San Juan County resident; one case has been added to the Torrance County Detention Facility – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 6,795 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,326
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 36
Cibola County: 122
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 46
Doña Ana County: 391
Eddy County: 17
Grant County: 16
Guadalupe County: 19
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 23
Lincoln County: 3
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 8
McKinley County: 2,128
Otero County: 12
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 36
Roosevelt County: 33
Sandoval County: 534
San Juan County: 1,533
San Miguel County: 11
Santa Fe County: 130
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 49
Taos County: 23
Torrance County: 19
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 69

The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:

Cibola County Correctional Center: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 50
Otero County Processing Center: 92
Torrance County Detention Facility: 2

The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the following facilities:

Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 40

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 208 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 2,357 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following congregate living and acute care facilities:

Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Casa Maria Health Care Center in Roswell
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
McKinley Care Center in Gallup
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Taos Living Center in Taos
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
Wellbrook Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Farmington
The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:

Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregate settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Asymptomatic people who are currently working;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

May 22, 2020 5:32 PM

Media contact: Kelly Jameson, Las Cruces Public Schools
575-639-2121 • kjameson@lcps.net

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.

Regional Hospital Resources (Including Dona Ana, Catron, Socorro, Grant, Sierra, Luna, Lincoln, Hidalgo and Otero Counties as of May 21, 2020 at 11:30 a.m.):


Currently In Use Capacity Remaining Availability
Total ICU Capability 44 149 105




COVID Patient Hospitalization


Positive COVID Admitted 6





Ventilator Use


Vent Availability 12 84 72








Regional updates:



City of Anthony

Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager

www.cityofanthonynm.com

Chief Ordoñez, Anthony PD – nothing to report Friday.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – nothing new to report.

City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

www.sunlandpark-nm.gov

Nothing new to report.


City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org

Based on the Phase I re-opening plan of the City’s Parks and Recreation Department approved by City Council and aligned with New Mexico’s Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s extended public health emergency order and public safety guidelines, all city parks will be closed for the Memorial Day Holiday, except for a few specialty areas and trails. More information can be found here: http://las-cruces.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2850
Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org



Nothing new to report; no major incidents reported following yesterday’s senior celebrations at the Field of Dreams.

Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net



Administration will be organizing a Re-Entry Task Force to address post-pandemic classroom plans. The task force will include LCPS staff, teachers, city/county representatives, a board member and resident representatives.
Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org



No report Friday.



Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org


Nothing new to report Friday.

May 22, 2020 4:00 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 6,625
Update includes eight additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Friday announced 160 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
42 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Chaves County
9 new cases in Cibola County
1 new case in Curry County
11 new cases in Doña Ana County
44 new cases in McKinley County
2 new cases in Otero County
5 new cases in Roosevelt County
1 new case in Sandoval County
41 new cases in San Juan County
2 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Valencia County
The Department of Health on Friday also reported eight additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A female in her 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Village at Alameda facility in Albuquerque.
A second female in her 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of the Village at Alameda facility in Albuquerque.
A third female in her 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a patient at Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque.
A male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 70s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A second male in his 70s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 90s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A second male in his 90s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Life Care Center of Farmington.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 302.

Previously reported numbers included: five cases that were identified as duplicates (one in Bernalillo County, two in Doña Ana County, one in McKinley County, one in San Juan County); one case in McKinley County that was not lab confirmed; and one case in McKinley County that has since been determined to be an out-of-state resident – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 6,625 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,313
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 35
Cibola County: 122
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 45
Doña Ana County: 370
Eddy County: 17
Grant County: 16
Guadalupe County: 19
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 21
Lincoln County: 3
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 8
McKinley County: 2,086
Otero County: 12
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 36
Roosevelt County: 31
Sandoval County: 529
San Juan County: 1,490
San Miguel County: 10
Santa Fe County: 129
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 49
Taos County: 22
Torrance County: 19
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 70

The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:
Cibola County Correctional Center: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 39
Otero County Processing Center: 66
Torrance County Detention Facility: 1
The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the following facilities:
Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 40
County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 210 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 2,149 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following congregate living and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Casa Maria Health Care Center in Roswell
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
McKinley Care Center in Gallup
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Taos Living Center in Taos
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
Wellbrook Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Farmington
The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:
Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregate settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Asymptomatic people who are currently working;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

May 22, 2020 2:50 PM

City Council Creates Las Cruces Economic Recovery Board

At a special meeting today, the Las Cruces City Council created the Las Cruces Economic Recovery Board (LCERB.) The purpose of the board is to advise the mayor and City Council on strategies for gradually reopening the Las Cruces economy affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in a smart, safe, and effective manner that fits the needs of Las Cruces.

The LCERB will work in alignment with the New Mexico Economic Recovery Council (NMERC) created by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on April 22. The NMERC is a 15-member panel representing the state’s business community, including leaders from high-tech industries, tourism and hospitality, film, construction, energy, agriculture, and locally based retail.

“While my fellow councilors and I applaud the governor for establishing the NMEC to help establish strategies for gradually reopening businesses statewide, we feel the council lacks adequate representation from the southern part of the state. So, we took the initiative to form our own board with local representation to help us formulate strategies specific to Las Cruces,” said Mayor Ken Miyagishima. “I want to thank Councilor Johana Bencomo for recognizing that as the second largest city in New Mexico, we need to develop our own economic recovery plan in order to move forward.”

The LCERB will consist of 14-members including one member of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union; one member from a local nonprofit organization; one member from the healthcare sector; one member of Workforce Solutions; one member from mental/behavioral health sector; seven business owners, with one each selected by a councilor as a member from their district; one member from the Business Recovery Committee convened by the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce and one member who is an employee from the business community.

The LCERB is an ad-hoc board that will be dissolved following the full reopening of the Las Cruces economy.

May 22, 2020 2:49 PM

State seeks applicants for contact-tracing jobs

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health and the State Personnel Office began accepting applications Friday to fill 200 to 250 contact-tracing positions around the state as the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic moves into the next phase.

The positions range from entry-level through supervisory. Work will be done remotely, and hiring will be done virtually. Qualifications include experience in a health-related field or work with communities on social service matters, social work or case management.

Those hired will work with approximately 150 Health Department personnel already engaged in contact tracing, many of whom have been temporarily reassigned from other public health roles in the department.

Those hired will be assigned to one of five regional contact-tracing teams statewide, with larger teams deployed to the regions with higher numbers of cases.

Additional positions are likely to become available over the summer as New Mexico continues to increase contact-tracing capacity.

The goal is to ensure that every individual who tests positive for COVID-19 is identified, isolated, monitored and supported through the isolation period and that all known contacts are also contacted, tested for COVID-19 and monitored.

Effective and timely case investigation and contact tracing are central to New Mexico’s effort to contain the virus and move into each of our three phases of economic recovery.

To apply for a contact-tracing position, applicants should log into the State Personnel Office website at spo.state.nm.us and navigate to “View Job Opportunities and Apply” at the top right. The contact tracing positions will be at the top of the state job listings.

May 22, 2020 12:34 PM

The New Mexico Department of Health and the State Personnel Office began accepting applications Friday to fill 200 to 250 contact-tracing positions around the state as the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic moves into the next phase.

The positions range from entry-level through supervisory. Work will be done remotely, and hiring will be done virtually. Qualifications include experience in a health-related field or work with communities on social service matters, social work or case management.

Those hired will work with approximately 150 Health Department personnel already engaged in contact tracing, many of whom have been temporarily reassigned from other public health roles in the department.

Those hired will be assigned to one of five regional contact-tracing teams statewide, with larger teams deployed to the regions with higher numbers of cases.

Additional positions are likely to become available over the summer as New Mexico continues to increase contact-tracing capacity.

The goal is to ensure that every individual who tests positive for COVID-19 is identified, isolated, monitored and supported through the isolation period and that all known contacts are also contacted, tested for COVID-19 and monitored.

Effective and timely case investigation and contact tracing are central to New Mexico’s effort to contain the virus and move into each of our three phases of economic recovery.

To apply for a contact-tracing position, applicants should log into the State Personnel Office website at spo.state.nm.us and navigate to “View Job Opportunities and Apply” at the top right. The contact tracing positions will be at the top of the state job listings.


May 22, 2020 8:57 AM

PUBLIC REMINDED TO STAY VIGILANT OVER THE HOLIDAY

The Joint Information Center (JIC) is advising Doña Ana County residents to stay vigilant and observe COVID-19 safety precautions over the Memorial Day holiday.

The Memorial Day weekend is traditionally reserved for family gatherings and travel, but with area parks and recreation sites still closed due to the pandemic, the JIC is discouraging residents from gathering in large groups or unnecessary travel.

Under New Mexico’s current public health order, continued social distancing and self-isolation measures are necessary to protect public health. The order advises all New Mexicans to stay at home except for food, prescriptions, or medical treatment. Following the recent order, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham advised that face coverings are now required in public and retail spaces.

County residents who live near the southern border with Texas are strongly encouraged to avoid travelling to the El Paso area, as positive cases in El Paso County continue to spike. The New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) is currently monitoring hotspots in Sunland Park and Chaparral, where the number of positive cases is currently more than half of all positive cases countywide. As of Thursday, there were 322 reported cases of COVID-19 in the county, with 193 of those reportedly in the Chaparral, Sunland Park and Santa Teresa areas. Numbers are subject to change when the DOH releases their daily case numbers. Updated information can be found on the department’s data dashboard, www.cv.nmhealth.org.

Community testing at Memorial Medical Center, under the direction of the DOH, will be closed to the public on Monday, May 25 observance of the Memorial Day holiday. According to the DOH, a test-and-go site will be operational on Monday at the Las Cruces Public Health Office, 1170 North Solano, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.

The current public health order is in effect until May 31. A copy of the order can be found here.

May 21, 2020 7:04 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 6,472
Update includes eleven additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 163 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
22 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new cases in Chaves County
1 new case in Cibola County
40 new cases in Doña Ana County
3 new cases in Lea County
39 new cases in McKinley County
3 new cases in Rio Arriba County
8 new cases in Sandoval County
19 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Valencia County
4 new cases new cases among federal detainees at the ICE Otero County Processing Center
1 new case among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
19 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility
Note: the May 20th COVID-19 case update erroneously reported “1 new case in Torrance County” – there were zero new cases reported in Torrance County by NMDOH on May 20th. We regret the error.

The Department of Health on Thursday also reported eleven additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A female in her 70s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque.
A female in her 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque.
A male in his 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque.
A female in her 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque.
A female in her 40s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup.
A female in her 90s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Little Sisters of the Poor facility in Gallup.
A female in her 70s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual was a resident of the Cedar Ridge Inn facility in Farmington.
A male in his 80s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Cedar Ridge Inn facility in Farmington.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 294.

Previously reported numbers included nine cases that were identified as duplicates (3 in Bernalillo County, 4 in McKinley County, 1 in Santa Fe County, 1 in Valencia County); and one case in San Juan County that was not lab confirmed. Previously reported numbers did not include two cases that were thought to be out-of-state residents that have since been determined to be in-state residents and have been added (1 in San Juan County, 1 in Cibola County). These errors have now been corrected, and including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 6,472 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,273
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 34
Cibola County: 113
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 44
Doña Ana County: 362
Eddy County: 17
Grant County: 16
Guadalupe County: 19
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 21
Lincoln County: 3
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 8
McKinley County: 2,044
Otero County: 8
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 36
Roosevelt County: 26
Sandoval County: 528
San Juan County: 1,451
San Miguel County: 10
Santa Fe County: 127
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 49
Taos County: 22
Torrance County: 19
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 69

The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:
Cibola County Correctional Center: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 39
Otero County Processing Center: 66
Torrance County Detention Facility: 1
The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the following facilities:
Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 40
County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 205 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 2,041 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

​The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff at the following congregate living and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehab in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brio Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Casa Maria Health Care Center in Roswell
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
Haciendas of Grace Village in Las Cruces
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
Ladera Center in Albuquerque
Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
McKinley Care Center in Gallup
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho​
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Taos Living Center in Taos
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Tungland Corporation in Farmington
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
Wellbrook Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Farmington
The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:
Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregate settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Asymptomatic people who are currently working;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

May 21, 2020 12:01 PM

Media contact: Kelly Jameson, Las Cruces Public Schools

575-639-2121 • kjameson@lcps.net

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.

Regional Hospital Updates (Includes Dona Ana, Catron, Socorro, Grant, Sierra, Lincoln, Luna, Hidalgo, and Otero Counties as of 5/20/2020 at 12:00 p.m.):
View Chart in another format here:
http://www.las-cruces.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2846

Currently In Use Capacity Remaining Availability
Total ICU Capability 44 149 105




COVID Patient Hospitalization


Positive COVID Admitted 5





Ventilator Use


Vent Availability 11 85 74




Regional updates:



City of Anthony

Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager

www.cityofanthonynm.com

Chief Ordoñez, Anthony PD – nothing new to report.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager –Board meeting today at 2 p.m., information on website.

City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

www.sunlandpark-nm.gov

Official extension of emergency declaration was issued by the Mayor.

SPPF was participating with Head Start transition celebration, positive feedback from the community.
City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org

City parks remain closed over the holiday. More information can be found here: http://www.las-cruces.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2843
Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org



No update Thursday.


Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net

The Mayfield senior celebration kicked off at 9 a.m.; five additional events will happen today and tomorrow as commencement ceremonies were postponed due to the pandemic. K-5 Plus canceled for the summer; expected to return in the summer of 2021. LCPS is working with the DOH for appointment-based testing of all staff who wishes to be screened. Kelly is working on an internal communication piece for staff, can make it available to anyone in the JIC who might find it helpful.
Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org


Nothing new to report Thursday.




Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org

Nothing new to report Thursday.

Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

www.donaanacounty.org/detention



Nothing new to report Thursday.






Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

www.villageofhatch.org



Nothing new for Thursday.
Drive-through graduation will take place at Hatch Valley High Friday at 6 p.m.



Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers

www.mesillanm.gov


Nothing new to report Thursday.









Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

www.mmclc.org


Reminder: will not have drive-through testing with DOH on Monday.





MountainView Regional Medical Center

Ben Woods

www.mountainviewregional.com



Nothing new to report Thursday.








New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

www.nmsu.edu

Large-scale testing reports 12 positive cases of COVID-19 on campus. More information can be found here: http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/14245/covid-19-cases-at-nmsu-identified-following-large-scale-testing-event
No other test dates anticipated at this time.



New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

www.nmsupolice.com



Nothing new to report Thursday.







Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency



Jacquie: In response to a recent KVIA story that El Paso hospitals are “at capacity”, an audit determined that facilities in the El Paso region have an average of 80 to 100 beds available daily. Hospitals are conducting centralized reporting of bed and ICU availability. The current remote location, with a six-room, 18 bed facility ready to go as part of a diversion plan, is not in use currently.


Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-new-mexico-correctional-facility/



Nothing new to report Thursday.







State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program

http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us





Nothing new to report Thursday.





Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

www.mvrda.org



No report Thursday.








U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas



Due to staffing constraints, CBP will not be contributing daily updates to the Joint Information Center. Occasional messages will be passed along via email as necessary.



NM Department of Health

David Morgan

www.cv.nmhealth.org

Testing sites today:
Anthony – Cradles and Crayons Day Care
Chaparral – Public Health Office
Garfield – Catholic Church and food distribution
Las Cruces – Public Health Office
A complete list of test sites can be found at: https://cvprovider.nmhealth.org/directory.html

May 20, 2020 4:41 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 6,317
Update includes seven additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 134 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
30 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Chaves County
3 new cases in Cibola County
1 new case in Curry County
4 new cases in Doña Ana County
25 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Roosevelt County
22 new cases in Sandoval County
25 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Torrance County
1 new case in Valencia County
1 new case among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
19 new cases new cases among federal detainees at the ICE Otero County Processing Center
The Department of Health on Wednesday also reported seven additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A female in her 50s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington.
A second female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was hospitalized.
A female in her 90s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was hospitalized.
A male in his 80s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the San Juan Center facility in Farmington.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 283.

Previously reported numbers included three cases that were determined to be out-of-state residents (2 in Roosevelt County and 1 in McKinley County) and six cases that were identified as duplicates (1 in Bernalillo County, 2 in McKinley County, 1 among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility, 1 in San Juan County, and 1 in Doña Ana County) – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 6,317 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,254
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 32
Cibola County: 111
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 44
Doña Ana County: 322
Eddy County: 17
Grant County: 16
Guadalupe County: 19
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 18
Lincoln County: 3
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 8
McKinley County: 2,009
Otero County: 8
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 33
Roosevelt County: 26
Sandoval County: 520
San Juan County: 1,432
San Miguel County: 10
Santa Fe County: 127
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 49
Taos County: 22
Torrance County: 19
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 69

The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:
Cibola County Correctional Center: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 38
Otero County Processing Center: 62
Torrance County Detention Facility: 1
The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the following facilities:
Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 21
County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 206 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 1,985 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff at the following congregate living and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehab in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brio Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Casa Maria Health Care Center in Roswell
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
Haciendas of Grace Village in Las Cruces
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
Ladera Center in Albuquerque
Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
McKinley Care Center in Gallup
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho​
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
San Juan Center in Farmington
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Taos Living Center in Taos
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Tungland Corporation in Farmington
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
Wellbrook Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Farmington
The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:
Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregate settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Asymptomatic people who are currently working;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

May 20, 2020 2:09 PM

Memorial Day Holiday Changes LCPD Station Hours

The Las Cruces Police Department’s Station Office will be closed on Monday for the Memorial Day holiday but will be open for records and evidence pickup on Tuesday, May 26.

The Station Office will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for records and to file non-emergency reports in person. Those who wish to pick up evidence can do so from 8-11:30 a.m. Tuesday and again from 1-4:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

Because of the Covid-19 public health emergency, the Station Office is closed the rest of the week.

Since March 18, the Las Cruces Police Department’s Station Office has been working a reduced-hours schedule to help limit the spread of coronavirus.

Motor vehicle crash reports are still available online at policereports.lexisnexis.com/. Residents with questions or concerns, or who wish to report minor incidents, can call Central Dispatch, at (575) 526-0795, or the station office at (575) 528-4127. Telephone calls to LCPD’s Station Office can be made from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Residents who need to file an incident report should do the following:
Emergency: call 911.
Non-emergency: call (575) 526-0795.
Some minor incidents can be reported online by visiting www.las-cruces.org/153/Police and clicking the “File a Police Report Online” tab. Reports that can be filed online include incidents of graffiti, vandalism, lost property, theft of property or theft from a motor vehicle.

The Las Cruces Police Department encourages the public to heed recommendations set forth by state and federal officials on social distancing – and wearing a mask or face-covering in public – to help reduce the transmissions of coronavirus.

May 20, 2020 11:06 AM

TODAY: Governor, state officials to give
press update on COVID-19 efforts

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials will host a remote news conference today, Wednesday afternoon, to provide an update on COVID-19 efforts in New Mexico.

WHAT: Remote news conference regarding New Mexico’s COVID-19 efforts
WHEN: Wednesday, May 20, 4 P.M.

The news conference will be streamed live on the governor’s Facebook page.

A simultaneous interpretation of the news conference in Spanish will be streamed live on YouTube​.

Members of the media will be able to participate remotely. If you would like the opportunity to ask questions, please RSVP to nora.sackett@state.nm.us with your name and media affiliation. After your RSVP is received, you will receive more information about how to participate.

Pool photographs courtesy of the Albuquerque Journal will be available after the press conference here.

May 20, 2020 9:14 AM

Media contact: Kelly Jameson, Las Cruces Public Schools
575-639-2121 • kjameson@lcps.net

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.

Regional Hospital Updates (to Include Dona Ana Catron, Socorro, Grant, Sierra, Luna, Lincoln, Hidalgo and Otero Counties) as of 5/19/2020 at 2:30 p.m.:
Following Chart best viewed at this link:

http://www.las-cruces.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2834
Currently in Use Capacity Remaining Availability
Total ICU Capability 50 149 99




COVID Patient Hospitalization


Positive COVID Admitted 5





Ventilator Use


Vent Availability 11 85 74








Regional updates:



City of Anthony

Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager

www.cityofanthonynm.com

Chief Ordoñez, Anthony PD – Nothing new to report today.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager –Board meeting tomorrow at 2 p.m., information on website.

City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

www.sunlandpark-nm.gov

Southern NM COVID emergency food project in parking lot of city hall. Expected to have 250+ residents in Sunland Park. SPPD will assist with crowd control. Happening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rep. Lara, Sen. Cervantes coordinated.

City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org



Council met yesterday, extended Mayor’s emergency proclamation on face coverings through May 31. Special council meeting scheduled for May 22. Includes COVID discussion with mayors from Sunland Park and Anthony. More information can be found here:



Mayor Extends Emergency Proclamation on Facemasks

http://www.las-cruces.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2825
Special Council Meeting - May 22, 2020 - Meeting with Mayors of Sunland Park and Anthony. 9:30 a.m. Friday (On our call I said "after regularly scheduled meeting" in error - the time is corrected in this link).

https://lascruces.civicweb.net/filepro/documents/5803?preview=7522


Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org

Nothing new to report today.

Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net



Board meeting tonight at 6 p.m. available via livestream. Prepping for senior celebrations on Thursday and Friday.

Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org



Nothing new to report Tuesday.



Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org



Nothing new to report Tuesday.

Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

www.donaanacounty.org/detention



Nothing new to report.



Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

www.villageofhatch.org



Nothing new to report Tuesday.







Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers

www.mesillanm.gov



Nothing new to report Tuesday.





Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

www.mmclc.org



Back online with community testing this morning, tent has been moved to the back lot. Public is asked to enter through Terrace Drive. Information has been posted on social media. Will not be testing on Monday (Memorial Day).



MountainView Regional Medical Center

Ben Woods

www.mountainviewregional.com



Nothing new to report Tuesday.





New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

www.nmsu.edu



No report Tuesday.



New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

www.nmsupolice.com



Nothing new to report Tuesday.





Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency



No report Tuesday.





Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-new-mexico-correctional-facility/



Nothing new to report Tuesday.







State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program

http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us



Nothing new to report Tuesday.







Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

www.mvrda.org



Nothing new to report Tuesday.





U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas



Due to staffing constraints, CBP will not be contributing daily updates to the Joint Information Center. Occasional messages will be passed along via email as necessary.



NM Department of Health

David Morgan

www.cv.nmhealth.org

A complete list of test sites can be found at: https://cvprovider.nmhealth.org/directory.html



May 19, 2020 7:36 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 6,192
Update includes six additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 104 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
9 new cases in Bernalillo County
5 new cases in Cibola County
2 new cases in Curry County
11 new cases in Doña Ana County
35 new cases in McKinley County
3 new cases in Sandoval County
34 new cases in San Juan County
2 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Torrance County
1 new case among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
1 new case among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County
The Department of Health on Tuesday also reported six additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A female in her 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 50s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of the Cedar Ridge Inn facility in Farmington.
A male in his 70s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington.
A female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington.
A second female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington.
A female in her 90s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 276.

Previously reported numbers included three cases that were determined to be out-of-state residents (1 in Bernalillo County and 2 in San Juan County); four cases that were identified as duplicates (1 in Bernalillo County, 1 in Doña Ana County, 1 in McKinley County, and 1 among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility); and one case in Taos County that was determined to be a false positive – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 6,192 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,225
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 31
Cibola County: 108
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 43
Doña Ana County: 319
Eddy County: 17
Grant County: 16
Guadalupe County: 19
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 18
Lincoln County: 3
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 8
McKinley County: 1,987
Otero County: 8
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 33
Roosevelt County: 27
Sandoval County: 498
San Juan County: 1,408
San Miguel County: 10
Santa Fe County: 126
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 49
Taos County: 22
Torrance County: 19
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 68

The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:
Cibola County Correctional Center: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 38
Otero County Processing Center: 43
Torrance County Detention Facility: 1
The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the following facilities:
Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 1
Otero County Prison Facility: 21
County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 204 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 1,882 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff at the following congregate living and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehab in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brio Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
Haciendas of Grace Village in Las Cruces
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
Ladera Center in Albuquerque
Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
McKinley Care Center in Gallup
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho​
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Taos Living Center in Taos
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Tungland Corporation in Farmington
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
Wellbrook Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Farmington
The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:
Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregate settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Asymptomatic people who are currently working;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

May 18, 2020 5:28 PM



At a special meeting today, the Las Cruces City Council voted to extend the emergency proclamation issued by Mayor Ken Miyagishima on Friday, May 15, that requires all members of the public, with some exceptions, to wear a face covering when inside, in line to enter, or utilizing a City building, property or facility, including City parks. The proclamation, set to expire today, May 18, is now in effect through May 31.

Under the City’s Emergency Proclamation Ordinance approved by the City Council on March 27, emergency proclamations are in effect for 72 hours and may be extended by City Council for 14 days. The current extension runs concurrent with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Executive Order 2020-030 and will automatically extend until the state’s public health order is rescinded.

The emergency proclamation allows for increased public education of the importance of face coverings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and will provide the City more enforcement control on the local level. Violations would constitute a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $500 and/or 90 days in jail. The City prefers voluntary compliance over enforcement and does not want the effort to be punitive. 

Face covering means a covering made of cloth, fabric, or other soft or permeable material, without holes, that covers the nose and mouth and surrounding areas of the lower face. A face covering may be factory-made, or may be handmade and improvised from ordinary household materials.  

May 18, 2020 4:21 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 6,096
Update includes five additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 165 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
10 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Chaves County
1 new case in Cibola County
15 new cases in Doña Ana County
1 new case in Hidalgo County
2 new cases in Lea County
67 new cases in McKinley County
2 new cases in Rio Arriba County
1 new case in Roosevelt County
2 new cases in Sandoval County
34 new cases in San Juan County
2 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Taos County
2 new cases in Valencia County
3 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
21 new cases among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the Otero County Prison Facility​
The Department of Health on Monday also reported five additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A male in his 70s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of the La Vida Llena facility in Albuquerque.
A male in his 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying conditions.
A male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 70s from McKinley County.
A female in her 30s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 270.

Previously reported numbers included four cases that were determined to be out-of-state residents (1 in Bernalillo County, 1 in McKinley County, and 2 in San Juan County); two cases that were identified as duplicates (1 in Bernalillo County and 1 in McKinley County); and one case in Santa Fe County that was determined to be a false positive – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 6,096 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,218
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 31
Cibola County: 103
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 41
Doña Ana County: 309
Eddy County: 17
Grant County: 16
Guadalupe County: 19
Harding County: 1
Hidalgo County: 1
Lea County: 18
Lincoln County: 3
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 8
McKinley County: 1,953
Otero County: 8
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 33
Roosevelt County: 27
Sandoval County: 495
San Juan County: 1,376
San Miguel County: 10
Santa Fe County: 124
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 49
Taos County: 23
Torrance County: 18
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 68

The Department of Health currently reports at the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:
Cibola County Correctional Center: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 38
Otero County Processing Center: 43
Torrance County Detention Facility: 1
The Department of Health currently reports 21 COVID-19 cases among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the Otero County Prison Facility.

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 213 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 1,796 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff at the following congregate living and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehab in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brio Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
Haciendas of Grace Village in Las Cruces
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
Ladera Center in Albuquerque
Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
McKinley Care Center in Gallup
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho​
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Taos Living Center in Taos
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Tungland Corporation in Farmington
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
Wellbrook Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Farmington
The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:
Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregate settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Asymptomatic people who are currently working;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

May 18, 2020 12:39 PM

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.

Regional Hospital Updates (as of 5/18/2020 11 a.m.)
Including Dona Ana, Catron, Socorro, Grant, Sierra, Luna, Lincoln, Hidalgo, and Otero Counties

(Chart below best viewed by coping and pasting this link)

las-cruces.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2822

Currently In Use Capacity Remaining Availability Total ICU Capacity 45 149 104



COVID Patient hospitalization

POSITIVE COVID ADMITTED 4





Ventilator Use


Vent Availability 13 84 71





Regional updates:




City of Anthony

Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager

www.cityofanthonynm.com


Chief Ordoñez, Anthony PD – monitoring testing at St. Anthony church, food drive at 11 a.m. today.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – City is open with limited services as of today. Also open for early voting. MVD is by appointment only. Updated information can be found on the City’s website.


City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

www.sunlandpark-nm.gov


As of today, will implement city-wide temperature monitoring for staff. Working on policy with city manager requiring all employees to have a temp check upon arrival.


City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org




Nothing new to report. Early voting continues Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. through May 30.


Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org


Posted a video on the importance of wearing a mask and social distancing.

Transitioning staff back into PD offices.


Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net




Tomorrow the board meets at 6 p.m., meeting is available online via livestream. Last day for students is May 20, teachers on May 21. Senior celebrations will be the 21st and 22nd.


Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org




Nothing new to report Monday.


Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org




Nothing new to report Monday.






Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

www.donaanacounty.org/detention




Friday started to provide masks to out-processing detainees.


Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

www.villageofhatch.org




Village will open this week, with some limitations. More information forthcoming.






Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers

www.mesillanm.gov




Nothing new to report Monday.






Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

www.mmclc.org




Community testing: will be moving the white tent to the back parking lot. Lacking kits from the state, which means there won’t be community testing in the parking lot until those arrive. Outside testing is under the direction of the DOH; testing inside is ongoing and not affected by test deficit outside.






MountainView Regional Medical Center

Ben Woods

www.mountainviewregional.com




Nothing new to report Monday.






New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

www.nmsu.edu




NMSU wrapped up its spring semester, commencement happened virtually over the weekend.






New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

www.nmsupolice.com




Nothing new to report Monday.




Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency




Several people in the community were observed not adhering to the public health order by wearing required face coverings. Will push out information through the county for wide dissemination.






Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-new-mexico-correctional-facility/




Nothing new to report Monday.








State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program

http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us




Requesting donations of magazines, books, puzzles, coloring books, or any craft items for residents in nursing homes.

Clara Murphy with UHC worked with Distinguished Choice Insurance to donate iPods to a nursing homes for residents.






Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

www.mvrda.org




Saturday, MVRDA began tracking reports of people not wearing face coverings. In total, 14 calls were handled related to that complaint; 8 were related to large gatherings and six were vendors who were not wearing the required face coverings.






U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas




Due to staffing constraints, CBP will not be contributing daily updates to the Joint Information Center. Occasional messages will be passed along via email as necessary.



NM Department of Health

David Morgan

www.cv.nmhealth.org


A complete list of test sites can be found at: https://cvprovider.nmhealth.org/directory.html



May 16, 2020 5:37 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 5,847
Update includes six additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Saturday announced 190 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

14 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Cibola County
4 new cases in Curry County
16 new cases in Doña Ana County
1 new case in Lincoln County
77 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Otero County
1 new case in Rio Arriba County
12 new cases in Roosevelt County
5 new cases in Sandoval County
42 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in San Miguel County
8 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new cases in Valencia County
2 new cases among federal detainees at the ICE Otero County Processing Center
4 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Saturday also reported six additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:

A female in her 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of the Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup.
A male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup.
A male in his 80s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 80s from Sandoval County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup.
A female in her 50s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 259.

Previously reported numbers included 3 cases that were previously reported in Doña Ana County that were out-of-state; 2 cases that have been identified as duplicates: 1 case in Doña Ana County and 1 case in Taos County - these errors have been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 5,847 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,194
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 30
Cibola County: 101
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 40
Doña Ana County: 282
Eddy County: 17
Grant County: 16
Guadalupe County: 19
Harding County: 1
Lea County: 15
Lincoln County: 3
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 8
McKinley County: 1,864
Otero County: 9
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 31
Roosevelt County: 26
Sandoval County: 488
San Juan County: 1,316
San Miguel County: 10
Santa Fe County: 122
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 49
Taos County: 22
Torrance County: 18
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 64

The Department of Health currently reports at the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:

Cibola County Correctional Center: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 35
Otero County Processing Center: 42
Torrance County Detention Facility: 1

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 208 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 1,739 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff at the following congregate living and acute care facilities:

Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehab in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brio Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
Haciendas of Grace Village in Las Cruces
Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales
Ladera Center in Albuquerque
Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
McKinley Care Center in Gallup
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho​
Pacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Retirement Ranches, Inc. in Clovis
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Taos Living Center in Taos
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Tungland Corporation in Farmington
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
Wellbrook Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Farmington
The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:

Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregate settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Asymptomatic people who are currently working;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

May 15, 2020 4:46 PM

Governor launches Mask Madness competition
Statewide competition to highlight New Mexicans’ creative face-coverings

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday announced New Mexico Mask Madness, a statewide competition intended to highlight the creativity and artistic ability of New Mexicans amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beginning Friday, May 15, New Mexicans can submit a photo of their submission, a face mask or face covering, at https://cv.nmhealth.org/mask-madness/. Submissions will be accepted through 11:59 PM on Sunday, May 24.

The public will be able to vote on their favorite masks and face-coverings online, beginning Tuesday, May 26. The top vote-getters will be seeded into brackets, and New Mexicans will then be able to vote for their favorite mask in each match up until a champion is crowned.

“New Mexicans across the state are demonstrating their compassion for their neighbors, for health care workers and first responders by wearing face-coverings – and at the same time, these face-coverings are an incredible opportunity for New Mexicans to demonstrate our creativity and craftsmanship,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham. “As we continue to fight this virus, face coverings will become, more and more, a part of our daily lives and routines. I hope this competition can be a fun venue for expressing artistic ability but also an important reminder of the need to wear a face-covering when out and about – to protect yourself and your family.”

In addition to being named the champion of New Mexico Mask Madness, the creator of the winning mask submission will be awarded a prize.

Per the New Mexico Department of Health public health emergency order effective May 16th, all New Mexicans are required to wear a mask or face covering in public settings, with exceptions for eating, drinking and exercising and medical requirements. New Mexicans can make their own mask easily – see a tutorial video here. New Mexicans can also request a face covering from the state here.

Stay home. Don’t gather with people. And wear a mask to protect your community and slow the spread of COVID-19.

May 15, 2020 4:46 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 5,662
Update includes eleven additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Friday announced 164 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
36 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Cibola County
2 new cases in Curry County
11 new cases in Doña Ana County
2 new cases in Guadalupe County
57 new cases in McKinley County
4 new cases in Sandoval County
37 new cases in San Juan County
2 new cases in San Miguel County
1 new case in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Taos County
3 new cases in Valencia County
7 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Friday also reported eleven additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A female in her 60s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 70s from Bernalillo County. The individual was a resident of the Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 50s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 80s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions.
A male in his 50s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of the Dungarvin New Mexico facility in Gallup.
A male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of Sundance Care Home in Gallup.
A male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 80s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions.
A female in her 50s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of the Cedar Ridge Inn facility in Farmington.
A second female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual was a resident of the Cedar Ridge Inn facility in Farmington and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 253.

Previously reported numbers included 3 cases that were duplicates and 2 cases that were not laboratory confirmed: 4 from Bernalillo County and 1 from Cibola County - these errors have been corrected. 1 case previously reported in Bernalillo County has been corrected to be reported at the Otero County Processing Center. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 5,662 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,180
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 30
Cibola County: 100
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 36
Doña Ana County: 270
Eddy County: 17
Grant County: 16
Guadalupe County: 19
Harding County: 1
Lea County: 15
Lincoln County: 2
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 8
McKinley County: 1,787
Otero County: 8
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 30
Roosevelt County: 14
Sandoval County: 483
San Juan County: 1,274
San Miguel County: 9
Santa Fe County: 114
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 49
Taos County: 23
Torrance County: 18
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 63

The Department of Health currently reports at the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:

Cibola County Correctional Center: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 31
Otero County Processing Center: 40
Torrance County Detention Facility: 1

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 223 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 1,671 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff at the following congregate living and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehab in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brio Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Dungarvin New Mexico, LLC in Gallup
Haciendas of Grace Village in Las Cruces
Ladera Center in Albuquerque
Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
McKinley Care Center in Gallup
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho​
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Robin House Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Taos Living Center in Taos
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Tungland Corporation in Farmington
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
Wellbrook Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Farmington
The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:
Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregate settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Asymptomatic people who are currently working;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

May 15, 2020 4:45 PM

Mayor Issues Emergency Proclamation Regarding Face Coverings

Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima today signed an emergency proclamation requiring the use of face coverings in all City of Las Cruces buildings and facilities. The term of the proclamation is 72 hours and City Council can vote to extend it up to 14 days.

Face covering means a covering made of cloth, fabric, or other soft or permeable material, without holes, that covers the nose and mouth and surrounding areas of the lower face. A face covering may be factory-made, or may be handmade and improvised from ordinary household materials.

The emergency proclamation allows for increased public education of the importance of face coverings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and will provide the City more enforcement control on the local level. Violations would constitute a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $500 and/or 90 days in jail. The City prefers voluntary compliance over enforcement and does not want the effort to be punitive.

The mayor issued the proclamation on the heels of a new state mandate requiring all New Mexicans to wear a mask or face-covering in public settings beginning May 16.

Both the mayor’s emergency proclamation and the state mandate impact in-person early voting at City Hall, 700 N. Main St. beginning Saturday, May 16. Face masks will be available to voters.

In-person early voting runs through Saturday, May 30. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. There is no voting Sunday and Monday. 

Voting at City Hall will take place in the lobby just outside City Council Chambers and the City Clerk’s office. There will be five voting stations spaced six-feet apart. Hand sanitizers will be on site. Poll workers will wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and plexiglass separators will be used to provide a safety barrier between voters and poll workers. Disposable wooden sticks will be used in place of a stylus for signing ballots and all pens will be sanitized after each use.  

On March 27, city council approved an emergency declaration ordinance that provides the mayor and mayor pro tem the authority to take immediate action for the protection of life and property, and for the preservation of public peace, safety, health, welfare, and for the continuity of efficient government operations.

The ordinance allows the council to authorize limited action in response to an emergency situation and to exercise their emergency powers through a proclamation. The term of the proclamation is three days but can be extended for up 14 days at a time.

On April 7, the mayor issued an emergency proclamation so that the City may have the potential to receive reimbursement for funding and programs from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) based on qualified expenses as federal assistance is ordered.

On April 10, city council extended the term of the emergency proclamation by 14 days. That order expired on April 24.

City of Las Cruces news releases are available on the home page of the City website at las-cruces.org under News & Announcements and can be translated into Spanish and multiple other languages using the Select Language feature on the lower right side of the page.  

May 15, 2020 3:09 PM

Mayor Issues Emergency Proclamation Regarding Face Coverings


Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima today signed an emergency proclamation requiring the use of face coverings in all City of Las Cruces buildings and facilities. The term of the proclamation is 72 hours and City Council can vote to extend it up to 14 days.



Face covering means a covering made of cloth, fabric, or other soft or permeable material, without holes, that covers the nose and mouth and surrounding areas of the lower face. A face covering may be factory-made, or may be handmade and improvised from ordinary household materials.



The emergency proclamation allows for increased public education of the importance of face coverings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and will provide the City more enforcement control on the local level. Violations would constitute a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $500 and/or 90 days in jail. The City prefers voluntary compliance over enforcement and does not want the effort to be punitive.



The mayor issued the proclamation on the heels of a new state mandate requiring all New Mexicans to wear a mask or face-covering in public settings beginning May 16.



Both the mayor’s emergency proclamation and the state mandate impact in-person early voting at City Hall, 700 N. Main St. beginning Saturday, May 16. Face masks will be available to voters.



In-person early voting runs through Saturday, May 30. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. There is no voting Sunday and Monday. 



Voting at City Hall will take place in the lobby just outside City Council Chambers and the City Clerk’s office. There will be five voting stations spaced six-feet apart. Hand sanitizers will be on site. Poll workers will wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and plexiglass separators will be used to provide a safety barrier between voters and poll workers. Disposable wooden sticks will be used in place of a stylus for signing ballots and all pens will be sanitized after each use.  



On March 27, city council approved an emergency declaration ordinance that provides the mayor and mayor pro tem the authority to take immediate action for the protection of life and property, and for the preservation of public peace, safety, health, welfare, and for the continuity of efficient government operations.



The ordinance allows the council to authorize limited action in response to an emergency situation and to exercise their emergency powers through a proclamation. The term of the proclamation is three days but can be extended for up 14 days at a time.



On April 7, the mayor issued an emergency proclamation so that the City may have the potential to receive reimbursement for funding and programs from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) based on qualified expenses as federal assistance is ordered.



On April 10, city council extended the term of the emergency proclamation by 14 days. That order expired on April 24.



City of Las Cruces news releases are available on the home page of the City website at las-cruces.org under News & Announcements and can be translated into Spanish and multiple other languages using the Select Language feature on the lower right side of the page.  






May 15, 2020 11:53 AM

TODAY: Governor, state officials to give
press update on COVID-19 efforts

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state health and election officials will host a remote news conference today, Friday afternoon, to provide an update on COVID-19 efforts in New Mexico.

WHAT: Remote news conference regarding New Mexico’s COVID-19 efforts
WHEN: Friday, May 15, 3 P.M.

The news conference will be streamed live on the governor’s Facebook page.

A simultaneous interpretation of the news conference in Spanish will be streamed live on YouTube​.

Members of the media will be able to participate remotely. If you would like the opportunity to ask questions, please RSVP to nora.sackett@state.nm.us with your name and media affiliation. After your RSVP is received, you will receive more information about how to participate.

Pool photographs courtesy of the Santa Fe New Mexican will be available after the press conference here.

May 15, 2020 11:13 AM

Media contact: Kelly Jameson, Las Cruces Public Schools
575-639-2121 • kjameson@lcps.net

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.

Regional updates:

City of Anthony

Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager

www.cityofanthonynm.com

Chief Ordoñez, Anthony PD – nothing new to report. Needed direction on DOH handing out masks to the public. Local DOH has not heard of that directive from the state, but Bryan from OEM found the following link for anyone who would like to request a mask by mail:

https://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/97frS9fahq292waAbVbl0B



Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – planning a soft opening with limited public access to MVD; opening polls for early voting, police records and business licensing. Will observe public health order. More information will be posted on their website.

City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

www.sunlandpark-nm.gov

Extension of emergency declaration will be in place today. Will require 100% mask use in city buildings.

City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org



City will open for early voting starting tomorrow. More informaiton can be found here:

http://www.las-cruces.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2812

Will require face coverings. Information will be going out in utility bills on calling 911 in emergencies.

Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org

No report today, nothing new to report.

Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net

Finalizing plans on senior celebrations at the Field of Dreams. More details to come in a news release on Monday and at www.lcps.net.

Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org

Continue to explore ways to open government center safely. Building is open for early voting only.

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org



Nothing new to report operationally.

Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

www.donaanacounty.org/detention



Nothing new to report Friday.



Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

www.villageofhatch.org



Nothing new to report Friday.





Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers

www.mesillanm.gov



Nothing new to report Friday.





Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

www.mmclc.org



Nothing new to report Friday.





MountainView Regional Medical Center

Ben Woods

www.mountainviewregional.com



Just received 1,000th volunteer-made mask. Recommended some PR to promote the goodwill of our community to step up for our healthcare workers by quantifying how many have been made locally.



New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

www.nmsu.edu



Nothing new to report Friday.





New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

www.nmsupolice.com



Nothing new to report Friday.





Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency



Nothing new to report Friday.





Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-new-mexico-correctional-facility/



Nothing new to report Friday.





State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program

http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us



Nothing new to report Friday.





Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

www.mvrda.org



Nothing new to report Friday.





U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas



Due to staffing constraints, CBP will not be contributing daily updates to the Joint Information Center. Occasional messages will be passed along via email as necessary.



NM Department of Health

David Morgan

www.cv.nmhealth.org

Several testing sites have been scheduled and announced today. A complete list can be found at: https://cvprovider.nmhealth.org/directory.html



May 15, 2020 9:06 AM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 5,503
Update includes eleven additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 143 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
25 new cases in Bernalillo County
7 new cases in Cibola County
10 new cases in Doña Ana County
3 new cases in Eddy County
1 new case in Grant County
52 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Otero County
2 new cases in Rio Arriba County
1 new case in Roosevelt County
3 new cases in Sandoval County
34 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in Valencia County
3 new case among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Thursday also reported eleven additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A male in his 70s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A female in her 20s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying medical conditions.
A male in his 30s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized.
A male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying medical conditions and was a resident of the Little Sisters of the Poor facility in Gallup.
A female in her 80s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions. The individual was a resident of the Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup.
A second female in her 80s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A female in her 100s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying medical conditions and was a resident of the Little Sisters of the Poor facility in Gallup.
A female in her 50s from Otero County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A male in his 90s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying medical conditions and was a resident of Life Care Center in Farmington.
A male in his 80s from Santa Fe County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions. The individual was a patient at the Uptown Genesis facility in Albuquerque.
A female in her 60s from Socorro County. The individual was hospitalized.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 242.

Previously reported numbers included 4 cases that were duplicates, 3 from McKinley County and 1 from Sandoval County - these errors have been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 5,503 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,149
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 30
Cibola County: 100
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 34
Doña Ana County: 259
Eddy County: 17
Grant County: 16
Guadalupe County: 17
Harding County: 1
Lea County: 15
Lincoln County: 2
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 8
McKinley County: 1,730
Otero County: 8
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 30
Roosevelt County: 14
Sandoval County: 479
San Juan County: 1,237
San Miguel County: 7
Santa Fe County: 113
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 49
Taos County: 22
Torrance County: 18
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 60

The Department of Health currently reports at the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:

Cibola County Correctional Center: 2
Otero County Prison Facility: 24
Otero County Processing Center: 39
Torrance County Detention Facility: 1

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 209 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 1,576 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff at the following congregate living and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehab in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brio Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Haciendas of Grace Village in Las Cruces
Ladera Center in Albuquerque
Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
McKinley Care Center in Gallup
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho​
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Taos Living Center in Taos
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Tungland Corporation in Farmington
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
Wellbrook Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Farmington
The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:
Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregate settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Asymptomatic people who are currently working;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

May 14, 2020 4:55 PM

The Department of Health is Conducting COVID-19 Testing and Screening at the Following sites in Dona Ana County through May 26.


http://www.las-cruces.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2815

Date

Location

COVID-19 Screening and Testing

Friday, May 15

Butterfield Community Center

9530 Berry Patch Lane

Las Cruces, NM 88011

9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Monday, May 18

St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church

224 Lincoln Ave.
Anthony, NM 88021

8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Thursday, May 21

San Isidro Catholic Church

2003 Loma Parda St.
Garfield, NM 87936

7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Tuesday, May 26

Mesquite Community Center

12720 Hwy 478
Mesquite, NM 88048

7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

May 14, 2020 2:09 PM

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – In an effort to recognize those on the front lines battling the COVID-19 pandemic, four F-16s from Holloman Air Force Base will conduct a flyover in southern New Mexico, May 15, 2020.
The flyover symbolizes appreciation for the healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential personnel for their selfless service, as well as share Holloman’s appreciation for its surrounding communities.
On Friday, May 15, the F-16s will fly in formation over the following cities at these approximate times:
• Roswell – 5:25 PM (Flying Over North to South)
• EASTERN NEW MEXICO MEDICAL CENTER
• LOVELACE REGIONAL HOSPITAL
• Ruidoso – 5:35 PM (Flying Over East to West)
• LINCOLN COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER
• SOUTHERN DOWNTOWN
• Cloudcroft – 5:40 PM (Flying Over North to South)
• VILLAGE CENTER
• Alamogordo – 5:45 PM (Flying Over North to South)
• GERALD CHAMPION REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
• ALAMOGORDO HIGH SCHOOL – TIGER STADIUM
• Holloman AFB Housing – 5:45 PM (Flying Over East to West)
• Las Cruces – 6:00 PM (Flying Over North to South and then East to West)
• EAST LAS CRUCES
• MOUNTAIN VIEW REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
• MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER
• NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY
• DOWNTOWN LAS CRUCES
• WEST/CENTRAL LAS CRUCES

As part of the “Air Force Salutes” campaign, this is a way that Airmen can honor community members who embody the Air Force core value of service before self.
“All the front line workers, from doctors and nurses to truckers and grocery store clerks, are the true heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Col. Joseph Campo, 49th Wing commander. “I’m honored to offer a gesture to acknowledge their sacrifice and salute them for their selfless service while inspiring the nation to remain strong. Additionally, the flyovers are another way to say thank you to our community for their continued partnership and support.”
Times are subject to change. Check the Holloman Air Force Base Facebook page at “Holloman AFB – 49th Wing” for updates.

May 14, 2020 12:54 PM

Media contact: Kelly Jameson, Las Cruces Public Schools
575-639-2121 • kjameson@lcps.net

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.

Regional Hospital Resources:
(The Following chart is best viewed in a different format) Copy and paste this link to see:
http://www.las-cruces.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2810
(Including Dona Ana, Catron, Socorro, Grant, Sierra, Luna, Lincoln, Hidalgo and Otero Counties) as of 5/13/2010 at 12:00 p.m.


Currently in use Capacity Remaining Availability
Total ICU Capability 46 144 98




Covid Patient Hospitalization


POSITIVE COVID ADMITTED 4





Ventilator Use


Vent Availability
9 85 76










Regional updates:



City of Anthony

Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager

www.cityofanthonynm.com

Chief Ordoñez, Anthony PD – went to PHO to pick up PPE. Good on that.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – anticipates many changes for city operations considering the updated May 16 public health order. More to come after a meeting with city leadership.

City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

www.sunlandpark-nm.gov

Mayor will be extending declaration of emergency to be concurrent with the state order. Building inspectors will not be conducting any new construction inspections. In conjunction with state CID plumbing/electrical inspectors. In place for the next two weeks.
City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org



Nothing new to report Thursday.

Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org

Waiting on information on how the face covering rule will be enforced.

Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net

Waiting on any changes in the city/county and how the face covering protocol will be enforced.

Teachers are polling parents on feelings about K-5 Plus plans. Working though what the next school year will look like.
Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org

County officials are stepping up community outreach on compliance with CDC recommendations (face coverings). Jamie – finalized testing sites and dates with DOH. Any assistance to help publicize that is greatly appreciated.
Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org



Nothing new to report operationally. Will slowly bring back support staff in the main office, still only open to the public in Wednesdays.

Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

www.donaanacounty.org/detention



Juvenile facility is scheduled for COVID-19 screening for staff and detainees. Adult population will happen when testing kits arrive.


Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

www.villageofhatch.org



Nothing new to report Thursday.




Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers

www.mesillanm.gov



Nothing new to report Thursday.


Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

www.mmclc.org



Nothing new to report Thursday.


MountainView Regional Medical Center

Ben Woods

www.mountainviewregional.com



Nothing new to report Thursday.


New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

www.nmsu.edu



Nothing new to report Thursday.


New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

www.nmsupolice.com



Nothing new to report Thursday.


Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency



Nothing new to report Thursday.


Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-new-mexico-correctional-facility/



Nothing new to report Thursday.


State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program

http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us



Nothing new to report Thursday.


Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

www.mvrda.org



Nothing new to report Thursday.


U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas



Due to staffing constraints, CBP will not be contributing daily updates to the Joint Information Center. Occasional messages will be passed along via email as necessary.



NM Department of Health

David Morgan

www.cv.nmhealth.org

Several testing sites have been scheduled and announced today. A complete list can be found at: https://cvprovider.nmhealth.org/directory.html

May 14, 2020 11:06 AM

Beware of Fraud Schemes Associated with COVID-19

NEW MEXICO-As awareness about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic grows, so do the scams associated with it. Scammers use public health emergencies as opportunities for new fraud schemes, and because older adults are at greater risk for serious illness from COVID-19, they often target these more vulnerable populations. Common attempts include scammers using false assertions to gain an individual’s personal information in order to charge federal programs or insurance plans for procedures or testing and pocketing the funds, or simply using fear surrounding the pandemic as a way to obtain sensitive information in order to steal an identity for other nefarious purposes.
“Given there is currently no FDA approved vaccine at this time, it is important to be very discerning about any calls or solicitations you receive in which individuals offer COVID-19 interventions or treatments, or seek personal medical or financial information. Scammers often use fear-based tactics to convince people that a vaccine or cure is available, as a lure to acquire confidential information,” said Samantha Morales, Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Director.
It’s also important to remember that although the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health officials may contact you if they believe you may have been exposed to the virus, they will not ask you for insurance or financial information.
SMP provides the following guidance for Medicare beneficiaries to follow:
Contact your own doctor if you are experiencing potential symptoms of COVID-19.
Do not give out your Medicare number, Social Security number, or personal information in response to unsolicited calls, texts, emails, home visits, or booths at health fairs and other public venues. If your personal information is compromised, it may be used in other fraud schemes as well.
Be suspicious of anyone going door-to-door to offer free coronavirus or COVID-19 testing, supplies, or treatments.
Carefully review your Medicare Summary Notice (MSN) or Explanation of Benefits (EOB) for errors or claims for products or services that weren’t received.
Follow the instructions of the state or your local government for other actions you should be taking in response to COVID-19.
If you have any questions or concerns relating to potential scams, contact your local SMP for help. SMPs empower and assist Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report health care fraud, errors, and abuse.
The SMP can provide you with the information you need to PROTECT yourself from Medicare fraud, errors, and abuse; DETECT potential fraud, errors, and abuse; and REPORT your concerns. SMPs help educate and empower Medicare beneficiaries in the fight against health care fraud. Your SMP can help you with questions, concerns, or complaints about potential fraud and abuse issues. To contact the state Senior Medicare Patrol, contact the New Mexico Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) at 1-800-432-2080.
Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP)
New Mexico Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC)
1-800-432-2080
nmaging.state.nm.us

May 14, 2020 11:04 AM

Due to high demand the FREE Food Boxes that Senior Programs has been distributing are almost gone, but there are some left, and they will be distributed TODAY Thursday, May 14, from 2-5 p.m. at Munson Senior Center, 975 S. Mesquite St.

On May 13, about 700 free food boxes were handed out at all the Senior Centers in a drive-thru setting. The boxes are available to anyone in the community over the age of 60, and people with disabilities 18 year of age or older and are provided through the New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department.

“We know the need is there, and we are working with the State to get more food and have more distribution events,” said Sonia Saldaña, Senior Services Programs Administrator.

A short form must be completed on site prior to pick-up. Senior Programs reminds the community there is no need to present any documentation to pick-up a food box, but having some sort of identification helps employees to expedite the process.

May 13, 2020 6:40 PM

State to further modify public health emergency order
Retailers will soon be permitted to operate at limited capacity;
state continuing to move forward safely as virus risk remains high

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state health officials on Wednesday announced New Mexico’s emergency public health order, set to expire May 15, will be extended through May 31 and modified to allow most retailers to operate at 25 percent of their maximum occupancy as determined by fire code.

Other public health emergency changes include a requirement, beginning Saturday, that everyone wear face coverings in public, with exceptions for eating, drinking and exercising. Under the expiring order, only retail workers were required to wear face coverings.

The changes are part of New Mexico’s phased plan for a safe and gradual reopening based on “gating criteria” that show a generally decreasing transmission rate, adequate testing, contact tracing and hospital capacity, and adequate supply of personal protective equipment.

“We’re going to demand the science guide every decision we make, and we believe, based on gating criteria, we can have slight reopenings, but it’s not an invitation to go out and about and ignore our public health requirements,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “The virus decides when and how much we reopen, and our behavior will determine how well we control its spread.”

Over the last two weeks, in the “Preparation Phase,” the state has seen continued statewide spread of the highly contagious virus. As of Wednesday, New Mexico had 5,364 reported positive cases and 231 reported fatalities associated with the virus, with 62 fatalities reported in the last week alone. Two hundred New Mexicans remain hospitalized.

Nevertheless, the overall transmission rate of the virus continues to edge downward and the health care system is withstanding COVID-19 driven demand; the state continues to work to expand its testing and contact-tracing capacity.

“I think we can begin to reopen, but it is a tightrope walk. We need you all people in New Mexico to be the ones who bend that curve and keep it flat,” said Dr. David Scrase, secretary of the Human Services Department.

“At the end of the day, it’s all driven by what we do as New Mexicans. If we stay home, wash hands, cough into our elbows and wear face masks, we’ll continue to meet our gating criteria goals and continue to reopen the economy,” Scrase said.

In line with the state’s status relative to its gating criteria, the amended public health order will again relax several restrictions on low-intensity contact services to relieve additional economic pressure.

WHAT REMAINS THE SAME:
New Mexicans must remain home except for outings essential for health, safety and welfare, especially elderly and vulnerable individuals. If you must leave home, gatherings of more than five people remain prohibited and 6 feet of physical distance from others must be maintained.
Large retailers like big-box stores and grocery stores will continue operating at 20 percent capacity as determined by fire code.
Locations and services where high-intensity contact is unavoidable – such as gyms, salons and dine-in service at restaurants and bars – will remain temporarily closed. Limited in-person operations for those types of businesses could be included in the next modification of the public health order, as soon as early June, depending on New Mexico’s rate of COVID-19 transmission, testing capacity and other gating criteria.
Other high-intensity contact services that must remain closed include indoor malls, massage and tattoo parlors, theaters, casinos.
14-day quarantine order remains in place for out-of-state airport arrivals.
Vacation rentals prohibited to out-of-state residents.
Visits to long-term care and other congregate care facilities remain restricted.
WHAT WILL CHANGE BEGINNING MAY 16:
All retailers may operate according to COVID-Safe Practices (“CSPs”) at 25 percent fire code occupancy (a “retailer” is any business that sells goods directly to the ultimate consumer or end-users and does not include wholesalers or suppliers, not does it include entertainment venues such as movie theaters, concert halls, or amusement parks);
Non-essential businesses (other than retailers; such as office spaces, call centers) generally may operate according to CSPs at up to 25 percent of pre-crisis staffing levels. All employees should continue to work from home wherever possible;
Houses of worship may operate at 10 percent occupancy;
Additional state parks and certain outdoor recreation guides with COVID-Safe Practices;
Masks will be required of everyone in public places, with exceptions for eating, drinking and exercising and medical requirements.
“As the state opens up and our risk increases, the only way we save lives and keep the gating criteria where it is is if we’re all wearing face coverings,” the governor said. “It’s not a guarantee against the virus, but it really helps slow the spread, and that’s why we’re mandating it.”

A recent study found that if 80 percent of us adopt a simple homemade face mask, we could reduce deaths from COVID-19 by 17-45 percent over two months.

“All of us wearing masks could save thousands of lives,” Scrase said.

Summer youth programs will be allowed with modifications, limits and additional requirements, including daily temperature checks and enhanced cleaning. In-person summer programs and sports camps will be restricted to 5:1 child to adult ratios and activities must maintain 6-foot distancing between participants. ​Full guidance for youth summer programs is attached to this news release.

COVID-safe practices for businesses in New Mexico are available online here and will be updated later this week with individualized practices for specific industries, as well as houses of worship. Important practices retail and other establishments must enact include frequent cleaning and sanitizing of high-touch surfaces; signage to communicate occupancy limits; adherence to maximum occupancy limits per the state emergency public health order; and establishing protocols to allow for contact-less pickup and home delivery wherever possible, among others.

The three counties – McKinley, San Juan and Cibola – in the state’s northwestern public health region that remains a COVID-19 hotspot are exempt from the new order but will be allowed to move into the preparation phase that began two weeks ago for the rest of the state. That means that in those counties, non-essential retailers may provide curbside pickup or delivery; golf courses, pet and veterinary services may open; and gun stores may operate by appointment. However, the order to stay home except for essential outings remains in place.

Assuming continued progress on the gating criteria (reduced transmission rates and adequate capacity for health care and supplies), higher-intensity contact could be phased in when the new order expires. That might include partially reopening salons, barbers, gyms, indoor malls, and dine-in at restaurants with limited occupancy and COVID-safe practices in place. Additionally, occupancy restrictions on houses of worship, motels and hotels could possibly expand in early June.

The amended public health order will be finalized and distributed later this week upon the expiration of the current emergency order.

May 13, 2020 6:34 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 5,364
Update includes twelve additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 155 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
16 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new case in Chaves County
4 new cases in Cibola County
2 new case in Curry County
4 new cases in Doña Ana County
53 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Roosevelt County
3 new cases in Sandoval County
56 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Taos County
2 new cases in Valencia County
7 new cases among federal detainees at the ICE Otero County Processing Center
3 new cases among federal detainees at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Wednesday also reported twelve additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A female in her 50s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized.
A female in her 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and was a resident of the Village at Alameda in Albuquerque.
A male in his 100s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and was a resident of the Village at Alameda in Albuquerque.
A male in his 30s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 80s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 70s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington.
A second female in her 70s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington.
A female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington.
A female in her 90s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington.
A second female in her 90s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington.
A female in her 100s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington.
A male in his 50s from Sandoval County. The individual was hospitalized.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 231.

Previously reported numbers included 3 cases that were duplicates, 1 from Bernalillo County and 2 from San Juan County - these errors have been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 5,364 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,124
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 30
Cibola County: 93
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 34
Doña Ana County: 249
Eddy County: 14
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 17
Harding County: 1
Lea County: 15
Lincoln County: 2
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 8
McKinley County: 1,681
Otero County: 8
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 28
Roosevelt County: 13
Sandoval County: 477
San Juan County: 1,203
San Miguel County: 7
Santa Fe County: 113
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 49
Taos County: 22
Torrance County: 18
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 59

The Department of Health currently reports 38 COVID-19 cases among federal detainees at the Otero County Processing Center, an ICE facility in Otero County, 1 COVID-19 case among federal detainees at the Torrance County Detention Facility in Torrance County, and 21 COVID-19 cases among individuals being held by the U.S. Marshals Service at the Otero County Prison Facility.

The Department of Health currently reports 2 COVID-19 cases among federal detainees at the Cibola County Correctional Center in Cibola County. Due to a reporting error, these cases were previously accounted for within the total case count for Bernalillo County.

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 200 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 1,515 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff at the following congregate living and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehab in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brio Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Haciendas of Grace Village in Las Cruces
Ladera Center in Albuquerque
Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
McKinley Care Center in Gallup
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho​
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Taos Living Center in Taos
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Tungland Corporation in Farmington
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
Wellbrook Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Farmington
The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:
Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregate settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Asymptomatic people who are currently working;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

May 13, 2020 6:24 PM

Summer Program Overview: E-learning or distance learning opportunities should be provided for all students when possible as an alternative to in person programs. In person summer programs and sports camps will be restricted to 5:1 child to adult ratios for children who live in the local geographic area only. Grab and Go meal sites for children will continue throughout the summer.

Required COVID-19 Safe Practices (CSPs):

Establish and continue communication with local and state authorities to determine current mitigation levels in your community. Check state and local health department notices daily about transmission in the area and adjust operations accordingly.

Follow Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) Guidance for Schools and Childcare Programs.

Inform high risk staff and children on the need for additional actions (such as not attending or having additional restrictions). This should include contact with high risk family members.

Have adequate supplies to support healthy hygiene behaviors, including soap, hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol (for staff and older children who can safely use hand sanitizer), tissues, and no-touch trash cans.

Post signs on how to stop the spread of COVID-19, properly wash hands, promote everyday protective measures, and properly wear a face covering. Intensify cleaning, disinfection, and ventilation.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at least daily (e.g., playground equipment, door handles, sink handles, drinking fountains). Doors should be kept open when possible. Restrooms require additional cleaning protocols.

Ensure ventilation systems operate properly and increase circulation of outdoor air as much as possible by opening windows and doors, using fans, or other methods. Do not open windows and doors if they pose a safety or health risk (e.g., allowing pollens in or exacerbating asthma symptoms) risk to children using the facility.

Take steps to ensure that all water systems and features (for example, drinking fountains, decorative fountains) are safe to use after a prolonged facility shutdown to minimize the risk of Legionnaires’ disease and other diseases associated with water.

Provide COVID-19 testing to all staff prior to the start of the program. Retest as needed throughout the duration of the program.

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Conduct staff trainings regarding the proper use and disposal of PPE as well as COVID-19 safety and cleaning protocols before the program begins and throughout the program as needed.

Conduct trainings for children regarding hygiene and safety protocols including proper hand washing, touching of face, covering mouth and nose when coughing/sneezing and social distancing.

Limit activities to only those that maintain 6 feet distancing.

Space seating/desks to at least six feet apart.

Staff and students/campers should wear masks.

Temperatures of children and staff should be taken daily with a touchless

thermometer. Individuals with elevated temperatures (above 100 F) or with COVID-

19 related symptoms should stay home.

Ensure that student and staff groupings are as self-contained as possible by having

the same group of children stay with the same staff. Restrict mixing children

between groups.

Avoid field trips, inter-group events, and extracurricular activities or group

gatherings greater than 6 people.

Restrict group transportation including carpooling.

Restrict nonessential visitors, volunteers, and activities involving outside groups.

Close communal use spaces such as cafeterias and playgrounds. If not possible,

stagger use and disinfect in between use. During meals maintain same groups of

students and adults.

Have pre-packaged boxes or bags for each attendee instead of a buffet or family-style

meal. Avoid sharing of food, drinks and utensils.

Stagger arrival and drop-off times and locations. Establish protocols to limit direct

contact with parents as much as possible. Children waiting to be picked up should be

kept within their small groups and kept 6 feet apart.

Keep each child’s belongings separated from others’ and in individually labeled

containers, cubbies, or areas.

Ensure adequate supplies to minimize sharing of high touch materials (art supplies,

sports equipment etc.) Assign equipment to a single individual or limit use of supplies and equipment by one group of children at a time and clean and disinfect between use.

Restrict sports programs to contactless sports only and non-competitive play (no games or scrimmages). The focus should be on conditioning and skills development.

Implement screenings safely, respectfully, as well as in accordance with any applicable privacy laws or regulations. Confidentiality should be maintained.

School and camp administrators may use examples of screening methods in CDC’s supplemental Guidance for Child Care Programs that Remain Open as a guide for screening children and CDC’s General Business FAQs for screening staff.

Plan for when a staff, child, or visitor becomes sick. Provide a child or staff member who is sick with the CDC COVID-19 handout. Advise sick staff members not to

return until they have met CDC criteria to discontinue home isolation. Provide information on how to prevent infecting other family members and when their children can return.

Children that become sick should be picked up immediately. For emergency situations, camp staff should call 911.

If a camp staff member or child becomes sick with Covid19, notify the NM DOH so they can implement contact tracing.

Notify staff and families based on advice from the NM Department of Health for potential risk of exposure and information on the next steps.

Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 should be retested before returning.

Work with program administrators, nurses, and other healthcare providers to

identify an isolation room or area to separate anyone who exhibits COVID-19 symptoms. Nurses and other healthcare providers should use Standard and Transmission-Based Precautions when caring for sick people. See: What Healthcare Personnel Should Know About Caring for Patients with Confirmed or Possible COVID-19 Infection.

Close off areas used by a sick person and do not use before cleaning and disinfection. Wait 24 hours before you clean and disinfect. If it is not possible to wait 24 hours, wait as long as possible. Ensure safe and correct application of disinfectants and keep disinfectant products away from children.

In the event a person diagnosed with COVID-19 is determined to have been in the building and poses a risk to the community, programs may consider closing for a short time (1-2 days) for cleaning and disinfection

Implement flexible sick leave policies and practices, if feasible.

Designate a staff person to be responsible for responding to COVID-19 concerns.

Develop a communications plan for staff, children, and parents that address

anxieties associated with becoming sick.

May 13, 2020 4:51 PM

Media contact: Kelly Jameson, Las Cruces Public Schools
575-639-2121 • kjameson@lcps.net

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.

Regional Hospital Resources (Includes Dona Ana, Catron, Socorro, Grant, Sierra, Luna, Lincoln, Hidalgo, and Otero County:
As of May 12, 2020 11:30 a.m.
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Currently In Use Capacity Remaining Availability
Total ICU Capability 51 147 96




COVID Patient Hospitalization


Positive COVID Admitted 4





Ventilator Use


Vent Availability 7 85 78








Regional updates:



City of Anthony

Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager

www.cityofanthonynm.com

Chief Ordoñez, Anthony PD – Nothing new to report.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – City will have a special meeting today at 2 p.m. virtually. Link is on website. Tentatively opening Monday, May 18 with limited services. Will be advising against unnecessary travel.
City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

www.sunlandpark-nm.gov

Testing at DOH will only be on Monday and Wednesday now 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. No testing on Tuesdays and Thursdays as previously reported.

In the process of initiating masking mandate if you will be in any city building. Likely to be included in emergency extension on Thursday or Friday. More information forthcoming tomorrow.
City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org



Nothing new to report. Special meeting still on schedule for tomorrow.

Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org

No updates Wednesday.

Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net

Nothing new to report.

Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org



Earlier today, the county distributed a schedule of testing for government workers being done by appointment.
County is partnering with DOH to add testing sites. Testing will be done at the Community Resource Centers in conjunction with Casa de Peregrinos food distribution at Chaparral, Vado, La Mesa and Mesquite.

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org



No update Wednesday.
Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

www.donaanacounty.org/detention



Nothing to report today.


Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

www.villageofhatch.org



Nothing new to report.



Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers

www.mesillanm.gov



Nothing new to report.

Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

www.mmclc.org



Nothing to report Wednesday. Staff is celebrating Hospital Week. Many thanks to all our dedicated colleagues on the frontlines!

MountainView Regional Medical Center

Ben Woods

www.mountainviewregional.com



Nothing to report today.

New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

www.nmsu.edu



Nothing new to report.

New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

www.nmsupolice.com



Nothing to report Wednesday.

Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency



Nothing new to report Wednesday.

Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-new-mexico-correctional-facility/



No report today.

State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program

http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us



Nothing to update Wednesday.

Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

www.mvrda.org



No report today.

U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas


Due to staffing constraints, CBP will not be contributing daily updates to the Joint Information Center. Occasional messages will be passed along via email as necessary.



NM Department of Health

David Morgan

www.cv.nmhealth.org

Community outreach testing (employees): Chaparral: Briliant Bees (28); Cradles & Crayons (15) Anthony: Cri Cri (17) Las Cruces: Doña Ana County Detention Center (150) By-appointment testing continues at Public Health Offices in Las Cruces, Chaparral, Anthony and Sunland Park.

May 13, 2020 10:17 AM

TODAY: Governor, state officials to give
press update on COVID-19 efforts

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials will host a remote news conference today, Wednesday afternoon, to provide an update on COVID-19 efforts and emergency public health orders in New Mexico.

WHAT: Remote news conference regarding New Mexico’s COVID-19 efforts and public health orders
WHEN: Today, Wednesday, May 13, at 4 P.M.

The news conference will be streamed live on the governor’s Facebook page.

A simultaneous interpretation of the news conference in Spanish will be streamed live on YouTube​.

Members of the media will be able to participate remotely. If you would like the opportunity to ask questions, please RSVP to nora.sackett@state.nm.us with your name and media affiliation. After your RSVP is received, you will receive more information about how to participate.

Pool photographs courtesy of the Albuquerque Journal will be available after the press conference here.

May 13, 2020 10:10 AM

Media contact: Kelly Jameson, Las Cruces Public Schools
575-639-2121 • kjameson@lcps.net

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.

Regional Hospital Resources (Including Dona Ana, Catron, Socorro, Grant, Sierra, Luna, Lincoln, Hidalgo, and Otero County as of 5/12/2020 at 11:30 a.m.
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http://www.las-cruces.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2801
Currently In Use Capacity Remaining Availability
Total ICU Capability 51 147 96




Covid Patient Hospitalization
positive COVID admitted 4

Ventilator Use

Vent Availability 7 85 78

Regional updates:

City of Anthony

Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager

www.cityofanthonynm.com

Chief Ordoñez, Anthony PD – been busy with calls; domestics continue to rise. Good on PPE, but curious to see how a possible reopening will affect that. Anticipate more universal precautions.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – City will have a special meeting next Wednesday 2 p.m. virtually (tentative). Posted on website. Tentatively opening Monday, May 18 with limited services. Will be advising against unnecessary travel.

City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

www.sunlandpark-nm.gov

HR director: not making any changes in telework until an extension in the PHO is announced.

Ramped up testing. New hours are Monday through Thursday, 0700 to 0900 at 3807 McNutt Rd. Drive-up testing by appointment only. Operations continue as usual.
City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org

Special meeting will happen Friday at 9:30 to discuss public service announcements and a resolution on face coverings. More can be found here: https://lascruces.civicweb.net/Portal/MeetingInformation.aspx?Org=Cal&Id=132
Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org

Nothing new to report.

Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net

Majority of LCPS families are now eligible for extended EBT benefits to provide nutritional support through the summer. More info on website.
Next board meeting May 19.



Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org

10,000 fliers going out today in utility bills with information on proactive measures to stop the spread of COVID-19.




Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org

Nothing new to report today.

Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

www.donaanacounty.org/detention


No report Tuesday.

Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

www.villageofhatch.org

Nothing new to report.

Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers

www.mesillanm.gov

Nothing new to report.

Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

www.mmclc.org

Nothing to report Tuesday.
MountainView Regional Medical Center

Ben Woods

www.mountainviewregional.com

Nothing to report today.

New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

www.nmsu.edu

Nothing new to report.

New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

www.nmsupolice.com

Nothing to report Tuesday.

Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency

Nothing new to report Tuesday.

Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-new-mexico-correctional-facility/

No report today.

State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program

http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us

Nothing to update Tuesday.

Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

www.mvrda.org

No report today.

U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas

No report Tuesday.

NM Department of Health

David Morgan

www.cv.nmhealth.org

No report Tuesday.

May 12, 2020 4:11 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 5,212
Update includes eleven additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 143 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
25 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Chaves County
3 new cases in Cibola County
1 new case in Curry County
14 new cases in Doña Ana County
2 new cases in Guadalupe County
43 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Quay County
1 new case in Roosevelt County
7 new cases in Sandoval County
42 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in Taos County
1 new case at the ICE Otero County Processing Center
1 new case at the ICE Torrance County Detention Facility
The Department of Health on Tuesday also reported eleven additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A male in his 70s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and was a resident of the Village at Alameda in Albuquerque.
A female in her 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying medical conditions and was a patient at the Canyon Transitional Rehabilitation Center.
A male in his 50s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A female in her 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A female in her 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A male in his 90s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions. The individual was a resident of the Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup.
A male in his 40s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A male in his 70s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized.
A female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual was a resident of the Cedar Ridge Inn facility in Farmington.
A female in her 50s from Santa Fe County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions. The individual was a resident of the Uptown Genesis facility in Albuquerque.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 219.

Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 5,212 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,111
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 28
Cibola County: 89
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 32
Doña Ana County: 245
Eddy County: 14
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 17
Harding County: 1
Lea County: 15
Lincoln County: 2
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 8
McKinley County: 1,628
Otero County: 9
Quay County: 5
Rio Arriba County: 28
Roosevelt County: 12
Sandoval County: 474
San Juan County: 1,149
San Miguel County: 7
Santa Fe County: 112
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 49
Taos County: 21
Torrance County: 18
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 57

The Department of Health currently reports 31 COVID-19 cases among individuals being held at the federal Otero County Processing Center run by ICE in Otero County and 1 COVID-19 case among individuals being held at the federal Torrance County Detention Facility run by ICE in Torrance County.

The Department of Health currently reports 17 COVID-19 cases among individuals being held at the federal Otero County Prison Facility run by ICE and the U.S. Marshals Service. Due to a reporting error, these cases were previously accounted for within the total case counts for Otero and Doña Ana counties – moving forward they will be reported separately for clarity.

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 199 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 1,434 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff at the following congregate living and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehab in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brio Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Haciendas of Grace Village in Las Cruces
Ladera Center in Albuquerque
Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
McKinley Care Center in Gallup
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho​
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Taos Living Center in Taos
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Tungland Corporation in Farmington
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
Wellbrook Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Farmington
The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:
Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregate settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Asymptomatic people who are currently working;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

May 12, 2020 4:05 PM

TOMORROW: Governor, health officials to give
press update on COVID-19 efforts

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials will host a remote news conference tomorrow, Wednesday afternoon, to provide an update on COVID-19 efforts and emergency public health orders in New Mexico.

WHAT: Remote news conference regarding New Mexico’s COVID-19 efforts and public health orders
WHEN: Wednesday, May 13, 4 P.M.

The news conference will be streamed live on the governor’s Facebook page.

A simultaneous interpretation of the news conference in Spanish will be streamed live on YouTube​.

Members of the media will be able to participate remotely. If you would like the opportunity to ask questions, please RSVP to nora.sackett@state.nm.us with your name and media affiliation. After your RSVP is received, you will receive more information about how to participate.

May 12, 2020 3:15 PM

Governor, health officials to give
press update on COVID-19 efforts on May 13.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials will host a remote news conference tomorrow, Wednesday afternoon, to provide an update on COVID-19 efforts and emergency public health orders in New Mexico.

WHAT: Remote news conference regarding New Mexico’s COVID-19 efforts and public health orders
WHEN: Wednesday, May 13, 4 P.M.

The news conference will be streamed live on the governor’s Facebook page.

A simultaneous interpretation of the news conference in Spanish will be streamed live on YouTube​.

May 12, 2020 2:41 PM

Senior Programs will be distributing food boxes FREE of charge at all City of Las Cruces senior centers from 2 - 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13 through Friday, May 15, in a drive-thru setting.

The food boxes are available to anyone in the community over the age of 60, and disabled persons 18 year of age or older.

The boxes are provided through the New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department. A short form will be completed on site. The following are the locations for pick up.

Munson Senior Center, 975 S. Mesquite St.
Sage Café, 6121 Reynolds Dr.
Benavidez Senior Center, 1045 McClure Rd.
Eastside Senior Center, 310 N. Tornillo St.
Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 Bell Ave.

May 11, 2020 10:10 PM

Department of Health announces COVID-19 testing
now open to all workers in New Mexico

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) announces COVID-19 testing for all workers in the state. This includes: all government employees (state, county, municipal, federal, etc.), utility and construction workers, grocery and pharmacy employees, retail and wholesale, anyone in food service or other service industries, and any New Mexican at work who would like access to a test, symptomatic or not.

“It is important to the Department of Health and this administration to increase testing for all New Mexicans and provide access to COVID-19 testing to as many persons as possible,” said NMDOH Cabinet Secretary Kathy Kunkel. “In addition to ‘by-appointment-test-and-go’ opportunities at all public health offices in the state, we have expanded our ‘open drive-up testing’ sites and we are also available for on-site testing.”

Starting tomorrow, May 12, Lovelace Hospital in downtown Albuquerque will be open to anyone in the public that needs or wants a test. The drive-up clinic is open from 9 am-3 pm.

All testing is still FREE OF CHARGE to anyone getting the test, and anyone can get tested, whether they have insurance or not. Please remember to bring your insurance card with you when you get tested and to limit two people per vehicle to avoid unnecessary risk for viral spread.

“Increased testing allows for increased case surveillance and contact tracing which helps us mitigate community spread and keep New Mexico safe,” added Secretary Kunkel.

The state continues to discourage all travel, including shopping and recreational activities between neighboring states.

Testing for coronavirus by the state has increased greatly from limited testing in early March to around 20,000 a week at present, with the goal to test 7,500 persons a day.
Because the department knows COVID-19 infected people without symptoms can unknowingly transmit the virus, more testing is necessary to know where cases are occurring for early identification, isolation and thus further preventing ongoing spread.

For more information visit the Department of Health’s COVID-19 website, https://cv.nmhealth.org/ updated daily with the latest testing numbers, our testing location directory and the ability to track cases by zip code.

New Mexicans can continue to call the Department of Health’s coronavirus hotline at 855-600-3453 with health-related questions. For non-health-related questions or concerns call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov.

May 11, 2020 10:10 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 5,069
Update includes eight additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 207 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
14 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new cases in Curry County
24 new cases in Doña Ana County
1 new case in Luna County
63 new cases in McKinley County
4 new cases in Otero County
1 new case in Rio Arriba County
9 new cases in Sandoval County
73 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in San Miguel County
1 new case in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Socorro County
2 new cases in Valencia County
11 new cases at the ICE Otero County Processing Center
The Department of Health on Monday also reported eight additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A male in his 40s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying medical conditions.
A male in his 60s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized.
A male in his 30s from Cibola County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A second male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A female in her 80s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A female in her 90s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A male in his 50s from Socorro County. The individual was hospitalized.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 208.

Previously reported numbers included one duplicate from Bernalillo County that has since been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 5,069 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,086
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 27
Cibola County: 86
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 31
Doña Ana County: 245
Eddy County: 14
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 15
Harding County: 1
Lea County: 15
Lincoln County: 2
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 8
McKinley County: 1,585
Otero County: 12
Quay County: 4
Rio Arriba County: 28
Roosevelt County: 11
Sandoval County: 467
San Juan County: 1,107
San Miguel County: 7
Santa Fe County: 112
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 49
Taos County: 20
Torrance County: 18
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 57

The Department of Health currently reports 26 COVID-19 cases among individuals being held at the federal Otero County Processing Center run by ICE in Otero County.

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 207 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 1,300 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff at the following congregate living and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehab in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brio Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Haciendas of Grace Village in Las Cruces
Ladera Center in Albuquerque
Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
McKinley Care Center in Gallup
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho​
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Taos Living Center in Taos
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Tungland Corporation in Farmington
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
Wellbrook Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Farmington
The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:
Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregate settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

May 11, 2020 9:06 PM


JIC
COVID-19
Joint Information Center

May 11, 2020


Media contact: Kelly Jameson, Las Cruces Public Schools
575-639-2121 • kjameson@lcps.net

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.
JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.

Regional updates:
City of Anthony
Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept.
Oscar Dominguez, City Manager
www.cityofanthonynm.com
Chief Ordoñez, Anthony PD – No report.
Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – City will have a special meeting next Wednesday 2 p.m. virtually (tentative). Posted on website. Tentatively opening Monday, May 18 with limited services.
City of Sunland Park
Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire
www.sunlandpark-nm.gov
Operationally no changes.
City of Las Cruces
Jennifer Martinez
Steve Ramirez
www.las-cruces.org

Public messaging on when to call 911 and reassurance that hospitals are safe was distributed via the following news release: http://www.las-cruces.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2784
Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire
Dan Trujillo
www.las-cruces.org
Working on a video of officers wearing masks, encouraging others to do the same when they go out in public and in stores. Will coordinate with other city resources.

Las Cruces Public Schools
Samantha Lewis
Kelly Jameson
www.lcps.net
Dr. Trujillo will be talking about graduation celebrations on a Facebook Live event with Univision at 11 a.m.
Next board meeting May 19.

Doña Ana County
Catherine Zaharko
Luce Rubio
Jamie Michael
www.donaanacounty.org
Fliers going out in utility bills on social distancing, mask use. Printed material is in both English and Spanish.


Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office
Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich
www.goDASO.org
Nothing new to update today.

Doña Ana County Detention Center
Capt. Bryan Baker
www.donaanacounty.org/detention

As part of the state initiative to test staff and detainees in correctional facilities, the DC will be testing staff and 25% of the population, which is the provision under the current guidance.

Village of Hatch
Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD
www.villageofhatch.org

Village offices are open and fully staffed. Remain closed to the public.

Town of Mesilla
Dorothy Sellers
www.mesillanm.gov

Nothing new to report.
Memorial Medical Center
Ryan Perkins
www.mmclc.org

Did not receive requested community drive-through testing materials. Will not be able to provide testing until further notice.
Prior to today, MMC was averaging 250 tests daily.
MountainView Regional Medical Center
Ben Woods
www.mountainviewregional.com

Nothing to report today.
New Mexico State University
Justin Bannister
www.nmsu.edu

Nothing new to report.
New Mexico State University Police
Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen
www.nmsupolice.com

Nothing to report Monday.
Office of Emergency Management
Cullen Combs
Amanda Bowen
www.donaanacounty.org/emergency

As was discussed in the UAC meeting, will be working on policy updates related to mask definitions, medical-grade masking. Will be sending messaging to the media that discourages non-essential travel.
Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility
Lt. Carlos Reyes
https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-new-mexico-correctional-facility/

No report today.
State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services
Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program
http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us

Nothing to update Monday.
Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority
Hugo Costa, Executive Director
www.mvrda.org

Nothing new to report.
U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector
Officer Joseph Barron
www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas
No report Monday; the border remains closed to non-essential traffic.

NM Department of Health
David Morgan
www.cv.nmhealth.org

No report Monday.

May 11, 2020 2:28 PM

Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

Link
May 11, 2020 12:32 PM

Study involving Master Gardeners, cancer survivors goes virtual due to pandemic

DATE: 05/11/2020
WRITER: Melissa R. Rutter, 575-646-4211, mrrutter@nmsu.edu
CONTACT: Sara Moran, 505-243-1386, samoran@nmsu.edu
CONTACT: Cindy Blair, 505-925-7907, CiBlair@salud.unm.edu

More than a year ago, New Mexico State University was contacted by the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center for a research study partnership. The study would pair cancer survivors who had completed their primary cancer treatment with local Extension Master Gardeners. The “Survivor-Master Gardener” team would work together to plan, plant, maintain and harvest three seasonal gardens at the survivor’s home.

Cindy Blair, the principal investigator for the study and a cancer epidemiologist at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center and School of Medicine, reached out to the Extension Master Gardener program at NMSU. The initial pilot study would be limited to residents in Bernalillo and southern Sandoval counties.

Everything was set to begin in March 2020, but then the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S., forcing the study to pause and consider how they could move forward.

“No home visits were allowed, since both the Master Gardeners and cancer survivors are considered high-risk groups,” said Sara Moran, NMSU-Bernalillo County horticultural extension agent.

The study was originally meant to measure the effects of gardening on overall health and functioning, quality of life and more. The Southwest Harvest for Health Study would provide the supplies and tools needed for each participant to start their home vegetable garden. The Master Gardener mentor would call and schedule a visit with their survivor partner once a month for nine months. During those visits, the mentors would check on the garden’s progress, troubleshoot garden issues and offer any encouragement as well as suggestions for success.

“Because of COVID-19, the study took a new approach,” Moran said. “The participants received four big square planting containers, instead of raised beds. All participants received potting soil, mulch, seeds and seedlings. Because it was hard to get a delivery at every single house, a single delivery was made to the Bernalillo County Extension Office.”

The extension office organized a drive-thru pickup on March 28 for the 30 cancer survivor participants to load up their materials: five bags of soil, two bags of mulch, plants, seeds, and four containers.

“We were so happy that all participants showed up, which showed that they are committed to making this study worked regardless of the circumstances,” Moran said.

Each participant was given a handbook that provides guidance related to planning and planting, as well as NMSU gardening publications and more. If cancer survivor participants have any questions, they have their Master Gardener partner/mentor available to assist them.

Participants will be communicating via phone, email, Skype, or FaceTime – whatever works for them to communicate any gardening needs and guidance.

“Every week we touch base to see what is growing and if there have been any problems,” said Dorothy Duff, a Southwest Harvest for Health Master Gardener co-coordinator, of her cancer survivor partner. “The project has infused her with enthusiasm to get back out in the garden and reactivate old garden beds in addition to the new grow boxes. She planted her boxes immediately and is about to transplant some seedlings which she started from seed.”

“Seeing them adapt to the new circumstances has been very encouraging. Technology has undoubtedly worked,” Moran said.

One participant told Blair that they are really enjoying being outside and learning more about plants and are very thankful the support and hard work they put into bringing the Harvest for Health program to New Mexico.

Moran said the study will continue this way until the stay-at-home and social distancing restrictions are lifted. She said it was important to continue with the program because they did not want to lose momentum with their volunteers, and it’s a time when gardening can have added benefits for people whose other activities are restricted.

“They have been committed and very enthusiastic about this study. They were so patient and they have been very creative, trying to stay in communication among themselves,” Moran said. “Under the current situation, gardening is a great activity to do while we all practice social distancing and are staying at home as much as possible.”

“I am thankful to be working with this fantastic group of Extension Master Gardener volunteers who show great passion for what they do and are always willing to share their knowledge with our community,” Moran said.

May 11, 2020 10:44 AM

New Mexico hospitals to receive $66 million to combat COVID-19

12.4 to 50 percent Medicaid rate increase



SANTA FE – New Mexico hospitals will receive a Medicaid rate increase of up to 50percent, an estimated $66 million in additional payments to help assist them for losses they are experiencing during the public health emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the New Mexico Human Services Department announced Monday. This increase will continue for the duration of the national emergency.



“New Mexico Medicaid health care providers are on the front lines -- carrying out heroic work in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Sec. David R. Scrase, M.D. “We want all those who put themselves at risk to serve our most vulnerable New Mexicans to have the additional financial support they need during this crisis.”



The New Mexico Medical Assistance Division received approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services to provide a significant rate increase to hospitals across the state. Retroactive to April 1, 2020, the Medicaid program will increase reimbursement for inpatient hospital stays by 12.4 percent, taking it to 100 percent of the Medicare rate, and will increase reimbursement for Intensive Care Unit stays by 50 percent for the duration of the public health emergency.



“The significant increase in ICU payments reflects the level of concern that the Human Services Department has for our state’s most scarce resource during the pandemic,” noted Secretary Scrase. “As part of the Medical Advisory Team’s crisis planning, hospital ICU capacity across the state will double. This will dramatically increase hospital costs in many categories, including medical and nursing staff, ventilators and other critical care devices, and personal protective equipment. It is very important to all of us that our hospitals have sufficient financial support to provide with high quality intensive care to every New Mexican who needs it during the pandemic.”



This funding follows a series of strategic steps the Medicaid program has taken to financially support New Mexico providers. In addition to these significant rate increases, the Medicaid agency has pushed out $35 million in hospital payments ahead of schedule and released $46.2 million in new Medicaid payments to help nursing facilities mitigate and control the spread of COVID-19 among employees and highly vulnerable residents.



“Hospitals are critical to our state’s ability to combat the coronavirus, so we are very happy to be able to implement this rate increase. However, we know there are other providers who still need financial assistance and we are committed to working diligently to navigate federal requirements to deliver additional financial relief to our health care community,” said Nicole Comeaux, the State Medicaid Director.



The Human Services Department provides services and benefits to more than 1 million New Mexicans through several programs including: the Medicaid Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Child Support Program, and several Behavioral Health Services.

May 10, 2020 7:58 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 4,863
Update includes nine additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Sunday announced 87 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

23 new cases in Bernalillo County
21 new cases in Doña Ana County
1 new case in Lea County
14 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Otero County
6 new cases in Sandoval County
20 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in Santa Fe County
The Department of Health on Sunday also reported nine additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:

A male in his 30s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A second male in his 30s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A female in her 80s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A female in her 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A female in her 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A second female in her 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions. The individual was a resident of Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington.
A female in her 80s from Sandoval County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions. The individual was a resident of The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque.
A male in his 50s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions. The individual was a resident of Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 200.

Previously reported numbers included one case from Bernalillo County that was removed because the individual was from out of state; and one case from San Juan County was identified as a negative test result; these have since been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 4,863 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,073
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 27
Cibola County: 86
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 29
Doña Ana County: 221
Eddy County: 14
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 15
Harding County: 1
Lea County: 15
Lincoln County: 2
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 7
McKinley County: 1,522
Otero County: 8
Quay County: 4
Rio Arriba County: 27
Roosevelt County: 11
Sandoval County: 458
San Juan County: 1,034
San Miguel County: 6
Santa Fe County: 111
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 48
Taos County: 20
Torrance County: 18
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 55

The Department of Health currently reports 19 COVID-19 cases among individuals being held at the federal Otero County Processing Center run by ICE in Otero County.

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 194 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 1,285 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff at the following congregate living and acute care facilities:

Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehab in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brio Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Haciendas of Grace Village in Las Cruces
Ladera Center in Albuquerque
Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
McKinley Care Center in Gallup
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho​
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Taos Living Center in Taos
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Tungland Corporation in Farmington
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
Wellbrook Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Farmington
The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:

Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregate settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

May 10, 2020 7:55 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 4,778
Update includes ten additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Saturday announced 105 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
20 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Cibola County
1 new case in Curry County
6 new cases in Doña Ana County
48 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Sandoval County
26 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in San Miguel County
1 new case in Torrance County
The Department of Health on Saturday also reported ten additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A male in his 40s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized.
A female in her 80s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A male in his 80s from McKinley County. The individual was a resident of the Little Sisters of the Poor facility in Gallup.
A male in his 90s from McKinley County. The individual was a resident of the Little Sisters of the Poor facility in Gallup.
A female in her 70s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions. The individual was a patient at Wellbrook Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Farmington.
A male in his 70s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions. The individual was a resident of Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington.
A female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions. The individual was a resident of Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington.
A second female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions. The individual was a resident of Life Care Center of Farmington.
A male in his 80s from San Juan County. The individual was a resident of Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 191.

Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 4,778 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,050
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 27
Cibola County: 86
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 29
Doña Ana County: 201
Eddy County: 14
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 15
Harding County: 1
Lea County: 14
Lincoln County: 2
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 7
McKinley County: 1,508
Otero County: 7
Quay County: 4
Rio Arriba County: 27
Roosevelt County: 11
Sandoval County: 452
San Juan County: 1,015
San Miguel County: 6
Santa Fe County: 110
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 48
Taos County: 20
Torrance County: 18
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 55

The Department of Health currently reports 19 COVID-19 cases among individuals being held at the federal Otero County Processing Center run by ICE in Otero County. Due to a reporting error, these cases were previously accounted for within the total case counts for Otero and Doña Ana counties – moving forward they will be reported separately for clarity.

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 198 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 1,268 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff at the following congregate living and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehab in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brio Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Haciendas of Grace Village in Las Cruces
Ladera Center in Albuquerque
Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
McKinley Care Center in Gallup
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho​
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Taos Living Center in Taos
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Tungland Corporation in Farmington
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
Wellbrook Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Farmington
The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:
Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregate settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

May 9, 2020 3:41 PM

NMSU to continue Dream Keepers summer experience with virtual format
DATE: 05/08/2020
WRITER: Tiffany Acosta, 575-646-3929, tfrank@nmsu.edu
CONTACT: Claudia Trueblood, 575-646-1347, ird@nmsu.edu
CONTACT: Monita Chip, 575-646-1347, ird@nmsu.edu
While COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on citizens around the world, New Mexico State University’s Indian Resources Development has found a way to continue its Dream Keepers summer camp. The 2020 program for Native American high school students in New Mexico entering 10th through 12th grades will be a six-week virtual camp.

Indian Resources Development, which is housed in NMSU’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, offers Dream Keepers Online free to participants. The summer camp will be June 15 through July 24. Applications will be accepted online through May 25 at https://ird.nmsu.edu/dkc.html.

“Taking Dream Keepers online for this summer means IRD can offer camp participants even more options of people to meet and places to visit in exploring college and careers,” said Monita Chip, Indian Resources Development senior program specialist. “Sure, it’s not the same as an in-person camp, but a virtual summer camp can be a way to learn new things and meet new people, all while social distancing.”

Dream Keepers Online offers students an opportunity to explore college and career opportunities in a variety of fields including agriculture, natural resources, engineering and business through virtual field trips, virtual campus visits and interactive online activities. Industry professionals, educators and tribal leaders from across New Mexico will present online sessions. Additionally, participants will have the chance to connect with other Native American youth, meet Native American college students and reflect on their own skills, interests and goals to help make a plan toward higher education goals.

Dream Keepers Online will consist of a one-hour session between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Current schedule for the program includes two education sessions, a personal development session, a small group session and a social hour per week.

To learn more about Dream Keepers Online visit https://ird.nmsu.edu/dkc.html.

May 9, 2020 3:41 PM

New Census survey provides near real-time information on households and businesses during the pandemic:
The goal is to measure various sectors impacted by COVID-19: employment status, consumer spending, food security, housing, education disruptions and dimensions of physical and mental wellness.

Census Information
May 8, 2020 1:16 PM

The nation’s healthcare workers may be focused on COVID-19, but those with non-COVID-19 medical emergencies should not feel like they are burdening the system when it comes to getting the health care they need.

The Las Cruces Fire Department hopes to address the concerns that so many other communities are simultaneously facing: a population in fear of stressing the health care system and ignoring their own medical needs, sometimes even apologetic when they visit a hospital or call 911. These individuals might also be in fear of coming into contact with someone infected with the COVID-19 virus if they enter a hospital.

Las Cruces Fire Department staff are trained to respond, even when things may seem overwhelming and chaotic. Emergency responders remind us that those with symptoms of serious medical conditions like heart disease, stroke and uncontrolled diabetes should call 911 immediately or visit a hospital if they feel like they need emergency care. Hospitals have been proactive in maintaining safety and security and are safe to enter.

Individuals experiencing symptoms of Heart Attack, Stroke, or Cardiac Arrest should not feel like they must wait until their symptoms are acute to reach out for care.

Here are the warning signs you should look out for:

HEART ATTACK – Chest Discomfort, Upper Body Discomfort, Shortness of Breath, Cold Sweat, Nausea, or lightheadedness (Women may experience chest pain, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, and back or jaw pain).

STROKE – Face drooping, Arm Weakness, Speech Difficulty.

CARDIAC ARREST – Unexpected heart malfunctions. A person will become unresponsive with seconds and is not breathing or gasping.

Calling 911 can help safe a life.

For more information call Las Cruces Fire Department at (575) 528-3473.

May 8, 2020 1:02 PM

The All Together NM Fund will be awarding $750,000 for grants to help New Mexico’s smallest businesses survive the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funding will be divided among four New Mexico nonprofit organizations that will award and administer grants of up to $5,000 for businesses with five employees or fewer.

“Business relief from the federal government has been scattered, and far too much of what was first available went to large businesses. Many micro businesses in New Mexico and elsewhere didn’t get a fair shake,” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said. “So thank you to the All Together NM Fund for reaching out and reaching in to support as many micro businesses as we can. No doubt that’s going to make an incredible difference,” she said

The nonprofits that will administer the grants are:

​WESST
Rio Grande Community Development Corp
NM Community Capital
DreamSpring​

“They were chosen because together they already serve micro businesses across the state and know who and where they are,” said Randy Royster, president and CEO of the Albuquerque Community Foundation who has been spearheading this aspect of the All Together NM Fund grantmaking.

Micro businesses with existing relationships with one of the four nonprofits will receive guidance from the nonprofit about how to apply. Micro businesses seeking more information on the grant process should contact one of the nonprofits directly.

“We’re committed to getting as much money as possible out to all the counties. We should not end up seeing a significant portion going to the larger population centers,” Royster added.

The smallest businesses to qualify will be those operated by the owner plus one employee. Recipients will use the grants to make payroll or to buy needed materials.

“The whole idea is we want to positively affect small businesses, especially those owned by women and people of color, that are employing people,” Royster said. “We’re really looking to help vulnerable businesses that are not likely to survive without this infusion of capital.”

The New Mexico Coalition of Community Foundations started the All Together NM Fund in March to help New Mexico meet immediate needs during the COVID-19 pandemic and offer long-term support for the recovery work that lies ahead.

The many donors who made these grants possible include:

​Stanley E. Fulton Family Foundation
McKinnon Family Foundation
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico
Intel Foundation
Pattern Energy
Blattner Energy, Inc
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association
Illinois #3 Foundation
RALI New Mexico
PhRMA
Virgin Galactic
Isora Foundation
Comcast
Swire Coca Cola
Daniels Foundation

The Santa Fe Community Foundation is the fund’s administrator.


Donations to the fund are tax-deductible and can be made through the website, www.AllTogetherNM.org or:

Donors may contribute gifts of stock, property and electronic fund transfers by calling the Santa Fe Community Foundation at 505-988-9715 ext. 7006.
Gifts by check can be mailed to the Santa Fe Community Foundation, PO Box 1827, Santa Fe, NM 87504. Please note “All Together NM Fund” on the check itself.
Text “together” to (505) 333-4714 to give.

May 8, 2020 12:07 PM

Non-essential dental services may resume
State health officials say Phase 1 reopening guidelines will be in effect
SANTA FE – New Mexico dentists in all but three counties may resume providing non-essential dental care provided they agree to comply with guidelines developed to protect the supply of personal protective equipment, state health officials announced Friday.

The Phase I Reopening Guidelines for dentists were developed by the New Mexico Medical Advisory Team in collaboration with the New Mexico Dental Association. They include a personal protective equipment burn rate calculator dental providers can use to determine how quickly they are using up personal protective equipment like masks, face shields, gloves and gowns.

San Juan, McKinley and Cibola counties are exempt as they continue fighting a surge of COVID-19 cases.

The guidelines were developed to ration and preserve the state’s supply of personal protective equipment in response to the public health emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced on April 30 a public health order to protect New Mexico’s supply of personal protective equipment healthcare workers need to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is the responsibility of each individual provider to use professional discretion and judgment in evaluating which health care services can be delayed and which should be provided, taking into consideration the best interests of the patient.

Dental providers must submit the required form attesting they will comply with the guidelines. They can download the required form and submit it online at cv.nmhealth.org under the clinician information link.

May 8, 2020 11:46 AM

Media contact: Kelly Jameson, Las Cruces Public Schools
575-639-2121 • kjameson@lcps.net

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.

Regional Hospital Resources (Including: Dona Ana, Catron, Socorro, Grant, Sierra, Luna, Lincoln, Hidalgo, and Otero Counties) - As of 5/7/2020 1 p.m.
Chart best viewed at this webpage:
http://las-cruces.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2782
Currently in Use Capacity Remaining Total ICU Availability 59 147 88



COVID Patient Hospitalization


POSITIVE COVID ADMITTED 4





Ventilator Use


Vent Available 13 79 66









Regional updates:




City of Anthony

Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager

www.cityofanthonynm.com


Chief Ordoñez, Anthony PD – Nothing new to report today,

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – City will have a special meeting next Wednesday 2 p.m. virtually (tentative).

City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

www.sunlandpark-nm.gov


Nothing operationally to report.


City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org




Working on a release from Las Cruces Fire advising residents to go to the hospital in emergencies (heart attack/stroke). A flyer will also be included in utility bills.


Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org


All city parks remain closed under the public health order. Will be patrolling on Sunday to ensure no one is violating the order on Mother’s Day.



Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net




School campuses and outdoor facilities remain closed, will be sending out additional messaging via new release and social media promotion,



Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org


Launching a campaign to reinforce public health messaging to include in utility bills, will distribute posters with same promotion: COVID-19 diligence is still needed, wash hands and practice social distancing.

Jamie – received a call from the governor’s office with questions about summer youth programs. Will wait and see what the provisions are from the governor on May 15.




Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org


Will be increasing patrols on Sunday reinforcing public health order.




Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

www.donaanacounty.org/detention




Nothing new to report.



Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

www.villageofhatch.org


Nothing new to report.



Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers

www.mesillanm.gov




Nothing new to report.

Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

www.mmclc.org




Nothing new to report.

MountainView Regional Medical Center

Ben Woods

www.mountainviewregional.com




Concerned about rising numbers of positive cases in Doña Ana County. Asked about intel on zip codes impacted as we move into next week.

New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

www.nmsu.edu




Nothing new to report.

New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

www.nmsupolice.com




Nothing to report Friday.

Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency




Nothing new to report.

Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-new-mexico-correctional-facility/




Precautionary measures started yesterday, tested 333 people inside the facility. Today will begin testing inmates, with 188 scheduled (that’s 25% of total population).


State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program

http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us




Nothing to update Friday.

Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

www.mvrda.org




Nothing new to report.

U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas


No report Friday.



NM Department of Health

David Morgan

www.cv.nmhealth.org




No report Friday.

May 7, 2020 8:17 PM

City Parks Remain Closed

The Las Cruces Police Department encourages residents to practice social distancing and avoid large gatherings during the upcoming Mother’s Day weekend.

In March, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued an emergency public health order suggesting residents practice social distancing and avoid large public gatherings. The order has since been revised to include the avoidance of smaller gatherings. With Mother’s Day this weekend, the City will keep all public parks closed and will place physical barricades at entrances to discourage gatherings.

Las Cruces police will be patrolling City parks this weekend and have the authority to trespass anyone who enters and can issue citations to repeat offenders. The City, however, seeks voluntary compliance with the order and does not wish to take any formal action against anyone.

The emergency public health order and closing of all parks are attempts to reduce the spread of Coronavirus.

The Las Cruces Police Department strongly encourages residents to stay home, stay safe and stay healthy.

May 7, 2020 6:05 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 4,493
Update includes three additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 204 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
32 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Chaves County
3 new cases in Curry County
17 new cases in Doña Ana County
65 new cases in McKinley County
2 new cases in Rio Arriba County
7 new cases in Sandoval County
77 new cases in San Juan County
The Department of Health on Thursday also reported three additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A male in his 70s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying health conditions and was a resident of Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque.
A male in his 50s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A male in his 80s from McKinley County. The individual was a resident of the Little Sisters of the Poor facility in Gallup.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 172. One previous death reported in Bernalillo County was determined to be a Torrance County resident.

Previously reported numbers included two cases, one from Bernalillo County and one from Valencia County, that were identified as being false positives and have since been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 4,493 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 1,012
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 26
Cibola County: 82
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 26
De Baca County: 1
Doña Ana County: 197
Eddy County: 13
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 15
Harding County: 1
Lea County: 14
Lincoln County: 2
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 7
McKinley County: 1,402
Otero County: 9
Quay County: 4
Rio Arriba County: 26
Roosevelt County: 11
Sandoval County: 439
San Juan County: 921
San Miguel County: 4
Santa Fe County: 110
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 48
Taos County: 20
Torrance County: 17
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 54

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 197 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 1,125 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff at the following congregate living and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehab in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brio Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Haciendas of Grace Village in Las Cruces
Ladera Center in Albuquerque
Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
McKinley Care Center in Gallup
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho​
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Taos Living Center in Taos
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Tungland Corporation in Farmington
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
Wellbrook Rehabilitation Center in Farmington
The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:
Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregate settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

May 7, 2020 3:40 PM

Modified Gallup emergency order extended

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday extended a modified emergency declaration requested by the mayor of Gallup through noon on Sunday, May 10, as that city continues to work to contain the COVID-19 virus.

The extended order means businesses will continue to be closed from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.; only two people may travel together in a car; and Gallup residents should remain at home except for emergency outings through noon Sunday, May 10.

Roads into Gallup will remain closed for non-residents until 8 p.m. Friday, May 8.

Per the mayor’s request, the order states that Gallup residents must wear at least a cloth face-covering when situated in an essential business, essential nonprofit or government building until the order expires.

Gallup is the county seat of McKinley County, which has just 3.5 percent of the state’s population but about 30 percent of the state’s COVID-19 cases. McKinley County reported 1,337 positive cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday afternoon and 29 COVID-related deaths.

This is the second extension since Gallup Mayor Louis Bonaguidi first asked the governor to invoke the Riot Control Act effective at noon on May 1, a law authorizing the governor to enact further localized restrictions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

“I have no doubt that the actions we have taken together have helped turn the tide in our community and we will, in coming days and weeks, continue efforts in Gallup until we see positive results and until this virus is defeated,” Mayor Bonaguidi said in a letter requesting the new extension.

Gallup city police and McKinley County sheriff’s department have partnered with New Mexico State Police and Department of Transportation to enforce the emergency order and road closures. The New Mexico National Guard has also provided support in a non-law enforcement capacity.

An emergency declaration made under the Riot Control Act is in effect until noon the third day after it becomes effective. The original declaration expired at noon May 4; the first extension expires at noon May 7. The second extension will expire at noon Sunday, May 10.


May 7, 2020 3:07 PM


JIC

COVID-19

Joint Information Center




May 7, 2020




Media contact: Kelly Jameson, Las Cruces Public Schools

575-639-2121 • kjameson@lcps.net

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.

Regional updates:


City of Anthony

Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager

www.cityofanthonynm.com


Chief Ordoñez, Anthony PD – nothing new to report Thursday,

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – City will have a special meeting next Wednesday 2 p.m. virtually (tentative).

City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

www.sunlandpark-nm.gov


No report Thursday.


City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org




Food distribution changes announced via the following news release:

http://las-cruces.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2776

Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org


Property crime continues to rise. More information will be shared later today via news release.


Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net




Operations as usual.




Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org


Will be working with resource at the City to take MMC and MVRMC videos and produce video to be shared widely reassuring public that hospitals are safe and if they are experiencing stroke or heart attack symptoms to seek emergency mediccal attention.

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org




No report Thursday.


Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

www.donaanacounty.org/detention




Nothing new to report Thursday.




Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

www.villageofhatch.org


No report Thursday.


Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers

www.mesillanm.gov


Nothing to report Wednesday.


Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

www.mmclc.org


Nothing new to report.


MountainView Regional Medical Center

Ben Woods

www.mountainviewregional.com




Will be implementing a universal masking policy starting May 11. Anyone coming in the facility will be required to wear a cloth mask.

New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

www.nmsu.edu


No report Thursday.




New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

www.nmsupolice.com




No report Thursday.


Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency


Dave Daniels from DOH will be interfacing with OEM.


Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-new-mexico-correctional-facility/




Nothing to report Thursday,

State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program

http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us


Nothing new to report Thursday.


Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

www.mvrda.org


Nothing to report Thursday.


U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas




No report Thursday.

NM Department of Health

David Morgan

www.cv.nmhealth.org


No report.

May 7, 2020 1:49 PM

State Agencies Work with Long-Term Care Facilities to Contain the Spread of COVID-19 and Protect Vulnerable New Mexicans
NEW MEXICO- The continued spread of COVID-19 throughout New Mexico has brought unprecedented challenges to all agencies and providers who care, assist and advocate for seniors. Under Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s direction, all state agencies are working together, forging new collaborations, and programs, to support and assist New Mexico’s most vulnerable.

Much of the proactive and responsive measures taken to aggressively stop the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes, have been led by the State’s Department of Health [DOH] in partnership with the State Aging and Long-Term Services Department [ALTSD]. Together they have stood up systems to daily track cases, acquire rapid testing kits, provide personal protective equipment, hire additional staff at the facilities, implement isolation plans (before and after the virus is present in a facility), impart guidance for sanitation protocols, conducting in-depth video surveillance, monitoring and interviews, and overall provide support to Nursing Home Administrators across the State. In addition to ALTSD and DOHs’ collective rapid response to COVID cases and challenges, the ALTSD Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is also regularly connecting with nursing home and assisted living residents and their family members -- providing support, accountability for the facilities, and working with residents to protect and advocate for their rights.

“By utilizing the 350 tablets distributed by the Ombudsmen, every day we are been able to connect with residents and their family members. Together with our Ombudsmen across the state we are working closely with residents to inform them of public health orders, containment guidelines, and best practices surrounding COVID-19, and informing them of what this means for their care,” said State Ombudsman Linnea Forsythe, whose department is responsible for advocating for the rights of residents and provides mediation between residents and their long term care facility.

In several counties, DOH and ALTSD have worked with local fire departments and emergency responders to assist facilities within their jurisdictions with emergency and infection control protocols. While stopping the spread of the virus is crucial, supporting facilities to implement containment measures and take proactive steps prior to any COVID positive tests, is equally important.

“Never has collaboration been more vital than it is now. Lives depend on us all working together to protect the most vulnerable in our state,” said ALTSD Cabinet Secretary Katrina Hotrum-Lopez. “I cannot thank the staff at these facilities enough for their work and the sacrifices they’re making. Many of the staff members at long-term care facilities are losing patients who they have known and befriended and are going back to work the next day. They are unsung heroes. From the bottom of my heart- thank you.”

Prior to the spread of COVID-19 in New Mexico, the DOH conducted site visits to prepare the facilities for the public health orders that we’re issued, conducted inspections, and ensured the sites had infection-control policies ready for implementation.

“In New Mexico we have some of the toughest regulations around nursing facilities,” said Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Kathy Kunkel. “We have a high standard of care for our nursing homes and during this health crisis are working diligently to support long-term care facilities in our state, while also enforcing strict orders to protect residents and staff.”

The State has also launched a website for facilities to report and request PPE and a site to coordinate volunteerism efforts, and most recently ALTSD debuted the Create and Connect campaign to support seniors through letter writing and engaging social media content.

May 6, 2020 7:46 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 4,291
Update includes seven additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 153 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
18 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Catron County
8 new cases in Cibola County
3 new cases in Curry County
7 new cases in Doña Ana County
2 new cases in Lea County
63 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Otero County
1 new case in Roosevelt County
6 new cases in Sandoval County
38 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in San Miguel County
2 new cases in Santa Fe County
2 new cases in Valencia County
The Department of Health on Wednesday also reported seven additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A female in her 60s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying medical conditions and was a patient at the Canyon Transitional Rehabilitation Center.
A male in his 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying medical conditions and was a resident of Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque.
A male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A second male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A third male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A fourth male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying medical conditions.
A female in her 90s from Santa Fe County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 169.

Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 4,291 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 981
Catron County: 2
Chaves County: 25
Cibola County: 82
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 23
De Baca County: 1
Doña Ana County: 180
Eddy County: 13
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 15
Harding County: 1
Lea County: 14
Lincoln County: 2
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 7
McKinley County: 1,337
Otero County: 9
Quay County: 4
Rio Arriba County: 24
Roosevelt County: 11
Sandoval County: 432
San Juan County: 844
San Miguel County: 4
Santa Fe County: 110
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 48
Taos County: 20
Torrance County: 17
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 55

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 193 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 1,073 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff at the following congregate living and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehab in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Bonney Family Home in Gallup
Brio Assisted Living in Albuquerque
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Haciendas of Grace Village in Las Cruces
Ladera Center in Albuquerque
Las Palomas Center in Albuquerque
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
McKinley Care Center in Gallup
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho​
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
Spanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Taos Living Center in Taos
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Tungland Corporation in Farmington
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
Wellbrook Rehabilitation Center in Farmington
The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:
Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregate settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

May 6, 2020 6:39 PM

The Casa de Peregrinos food distribution held monthly at the City of Las Cruces Senior Center sites will be cancelled and is being redirected back to Casa de Peregrinos for the remainder of May and the month of June.

The following dates will be affected:

Cancellation Dates for May

Frank O’Brien Papen Center: Thursday, May 7 at 9:30 a.m.

Eastside Senior Center: Wednesday, May 20 at 9:30 a.m.

Munson Senior Center: Wednesday, May 27 at 1:30 p.m.

Cancellation Dates for June

Sage Café: Monday, June 1 at 9:30 a.m.

Frank O’Brien Papen Center: Thursday, June 4 at 9:30 a.m.

Benavidez Senior Center: Friday, June 5 at 9:30 a.m.

Eastside Senior Center: Monday, June 22 at 9:30 a.m.

Munson Senior Center: Wednesday, June 24 at 1:30 p.m. To mitigate any impact Senior Programs will be distributing food boxes provided through the New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department in a drive through set-up. Food boxes are available to anyone in the community over the age of 60, and disabled persons 18 year of age or older. A short form will be completed on site. The following are dates and times of the next distribution:

Munson Center, 975 S. Mesquite St.
Wednesday, May 6 through Friday, May 8 from 2 – 5 p.m.

May 6, 2020 2:58 PM

Media contact: Kelly Jameson, Las Cruces Public Schools
575-639-2121 • kjameson@lcps.net

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.

Regional* hospital resources (Dona Ana, Catron, Socorro, Grant, Sierra, Luna, Lincoln, Hidalgo, and Otero County:

As of 5/5/2020 3:31 p.m.
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http://www.las-cruces.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2774

Currently In Use Capacity Remaining Availability
Total ICU Capability 45 147 102




COVID Patient Hospitalization



POSITIVE COVID ADMITTED 2





Ventilator Use


Vent Availability 12 79 67








Regional updates:



City of Anthony

Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager

www.cityofanthonynm.com

Chief Ordoñez, Anthony PD – calls for service increasing. Have received no complaints of public health order violation; receive frequent noise complaints.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – City will have a special meeting next Wednesday 2 p.m. virtually (tentative).

City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

www.sunlandpark-nm.gov

180 families will receive food packs tomorrow Southern NM Project. Zoom city council meeting last night. Operations as normal.


City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org



City council has dedicated money to nonprofit and community groups. More via news release:

http://www.las-cruces.org/2121/Resources-for-Families-Youth
Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org

Had reports of kids jumping a fence at Mayfield High School to play soccer.

Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net

Three weeks left in the school year. Online learning going well during shutdown. News release forthcoming about cooler donations to schools as meal distribution continues.






Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org



No report Wednesday.
Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org



No report Wednesday.
Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

www.donaanacounty.org/detention



Nothing new to report Wednesday.



Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

www.villageofhatch.org

No report Wednesday.

Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers

www.mesillanm.gov

Nothing to report Wednesday.

Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

www.mmclc.org

Nothing new to report.

MountainView Regional Medical Center

Ben Woods

www.mountainviewregional.com



No report Wednesday.

New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

www.nmsu.edu

No report Wednesday.


New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

www.nmsupolice.com



No report Wednesday.

Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency

Looking for guidance from the state on PPE as businesses look to reopen in phases. Will provide PPE to those dealing with COVID-19 response; not enough supplies to open wide distribution. 100% mask wear in effect at OEM.
Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-new-mexico-correctional-facility/



Video visits with inmates started yesterday. Aside from that, operations are business as usual. UPS and FedEx are making deliveries at the gate; no one allowed iside the facility.
State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program

http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us

Nothing new to report Wednesday.
Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

www.mvrda.org

Nothing to report Wednesday.

U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas



No report Tuesday.

NM Department of Health

David Morgan

www.cv.nmhealth.org

Testing today:

Anthony: Anthony Water District Chaparral: The Bumblebee childcare center, Otero County Prison Las Cruces: Children’s Garden Northrise Sunland Park: Mercedes Grocery Regional: All Public Health Offices (by appointment)

May 6, 2020 2:42 PM

NMSU Golf Course reopens to the public with specific restrictions
DATE: 05/06/2020
WRITER: Victoria Balderrama, 575-646-1614, vbalde@nmsu.edu
CONTACT: Jason White, 575-646-3219, jaw@nmsu.edu
After closing golf operations March 24 due to COVID-19, the New Mexico State University Golf Course has reopened with specific restrictions.

“We will operate with a health and safety-first mindset,” said Jason White, director of the NMSU Golf Course. “Yes, there will be restrictions with new operating policies and procedures, but we are grateful to be open. We are excited to be able to provide an environment where our customers can get outside and exercise their mind and body. This is a stressful time for everyone, and everyone has been affected by the pandemic in one way or another. If golf can provide an environment for someone to escape the stress of our new, not so normal lives, we will do our part by providing a safe environment.”

Open from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., customers are asked to book one tee time for no more than four people with 15-minute intervals by calling 575-646-3219. Tee times can be made seven days in advance on a rolling schedule.

The clubhouse will be open with a strict social distancing requirement in place for customers. Restrooms will be open but all other facilities in the club house will be closed.

The driving range will be closed along with the practice putting greens. Only the clubhouse practice green will be open for customers with a tee time and will be limited to eight people.

Beverage cart operators will adhere to strict serving and social distancing procedures. Customers are allowed to bring their own water.

For more information on the NMSU Golf Course visit https://golf.nmsu.edu or @NMSUGolf on Facebook. To read about New Mexico’s requirements for golf course COVID safe practices visit https://www.newmexico.gov/jobs-the-economy/cov id-safe-practices-for-all-employers/additional-csps-for-golf-course/.

May 6, 2020 1:53 PM

Information for Motorists

SANTA FE— Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued an order Monday waiving most late fees and other penalties assessed by the Motor Vehicle Division since March 11, when she first issued a state of emergency for New Mexico due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Executive Order 2020-016 requires the Motor Vehicle Division of the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department to temporarily waive fees and penalties incurred due to the social distancing recommendations that closed many MVD offices until further notice.
The waiver will continue through the period MVD field offices are closed and for a reasonable period of time after, to be determined by the secretary of the Taxation and Revenue Department.
Late fees and other penalties will still apply if they are incurred prior to or after the temporary waiver period.
State Police is further directed, and local law enforcement is encouraged, not to issue citations for registrations or licenses that expire during the waiver period.
“MVD offices have been closed to protect public health. The governor’s action today provides flexibility for customers who are concerned about staying in compliance with New Mexico’s motor vehicle laws,” said Taxation and Revenue Secretary Stephanie Schardin Clarke.
The waiver applies to motor vehicle registrations, driver’s licenses and other driver and motor vehicle privileges. The waiver also covers drivers who are required to have a vision or medical report with the MVD.
Motorists are still encouraged to use mvdonline.com to take care of the many MVD transactions that can be completed there, including vehicle registration and license renewals (as long as they are not for first-time Real ID licenses), updating address and insurance information and other services.
The MVD also has set up two email addresses for customers with questions and concerns. One, MVD.closure@state.nm.us, should be used by customers with general questions. The other, MVD.forseniors@state.nm.us, is dedicated to drivers age 79 and older.
The MVD call center number can be reached at 888-683-4636.

Link
May 6, 2020 1:47 PM

NMSU community comes together to give back during COVID-19 pandemic

DATE: 05/06/2020
WRITER: Amanda Adame, 575-646-7953, aadame4@nmsu.edu
CONTACT: Nancy McMillan, 575-646-5000, nmcmilla@nmsu.edu
CONTACT: Z. Sophia Pook, 575-646-7031, zspook@ad.nmsu.edu
CONTACT: Leslie Beck, 575-646-2888, lebeck@nmsu.edu

New Mexico State University system faculty, staff and students have come together to lend a helping hand to the community during the coronavirus pandemic. Outreach efforts across the university system have provided many types of assistance, such as food for the homeless, groceries for the vulnerable, personal protective equipment for area healthcare professionals and more.

Supplies for healthcare workers have been scarce nationwide, and Las Cruces is no exception. Leslie Beck, an extension weed specialist and assistant professor in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, saw the dire situation and donated excess personal protection equipment from her lab, adding to the supplies gathered and distributed by NMSU’s Police Department. Beck donated 2,000 gloves, 125 disposable Tyvek coveralls and one box of dust masks.

“Most heroes don’t wear capes,” Beck said. “But here’s to hoping that from this point on, they are able to wear the appropriate PPE to protect themselves in the line of duty!”

In the College of Engineering, the Aggie Innovation Space has created more than more than 400 face shields for healthcare workers. They plan to create 300 more this week.

In the College of Business, Rajaa Shindi, an assistant professor of accounting, is collaborating with Healthcare Pharmacy, a locally owned pharmacy, to collect sanitizers, detergents and gloves to be donated to local medical personnel and their families to stay safe in their homes.

Nancy McMillan, department head of geological sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences and parishioner at St. Andrew’s Episcopal church, partnered up with the Player’s Grill to host a potluck on Easter Sunday for people living in Camp Hope, the tent city associated with the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope. After the stay-at-home order was mandated throughout the state, McMillan had to be creative to make sure the St. Andrew’s tradition of a monthly potluck supper, called Second Sunday Supper, continued.

“We decided to get single serving boxes. So, we were looking at the catering and deli places in town and then I got an email from the Player’s Grill, the restaurant at the NMSU Golf Course,” McMillan said. “It said we know you can’t come to our restaurant but, if you have any need for catering or anything else think of us. I really want to keep my staff employed. It was really heartwarming. Through donations from church members, we were able to continue our tradition of fellowship at Camp Hope and support staff working at the Player’s Grill.”

Because many basic essentials on store shelves have in short supply due to the pandemic, Zooey Sophia Pook, director of NMSU’s LGBT+ Programs, started a campaign to help find and deliver essential items to the elderly and disabled who have difficulty getting supplies they need. Pook is receiving three to four emails a day asking for items such as toilet paper and food. Along with James Rice, an NMSU professor of sociology, Pook has been delivering items daily. If you know someone in need of essential supplies, email Pook at phb20149@gmail.com.

NMSU faculty and staff are not the only ones giving back. NMSU alumnus Lawrence Chavez, CEO of EveryDay Contacts, has donated more than 165 gallons of hand sanitizer to homeless shelters and healthcare providers through his company.

The kinesiology department in the College of Education is making sure parents and kids in the community continue to stay active. Amanda Concha, the Aggie Play coordinator, has created a series of online work out videos for kids to have fun while staying active. To participate in the Aggie Play workouts, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5disRbcBLg.

“I have been greatly encouraged to learn of the efforts of my colleagues at NMSU on behalf of the community,” Beck said. “We are working together and doing what we can to help those who are on the front lines and those who may be struggling.”

NMSU President John Floros said the efforts of Aggie employees, students and alumni are inspiring, and show the connection the university system has to the communities it serves.

“There are dozens of examples of these kinds of collaboration and service efforts being undertaken by our Aggie community,” Floros said. “It’s a testament to who we are and how we deal with challenges and adversity. I could not be more proud of our generous and compassionate Aggies.”

May 6, 2020 10:01 AM

State of New Mexico feeding thousands
of children, seniors, tribal members during pandemic

SANTA FE – State government agencies have delivered more than 5.4 million meals to children and youth, more than 293,000 meals to seniors and, separately, more than 400,000 pounds of food items to those communities most in need throughout New Mexico since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and the initial issuance of “stay at home” directives. The state has also increased the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) enrollments and benefits to families and has implemented innovative, collaborative efforts to deliver meals to tribal communities across the state.

“I am incredibly grateful to the state employees from every community across this state who have stepped up in this crisis to make sure New Mexicans have access to nutritional food and clean water,” Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said. “We are truly all in this together as one state government to serve the people of this state, from our tribal neighbors to the elderly to families in need and so many more.”

Keeping New Mexicans fed and increasing food security for children, youth and seniors has been achieved through extensive collaboration between the Governor’s Office, the state’s Emergency Operations Center, the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management along with multiple state government agencies, tribal governments, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), New Mexico farmers, food banks, meal suppliers, local governments, corporate foundations and other funders. The New Mexico National Guard has been a critical partner in making food deliveries.

The state Public Education Department and Children, Youth and Families Department continue to provide meals for children at school and community sites through federal United States Department of Agriculture waivers that made “grab and go” meals prepared in school cafeterias possible. More than 102,000 children and youth per day are receiving these meals, which they pick up at local schools or in other community locations.

PED also worked with the new Early Childhood Education and Care Department to apply for the waivers and both agencies will follow through with uninterrupted meal provision through the regular NM Summer Meals Program, which was the model for the pandemic meals to go efforts.

The state Indian Affairs Department and the CYFD are also working with the USDA to deliver meals to children and youth living in Tribal communities through a new Meals-2-You home delivery pilot program.

To date, Meals-2-You, which is supported by PepsiCo’s Food for Good Foundation and Baylor University, has delivered more than 42,000 meals to children who live in tribal communities in New Mexico. In most cases, food for each child is delivered to the tribe, nation or pueblo’s emergency management team for distribution. Additional waivers granted by the USDA allowed for two weeks’ worth of nutritious breakfasts and lunches to be delivered at a time.

Recognizing the impact of the closure of Gallup on food and water supply, state agencies sprung into action to make sure that marginalized New Mexicans do not go hungry.

With a mission of “do right and feed everybody,” the USDA also has partnered with the New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department to replicate this meal delivery program to provide meals to at-risk seniors both across New Mexico and on sovereign land. The ALTSD has provided more than 293,000 meals.

All children, youth and families enrolled in the Federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program have also received the maximum available benefit for the months of March and April. The Human Services Department has worked to increase SNAP enrollment for eligible families statewide, with a spike in applications by more than 40 percent in the month of April for this food support, enrolling an estimated 316,685 additional individuals. The department also provided an increased monthly stipend to households that did not receive the maximum SNAP benefits during the months of March and April with an average increase of $120 per household.

New Mexico families will receive more than $97 million in additional food benefits – enough to feed about 245,000 vulnerable children – following federal approval of a Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program.

New Mexico households with children who receive free or reduced-price meals will receive benefits of $5.70 per child, per day for the 70-day period from March 16, 2020 when public schools were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, through June 19, 2020. New Mexico households can receive Pandemic-EBT as well as continue to receive food distributions from their child’s school site. This will be deposited directly to existing EBT cards for families already receiving aid.

The Pandemic-EBT program will also benefit families that did not previously qualify for free or reduced-price meals but may now qualify due to changes in their household’s circumstances as a result of the restrictions implemented for non-essential businesses because of the COVID-19 response. Those families should contact their school district food service office to apply for benefits. If determined eligible, their children will receive Pandemic-EBT, and the benefit will be issued for the month determined eligible through June.

Families in need of free breakfasts and lunches for children under the age of 18, can find the closest meal distribution location here​. Disabled adults or seniors in need of food assistance can call 800-432-2080. Tribal members should reach out to their local emergency operations center for information on food and water distribution on Tribal land.

May 5, 2020 7:47 PM

Retailers, businesses shall require employees to wear face coverings
Employers, public need to be prepared for reopening

SANTA FE— Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday urged business owners to begin preparing for the first phase of reopening New Mexico while the state continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Department of Health Secretary Kathyleen Kunkel has amended the state public health emergency order clarifying some of the steps businesses must take in order to operate.
Beginning Wednesday, May 6, all large grocery and large retail spaces (those greater than 50,000 square feet in size) and all restaurants currently operating curbside and delivery service will be required to ensure that all employees have at least cloth face coverings.
All employees must wear their face coverings in the workplace at all times when in the presence of others.
Beginning Monday, May 11, all essential businesses of any size currently operating under the public health order must also comply with the face covering requirement.
All employers are strongly encouraged to acquire the face coverings for all employees over the next week, in preparation for a potential Phase One reopening in mid-May. Otherwise they may not be able to operate in compliance with state requirements.
Retailers will not be required to provide face coverings for customers but are encouraged to post signage strongly encouraging customers to wear their own masks. Retailers at their own discretion may require customers to wear masks.
The administration last week issued a set of COVID-safe practices for all employers and an additional set for all retailers (see attached). Other COVID-safe requirements and best practices specific to other industries are under development.

The governor last week extended her stay-at home order to May 15, with modifications allowing some limited, additional retail and recreational opportunities. Further reopening will depend on businesses and individuals doing their part to keep their neighbors safe in order to meet gating criteria.

“If New Mexicans don’t behave safely, we won’t be able to reopen more than we have. Every single one of us has to do their part,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham.

May 5, 2020 7:40 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 4,138
Update includes six additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 107 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
21 new cases in Bernalillo County
4 new cases in Cibola County
1 new case in Curry County
3 new cases in Doña Ana County
43 new cases in McKinley County
5 new cases in Sandoval County
25 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in San Miguel County
2 new cases in Socorro County
2 new cases in Valencia County
The Department of Health on Tuesday also reported six additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A male in his 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of the Village at Alameda in Albuquerque.
A male in his 50s from McKinley County.
A male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized.
A male in his 80s from San Juan County. The individual was a resident of Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington and had underlying conditions.
A female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident of Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington.
A second female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 162.

Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 4,138 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 963
Catron County: 1
Chaves County: 25
Cibola County: 74
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 20
De Baca County: 1
Doña Ana County: 173
Eddy County: 13
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 15
Harding County: 1
Lea County: 12
Lincoln County: 2
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 7
McKinley County: 1,274
Otero County: 8
Quay County: 4
Rio Arriba County: 24
Roosevelt County: 10
Sandoval County: 426
San Juan County: 806
San Miguel County: 3
Santa Fe County: 108
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 48
Taos County: 20
Torrance County: 17
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 53

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 178 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 964 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

A previous press release identified Colfax Long Term Care Center in Springer as having a positive COVID-19 case – that was incorrect and we regret the error. The Department of Health has identified positive COVID-19 cases in residents and/or staff at the following congregate living and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Haciendas of Grace Village in Las Cruces
Ladera Center in Albuquerque
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
McKinley Care Center in Gallup
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho​
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Taos Living Center in Taos
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Tungland Corporation in Farmington
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
Wellbrook Rehabilitation Center in Farmington
The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:
Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregate settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

May 5, 2020 4:42 PM

Retailers, businesses shall require employees to wear face coverings
Employers, public need to be prepared for reopening

SANTA FE— Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday urged business owners to begin preparing for the first phase of reopening New Mexico while the state continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Department of Health Secretary Kathyleen Kunkel has amended the state public health emergency order clarifying some of the steps businesses must take in order to operate.
Beginning Wednesday, May 6, all large grocery and large retail spaces (those greater than 50,000 square feet in size) and all restaurants currently operating curbside and delivery service will be required to ensure that all employees have at least cloth face coverings.
All employees must wear their face coverings in the workplace at all times when in the presence of others.
Beginning Monday, May 11, all essential businesses of any size currently operating under the public health order must also comply with the face covering requirement.
All employers are strongly encouraged to acquire the face coverings for all employees over the next week, in preparation for a potential Phase One reopening in mid-May. Otherwise they may not be able to operate in compliance with state requirements.
Retailers will not be required to provide face coverings for customers but are encouraged to post signage strongly encouraging customers to wear their own masks. Retailers at their own discretion may require customers to wear masks.
The administration last week issued a set of COVID-safe practices for all employers and an additional set for all retailers (see attached). Other COVID-safe requirements and best practices specific to other industries are under development.

The governor last week extended her stay-at home order to May 15, with modifications allowing some limited, additional retail and recreational opportunities. Further reopening will depend on businesses and individuals doing their part to keep their neighbors safe in order to meet gating criteria.

“If New Mexicans don’t behave safely, we won’t be able to reopen more than we have. Every single one of us has to do their part,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham.

May 5, 2020 3:50 PM

Absentee voting begins today in the 2020 Primary Election and Las Cruces City Councilors are encouraging community members to vote absentee to limit public exposure related to the coronavirus pandemic. While there are no municipal races on the ballot, council members seek compliance with the state public health order now in effect through May 15. The order in part calls for avoiding gatherings of five or more and maintaining a six foot distance from the nearest person.

According to the Dona Ana County Clerk’s website:

Any registrant may vote by absentee ballot for all candidates and on all questions appearing on the ballot as if you were casting it in person at a regular polling place on Election Day. You will need to formally request an absentee ballot. You may request a ballot by:

Submitting an application online at NMVote.org.

Printing an application and mailing it to our office at 845 N. Motel Blvd., Las Cruces, NM 88007.

Returning a completed application that you received in the mail from our office or the Secretary of State to our office at 845 N. Motel Blvd., Las Cruces, NM 88007.

Emailing elections@donaanacounty.org to request an application.

In addition to absentee voting, early voting begins today at the Doña Ana County Government Center, 845 N. Motel Blvd.

Early voting at alternate voting locations begins May 16, and Las Cruces City Hall, 700 N. Main St., will serve as an alternate voting site.

“All voting stations will be six-feet apart and no more than five voters at a time will be allowed.” Rivera said. “All poll workers will wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and plexiglass separators will be used to provide a safety barrier between voters and poll workers.” Rivera also said disposable wooden sticks will be used in place of a stylus for signing ballots and all pens will be sanitized after each use.


May 5, 2020 2:16 PM

Media contact: Kelly Jameson, Las Cruces Public Schools
575-639-2121 • kjameson@lcps.net

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.

Regional hospital resources (Includes Dona Ana, Catron, Socorro, Grant, Sierra, Luna, Lincoln, Hidalgo and Otero Counties:
(as of 5/4/2020 3:00 pm)

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Currently in Use Capacity Remaining Availability
TOTAL ICU CAPABILITY 53 147 94




COVID Patient Hospitalization


POSITIVE COVID ADMITTED 1





Ventilator Use


Vent Availability 10 79 69








Regional updates:



City of Anthony

Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager

www.cityofanthonynm.com

Chief Ordoñez, Anthony PD – no update today.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – nothing new to report.
City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

www.sunlandpark-nm.gov

Nothing operationally to report today.


City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org



The City pushed out two news releases yesterday related to the COVID-19 crisis: City Council Backs Governor’s Phased Re-Opening Strategies for Business in NM http://www.las-cruces.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2756 City Council Allocates $400,000 for Health-Related Public Service Programs http://www.las-cruces.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2758
Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org

Nothing new to report Tuesday.


Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net

Work session tonight at 4 p,m., which will be livestreamed. Will be pushing out Census 2020 information.





Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org



Nothing to report Tuesday.
Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org



Nothing new to report Tuesday.
Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

www.donaanacounty.org/detention



Nothing new to report Tuesday.



Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

www.villageofhatch.org

Nothing to report Tuesday – had questions for local government on plans for tentatively reopening. Dan (LCPD) advised the only date on the city’s radar is May 15 per the last state order. Hatch will mirror what the city/county plans are.

Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers

www.mesillanm.gov

Nothing to report Tuesday.

Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

www.mmclc.org

Nothing new to report.

MountainView Regional Medical Center

Ben Woods

www.mountainviewregional.com



Nothing to report.
New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

www.nmsu.edu

Nothing new to report.


New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

www.nmsupolice.com



Nothing new to report Tuesday.

Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency

No update today.

Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-new-mexico-correctional-facility/



Nothing new operationally Monday or Tuesday.

State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program

http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us

Nothing new to report.

Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

www.mvrda.org

Nothing to report Tuesday.

U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas



No report Tuesday.

NM Department of Health

David Morgan

www.cv.nmhealth.org

Testing by appointment at the Public Health Office. Also conducting testing at Stampede Meats in Sunland Park.


May 5, 2020 12:58 PM

TODAY: Governor, state officials to give
press update on COVID-19 efforts

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials will host a remote news conference this afternoon to provide an update on COVID-19 efforts in New Mexico.

WHAT: Remote news conference regarding New Mexico’s COVID-19 efforts and public health order
WHEN: Today, Tuesday, May 5, 3 P.M.

The news conference will be streamed live on the governor’s Facebook page.

A simultaneous interpretation of the news conference in Spanish will be streamed live on YouTube​.

Members of the media will be able to participate remotely. If you would like the opportunity to ask questions, please RSVP to nora.sackett@state.nm.us with your name and media affiliation. After your RSVP is received, you will receive more information about how to participate.

Pool photographs courtesy of the Santa Fe New Mexican will be available here after the press conference.

May 5, 2020 10:54 AM

New Mexico to feed 245,000 vulnerable children affected by COVID-19 school closures

$97.8 million in additional food benefits



SANTA FE – New Mexico families will receive more than $97 million in additional food benefits – enough to feed about 245,000 vulnerable children -- following federal approval of a Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program.



The New Mexico Human Services Department and the Public Education Department submitted the request jointly to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.



Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards are used like debit cards to buy groceries. Pandemic-EBT assistance will be deposited directly to existing EBT cards for families already receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits.



New Mexico households with children who receive free or reduced-price meals will receive benefits of $5.70 per child, per day for the 70-day period from March 16, 2020 when public schools were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, through June 19, 2020. New Mexico households can receive Pandemic-EBT as well as continue to receive food distributions from their child’s school site.



March, April, and May benefits will be issued in mid to late May, and Pandemic-EBT benefits will continue to be issued through June 19, the average date of normal public school closures.



The program will also benefit families that did not previously qualify for free or reduced-price meals but may now qualify due to changes in their household’s circumstances as a result of the restrictions implemented for non-essential businesses because of the COVID-19 response. Those families should contact their school district food service office to apply for benefits. If determined eligible, their children will receive Pandemic-EBT, and the benefit will be issued for the month determined eligible through June.



The Human Services Department provides services and benefits to more than 1 million New Mexicans through several programs including: the Medicaid Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Child Support Program, and several Behavioral Health Services.

May 4, 2020 5:15 PM

The Las Cruces City Council today approved a resolution supporting Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s proposed strategy for reopening the state’s economy. The City Council also seeks additional and more consistent involvement from southern New Mexico on the New Mexico Economic Recovery Council and further requests that the governor consider adding other entities that are not businesses, but have been on the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as nonprofit organizations.

On April 22, the governor extended the Emergency Public Health Order through May 15 and identified a phased reopening strategy for the economy with a timeline and performance triggers based on the Gating Criteria proposed by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

The phased approach is based on up-to-date data and readiness, mitigates risk of resurgence, protects the most vulnerable, and is implementable on a statewide basis at the governors’ discretion. The resolution states that the Las Cruces City Council believes the phased approach is the safest and most effective way to restart the economy in Las Cruces.

Earlier, the governor created a New Mexico Economic Recovery Council with the purpose of advising the governor on strategies for gradually reopening New Mexico businesses in a smart, safe and effective manner that fits the needs of New Mexico specifically. The council is currently comprised of 15 members, which includes representatives from the tourism, agriculture, healthcare, energy, construction and financial sectors, among others. The resolution states that while the Economic Recovery Council has been well thought out, there seems to be minimal representation from southern New Mexico and the representatives do not include nonbusiness entities, like nonprofit organizations.

Council amended the resolution to include language specifying that Las Cruces, being the second largest city in New Mexico, have more representation from southern New Mexico on the council and an active role in discussions on recovery.


May 4, 2020 4:57 PM

A total of 16 local non-profit organizations will share in $400,000 for health-related public services programs for fiscal year 2021/2022. The Las Cruces City Council today authorized the funding from the City’s Telshor Facility Fund, money the City receives for the lease of Memorial Medical Center that is jointly owned by the City and County. The funding, available July 1, is for the specific purpose of providing operating expenses to eligible non-profit organizations in exchange for qualified health care to the sick, indigent, and low-income community members of Las Cruces.

The City of Las Cruces (City) conducted a competitive application process for the provision of responsive, cost effective, quality health-related public services through partnerships with the non-profit sector. Grants are awarded on a two-year funding cycle, with renewed funding based on overall program performance, quality of data collection methods and record keeping, satisfactory monitoring reviews, and availability of City funding. The applications were solicited in accordance with the adopted Health Related Public Services Policy Guide.

The applications were reviewed and evaluated by the Health and Human Services Advisory Committee (HHSAC). On March 3, 2020, the HHSAC recommended that grants in the amount of $400,000 be awarded to local providers of health-related public services for fiscal year 2021. City Council approval was required to award funds and execute a purchased services agreement between the City and the respective non-profit organizations.

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Organization


Program


Recommended award


1


Mesilla Valley CASA


Volunteer Development & Support


$ 27,500


2


Community Action Agency


CARE- Cancer Care and Support Program




$ 27,500


3


El Caldito


Soup Kitchen


$ 27,500


4


Mesilla Valley Community of Hope


SOAR Disability/Homeless income Program


$ 27,500


5


Southern NM Diabetes Outreach


Diabetes Detection Prevention Education and Support


$ 27,500


6


Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region


1 to 1 Mentoring For Low Income at Risk Youth


$ 27,500


7


Casa De Peregrinos


Food Security Program


$ 27,500


8


Boys and Girls Club of Las Cruces


More Members More Often


$ 27,500


9


Families and Youth Inc.


El Crucero Permanent Supportive Housing


$23,500


10


Jardin De Los Niños


Healthy & Wise wellness program


$23,500


11


La Casa


Child & Youth Program


$23,500


12


Roadrunner Food Bank


Hunger Relief Las Cruces


$23,500


13


Catholic Charities of Southern NM


Crime and Domestic Violence Program


$15,500


14


Amador Health Center


Amador Care Connection


$23,500


15


Mesilla Valley Hospice


Pain control and Comfort Care for Hospice Patients


$23,500


16


La Pinon


SANE unit


$23,500








Total


$400,000



“The need for community-based services is great, especially during this pandemic,” said Mayor Ken Miyagishima. “My fellow city councilors and I are committed to assisting our vulnerable population and the Telshor Facility Fund allows us to provide this badly needed support.”



Also, today, City Council allocated an additional $35,000 from the Telshor Facility Fund and repurposed a previously awarded $100,000 to assist with the impact to our community caused by the Public Health Order to address the Corona Virus:



Community Partners


Agency/Organization


Up to*


Proposed Use


Third District Court


$30,000


Veterans Treatment Court


Mesilla Valley CASA


$5,000


Direct Services to Children aging out of Foster Care


Various (CYFD, WIC, CDP)


+ $75,000


Purchase and distribution of essential supplies



City of Las Cruces


City Department


Up to*


Proposed Use


Quality of Life


(-$100,000)


Essential Supply Fund


Various Departments


+$25,000


Handwashing Stations/Sanitation Kits

Total: $135,000

In addition to today’s funding, City Council has approved emergency financial resources to assist with the impact to our community caused by the Public Health Order to address the Corona Virus.

On April 3, City Council allocated $1,072,500 in emergency financial assistance:

Agency/Organization

· Families & Youth, Inc.: $200,000 for Mayors Meals/My Friends Place/El Crucero

· Las Cruces Public Schools: $150,000 for Las Cruces internet & virtual learning

access.

· La Casa: $74,500 for housing & emergency shelter operations & supplies.

· La Pinon: $74,500 for SANE Program (medical & operating supplies, expanded

staff hours.)

· Casa De Peregrinos: $74,500 for operating supplies (food/staff.)

· MVCH: $74,500 for rapid rehousing/homeless prevention.

· CAA: $74,500 for Thriving Families-COVID community assistance program.

· CSFP Loaves & Fishes: $2,500 for food boxes for the elderly.

City of Las Cruces

· Utilities: $125,000 to increase utility assistance fund.

· Quality of Life: $100,000 for the essential supply fund.

· Various: $75,000 for drivers for COVID-19 tests & meal delivery.

· Various: $40,000 for PPE for City staff (person-to-person contact.)

· Economic Development: $7,500 for economic crisis flash assessment.

Total $1,072,500.

On April 10, City Council approved an additional $684,000:

Agency/Organization

· Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico: $150,000 for COVID-19

emergency relief fund.

· Families and Youth Inc.: $100,000 for expanded meal service.

· Catholic Charities: $74,500 to for the poverty assistance program.

· Cruces Creatives: $21,600 for the production of personal protection equipment for

City staff.

· Dona Ana Communities United: $22,000 for Los Amigos COVID-19 Connections.

· Community Action Agency: $152,000 the for Thriving Families-COVID community

assistance program.

· CSFP Loaves & Fishes: $7,500 for food boxes for the elderly.

City of Las Cruces

· Economic Development Department: $74,500 for microloans technical support.

· Various Departments: $25,000 for hygiene stations and sanitation kits in the

community.

· Various Departments: $56,900 for hotel rooms for 1st responders.

Total $684,000

On April 17, the council approved an additional $139,500 from the City’s general fund.

· Mesilla Valley Habitat for Humanity: $65,000 to complete five-homes currently

under construction.

· City of LC Economic Development Department: $74,500 for microloan technical

assistance.

Total: $139,500

May 4, 2020 4:52 PM

City Council Backs Governor’s Phased Re-Opening Strategies for Business in NM
Additional and More Consistent Involvement on Economic Recovery Council Sought

The Las Cruces City Council today approved a resolution supporting Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s proposed strategy for reopening the state’s economy. The City Council also seeks additional and more consistent involvement from southern New Mexico on the New Mexico Economic Recovery Council and further requests that the governor consider adding other entities that are not businesses, but have been on the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as nonprofit organizations.

On April 22, the governor extended the Emergency Public Health Order through May 15 and identified a phased reopening strategy for the economy with a timeline and performance triggers based on the Gating Criteria proposed by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

The phased approach is based on up-to-date data and readiness, mitigates risk of resurgence, protects the most vulnerable, and is implementable on a statewide basis at the governors’ discretion. The resolution states that the Las Cruces City Council believes the phased approach is the safest and most effective way to restart the economy in Las Cruces.

Earlier, the governor created a New Mexico Economic Recovery Council with the purpose of advising the governor on strategies for gradually reopening New Mexico businesses in a smart, safe and effective manner that fits the needs of New Mexico specifically. The council is currently comprised of 15 members, which includes representatives from the tourism, agriculture, healthcare, energy, construction and financial sectors, among others. The resolution states that while the Economic Recovery Council has been well thought out, there seems to be minimal representation from southern New Mexico and the representatives do not include nonbusiness entities, like nonprofit organizations.

Council amended the resolution to include language specifying that Las Cruces, being the second largest city in New Mexico, have more representation from southern New Mexico on the council and an active role in discussions on recovery.

May 4, 2020 4:48 PM

Media contact: Kelly Jameson, Las Cruces Public Schools
575-639-2121 • kjameson@lcps.net

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.


Regional updates:

City of Anthony

Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager

www.cityofanthonynm.com


Chief Ordoñez, Anthony PD – operations are going well.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – no updates today.

City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

www.sunlandpark-nm.gov




No operational changes. Will be phasing in staffing at City Hall who were previously working from home.

City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org




Nothing new to report Monday.


Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org


Nothing operationally to report. Because of stay at home orders, have seen an increase in burglaries and vandalism. News release forthcoming encouraging residents to stay vigilant and be on the lookout for suspicious activity.


Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net




No updates for today, aside from mixed reviews from the public for the graduation celebrations that are planned in light of the public health order and restrictions.

Board meeting tomorrow at 4 p.m. that will be livestreamed.




Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org




Catherine Zaharko introduced herself as the new Media & Public Communications Center Manager. Tuesday the government center will be open to the public for voting only. Everyone in the building must be wearing a mask. Employees must wear face coverings in the hallway or if someone other than themselves are in individual offices (more than 2).

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org




No report Monday.


Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

www.donaanacounty.org/detention




Nothing new to report Monday.




Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

www.villageofhatch.org


No report Monday.


Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers

www.mesillanm.gov


Nothing to report Monday.


Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

www.mmclc.org


Nothing new to report.


MountainView Regional Medical Center

Ben Woods

www.mountainviewregional.com


When governor issued the modified public health order, brought certain medical services back online. Currently working on elective surgeries to begin o May 11. Specific guidance from the Medical Advisory Team outlines the various steps a facility must meet before opening to those services. Process of segregating hospitals into zones. Applies to MVRMC clinics across the region.


New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

www.nmsu.edu


Good news in accordance with the revised health order: golf course is open, but no dining service or retail is open yet.


New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

www.nmsupolice.com




Nothing new to report Monday.


Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency


No update today.


Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-new-mexico-correctional-facility/




No report Monday.


State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program

http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us


Nothing to report.


Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

www.mvrda.org


Nothing to report Monday.


U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas




No report Monday.

NM Department of Health

David Morgan

www.cv.nmhealth.org


DOH testing in Dona Ana Count today:

All by appointment except for our outreach at Sunland Park’s Tyson plant.

SW Region

Sunland Park- Meat Packing Company- Essential Workers (5/4)

Las Cruces- Public Health Office- (5/4); 8:30am – 4pm

Anthony- Public Health Office- (5/4); 8:30am – 11:30am

Sunland Park- Public Health Office- (5/4) 8:30am – 11:30am

From David Morgan: I anticipate a regional release for our SW counties (to include us here) will go out later this morning outlining all by appointment testing in the region this week.

May 4, 2020 3:54 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 4,031
Update includes five additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 186 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
24 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Chaves County
1 new case in Cibola County
1 new case in Curry County
1 new case in De Baca County
11 new cases in Doña Ana County
89 new cases in McKinley County
3 new cases in Otero County
5 new cases in Sandoval County
47 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in Santa Fe County
2 new cases in Socorro County
The Department of Health on Monday also reported five additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A female in her 70s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying medical conditions.
A female in her 50s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A male in his 60s from Sandoval County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A male in his 60s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying medical conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 156.

Previously reported case numbers included one case from San Juan County that was determined to be an out-of-state resident, another San Juan County case that was determined to be a duplicate, and one case each from Grant County, Otero County, and Socorro County that were not lab confirmed – those errors have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 4,031 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 944
Catron County: 1
Chaves County: 24
Cibola County: 69
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 19
De Baca County: 1
Doña Ana County: 170
Eddy County: 13
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 15
Harding County: 1
Lea County: 12
Lincoln County: 2
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 7
McKinley County: 1,233
Otero County: 8
Quay County: 4
Rio Arriba County: 24
Roosevelt County: 10
Sandoval County: 421
San Juan County: 781
San Miguel County: 2
Santa Fe County: 108
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 46
Taos County: 20
Torrance County: 16
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 50

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 181 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 842 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has identified positive COVID-19 cases in residents and/or staff at the following congregate living and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Colfax Long Term Care Center in Springer
Haciendas of Grace Village in Las Cruces
Ladera Center in Albuquerque
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
McKinley Care Center in Gallup
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho​
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Taos Living Center in Taos
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Tungland Corporation in Farmington
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
Wellbrook Rehabilitation Center in Farmington
The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell​ should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:
Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregant settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

May 4, 2020 3:54 PM

City Council Allocates $400,000 for Health-Related Public Service Programs
Additional Funds Allocated for COVID-19 Related Purposes

A total of 16 local non-profit organizations will share in $400,000 for health-related public services programs for fiscal year 2021/2022. The Las Cruces City Council today authorized the funding from the City’s Telshor Facility Fund, money the City receives for the lease of Memorial Medical Center that is jointly owned by the City and County. The funding, available July 1, is for the specific purpose of providing operating expenses to eligible non-profit organizations in exchange for qualified health care to the sick, indigent, and low-income community members of Las Cruces.

The City of Las Cruces (City) conducted a competitive application process for the provision of responsive, cost effective, quality health-related public services through partnerships with the non-profit sector. Grants are awarded on a two-year funding cycle, with renewed funding based on overall program performance, quality of data collection methods and record keeping, satisfactory monitoring reviews, and availability of City funding. The applications were solicited in accordance with the adopted Health Related Public Services Policy Guide.

The applications were reviewed and evaluated by the Health and Human Services Advisory Committee (HHSAC). On March 3, 2020, the HHSAC recommended that grants in the amount of $400,000 be awarded to local providers of health-related public services for fiscal year 2021. City Council approval was required to award funds and execute a purchased services agreement between the City and the respective non-profit organizations.

Organization
Program
Recommended award
1
Mesilla Valley CASA
Volunteer Development & Support
$ 27,500
2
Community Action Agency
CARE- Cancer Care and Support Program

$ 27,500
3
El Caldito
Soup Kitchen
$ 27,500
4
Mesilla Valley Community of Hope
SOAR Disability/Homeless income Program
$ 27,500
5
Southern NM Diabetes Outreach
Diabetes Detection Prevention Education and Support
$ 27,500
6
Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region
1 to 1 Mentoring For Low Income at Risk Youth
$ 27,500
7
Casa De Peregrinos
Food Security Program
$ 27,500
8
Boys and Girls Club of Las Cruces
More Members More Often
$ 27,500
9
Families and Youth Inc.
El Crucero Permanent Supportive Housing
$23,500
10
Jardin De Los Niños
Healthy & Wise wellness program
$23,500
11
La Casa
Child & Youth Program
$23,500
12
Roadrunner Food Bank
Hunger Relief Las Cruces
$23,500
13
Catholic Charities of Southern NM
Crime and Domestic Violence Program
$15,500
14
Amador Health Center
Amador Care Connection
$23,500
15
Mesilla Valley Hospice
Pain control and Comfort Care for Hospice Patients
$23,500
16
La Pinon
SANE unit
$23,500


Total
$400,000

“The need for community-based services is great, especially during this pandemic,” said Mayor Ken Miyagishima. “My fellow city councilors and I are committed to assisting our vulnerable population and the Telshor Facility Fund allows us to provide this badly needed support.”

Also, today, City Council allocated an additional $35,000 from the Telshor Facility Fund and repurposed a previously awarded $100,000 to assist with the impact to our community caused by the Public Health Order to address the Corona Virus:

Community Partners
Agency/Organization
Up to*
Proposed Use
Third District Court
$30,000
Veterans Treatment Court
Mesilla Valley CASA
$5,000
Direct Services to Children aging out of Foster Care
Various (CYFD, WIC, CDP)
+ $75,000
Purchase and distribution of essential supplies

City of Las Cruces
City Department
Up to*
Proposed Use
Quality of Life
(-$100,000)
Essential Supply Fund
Various Departments
+$25,000
Handwashing Stations/Sanitation Kits
Total: $135,000

In addition to today’s funding, City Council has approved emergency financial resources to assist with the impact to our community caused by the Public Health Order to address the Corona Virus.

On April 3, City Council allocated $1,072,500 in emergency financial assistance:
Agency/Organization
· Families & Youth, Inc.: $200,000 for Mayors Meals/My Friends Place/El Crucero
· Las Cruces Public Schools: $150,000 for Las Cruces internet & virtual learning
access.
· La Casa: $74,500 for housing & emergency shelter operations & supplies.
· La Pinon: $74,500 for SANE Program (medical & operating supplies, expanded
staff hours.)
· Casa De Peregrinos: $74,500 for operating supplies (food/staff.)
· MVCH: $74,500 for rapid rehousing/homeless prevention.
· CAA: $74,500 for Thriving Families-COVID community assistance program.
· CSFP Loaves & Fishes: $2,500 for food boxes for the elderly.

City of Las Cruces
· Utilities: $125,000 to increase utility assistance fund.
· Quality of Life: $100,000 for the essential supply fund.
· Various: $75,000 for drivers for COVID-19 tests & meal delivery.
· Various: $40,000 for PPE for City staff (person-to-person contact.)
· Economic Development: $7,500 for economic crisis flash assessment.
Total $1,072,500.

On April 10, City Council approved an additional $684,000:
Agency/Organization
· Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico: $150,000 for COVID-19
emergency relief fund.
· Families and Youth Inc.: $100,000 for expanded meal service.
· Catholic Charities: $74,500 to for the poverty assistance program.
· Cruces Creatives: $21,600 for the production of personal protection equipment for
City staff.
· Dona Ana Communities United: $22,000 for Los Amigos COVID-19 Connections.
· Community Action Agency: $152,000 the for Thriving Families-COVID community
assistance program.
· CSFP Loaves & Fishes: $7,500 for food boxes for the elderly.

City of Las Cruces
· Economic Development Department: $74,500 for microloans technical support.
· Various Departments: $25,000 for hygiene stations and sanitation kits in the
community.
· Various Departments: $56,900 for hotel rooms for 1st responders.
Total $684,000

On April 17, the council approved an additional $139,500 from the City’s general fund.
· Mesilla Valley Habitat for Humanity: $65,000 to complete five-homes currently
under construction.
· City of LC Economic Development Department: $74,500 for microloan technical
assistance.
Total: $139,500

City of Las Cruces news releases can be translated into Spanish and multiple other languages using the Select Language feature on the lower right side of the home page of the City website at las-cruces.org under News & Announcements.

May 4, 2020 3:38 PM

NMSU to host a ‘Pandemic Pop Up!’ virtual film festival

DATE: 05/04/2020
WRITER: Amanda Adame, 575-646-7953, aadame4@nmsu.edu
CONTACT: Laura Anh Williams, 575-646-5712, lawill@nmsu.edu
CONTACT: M. Catherine Jonet, 575-646-7694, mjonet@nmsu.edu

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has encouraged many to find creative ways to foster togetherness and social being. Two New Mexico State University gender and sexuality studies faculty members came up with the idea to share films of the Feminist Border Arts Film Festival through a virtual event May 8-10.

M. Catherine Jonet and Laura Anh Williams will host a mini film fest and social justice zine exhibition, titled “Pandemic Pop Up! A Virtual Film Fest and Culture Work Exhibit.” The virtual film fest offers viewers a chance for reflection, escape, some fun and release.

Williams and Jonet organized the film festival, which is free and open to the public, to support and thank our communities. They chose these dates to honor the graduating seniors at NMSU, mothers for Mother’s Day, first responders and many others because a creative escape is needed now.

“We believe that creativity and the circulation of culture play an undervalued but important role in human survival and the thriving of societies,” Jonet said. “They allow space to reflect, to feel both on a personal level and collectively, to think and become inspired and they can provide some imaginative distance to momentarily allow us to escape and relax a little.”

The films in the “Pandemic Pop Up!” will provide different snapshots of the world before and in the early days of this new reality. The selected small collections of self-published work, also known as zines, films, and other media are separated into different programs. One program titled “Quarantine Beyond” includes films that directly reflect this moment and others that shift to a different reality.

In just one month, Jonet and Williams received more than 300 submissions. One of the featured films, Quarantsin, directed by Spanish filmmaker Chevoy Alonso, is the story of self-isolation and contemplates the uncertainty of what the future holds.

“Many of the film’s visuals are cityscapes from the perspective of someone looking through their windows onto the world in front of them,” Williams said. “Mourning one moment; fearing the next; feeling grateful another and then also reflecting on a strange sense of collective humanity because of the global proportions of the impact of the pandemic and social distancing.”

Jonet and Williams have also reshaped the parameters of the festival to include longer films and one feature-length film. One of the longer films featured will include, Mis Amigas y Yo (My Friends and I) by the Argentine film director, Belén Paladino, which creates a collective sense of observing several generations of women within a family through photographs, images, and other blurred objects.

A Dropbox link to the event will be made available on the gender & sexuality studies website that will be active May 8-10. The link will allow you to stream the selected films, read the zines and other media collected for the event.

For more information, please visit genders.nmsu.edu/film-festival.

May 4, 2020 12:46 PM

Gallup emergency order extended

SANTA FE – An emergency declaration requested by the mayor of Gallup and authorized by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has been extended through noon, Thursday, May 7, per the mayor’s request. The action is intended to continue the aggressive physical distancing in the community and thus mitigate transmission of COVID-19.

In response to an emergency request from Gallup Mayor Louis Bonaguidi, the governor at 12 p.m. on Friday, May 1, invoked the state’s Riot Control Act, authorizing her to enact further temporary restrictions to mitigate the uninhibited spread of COVID-19 in that city.

An emergency declaration made under the act is in effect until noon the third day after it becomes effective.

Mayor Bonaguidi on Sunday requested an emergency declaration be extended rather than allowed to expire Monday; the governor granted the request and has formalized the extension order. The mayor’s letter is attached to this news release. The governor’s order is also attached to the news release.

The emergency declaration closes all roads into Gallup, limited business hours, restricted how many individuals could travel in a car at once and directed Gallup residents to remain at home except for emergency outings. Upon the mayor’s request, the hours of business closures will be amended from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

“Only through the extension of the invocation of your authority under the Riot Control Act can our community impose the measures necessary to stem transmission of COVID-19,” wrote Mayor Bonaguidi.

Gallup city police and McKinley County sheriff’s department have partnered with New Mexico State Police and Department of Transportation to enforce the emergency order and road closures. The New Mexico National Guard has also provided support to this effort in a non-law enforcement capacity.

The Riot Control Act authorizes the governor to, for the temporary existence of a state of emergency, prohibit persons being on public streets and the use of certain streets and highways, among other broad emergency restrictions.

Because of the extreme heightened risk of transmission in the northwestern region of the state, McKinley County – along with neighboring San Juan and Cibola counties – remain subject to the Secretary of Health’s public health order of April 11.

Moderate easings incorporated in the modified public health order effective Friday, May 1, do not apply in those counties.

McKinley County as of Sunday afternoon had reported 1,144 positive cases of COVID-19, the most positive cases in the entire state, outstripping even far more populous counties.

May 4, 2020 12:45 PM

NMSU Library to create COVID-19 archive, seeking community submissions

DATE: 05/04/2020
WRITER: Tiffany Acosta, 575-646-3929, tfrank@nmsu.edu
CONTACT: Dennis Daily, 575-646-4756, ddaily@nmsu.edu
CONTACT: Dylan McDonald, 575-646-7711, dylanmcd@nmsu.edu

COVID-19 has impacted people’s lives worldwide, and New Mexico State University Library Archives and Special Collections is interested in documenting those changes for the local community in real time.

The Archives and Special Collections staff has established a COVID-19 archive to collect and record responses from not only the NMSU community but also Las Cruces and southern New Mexico residents.

“While the traditional archival collecting model waits for events to run their course before documentary evidence is acquired, archivists around the country are creating rapid response collections to document this historic event,” said Dylan McDonald, political papers archivist and special collections librarian. “Future scholars, historians, scientists, health experts and students will want to understand how we in 2020 reacted and experienced this pandemic.”

Archives and Special Collections is focused on collecting digital materials such as emails, journal or diary entries, photographs, videos, voice memos, audio recordings, digital art or other documents that highlight the impact of COVID-19. Staff members urge contributors to be creative. Contributors can make submissions online at https://openstacks.nmsu.edu/covid19/.

Dennis Daily, Archives and Special Collections department head, encourages contributors to document current experiences now because reflections in a few months may look different. He added that collecting archival materials on contemporary events has become increasingly more common during the last 20 years.

“Events such as 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina led to some groundbreaking collecting efforts in archival repositories. We see the same thing happening in the current crisis,” he said.

“One challenge for historians is that you can find facts about the past,” Daily said. “There are plenty of government records, court records and newspaper accounts that provide facts, but often historians are interested in knowing about how these events affected people, how people felt about what was going on. And that’s often more difficult to find in the archival record.”

The Archives and Special Collections staff has developed a questionnaire with prompts to help contributors, which is available at https://openstacks.nmsu.edu/files/2020/04/COVID-19-Questions.pdf.

McDonald said he would like to work with professors who are interested in including the project in classroom instruction.

“The hope is to be able to collect enough contributions, submissions and stories that allow researchers in the future to better understand what was happening here at NMSU, in Las Cruces and southern New Mexico, because those stories are very powerful things,” McDonald said. “We see that all the time in our work as archivists. People come in and they discover or rediscover stories and are really taken by them. It allows users to bridge this gap in time where they see real human stories and allow themselves to see that people in the past had a lot of the same feelings and fears that they do.”

If contributors have physical items to be considered, email Archives and Special Collections at archives@nmsu.edu for instructions. Once submitted material has been cataloged, the archive will be available at NMSU’s Library digital collection at https://lib.nmsu.edu/digitalcollections/.

May 4, 2020 12:45 PM

Gallup emergency order extended

SANTA FE – An emergency declaration requested by the mayor of Gallup and authorized by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has been extended through noon, Thursday, May 7, per the mayor’s request. The action is intended to continue the aggressive physical distancing in the community and thus mitigate transmission of COVID-19.

In response to an emergency request from Gallup Mayor Louis Bonaguidi, the governor at 12 p.m. on Friday, May 1, invoked the state’s Riot Control Act, authorizing her to enact further temporary restrictions to mitigate the uninhibited spread of COVID-19 in that city.

An emergency declaration made under the act is in effect until noon the third day after it becomes effective.

Mayor Bonaguidi on Sunday requested an emergency declaration be extended rather than allowed to expire Monday; the governor granted the request and has formalized the extension order. The mayor’s letter is attached to this news release. The governor’s order is also attached to the news release.

The emergency declaration closes all roads into Gallup, limited business hours, restricted how many individuals could travel in a car at once and directed Gallup residents to remain at home except for emergency outings. Upon the mayor’s request, the hours of business closures will be amended from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

“Only through the extension of the invocation of your authority under the Riot Control Act can our community impose the measures necessary to stem transmission of COVID-19,” wrote Mayor Bonaguidi.

Gallup city police and McKinley County sheriff’s department have partnered with New Mexico State Police and Department of Transportation to enforce the emergency order and road closures. The New Mexico National Guard has also provided support to this effort in a non-law enforcement capacity.

The Riot Control Act authorizes the governor to, for the temporary existence of a state of emergency, prohibit persons being on public streets and the use of certain streets and highways, among other broad emergency restrictions.

Because of the extreme heightened risk of transmission in the northwestern region of the state, McKinley County – along with neighboring San Juan and Cibola counties – remain subject to the Secretary of Health’s public health order of April 11.

Moderate easings incorporated in the modified public health order effective Friday, May 1, do not apply in those counties.

McKinley County as of Sunday afternoon had reported 1,144 positive cases of COVID-19, the most positive cases in the entire state, outstripping even far more populous counties.

May 4, 2020 8:21 AM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 3,850
Update includes twelve additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Sunday announced 118 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

37 new cases in Bernalillo County
5 new cases in Cibola County
6 new cases in Doña Ana County
1 new case in Grant County
1 new case in Guadalupe County
1 new case in Luna County
28 new cases in McKinley County
2 new cases in Rio Arriba County
1 new case in Roosevelt County
6 new cases in Sandoval County
26 new cases in San Juan County
2 new cases in Socorro County
1 new case Taos County
1 new case in Valencia
The Department of Health on Sunday also reported twelve additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:

A male in his 60s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A female in her 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions. She was a resident of the Village at Alameda in Albuquerque.
A female in her 50s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A male in his 50s from Sandoval County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A male in his 70s from Sandoval County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A male in his 50s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized.
A male in his 90s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying medical conditions and was a resident of the Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington.
A female in her 90s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying medical conditions and was a resident of the Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington.
A female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying medical conditions and was a resident of the Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington.
Another female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying medical conditions and was a resident of the Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington.
A female in her 70s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying medical conditions and was a resident of the Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington.
A female in her 60s from Valencia County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 151.

Previously reported numbers included one case from McKinley County that was a duplicate – the error has been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 3,850 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 920
Catron County: 1
Chaves County: 23
Cibola County: 68
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 18
Doña Ana County: 159
Eddy County: 13
Grant County: 16
Guadalupe County: 15
Harding County: 1
Lea County: 12
Lincoln County: 2
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 7
McKinley County: 1,144
Otero County: 6
Quay County: 4
Rio Arriba County: 24
Roosevelt County: 10
Sandoval County: 416
San Juan County: 736
San Miguel County: 2
Santa Fe County: 107
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 45
Taos County: 20
Torrance County: 16
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 50

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 164 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 832 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has identified positive COVID-19 cases in residents and/or staff at the following congregate living and acute care facilities:

Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Colfax Long Term Care Center in Springer
Haciendas of Grace Village in Las Cruces
Ladera Center in Albuquerque
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
McKinley Care Center in Gallup
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho​
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Taos Living Center in Taos
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Tungland Corporation in Farmington
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
Wellbrook Rehabilitation Center in Farmington
The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:

Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregant settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

May 3, 2020 3:25 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 3,732
Update includes eight additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Saturday announced 220 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
53 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Curry County
6 new cases in Doña Ana County
1 new case in Eddy County
1 new case in Grant County
2 new cases in Lea County
1 new case in Luna County
53 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Otero County
4 new cases in Rio Arriba County
14 new cases in Sandoval County
73 new cases in San Juan County
7 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Torrance County
2 new cases in Valencia County
The Department of Health on Saturday also reported eight additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A male in his 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying medical conditions and was a resident of Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque.
A female in her 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying medical conditions and was a resident of La Vida Llena in Albuquerque.
A male in his 60s from Doña Ana County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions. The individual was a patient at Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque.
A male in his 70s from Sandoval County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A female in her 80s from Sandoval County. The individual was hospitalized.
A male in his 80s from San Juan County. The individual was a resident of Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington.
A female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions. The individual was a resident of Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington.
A male in his 90s from San Juan County. The individual was a resident of Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 139.

Previously reported numbers included one case from McKinley County that was a duplicate – the error has been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 3,732 positive tests for COVID-19:
Bernalillo County: 883
Catron County: 1
Chaves County: 23
Cibola County: 63
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 18
Doña Ana County: 153
Eddy County: 13
Grant County: 15
Guadalupe County: 14
Harding County: 1
Lea County: 12
Lincoln County: 2
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 6
McKinley County: 1116
Otero County: 6
Quay County: 4
Rio Arriba County: 22
Roosevelt County: 9
Sandoval County: 410
San Juan County: 710
San Miguel County: 2
Santa Fe County: 107
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 43
Taos County: 19
Torrance County: 16
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 49
County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 168 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 812 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has identified positive COVID-19 cases in residents and/or staff at the following congregate living and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Colfax Long Term Care Center in Springer
Haciendas of Grace Village in Las Cruces
Ladera Center in Albuquerque
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
McKinley Care Center in Gallup
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho​
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Taos Living Center in Taos
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Tungland Corporation in Farmington
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
Wellbrook Rehabilitation Center in Farmington
The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:
Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregant settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

May 2, 2020 10:29 AM

RoadRUNNER Transit continues to support localand state public health officials response to COVID-19 and assist in reducing its spread. In addition to the installation of banners on the fixed-route buses and Dial-A-Ride vehicles to encourage self COVID-19 protection, the temporary suspension of fares to reduce face-to-face interactions, the minimized hours of operation, the removal of every other seat cushion to promote social distancing, and the frequent wiping down of bus seats and fixtures, transit staff are now offering disposable face masks and hand sanitizer to riders. Staff have also been thoroughly cleaning bus shelters and benches to prevent the potential spread of the virus, and have repainted both shelters and benches as needed.
Buses are also treated with an antiviral, antibacterial disinfectant which applied as a mist, can reach in crevices and corners that may otherwise be difficult to reach. Passengers are still reminded to use public transit only for essential trips and follow the State’s “Stay at Home Order” except of outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. When using public transit, riders are strongly urged to practice social distancing and to use face masks and hand sanitizers for their own protection and the protection of other passengers. If you feel ill, please do not use public transit, remain at home, and contact your care provider or call the New Mexico Department of Health Coronavirus hotline at 1-855-600-3453. RoadRUNNER Transit operates from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Dial-a-Ride will operate on the same schedule and customers are asked to contact Dial-a-Ride at (575) 541-2777. To plan your trip and see route maps, please go to roadrunner.las-cruces.org. For more information, contact RoadRUNNER Transit customer service at 575-541-2500. Mesilla Valley Intermodal Transit Terminal (MVITT) Center is located at 300 W. Lohman. The MVITT is limited to 5 customers at a time and seating is no longer available in the lobby. Passengers can track the bus in real-time, visiting the website bustracker.las-cruces.org. They can also subscribe to the "Notify Me" alert service to receive email alerts related to transit services, road closures, and dense traffic areas. To subscribe, go to las-cruces.org/list.aspx.


To see a quick video on what is being done to keep riders safe, follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smDyUVGsEOo&feature=youtu.be

May 2, 2020 9:12 AM

Drive-Through Graduation Planned for Class of 2020

After conferring with the high school principals, Las Cruces Police and New Mexico State Police, Las Cruces Public Schools will host a drive-through graduation celebration for the Class of 2020 at the Field of Dreams May 21 and 22. The six graduation celebrations will take place at the same times the graduations were initially scheduled.

“The high school principals have been working together to come up with a plan to honor our seniors. They proposed this plan last week and on Tuesday we met with law enforcement to get the green light before making an announcement. We are all very excited,” said Dr. Trujillo, “The class of 2020 is unique and we wanted to give them a one of a kind celebration.”

The speeches, pledge of allegiance and other preliminary program items will be pre-recorded and submitted to the principals. At the designated start time, the preliminary program will be streamed on the LCPS Facebook Page and on the LCPS YouTube Channel. Graduates will dress in their cap and gown, decorate their vehicle, and in accordance with state guidelines, invite up to four additional family members to ride with them. There is one car allowed per graduate and only one graduate can ride in each vehicle.

Vehicles will go to the staging area to be lined up in the East Parking Lot at the Field of Dreams starting one hour before the scheduled start time to line up in the order they arrive. Once the graduation procession starts, vehicles will be directed to the West Parking Lot where the principal will give the graduate a program and other graduation keepsakes. A photographer will also be onsite to capture the moment and the individual student announcements will be streamed live on Facebook and on the LCPS YouTube channel for friends, families and other relatives to watch.

Once the graduate is finished, they will proceed out of the West Parking Lot and head home. School district officials will work with law enforcement to ensure we are following all state regulations.

On Wednesday, May 6, each senior will be invited to a Zoom meeting to discuss the plan with the superintendent and their building administration. Questions will be answered at that time and additional information will be posted next week. Seniors are encouraged to watch their emails for their Zoom meeting invitations.



LCPS Graduation Celebrations for 2020

Where: Field of Dreams and on the LCPS Facebook Live and LCPS YouTube Channel

Mayfield: 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 21.

Arrowhead Park ECHS/MA: 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 21.

Las Cruces High School: 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 21.

Centennial High School: 9 a.m. on Friday, May 22.

Rio Grande Prep High School: 1 p.m. on Friday, May 22.

Onate High School: 6 p.m. on Friday, May 22.

May 1, 2020 4:35 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 3,513
Update includes eight additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Friday announced 104 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
21 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Chaves County
11 new cases in Cibola County
3 new cases in Doña Ana County
37 new cases in McKinley County
4 new cases in Rio Arriba County
7 new cases in Sandoval County
16 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in Socorro County
1 new case in Taos County
2 new cases in Valencia County
The Department of Health on Friday also reported eight additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A male in his 70s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions. The individual was a resident of Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque.
A male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A male in his 40s from Sandoval County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A female in her 80s from Sandoval County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A female in her 70s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A second female in her 70s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying medical conditions and was a resident of Life Care Center in Farmington.
A female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions. The individual was a resident of Life Care Center in Farmington.
A female in her 90s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions. The individual was a resident of Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 131.

The Department of Health has identified positive COVID-19 cases in residents and/or staff at the following congregate living and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
Colfax Long Term Care Center in Springer
Haciendas of Grace Village in Las Cruces
Ladera Center in Albuquerque
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
McKinley Care Center in Gallup
Namaste House Assisted Living in Farmington
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho​
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Sandia Ridge Center in Albuquerque
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Taos Living Center in Taos
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Tungland Corporation in Farmington
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
Wellbrook Rehabilitation Center in Farmington
Previously reported numbers included two cases from Bernalillo County that were identified as being false positives and have been removed. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 3,513 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 830
Catron County: 1
Chaves County: 23
Cibola County: 63
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 17
Doña Ana County: 147
Eddy County: 12
Grant County: 14
Guadalupe County: 14
Harding County: 1
Lea County: 10
Lincoln County: 2
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 5
McKinley County: 1064
Otero County: 5
Quay County: 4
Rio Arriba County: 18
Roosevelt County: 9
Sandoval County: 396
San Juan County: 637
San Miguel County: 2
Santa Fe County: 100
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 43
Taos County: 19
Torrance County: 15
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 47

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 159 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 785 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:
Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregant settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

May 1, 2020 4:33 PM

HSD announces $46.2 million in new Medicaid payments to nursing facilities

SANTA FE – Nursing facilities across New Mexico will share $46.2 million in new Medicaid payments to help them mitigate and control the spread of COVID-19 among employees and highly vulnerable residents, the Human Services Department (HSD) announced today.

This funding provides immediate financial help to nursing facilities across the state that are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, fighting a surge of positive tests and deaths among both workers and patients -- who are especially at risk of complications, hospitalization and death from the virus.

The new Medicaid payments were authorized by a 2019 state law that created the Health Care Quality Surcharge program.

“This new program represents an unprecedented investment in New Mexico’s nursing facilities at a time when they are working tirelessly to protect some of the most vulnerable New Mexicans,” said Human Services Department Deputy Secretary Kari Armijo. “These payments will help assure that our facilities are in the best possible position to continue devoting needed resources to keep our loved ones as safe as possible in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The program imposes a daily surcharge on certain types of New Mexico facilities. The facilities pay the surcharge to the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department to make up the state’s portion of increased Medicaid payments. In turn, the Human Services Department can leverage additional federal funding in the form of higher Medicaid reimbursements and new quality bonuses.

Implementing the new program required a strong and collaborative partnership between the Taxation and Revenue and Human Services departments, the Centennial Care managed care organizations, the New Mexico Health Care Association, and facilities affected by the surcharge.

“New Mexico’s Nursing Facilities are excited to see the implementation of the Health Care Quality Surcharge as it offers much needed financial resources to these facilities in their continued pursuit of providing high quality health care to residents and patients,” said Vicente Vargas, Executive Director of the New Mexico Health Care Association. “The New Mexico Health Care Association and its nursing facility members appreciate the collaboration between the Human Services Department and long-term care providers so that New Mexico long-term care patients and residents receive the maximum benefit from this surcharge.”

To implement the program, Taxation and Revenue developed a new IT module and web portal to let providers review data and make their surcharge payments. The system was designed to minimize effort for customers and ensure full automation.

“TRD is proud to have collaborated with HSD to deliver this efficient, customer-friendly system that will improve the lives of vulnerable New Mexicans,” said Taxation and Revenue Secretary Stephanie Schardin Clarke.

The first facility payments for the surcharge program were due to Taxation and Revenue on April 27, and state law required Human Services to send the higher Medicaid disbursements to facilities by April 30. Armijo said her agency met that deadline.

Human Services Secretary Dr. David R. Scrase acknowledged the legislative leadership of Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino, who sponsored the Health Care Quality Surcharge Act in 2019.

“Thanks to the senator’s vision, New Mexico had an extraordinary opportunity to make this investment in our state’s nursing facilities to improve and advance quality of care for seniors. The timing of these payments in the midst of pandemic conditions is optimal and means that our facilities will not have to cut corners when their focus needs to be on assuring patient health and safety first and foremost.”

The Medicaid program provides health insurance to more than 830,000 New Mexicans, or 42 percent of the state’s population. According to Armijo, Medicaid is the primary payer of nursing facility care in New Mexico.

The Human Services Department provides services and benefits to more than 1 million New Mexicans through several programs including: the Medicaid Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Child Support Program and several behavioral health services.

May 1, 2020 3:11 PM

State insurance office establishes COVID-19 call center

New Mexicans may call 1-833-415-0566 for information, answers

New Mexicans with questions about health insurance coverage related to COVID-19 now have a call center for quick answers.

The Office of the Superintendent of Insurance launched the toll-free call center on Friday. It will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

“People were calling other state agencies to get answers about health coverage, and those calls had to be directed to us,” said state Superintendent of Insurance Russell Toal. “We thought it would be an advantage to the consumer community to have a number they can call with complaints or questions -- whether about lost health insurance coverage or being illegally charged for COVID-19 testing or care. We had the capacity to help, so we’re doing that,” he said.

Consumers are urged to call the center at 1-833-415-0566 to learn about their right to have COVID-19 testing and treatment without cost and with questions about:

How to obtain health insurance coverage

How to resolve grievances associated with premium payments, termination of coverage, claims, benefits denials, and surprise billing related to COVID-19

• How to appeal an insurance decision

The call center will also guide consumers to proper regulatory oversight agencies for further assistance and provide information about the state’s emergency public health orders and the bulletins, orders and press releases from the Office of Superintendent of Insurance.

May 1, 2020 12:05 PM

Media contact: Kelly Jameson, Las Cruces Public Schools
575-639-2121 • kjameson@lcps.net

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.

Regional* hospital resources (*Doña Ana, Catron, Socorro, Grant, Sierra, Luna, Lincoln, Hidalgo and Otero counties.) :





ICU Bed Availability



In Use Capacity Available % Available
Total ICU Capability 43 147 104 71%






Ventilator Availability



In Use Capacity Available % Available
Ventilator Availability 15 79 64 81%








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Regional updates:



City of Anthony

Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager

www.cityofanthonynm.com

Chief Ordoñez, Anthony PD – nothing new to report.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – City of Anthony is working on a soft opening for public facilities on May 18.

City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

www.sunlandpark-nm.gov

Nothing new operationally to report.

Emergency declaration extension in effect, all public spaces remain closed. Will transition to universal masking protocol today.
City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org


The council is conducting virtual meetings in order to comply with the state public health order limiting public gatherings to five or less. In order to provide opportunities for the public to continue participating in the meetings, City Council unanimously approved a public comment resolution for virtual meetings during an emergency at a special meeting on April 24.

The resolution allows the public to submit input by email to the mayor and/or city clerk and the mayor will read the emails during the meeting. The emails for specific items should include the resolution number, resolution title or description, and the participant’s name for the record. Other emails not related to a specific resolution will be read during public participation. The mayor and city clerk are accepting public input by email at: mayor@las-cruces.org and crivera@las-cruces.org.
Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org

Protest currently happening at City Hall, related to reopening small business.

City is experiencing crimes of opportunity, car theft and burglaries. Encouraged everyone to lock their doors and be vigilant.



Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net



LCPS will be hosting a virtual news conference today at 1 p.m. to announce graduation celebration plans for Class of 2020.




Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org



No updates today, business as usual at the county.

Extending current situation with stay at home order until May 15. Staff will continue to telework with the exception of voting.
Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org



Nothing new to report Friday.
Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

www.donaanacounty.org/detention



Nothing new for Friday.





Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

www.villageofhatch.org



Questions about other local governmental agencies.



Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers

www.mesillanm.gov



Nothing new to report on Friday.



Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

www.mmclc.org

MMC has implemented universal masking protocol, which means everyone entering building will be required to wear a mask. Remains closed to visitors, with exceptions in extreme circumstances.
MountainView Regional Medical Center

Ben Woods

www.mountainviewregional.com



Currently evaluating yesterday’s executive order related to non-essential medical services. Initial plans are to expand services in the community. Remains closed to visitors, with exceptions in extreme circumstances.
New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

www.nmsu.edu

NMSU continues plans for a return to campus this fall, but firm plans are still being finalized.





New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

www.nmsupolice.com





Nothing new to report Friday.







Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency

DC Smith, LCFD: Residents should continue to follow social distancing guidelines even as restrictions are changed. Follow CDC and Governor recommendation of wearing a face cover while in public or at work. Our regional hospitals have adequate resources on hand, due in part because of the social distancing and precautions being taken. Those persons experiencing a critical medical need such as chest pain or discomfort, signs and symptoms of a stroke, or any other sever medical emergency should call 911, or visit the ER, or contact their primary care office for direction.


Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-new-mexico-correctional-facility/



No report on Friday.






State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program

http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us



Nothing new operationally to report.





Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

www.mvrda.org



Issued a PO today to put acrylic shields at all dispatch stations. Will be in place within 2 or 3 weeks.

U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas



No report Friday.







NM Department of Health

David Morgan

www.cv.nmhealth.org

Testing Friday at

Las Cruces- Public Health Office; 8:30am – 11:30am

Las Cruces- Toy Box Child Care




May 1, 2020 11:36 AM

Governor authorizes Gallup lockdown

SANTA FE – In response to an emergency request from the mayor of Gallup, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham at 12 p.m. on Friday will invoke the state’s Riot Control Act, authorizing her to enact further temporary restrictions to mitigate the uninhibited spread of COVID-19 in that city.

Effective at 12 p.m., May 1, all roads into Gallup are closed. Businesses in the city of Gallup will close from 5 p.m. through 8 a.m. Vehicles may only have a maximum of two individuals. Residents of the city should remain at home except for emergency outings and those essential for health, safety and welfare.

Gallup city police and McKinley County sheriff’s department will partner with New Mexico State Police and Department of Transportation to enforce the emergency order and road closures. The New Mexico National Guard will also provide support to this effort in a non-law enforcement capacity.​

Both outgoing Gallup Mayor Jackie McKinney and new Mayor Louis Bonaguidi, who was sworn into office 2:30 p.m., April 30, requested the governor declare a state of emergency under the Riot Control Act, 12-10-16 to 12-10-21 NMSA 1978. Those mayoral letters are attached.

Any state of emergency proclaimed under the Riot Control Act, along with any restrictions imposed for control of that emergency, terminates automatically at noon on the third day after it becomes effective unless sooner terminated by proclamation of the governor. The Gallup emergency is effective immediately and will expire at noon on Monday, May 4.

The Riot Control Act authorizes the governor to, for the temporary existence of a state of emergency, prohibit persons being on public streets and the use of certain streets and highways, among other broad emergency restrictions.

Because of the extreme heightened risk of transmission in the northwestern region of the state, McKinley County – along with neighboring San Juan and Cibola counties – remain subject to the Secretary of Health’s public health order of April 11. Moderate easings incorporated in the modified public health order effective Friday, May 1, do not apply in those counties.

“I recognize this request is unusual and constitutes a drastic measure, and the emergency powers set out under the Riot Control Act should be invoked sparingly,” said Mayor Bonaguidi. “However, the COVID-19 outbreak in the city of Gallup is a crisis of the highest order. Immediate action is necessary.”

“We fully support the proactive measures implemented by Governor Lujan Grisham, at the request of the City of Gallup,” said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez. “We have many members of the Navajo Nation that reside in Gallup and many that travel in the area and their health and safety is always our top priority. Thank you to the Governor for her leadership and decisive actions. We urge everyone to stay home, stay safe, and save lives!”

“In order to maintain our freedoms as the people of the greatest country, we need to work together to get back to normalcy in McKinley County,” said Sen. George Muñoz of Gallup. “Thus, we are restricting travel in and out of the county, establishing a quarantine, for the next three days. We will assess each day afterwards until the spread of the virus is reducing. There’s nothing more important than the health and welfare of every American person, but the reopening of the economy and places of worship is paramount to continuing our way of life that our founding fathers dreamed of and fought for.”

“The needs of McKinley County are the most important in the state,” said Rep. Patricia Lundstrom of Gallup. “The escalating numbers and deaths indicate that we must take immediate action. Everyone should take this seriously and stay home. These measures are aggressive but necessary.”

“The state is doing everything in their power to stop the spread of this virus,” said Sen. Shannon Pinto. “It has taken too many of our loved ones to not take every measure we can. I support these steps and ask our community to abide by the directives. It is now in our hands. Only we can make the difference. Love is having the courage to do what is right for them, and not just for you.”

Attached to this release is a letter to the governor from McKinley County Commissioner Bill Lee, who wrote, in part, “You and your team have worked diligently with the leadership from the Navajo Nation, Zuni Pueblo, City of Gallup, our local Representatives, Senators and, McKinley County seeking solutions and taking the best steps possible. I want you to know that I personally support these coordinated efforts and the request made by our Mayor. Over the past three days difficult discussions in trying times have led us to take these steps. The days ahead will not be easy and, I keep those who will be on the front lines protecting us in my prayers. I pray not only for their safety but that the citizens will extend grace, courtesy and respect for the job they will be performing.”

“The urgency of the situation in McKinley County calls for urgent action,” said Rep. Wonda Johnson of Church Rock. “That is what this is. For the sake of our elders and at risk members of our community we must treat this situation with the seriousness that it requires. I urge everyone to stay home and help our community recover from this pandemic.”

Under the Riot Control Act, anyone who fails to comply with restrictions imposed under the act is guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction of a second or subsequent offense is guilty of a fourth-degree felony.

“The spread of this virus in McKinley County is frightful,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham, “and it shows that physical distancing has not occurred and is not occurring. The virus is running amok there. It must be stopped, and stricter measures are necessary. A problem in one part of our state, with a virus this dangerous and this contagious, is a problem for our entire state.

“The imperative for all of us to remain home and physically distant has not changed. It is even more crucial for New Mexicans in the northwestern region. But what is happening in the northwest could happen in any part of our state. We must remain vigilant.”

McKinley County as of Thursday had reported 1,027 positive cases of COVID-19, more than 30 percent of the state’s total positive COVID-19 cases and the most positive cases in the entire state, outstripping even far more populous counties. Its infection trend has shown no sign of flattening. The county has reported an additional 207 positive cases in the last two days alone, more than every other county in the state has reported total over the length of the pandemic save three.

May 1, 2020 9:39 AM

NMSU experts offer tips to keep immune system in check, avoid weight gain during COVID-19

DATE: 05/01/2020
WRITER: Adriana M. Chavez, 575-646-1957, adchavez@nmsu.edu
CONTACT: Karen Plawecki, plawecki@nmsu.edu
CONTACT: Joseph Berning, jberning@nmsu.edu

These days, many people are staying safe at home in self-quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic, taking advantage of entertainment-streaming apps and indulging in comfort foods in times of stress.

Two experts at New Mexico State University suggest that healthy eating, combined with physical activity, will not only keep weight gain at bay, but also help boost your body’s immunity.

“During stressful times, nourishing your body is important to fuel the body to handle needs as well as maintain your immune system,” said Karen Plawecki, food and nutrition Extension specialist for the Extension Family and Consumer Sciences department in the NMSU College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. “Stressors can often poorly influence food choices.”

Joseph Berning, professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Dance in the NMSU College of Education, said in order to maintain a highly functional immune system, people must take daily care of their bodies, including getting seven to eight hours of sleep a night, daily exercise and eating healthy.

“Although it might be difficult to moderate stress in the present crisis, one can control their food and fluid intake and well as their cleanliness, sleep and exercise habits,” Berning said. “When people find themselves locked away, the temptation to eat, sit and lounge around becomes more of an attractive prospect. This combination only leads to poor health outcomes.”

So how does one stay healthy while confined in their home? Plawecki said because snacking can easily turn into grazing, especially during times of stress, aim to be proactive and plan for snacks to eat when hungry.

“Keep nutrient-rich snack foods easily available to choose readily,” Plawecki said.

She also suggested these strategies for easy access to nutrient-rich foods:
• Keep fruit that doesn’t need to be refrigerated on the counter. Wash fruit right before you eat.
• Keep fruits that need to be refrigerated stored in the front of other items in the refrigerator.
• Wash and chop or slice vegetables for snacks to be eaten within two or three days. When prepping vegetables for a meal, chop extra for snacks to save time.
• Slice cheese blocks into snack-sized portions to eat alone or with crackers.
• Boil eggs and keep them refrigerated for up to a week.
• Snacks like yogurt and nuts are quick options when hungry.
• Keep comfort foods out of easy reach.

However, Plawecki said comfort foods are allowed, as long as portion sizes are kept in mind and diners are mindful while eating, meaning distractions such as TVs and cellphones are removed while savoring your favorite meals.

Plawecki also suggests that before snacking or indulging in your favorite meal, ask yourself if you’re truly hungry.

“Physical hunger shows up in physical cues – stomach growling, lightheadedness, headaches, irritability and low energy levels,” Plawecki said. “Boredom, stress, anxiety, fear, depression and loneliness are examples of conditions mistaken for hunger.”

One way to better manage stress and anxiety is to exercise, Berning said.

“People who perform regular daily exercise live longer, experience less damaging health risks, experience fewer sick days per year, sleep better, perform better academically, decrease stress and maintain a high quality of life,” Berning said.

According to the American College of Sports Medicine, people should work toward obtaining 150 minutes of moderate to high intensity aerobic exercise a week, plus two to three days a week of resistance training. But how is that possible when many state governments have mandated the closures of gyms and fitness centers?

“For cardiovascular exercise you can walk, jog, run, ride a bike or go hiking away from crowds,” Berning said. “Relative to resistance training, we have gravity. You don’t need fancy equipment. The body doesn’t know if it’s lifting a five-gallon bucket filled with water or a 40-pound barbell. The simple truth is 40 pounds is 40 pounds.”

Berning said even using your own body weight allows for endless resistance exercises. Basic examples include squats, lunges, sit-ups, jumping jacks, push-ups and stretching.

“Remember, ‘exercise is medicine’ and the best means of enhancing your immune system and fending off disease,” Berning said.

Beginning in May, the Bernalillo and Mora county Extension offices, along with NMSU Extension Family and Consumer Sciences, will present the “Stress Management – Thriving in Today’s Demanding World” online workshop series from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays. The series will offer tips on maintaining family resilience, stress management and healthy nutrition. For more information, visit http://rsvp.nmsu.edu/rsvp/stressmgt, or contact Mora County Extension Agent Suzanne DeVos-Cole at sdcole64@nmsu.edu.

For more health, wellness, family life, nutrition, food and food safety resources, visit https://aces.nmsu.edu/covid19.

May 1, 2020 9:37 AM

Economic Recovery Council backs phased reopening

The state Economic Recovery Council, a group formed to advise the governor on the recovery of New Mexico’s economy in the wake of the unprecedented public health emergency caused by COVID-19, voted unanimously this week to endorse a preliminary plan for reopening the New Mexico economy, starting with a preparation phase that begins Friday, May 1.

The council is composed of 15 business and labor leaders representing a variety of industries from around the state. It is chaired by Christina Campos, administrator of the Guadalupe County Hospital in Santa Rosa, and Brian Moore, co-owner of the Ranch Market in Clayton.

The preparation phase that begins Friday extends the stay-at-home instruction to all individuals through May 15; however, it also includes certain modifications, including the reopening of curbside and delivery operations for non-essential retailers, outdoor recreational opportunities including golf courses and day use at some state parks, firearm sales by appointment, veterinary and pet services and other first steps.

Later phases would gradually ease restrictions further (see attached slides for more detail) but are dependent on positive trends in COVID-19 illness, medical system capacity, increased testing, adequate contact tracing and other factors.

“We think this first step will provide a sorely needed morale boost to people across the state,” Moore said. “It will also give businesses their first taste of recovery and help them put procedures in place in order to provide services in a way that is safe for their employees and their customers.”

The governor and state health officials say the preparation phase will serve as a test of how well New Mexicans adjust to the realities of living in a pandemic and that a wider reopening depends on every New Mexican behaving differently. Spikes in new cases that threaten to overwhelm health care systems could force the administration to reimpose tighter restrictions.

Part of the plan provides guidance to employers generally, and to retailers specifically, on how they can prepare to operate in a safe manner. The governor and state health officials urged employers to review the guidance and to begin procuring personal protective equipment (PPE) for employees and making necessary adjustments to their physical layout and business practices in order to prepare for phase one of the anticipated reopening.

“Reopening our state gradually is sensible. I own two small businesses myself, and so I know how hard this is on people,” said Campos. “But as a hospital administrator, I also know how precarious things are for our health care workers. We absolutely have to move forward in a safe, responsible way.”

The council expects to receive recommendations next week on COVID-safe practices specific to different industries. Those recommendations are being developed by subcommittees made up of Cabinet secretaries and representatives from a variety of industries.

April 30, 2020 5:05 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 3,411
Update includes eleven additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 198 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
48 new cases in Bernalillo County
5 new cases in Cibola County
4 new cases in Curry County
13 new cases in Doña Ana County
74 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Roosevelt County
45 new cases in San Juan County
4 new cases in Sandoval County
2 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Taos County
1 new case Valencia County
The Department of Health on Thursday also reported 11 additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A male in his 80s from Luna County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. He was a new resident of Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque.
A male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. He was a resident of Sundance Care Home in Gallup.
A male in his 50s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.
A male in his 40s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized.
A female in her 90s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions. She was a resident of the Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington.
A female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. She was a resident of the Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington.
A second female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions. She was a resident of the Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington.
A third female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions. She was a resident of the Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington.
A male in his 90s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions. He was a resident of the Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington.
A second male in his 90s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions. He was a resident of the Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington.
A male in his 80s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying conditions. He was a resident of the Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 123.

The Department of Health has identified positive COVID-19 cases in residents and/or staff at the following congregate living and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho​
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
Wellbrook Rehabilitation Center in Farmington
Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 3,411 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 812
Catron County: 1
Chaves County: 22
Cibola County: 52
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 17
Doña Ana County: 144
Eddy County: 12
Grant County: 14
Guadalupe County: 14
Harding County: 1
Lea County: 10
Lincoln County: 2
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 4
McKinley County: 1027
Otero County: 5
Quay County: 4
Rio Arriba County: 14
Roosevelt County: 9
Sandoval County: 389
San Juan County: 621
San Miguel County: 2
Santa Fe County: 100
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 42
Taos County: 18
Torrance County: 15
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 45

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 172 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 760 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. All businesses except those deemed essential have been ordered to close. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:
Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregant settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

April 30, 2020 3:45 PM

The public is invited and encouraged to provide public comment by email for the Monday, May 4 virtual Las Cruces City Council meeting and subsequent meetings. The council is conducting virtual meetings in order to comply with the state public health order limiting public gatherings to five or less. In order to provide opportunities for the public to continue participating in the meetings, City Council unanimously approved a public comment resolution for virtual meetings during an emergency at a special meeting on April 24.

The resolution allows the public to submit input by email to the mayor and/or city clerk and the mayor will read the emails during the meeting. The emails for specific items should include the resolution number, resolution title or description, and the participant’s name for the record. Other emails not related to a specific resolution will be read during public participation. The mayor and city clerk are accepting public input by email at: mayor@las-cruces.org and crivera@las-cruces.org.

The mayor may limit the number of emails he will consider during each meeting and the emails must comply with the city manager’s social media policy. The guidelines will be included with each agenda.

Provisions of the social media policy include the following restrictions:

· Comments not related to the original topic, including random or unintelligible comments for items on the agenda;

· Profane, obscene, violent, or pornographic content and/or language;

· Content that promotes, fosters or perpetuates discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, ancestry, sex, age, physical and mental handicap, serious medical condition, spousal affiliation, sexual orientation and gender identity;

· Defamatory or personal attacks;

· Threats to any person or organization;

· Comments in support of, or in opposition to, any political campaigns or ballot measures;

· Solicitation of commerce, including but not limited to advertising of any business or product for sale;

· Conduct in violation of any federal, state or local law;

· Encouragement of illegal activity;

· Information that may tend to compromise the safety or security of the public or public systems.

Items on Monday’s council meeting agenda include a resolution in support of the governor’s proposal to re-open business in New Mexico and requesting more representation on the state economic recovery council, and a proposed ordinance placing a moratorium on the section of the Las Cruces Municipal Code that authorized the use of recreational off-highway vehicles on city-owned streets.

Monday’s virtual meeting begins at 1 p.m. and is available for viewing at CLCTV.com and Youtube/clctv20 or lascruces.civicweb.net. The meeting will also be televised on Comcast channel 20 in Las Cruces.

And, in an effort to expand accessibility and transparency, the Las Cruces Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) held its first virtual meeting on April 28. The virtual meeting complies with the state’s public health order limiting mass gatherings related to the coronavirus pandemic. The P&Z meeting can be viewed at:https://lascruces.civicweb.net/document/7101?splitscreen=true&media=true P&Z meetings are held at 6 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month.

City of Las Cruces news releases can be translated into Spanish and multiple other languages using the Select Language feature on the lower right side of the home page of the City website at las-cruces.org under News & Announcements.

April 30, 2020 1:46 PM

Spaceport America Team Supports Essential Operations During COVID-19 Pandemic

While the entire world is in various stages of Stay at Home orders, the team at Spaceport America continues to provide essential services while following State of New Mexico Public Health Orders with guidance from Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. All non-essential work has been paused, and the Spaceport America team is continuing to support business operations defined in the Governor’s list of essential services. Most Spaceport America’s employees are teleworking from home, with limited staff supporting reduced operations for Spaceport customers.

“We have implemented additional screening criteria for all personnel that enter the Spaceport Complex based on Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations,” Spaceport America Site Operations Manager Chris Lopez said. “And the Spaceport America Security and Firefighter teams are constantly looking and planning for different scenarios that may impact the safety and security of the personnel and the site.”

Spaceport America CEO Dan Hicks added, “Due to restrictions imposed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been forced to cancel non-essential activities including our annual Spaceport America Cup, which was scheduled to be held in June. We will continue to work with the Governor’s team to determine when Spaceport America can reopen to the public. Additionally, Spaceport America is grateful to Virgin Galactic for their outstanding community outreach to assist local hospitals and their regional response measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

April 30, 2020 1:43 PM

TODAY: Governor, health officials to give press update
on COVID-19 efforts, public health order

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials will host a remote news conference today, Thursday afternoon, to provide an update on COVID-19 efforts in New Mexico and details of the extension of the emergency public health order.

WHAT: Remote news conference regarding New Mexico’s COVID-19 efforts and public health order
WHEN: Today, Thursday, April 30, at 3 P.M.

The news conference will be streamed live on the governor’s Facebook page.

A simultaneous interpretation of the news conference in Spanish will be streamed live on YouTube​​.

Members of the media will be able to participate remotely. If you would like the opportunity to ask questions, please RSVP to nora.sackett@state.nm.us with your name and media affiliation. After your RSVP is received, you will receive more information about how to participate. RSVPs must be received by 1 P.M.

Pool
photographs of the press conference, courtesy of the Santa Fe New Mexican, will be available for download afterwards from
this
folder.

April 30, 2020 11:52 AM

Media contact: Kelly Jameson, Las Cruces Public Schools

575-639-2121 • kjameson@lcps.net

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.

This table below is difficult to follow because of formatting, please click http://www.las-cruces.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2740 for an alternate view.

REGIONAL HOSPITAL RESOURCES AS OF 4/29/2020 11 AM Incl. Dona Ana, Catron, Socorro, Grant, Sierra, Luna, Lincoln, Hidalgo, and Otero County

CURRENTLY IN USE CAPACITY REMAINING AVAILABILITY
TOTAL ICU Capability 42 124 82




COVID Patient Hospitalization


POSITIVE COVID ADMITTED 0





Ventilator in Use


Vent Availability 13 79 66










Regional updates:



City of Anthony

Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager

www.cityofanthonynm.com

Chief Ordoñez, Anthony PD – nothing new to report. Operations going well; still seeing a spike in suicidal calls. Luce will send app information on self-help from crisis line.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – No report today.

City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

www.sunlandpark-nm.gov

Updated state of emergency will be released today.
City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org



Nothing new to report Thursday.

Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org

Nothing new to report Thursday.





Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net



Announcement will be made tomorrow in a virtual news conference regarding graduation ceremonies in the wake of shut-down schools and in compliance with the PHO. Conference is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, May 1.

Brian Hartley: question about how many define a “family”




Doña Ana County

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org



Nothing new to report Thursday.

Jamie: continuing to work with county’s communications team on crisis management and resources to suicidal subjects.



Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org

Nothing new to report Thursday.



Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

www.donaanacounty.org/detention

DC staff will begin issuing cloth masks to the detainee population today. Facility still has some need for cloth masks but will distribute the ones we have on hand to as many detainees as possible.




Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

www.villageofhatch.org

Nothing to report Thursday.





Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers

www.mesillanm.gov

Nothing to report Thursday.







Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

www.mmclc.org

Directive on state testing will start at 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday to beat the heat. Videos: will launch a social media initiative on how hospitals are safe.


MountainView Regional Medical Center

Ben Woods

www.mountainviewregional.com

Governor’s news conference at 3:00 to discuss possible operational changes at hospitals.




New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

www.nmsu.edu

Nothing new to report Thursday.





New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

www.nmsupolice.com


Nothing new to report Thursday.









Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency

Two hospitalized COVID+ patients were released yesterday; currently no COVID+ patients are hospitalized regionally.

Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-new-mexico-correctional-facility/



Nothing new to report Thursday.





State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program

http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us

Nothing new to report Thursday.







Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

www.mvrda.org

Nothing new to report Thursday.



U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas



No report Thursday.







NM Department of Health

David Morgan

www.cv.nmhealth.org


Testing in Dona Ana County today:
Las Cruces- Public Health Office; Albertson’s; 8:30am - 11:30am, 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Chaparral- Public Health Office; 8:30am – 11:30am
The Governor will have her latest virtual news conference Thursday afternoon. Among the topics for discussion: the finalized public health order, extended to May 15th but amended again – this time the changes will mark the beginning of a relaxation of restrictions.


April 29, 2020 4:22 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 3,213
Update includes two additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 239 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
27 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Cibola County
1 new case in Doña Ana County
1 new case in Guadalupe County
1 new case in Luna County
133 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Otero County
2 new cases in Sandoval County
68 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in Sierra County
1 new case in Socorro County
2 new cases in Valencia County
The Department of Health on Wednesday also reported two additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A female in her 50s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized.
A male in his 50s from Sandoval County.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 112.

The Department of Health has identified positive COVID-19 cases in residents and/or staff at the following congregate living and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Clayton Nursing and Rehab in Clayton
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho​
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
Sundance Care Home in Gallup
Tohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in Tohatchi
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The Village at Alameda in Albuquerque
Wellbrook Rehabilitation Center in Farmington
Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 3,213 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 765
Catron County: 1
Chaves County: 22
Cibola County: 47
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 13
Doña Ana County: 130
Eddy County: 12
Grant County: 14
Guadalupe County: 14
Harding County: 1
Lea County: 10
Lincoln County: 2
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 4
McKinley County: 953
Otero County: 5
Quay County: 4
Rio Arriba County: 14
Roosevelt County: 8
Sandoval County: 385
San Juan County: 576
San Miguel County: 2
Santa Fe County: 98
Sierra County: 1
Socorro County: 42
Taos County: 17
Torrance County: 15
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 44

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 163 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 734 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. All businesses except those deemed essential have been ordered to close. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:
Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregant settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

April 29, 2020 1:12 PM

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.
REGIONAL HOSPITAL RESOURCES AS OF 4/28/2020 2:40 p.m. INCL. Dona Ana, Catron, Socorro, Grant, Sierra, Luna, Lincoln, Hidalgo, and Otero
Currently In Use Capacity Remaining Availability Total ICU Capability 45 147 102 COVID PATIENT HOSPITALIZATION






Positive COVID Admitted 2





Vent Availability 14 79 65




Regional updates:




City of Anthony

Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager

www.cityofanthonynm.com


Chief Ordoñez, Anthony PD – nothing new to report.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – Nothing new to report.


City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

www.sunlandpark-nm.gov


Nothing new to report operationally. Emergency city council meeting held last night.


City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org




Nothing new to report today.


Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org


Nothing new to report Wednesday.






Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net




Brainstorming ideas for graduation. Will have webinar with seniors and parents and will roll out a plan next week.





Doña Ana County

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org




Nothing new to report Wednesday.

Jamie: young man who attends DACC, younger brother who goes to East Picacho has no internet access. Comcast is not available in that area. Century Link is the only provider. Would like to network with available resources to assist them.

Justin Bannister: WiFi is available at NMSU. Kelly will look into a hotspot connection.




Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org


Nothing new to report Wednesday.




Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

www.donaanacounty.org/detention


Nothing new to report Wednesday.






Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

www.villageofhatch.org


No report Wednesday.






Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers

www.mesillanm.gov


Nothing to report Wednesday.








Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

www.mmclc.org


Nothing new to report Wednesday.




MountainView Regional Medical Center

Ben Woods

www.mountainviewregional.com


Nothing new to report Wednesday.






New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

www.nmsu.edu


Nothing new to report Wednesday.






New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

www.nmsupolice.com


Nothing new to report Wednesday. Wondered if he could get crisis line protocol and phone number. Kelly will relay.










Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency


From Emergency Operations

This week we will be starting meetings with Economic Development from the City, County and Mesilla Valley Economic Alliance (MVEDA). Objective to provide policy makers with information on resuming new business model for operating during the current pandemic. This will integrate information from the Department of Health, EOC, and Emergency Response Agencies into those recommendations.

Non-congregate housing for health care providers (HCP) has been established at several locations within our area. This housing is being used to isolate or quarantine HCP when they are unable to do so from their home. Housing to support low acuity COVID+ patients that cannot shelter in place at home will also have support for housing on a short-term basis.

Logistical needs for PPE for numerous health care providers, as well as polling place workers are being processed through the EOC system.



Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-new-mexico-correctional-facility/




Nothing new to report Wednesday.






State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program

http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us


Nothing new to report Wednesday.








Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

www.mvrda.org


Additional information and stats are on MVRDA’s dashboard on their homepage.




U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas




No report Wednesday.







NM Department of Health

David Morgan

www.cv.nmhealth.org


Testing today:

Las Cruces PHO- Essential Workers- Childcare, The Toy Box (7am – Noon)

Sunland Park Public Health Office- Essential Workers- La Clinica De Familia, Health Care (8:30am – 11:30am)

Anthony Public Health Office (8:30am – 11:30am)

April 29, 2020 12:17 PM

Create & Connect Campaign Kicks Off with Encouraging Messages to Seniors and Adults with Disabilities
New Mexico’s Aging and Long-Term Services Department is partnering with organizations across the state to coordinate uplifting letter writing and engaging social media programing.

NEW MEXICO- Beginning in March, the Aging and Long Term Services Department (ALTSD) distributed 350 tablets across the state to connect residents of long term care facilities with their loved ones. Now ALTSD is launching the Create and Connect Campaign which includes using three different platforms to encourage seniors and adults with disabilities during this season of isolation:
1. Send It!
2. Stream It!
3. Broadcast It!

Send It! Participate in a pen pal program that is soliciting letters for seniors and adults with disabilities. Letters can be sent to:

ALTSD- The Create & Connect Campaign
8500 Menaul Blvd. NE, Suite B-350
Albuquerque, NM 87112

Letters received at this address will be included in the Food Boxes being distributed across the state to low income seniors and disabled adults, and subsequently to residents of long term care facilities. To showcase the letters and spread their uplifting messages of hope and togetherness, ALTSD is asking participants to share their letters or art by reading them in a video or taking a picture and tagging @NewMexicoAging and using the hashtag #CreateAndConnect . Guidelines for writing the letters can be found on the ALTSD website: www.nmaging.state.nm.us.

Stream It! In addition to sharing messages with the #CreateAndConnect hashtag, ALTSD will also be coordinating engaging content on their Facebook page. Thursday, April 30th at 1:00 p.m. [MST], the department will kick off their first “Senior Social Hour” featuring furry friends from the City of Albuquerque’s Animal Welfare Department. Following Thursdays at 1pm will include an array of programming from educational to entertaining segments. To view the live segment on Thursdays follow @NewMexicoAging and tune it at 1:00 p.m.

Many partnering agencies have jumped on board to help coordinate the campaign, write letters, and participate in senior social hour segments. Create & Connect collaborators include: the Children, Youth & Families Department [CYFD], Albuquerque Public Schools, the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails, the New Mexico Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, ALTSD volunteers, the Bernalillo County Department of Behavioral Health Services, the Jennifer Riordan Foundation, the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services, the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints, and the City of Albuquerque Department of Senior Affairs. Multiple Ambassadors have also joined the campaign to promote and encourage participation, including: Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, U.S. Representative Deb Haaland, Aging & Long Term Services Cabinet Secretary Katrina Hotrum-Lopez, the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails CEO Rebecca Latham, and Youth Ambassadors- Dhavina Kholwadwala, Averie and Joshua Riordan, and Alana Latham.

“As difficult as this pandemic has been for all of us, I am amazed every day by the generosity of spirit displayed by New Mexicans," Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said. "Every single day New Mexicans are stepping up to help keep their neighbors fed, to help keep their neighbors safe, and to help keep in contact with those who need our support, including seniors and those with disabilities."

“For many people this period of isolation feels incredibly lonely and sad. We want to help make a bridge that connects us to our seniors and disabled adults. We hope they’ll join us to laugh, learn and engage. It’s so important to reach out to those vulnerable and encourage them right now,” said ALTSD Cabinet Secretary Katrina Hotrum-Lopez. “This program is mentally beneficial for those writing the letters and participating in the social programming as well as those who are audience members and letter recipients.”

As additional partners jump on board and the program expands, additional information, events and resources will be released.

April 29, 2020 12:16 PM

State PPE decontamination machine
nears readiness
Frontline workers asked to start saving N95 masks now

SANTA FE – A machine capable of decontaminating scarce personal protective equipment for reuse in the fight against COVID-19 will be ready to provide free service to New Mexico’s frontline workers starting Saturday.

Workers in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and other frontline medical occupations should begin saving unsoiled N95 masks for decontamination right away. Those are the disposable masks that have been in short supply during the crisis and therefore reserved for frontline workers because of their ability to filter out virus-sized particles.

The Battelle Critical Decontamination System arrived over the weekend at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, and Battelle engineers began the assembly process. It is expected to be fully functional on Saturday, May 2.

The machine, which can decontaminate up to 83,000 N95 masks per day, will remain in New Mexico for six months. Battelle engineers will run the equipment at no cost to the state or to the agencies using it.

“This is great news for New Mexico and for all our frontline health care workers,” said Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. “We now can make sure every one of them has a safe and effective N95 mask every day they come to work.”

Battelle, an Ohio-based research and development nonprofit, repurposed an older chemical decontamination technique to decontaminate N95 masks for reuse.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency contracted with Battelle for 60 of the machines and then accepted applications from the states to determine who got them based on need. New Mexico was awarded one on April 22 for six months.

The machine uses concentrated vapor phase hydrogen peroxide to decontaminate thousands of N95 respirators at a time in order for healthcare and other frontline workers to safely reuse them.

The process removes all biological contaminants, including the viruses responsible for SARS and COVID-19. Masks can be decontaminated up to 20 times without degrading their performance.

To participate, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and other facilities with health care workers who wear N95 masks must enroll at ww.battelle.org/decon. Once enrolled, each institution will be responsible for collecting unsoiled used masks and making sure they are labeled with a facility code and name of the mask user.

Cardinal Health and FedEx will collect used masks from participating agencies and transport them to the Rio Rancho facility, then return the decontaminated masks to the facility, which will return them to individual users.

The federal government estimated in March that the U.S. would need 3.5 billion N95 masks over the course of this pandemic year. The federal stockpile had about 1 percent of that number available.

The following makes and models of N95 masks can be decontaminated:

3M Models:
VFLEX 1804
1860(S)
Aura 1870+
8205
8000
8210
9010
9210+
Gerson Models:
1730
2140C
Moldex Models:
1500 Series
2200
Kimberly Clark Models:
46727

April 28, 2020 5:43 PM

NMSU Extension delivering virtual 4-H programs, events

DATE: 04/28/2020
WRITER: Jane Moorman, 505-249-0527, jmoorman@nmsu.edu
CONTACT: Laura Bittner, 575-646-3026, lbittner@nmsu.edu

Social distancing and stay-at-home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic are having an impact on many aspects of daily life, including many summer activities and events.

The New Mexico State University system has announced the cancellation of all in-person youth programing through Aug. 8 due to ongoing health concerns related to the outbreak.

This includes all in-person 4-H programs, activities, camps, conferences and events.

“Face-to-face events may be canceled, but our New Mexico 4-H program and other youth education programs are still going strong,” said Laura Bittner, NMSU 4-H Youth Development interim department head.

“Extension agents, program assistants, volunteers and even some of our 4-H youth have been developing educational trainings and activities and sharing them through Facebook, TikTok, YouTube, Instagram and other social media outlets,” she said.

“Many clubs have begun meeting virtually using Zoom. The 4-H state officers are busy planning New Mexico’s first virtual State 4-H Leadership Conference, while other committees are making plans to offer summer events online.”

Along with the state leadership conference, virtual events and online educational activities in the planning stages include Northern Regional Livestock School, New Mexico 4-H Dog School, Ag Tech Camp, Dream Keepers Camp and New Mexico Youth Ranch Management Camp.

“The format for these schools and camps obviously won’t be as provided in the past, but they will still offer young people an opportunity to gain knowledge and develop skills, interact with agents and peers, and stay connected,” Bittner said.

The 4-H motto, “To Make the Best Better,” is one of the first things a youth learns when they join 4-H. The Extension agents and staff are demonstrating this motto in the work they are doing.

“This is not the summer any of us anticipated, but we will continue to innovate our Extension programing to meet the needs of New Mexico youth, families and communities during the response and recovery of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Jon Boren, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences associate dean and director of the Cooperative Extension Service. “We can take this situation and we can make it better.”

For up-to-date information about virtual events, contact your county 4-H agent or visit https://aces.nmsu.edu.

April 28, 2020 11:01 AM

Media contact: Kelly Jameson, Las Cruces Public Schools

575-639-2121 • kjameson@lcps.net

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.

Regional Hospital Resources:
(Dona Ana, Catron, Socorro, Grant, Sierra, Luna, Hidalgo, and Otero County)







Currently In Use Capacity Remaining Availability
Total ICU Capability 49 124 75
COVID PATIENT HOSPITALIZATION


Person Under Investigation (PUI) 14

Positive COVID Admitted 2

VENTILATOR USE 13 79 66
Vents in Use (COVID Negative) 12

COVID + Vented Patients 0

COVID PUI Vented 1







Regional updates:

City of Anthony

Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager

www.cityofanthonynm.com

Chief Ordoñez, Anthony PD – spike continues in suicide calls and suicidal ideations.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – Nothing new to report.
City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

www.sunlandpark-nm.gov

Have a special city council meeting tonight to discuss extension of emergency declaration from April 30 through the end of the PHO. Will be reciprocal with the PHO by the governor.

City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org



Nothing new to report today.
Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org

Nothing new to report Tuesday.





Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net

Since schools remain closed to the public, parents and guardians can complete online registraion for Kindergarten and online applications for Head Start and NM PreK.

Principals are meeting today to discuss graduation alternatives. Should have a plan and announcement later this week.


Doña Ana County

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org



Nothing new to report Tuesday.




Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org

Nothing new to report.


Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

www.donaanacounty.org/detention

Nothing new to report Tuesday.




Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

www.villageofhatch.org

Nothing new to report Tuesday.


Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers

www.mesillanm.gov

Nothing new to report Tuesday.






Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

www.mmclc.org

Nothing new to report Tuesday.


MountainView Regional Medical Center

Ben Woods

www.mountainviewregional.com

Nothing new to report Tuesday.


New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

www.nmsu.edu

Nothing new to report Tuesday.


New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

www.nmsupolice.com

Nothing new to report Tuesday.







Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency

Working on hospital resource numbers, which will be updated today. Will be updating MAC for information with PIOs regarding quarantine and isolation policies for first responders.

Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-new-mexico-correctional-facility/



Nothing new to report Tuesday.




State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program

http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us

Nothing new to report Tuesday.




Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

www.mvrda.org

Working on dashboard stats related to spike in domestic calls and also suicidal ideasons/suicides.


U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas



No report Tuesday.




NM Department of Health

David Morgan

www.cv.nmhealth.org



No report Tuesday.

April 27, 2020 7:27 PM


JIC

COVID-19

Joint Information Center




April 27, 2020


Media contact: Kelly Jameson, Las Cruces Public Schools

575-639-2121 • kjameson@lcps.net

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.





Regional updates:




City of Anthony

Chief Vanessa Lara, Anthony Police Dept.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager

www.cityofanthonynm.com


Chief Lara, Anthony PD – Operations continue. Suicide and suicidal ideations are increasing in the city.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – Nothing new to report.

City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

www.sunlandpark-nm.gov


Joined by Lt. Ruiz from Sunland Park PD. Special city council meeting tomorrow night related to COVID-19 agenda matters.

Could determine an extension of the emergency declaration.

City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org




From David Maestas: city council voted to extend the emergency declaration until May 15, to run concurrent with any change to the public health order issued by the governor.

A partial reopening of solid waste stations and recycle centers was announced:

● SCSWA Transfer Station – 2865 Amador Ave. – OPEN HALF-DAYS 7 DAYS A WEEK 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (The rest of the day is for decontamination of the facility.)

● Las Cruces Recycling Center – 2855 Amador Ave. - OPEN HALF-DAYS 7 DAYS A WEEK 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (The rest of the day is for decontamination of the facility.)

● Sonoma Ranch Recycling Yard – 555 S. Sonoma Ranch Blvd. – OPEN Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday CLOSED.

● Old Foothills Landfill (OFL) Clean-Fill and Green Waste Facility – 555 S. Sonoma Ranch Blvd. – OPEN Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday CLOSED.




Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org


Nothing new to report.






Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net




Exploring ideas for graduation ceremony alternatives in the wake of school shut downs.




Doña Ana County

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org




Nothing to report.




Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org


Nothing new to report. Had a busy weekend, but nothing related to the COVID-19 crisis.


Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

www.donaanacounty.org/detention


Nothing to report Monday.




Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

www.villageofhatch.org




Nothing operationally to report, had a question about turnaround time for COVID testing/screening. Jamie Michael from DAC assisted with a resource.


Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers

www.mesillanm.gov




Town offices are now fully staffed but remain closed to the public. Anyone needing assistance is encouraged to call the main office number.




Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

www.mmclc.org




Nothing to report Monday.




MountainView Regional Medical Center

Ben Woods

www.mountainviewregional.com






Nothing new to report Monday.




New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

www.nmsu.edu


Nothing new to report Monday.




New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

www.nmsupolice.com




Nothing new to report Monday.






Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency




Had a planning meeting Monday morning with mission stabilization, and long-term planning on recovery.






Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-new-mexico-correctional-facility/




No report Monday.






State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program

http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us


This week we will be focused on calling facilities to assure they are keeping residents and their families informed about Covid-19 updates and internal processes within facilities. We want to make sure facilities are being as transparent as possible with residents and their families.

If there are questions or concerns with any of the Assisted Living, or Long-Term Skilled Nursing Facilities, Rosa Torres, Regional Coordinator can be reached at 575-343-0318 to assist.






Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

www.mvrda.org


Dispatch data: Sunday had highest (32) calls for domestic violence. Last year on this day, there was 14 calls for service.

Jamie from DAC: is there a timeline on training for specific crises like domestic violence and suicide? MVRDA has a protocol to handle behavioral health calls to connect a clinician from a crisis resource instead of law enforcement response.

Hugo will send the protocol to NMSUPD and Anthony PD.

U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas




No report Monday.



NM Department of Health

David Morgan

www.cv.nmhealth.org


Testing today in Dona Ana County:

o Las Cruces- Public Health Office- Essential Workers

o Anthony- Public Health Office- Essential Workers

o Sunland Park- Public Health Office- Essential Workers

April 27, 2020 4:22 PM

Today New Mexico state government launches a series of PSAs intended to highlight the personal stories of New Mexicans who have experienced first-hand the pain and suffering of COVID-19 and to underscore the importance of remaining physically distant and protecting public health.

The series, “From the Frontline,” features two doctors, a critical care nurse, a small business owner and a woman who lost her mother to COVID-19.

“People have got to listen. They’ve got to stay home to prevent this heartache,” said Carolyn Sandberg, whose mother was New Mexico’s sixth COVID-19 death. Her story, along with the others to be released throughout the week, will be shared on the governor’s social media feeds and available on the dedicated NMDOH COVID-19 website here.

New Mexicans who are willing to share their personal COVID-19 stories for inclusion in another series of PSAs are encouraged to contact judy.robinson@state.nm.us.

In order to underscore the urgent need for New Mexicans to stay safe, stay home and stay the course, the participants all agreed to media interviews after the videos go live – media may contact judy.robinson@state.nm.us to learn more.

April 27, 2020 4:12 PM

The New Mexico Department of Health announces its latest drive-up screening for the COVID-19 coronavirus for all essential workers Wednesday, April 29th at the Las Cruces Public Health Office, 1170 N. Solano Dr. from 7 am to 12 pm or while test supplies last.

The screening is the third “test and go” opportunity scheduled within the last two weeks for all Doña Ana County essential workers – with or without COVID-19 symptoms - to include: first responders, health care workers, long-term care workers, child day care staff, government employees, utility workers and any employees of all essential business.

Please try to limit two people per vehicle to avoid unnecessary risk for viral spread. No insurance is required for screening.

For more information the Department of Health has added several new features recently to its COVOD-19 website, https://cv.nmhealth.org/ including testing locations, information by county, demographic information for positive cases and the ability to track cases by zip code.

In addition, New Mexicans can continue to call with health-related questions to the Department of Health’s coronavirus hotline at 855-600-3453. For non-health-related questions or concerns call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov.

April 27, 2020 10:16 AM

Starting Friday, May 1, 2020, the South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA) and Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) announce PARTIAL reopening of drop-off solid waste and recycling centers, and drop-off of clean-fill/green waste to the general public. (No Glass bottles and jars accepted until May 8th. Crushed glass will be available again starting June 1st.)

● SCSWA Transfer Station – 2865 Amador Ave. – OPEN HALF-DAYS 7 DAYS A WEEK 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (The rest of the day is for decontamination of the facility.)

● Las Cruces Recycling Center – 2855 Amador Ave. - OPEN HALF-DAYS 7 DAYS A WEEK 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (The rest of the day is for decontamination of the facility.)

● Sonoma Ranch Recycling Yard – 555 S. Sonoma Ranch Blvd. – OPEN Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday CLOSED.

● Old Foothills Landfill (OFL) Clean-Fill and Green Waste Facility – 555 S. Sonoma Ranch Blvd. – OPEN Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday CLOSED.

To help avoid exposure to the Coronavirus, members of the public must comply with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations AT ALL TIMES:

Wear mask and gloves during the entire duration of time in the disposal area.

Anyone who does not have this protective gear will be turned away.

No more than five (5) people allowed in disposal area at one time.

Customers must practice social distancing and remain 6-feet away from one another.

SCSWA or LCU staff will be onsite at these facilities to answer questions and enforce CDC recommendations.

You can reach the SCSWA at 575-528-3800 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The SCSWA manages solid waste and recyclables for residents and businesses throughout Las Cruces and Doña Ana County.

You can reach LCU at 575-528-3500 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. LCU provides GAS – WATER – WASTEWATER – SOLID WASTE services to approximately 100,000 Las Cruces residents and businesses.

April 27, 2020 10:15 AM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 2,726
Update includes six additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Sunday announced 66 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
18 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new cases in Cibola County
2 new cases in Curry County
6 new cases in Doña Ana County
2 new cases in Eddy County
1 new case in Guadalupe County
12 new cases in McKinley County
2 new cases in Rio Arriba County
1 new case in Roosevelt County
9 new cases in Sandoval County
7 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in Torrance County
2 new cases in Union County
1 new case in Valencia County
The Department of Health on Sunday also reported six additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A male in his 50s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized.
A female in her 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A female in her 80s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A male in his 70s from Sandoval County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A female in her 70s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions. The individual was a resident of the Life Care Center in Farmington.
A male in his 70s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions. The individual was a resident of the Life Care Center in Farmington.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 99.

The Department of Health has identified positive COVID-19 cases in residents and/or staff at the following congregate living and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
Wellbrook Rehabilitation Center in Farmington
Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 2,726 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 688
Catron County: 1
Chaves County: 22
Cibola County: 41
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 13
Doña Ana County: 116
Eddy County: 13
Grant County: 14
Guadalupe County: 13
Harding County: 1
Lea County: 10
Lincoln County: 2
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 3
McKinley County: 720
Otero County: 4
Quay County: 4
Rio Arriba County: 14
Roosevelt County: 7
Sandoval County: 374
San Juan County: 442
San Miguel County: 2
Santa Fe County: 95
Socorro County: 40
Taos County: 17
Torrance County: 14
Union County: 3
Valencia County: 42

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 148 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 650 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. All businesses except those deemed essential have been ordered to close. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:
Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregant settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

April 26, 2020 2:49 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 2,660
Update includes nine additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Saturday announced 139 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

19 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new in Cibola County
1 new case in Curry County
16 new cases in Doña Ana County
5 new cases in Guadalupe County
69 new cases in McKinley County
2 new cases in Roosevelt County
15 new cases in San Juan County
8 new cases in Sandoval County
1 new case in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Socorro County
1 new case in Union County
The Department of Health on Saturday also reported nine additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:

A female in her 50s from Catron County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying health conditions.
A female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual was a resident of the Life Care Center in Farmington.
A second female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying health conditions and was a resident of the Life Care Center in Farmington.
A female in her 60s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized.
A male in his 90s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying health conditions and was a resident of the Life Care Center in Farmington.
A male in his 80s from San Juan County. The individual was a resident of the Life Care Center in Farmington.
A second male in his 80s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying health conditions and was a resident of the Life Care Center in Farmington.
A female in her 50s from Sandoval County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying health conditions.
A male in his 40s from Sandoval County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying health conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 93.

The Department of Health has identified positive COVID-19 cases in residents and/or staff at the following congregate living and acute care facilities:

Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
Wellbrook Rehabilitation Center in Farmington
Previously reported numbers included one case in Bernalillo County that was a duplicate -- this has been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 2,660 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 670
Catron County: 1
Chaves County: 22
Cibola County: 39
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 11
Doña Ana County: 110
Eddy County: 11
Grant County: 14
Guadalupe County: 12
Harding County: 1
Lea County: 10
Lincoln County: 2
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 3
McKinley County: 708
Otero County: 4
Quay County: 4
Rio Arriba County: 12
Roosevelt County: 6
Sandoval County: 365
San Juan County: 435
San Miguel County: 2
Santa Fe County: 95
Socorro County: 40
Taos County: 17
Torrance County: 13
Union County: 1
Valencia County: 41

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 161 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 632 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. All businesses except those deemed essential have been ordered to close. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:

Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregant settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

April 25, 2020 1:30 PM

Notice: PPP Resumes April 27, 2020
The SBA will resume accepting Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) applications from participating lenders on Monday, April 27, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. EDT. The PPP is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program.

Frequently Asked Questions for Lenders and Borrowers

For affiliation rules applicable for the Paycheck Protection Program, click here.

April 24, 2020 6:00 PM

All Together NM Fund announces $550K in food grants
COVID-19 relief fund to help buy, distribute much-needed food

SANTA FE – A state COVID-19 relief fund started last month is awarding grants totaling $550,000 to address the surging demand for food assistance from unemployed New Mexicans.

The All Together NM Fund announced Friday that it has awarded $400,000 in grants to five food banks that serve communities – including tribal communities – across the state. Amounts were based on a formula used by the state to distribute food assistance.

The New Mexico Coalition of Community Foundations, which originated the All Together NM Fund, will also award $150,000 through a competitive grant process to support food distribution agencies across the state.

“Thank you, New Mexicans, for your quick and generous response to help others by contributing to this fund,” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said. “With so many New Mexicans who were already on the edge and are now unemployed, the need right now is nearly incalculable. Those who are still working and who can afford to do so are stepping up to help, and while that doesn’t surprise me, it certainly makes me proud.”

The largest grant – $289,000 – went to Roadrunner Food Bank with operations based in Albuquerque and Las Cruces, which has already spent three times its annual budget for the year.

“We know that the food security system is strong in New Mexico, but funds to support this work are being quickly drained due to exponential increases in demand,” said Bill Smith, president and CEO of the Santa Fe Community Foundation. “Through these grants, we are helping alleviate the financial strain that threatens food availability across our state,” he said.

Here is a breakdown of the first-round food grants:
​The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico (based in Clovis): $13,200
Serves Curry, DeBaca, Guadalupe, Quay, and Roosevelt Counties
ECHO Food Bank (based in Farmington):$24,400
Serves San Juan County
The Community Pantry (based in Gallup): $28,000
Serves Cibola and McKinley Counties
The Food Depot (based in Santa Fe): $45,200
Serves Colfax, Harding, Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Santa Fe, Taos, and Union Counties
Roadrunner Food Bank (based in Albuquerque and Las Cruces): $289,200
Serves Bernalillo, Catron, Chaves, Dona Ana, Eddy, Grant, Hidalgo, Lea, Lincoln, Luna, Otero, Sandoval, Sierra, Socorro, Torrance, and Valencia Counties
The many donors who made these grants possible with gifts large and small include:
Stanley E. Fulton Family Foundation
McKinnon Family Foundation
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico
Intel Foundation
Pattern Energy
Blattner Energy, Inc
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association
Illinois #3 Foundation
RALI New Mexico
PhRMA
Virgin Galactic
Isora Foundation
Comcast
Swire Coca Cola
The New Mexico Coalition of Community Foundations established the All Together NM Fund in March to help New Mexico respond to and eventually recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Santa Fe Community Foundation administers the fund.

Other coalition members are the Albuquerque Community Foundation, the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico, and the Taos Community Foundation. The governor’s office is helping the foundations identify the state’s most urgent needs.

Donations to the fund are tax-deductible and can be made through the website, www.AllTogetherNM.org, by texting “together” to (505-333-4714, or by mail to the Santa Fe Community Foundation, PO Box 1827, Santa Fe, NM 87504. Please note “All Together NM Fund” on the check itself.

Gifts of stock, property and electronic fund transfers may be made by calling the Santa Fe Community Foundation at 505-988-9715 ext. 7006.

April 24, 2020 5:19 PM

Add increased illegal dumping to the list of side effects wrought by the spread of the Coronavirus. To help curb the illegal dumping in and around Las Cruces, Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) Solid Waste has temporarily placed roll-offs in three (3) locations for residents to use:

The intersection of Engler Rd. and N. Roadrunner Pkwy.
Adjacent to the Water Tank at the intersection of Sedona Hills Pkwy. and Pagosa Hills Ave.
The East Mesa Bataan Memorial Pool Parking Lot, 6151 Reynolds Dr.
Robin Lawrence, deputy director Solid Waste, said, “We were required to follow the Emergency Stay-at-Home order to keep our population safe. That meant solid waste and recycling facilities were also temporarily closed to the general public to help reduce the possibility of spreading of the virus. But those closures frustrated some residents who have been dumping trash and yard waste outside the facilities and alongside roads.”

At least through Friday, May 1, the roll-offs will remain in place and will be serviced as they are filled.

You can reach LCU at 575-528-3500 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. LCU provides GAS – WATER – WASTEWATER – SOLID WASTE services to approximately 100,000 Las Cruces residents and businesses.

April 24, 2020 4:54 PM

Media contact: Kelly Jameson, Las Cruces Public Schools
575-639-2121 • kjameson@lcps.net

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.
JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.


Regional updates:
City of Anthony
Chief Vanessa Lara, Anthony Police Dept.
Oscar Dominguez, City Manager
www.cityofanthonynm.com
Chief Lara, Anthony PD – operationally, all is well in Anthony.
Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – Nothing new to report on Friday. City of Anthony continues to maintain limited operations through May 15.
City of Sunland Park
Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire
www.sunlandpark-nm.gov
Nothing operationally to report on Friday.
City of Las Cruces
Jennifer Martinez
Steve Ramirez
www.las-cruces.org

The Las Cruces City Council today voted unanimously to extend the terms of the mayor’s emergency proclamation initially issued by Mayor Ken Miyagishima on April 7.
https://www.las-cruces.org/DocumentCenter/View/4986/Mayors-Emergency-Proclamation


Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire
Dan Trujillo
www.las-cruces.org
Nothing new to report.


Las Cruces Public Schools
Samantha Lewis
Kelly Jameson
www.lcps.net

Nothing new to report, aside from regular business with Census 2020 promotion.

Doña Ana County
Luce Rubio
Jamie Michael
www.donaanacounty.org

Circulated a list of screening sites from the DOH via news release and social media.

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office
Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich
www.goDASO.org
Nothing new to report. A reminder: doors are locked at Mag Court. All court business is done by phone.

Doña Ana County Detention Center
Capt. Bryan Baker
www.donaanacounty.org/detention
Starting today, all contractors in the facility are required to wear masks inside the building.

Village of Hatch
Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD
www.villageofhatch.org
Since testing was done in Hatch, there were two positive cases reported. There was a question to MVRDA on how to be notified on patrol for universal precautions. From MVRDA:
Flagging those locations in CAD to assist with notifying responders to use universal precautions.


Town of Mesilla
Dorothy Sellers
www.mesillanm.gov

Nothing new to report Friday.

Memorial Medical Center
Ryan Perkins
www.mmclc.org

Nothing new to report Friday, aside from PSA in production on heart attack/stroke awareness.

MountainView Regional Medical Center
Ben Woods
www.mountainviewregional.com


Nothing new to report Friday.

New Mexico State University
Justin Bannister
www.nmsu.edu
Nothing new to report Friday.

New Mexico State University Police
Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen
www.nmsupolice.com

Nothing new to report Friday.


Office of Emergency Management
Cullen Combs
Amanda Bowen
www.donaanacounty.org/emergency

Nothing new to report Friday.


Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility
Lt. Carlos Reyes
https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-new-mexico-correctional-facility/

Nothing new to report Friday.


State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services
Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program
http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us

Nothing new to report Friday. Currently still working on allocation of face masks for those who need them.

Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority
Hugo Costa, Executive Director
www.mvrda.org

Nothing new to report Friday.

U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector
Officer Joseph Barron
www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas

Nothing new to report Friday.

NM Department of Health
David Morgan
www.cv.nmhealth.org

Today has been our regularly scheduled COVID-19 testing day by appointment.
Our SW Region are indeed testing inside correctional facilities. Unknown status for our county, but learned that today we are up north at the Socorro Detention Center
Governor will be having a news conference at 4pm.


April 24, 2020 2:38 PM

Industry partners with Agriculture Department to provide pandemic help

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, New Mexico’s food industry has supplied tons of food to Indian communities across the state and is gearing up to provide more wherever needed.

Participants include private food producers, the Departments of Agriculture, Indian Affairs, Aging & Long-Term Services, Human Services and Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the National Guard, New Mexico State University, the Southwest Border Food Protection and Emergency Preparedness Center at New Mexico State University, the New Mexico Farmers’ Marketing Association, the New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau and others.

The project began at the Lujan Grisham administration’s Emergency Operations Center, where many agencies are coordinating efforts to assist New Mexicans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

After learning of a need on the Navajo Nation, Marshal Wilson, assistant director of the Agriculture Department’s Agricultural Production Services Division, called Mesilla Valley Produce, which grows, packs and ships produce. Mesilla Valley Produce’s president, TJ Runyan, agreed at once to help.

“By the next morning, his truck was in Albuquerque, and food was being unloaded,” Wilson said.

Runyan said after talking to Wilson, he reached out to growers he thought would have fruit and vegetables in storage. They responded by procuring 80,000 tons of beans, rice, potatoes, onions, watermelons and apples.

“I was pretty amazed with how quickly it happened, and I was proud of our staff,” Runyan said. “Our team is small, but we were efficient. As a New Mexico company, I’m honored to be able to pitch in and help.”

The New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau also helped. It connected the Emergency Operations Center with J&D Produce, based in Edinburg, Texas, which donated a truckload of onions, and with Colorado Farm Bureau member James Henderson, who provided potatoes.

The National Guard unloaded the food at its armory in Rio Rancho, then distributed it to five staging points on the Navajo Nation over Easter weekend.

Meanwhile, Department of Agriculture workers (who are also employees of New Mexico State University), as well as employees from the Departments of Human Services and Homeland Security and Emergency Management, were coordinating with food supplier/distributor Sysco New Mexico to procure food boxes for the San Felipe and Zia Pueblos.

“As many of you know our tribal communities are also some of our most vulnerable communities, through partnerships like these we can continue to ensure deliveries of food, water and other essential supplies to our tribal citizens throughout the state,” said Indian Affairs Department Secretary Lynn Trujillo. “Thank you to all who contributed to getting this food out to our tribal communities.”

In an ongoing effort during the pandemic, the New Mexico Farmers’ Marketing Association is coordinating donations, purchases from small- to medium-size growers, and deliveries.

“We’re trying to not only assist with securing shelf-stable items, but to provide access to fresh produce as well,” said Michael Venticinque, the association’s value chain coordinator, who is leading those efforts.

Also, for the month of April thus far, the Aging & Long-Term Services Department delivered 27,608 food boxes to seniors and disabled adults (including 127 from Adult Protective Services).

New Mexico Agriculture Secretary Jeff Witte said these efforts prove New Mexicans and neighboring states can work together to provide food for those in need.

“In times of crisis, it’s amazing how people come together to help,” Witte said. “This is truly a situation in which New Mexicans are feeding New Mexicans. This is also a reminder of how important farmers are and a reminder of how our local agriculture community is able to provide food to New Mexicans.”

April 24, 2020 6:26 AM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 2,379
Update includes seven additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 169 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
31 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Chaves County
3 new cases in Cibola County
6 new cases in Doña Ana County
1 new case in Guadalupe County
1 new case in Harding County
3 new cases in Lea County
54 new cases in McKinley County
2 new cases in Otero County
1 new case in Quay County
4 new cases in Sandoval County
51 new cases in San Juan County
3 new cases in Santa Fe County
4 new cases in Socorro County
1 new case in Taos County
3 new cases in Valencia County
The Department of Health on Thursday also reported seven additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A female in her 30s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A female in her 70s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A female in her 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A female in her 80s from Sandoval County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A female in her 90s from Sandoval County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A female in her 30s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying medical conditions.
A female in her 90s from San Juan County. The individual had underlying medical conditions and was a resident of the Life Care Center in Farmington.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 78.

The Department of Health has identified positive COVID-19 cases in residents and/or staff at the following congregate living and acute care facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
Wellbrook Rehabilitation Center in Farmington
Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 2,379 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 631
Catron County: 1
Chaves County: 22
Cibola County: 38
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 10
Doña Ana County: 88
Eddy County: 11
Grant County: 14
Guadalupe County: 3
Harding County: 1
Lea County: 8
Lincoln County: 2
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 3
McKinley County: 573
Otero County: 5
Quay County: 4
Rio Arriba County: 11
Roosevelt County: 4
Sandoval County: 345
San Juan County: 390
San Miguel County: 2
Santa Fe County: 96
Socorro County: 38
Taos County: 17
Torrance County: 13
Valencia County: 38

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 123 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 573 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. All businesses except those deemed essential have been ordered to close. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:
Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregant settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

April 23, 2020 7:05 PM

The City of Las Cruces Parks and Recreation Department will hold internal lifeguard trainings from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, April 24 at Frenger Pool, 800 Parkview Drive. The weekly trainings and tests are being conducted to meet mandatory certification requirements and staffing needs in preparation for the summer aquatic season. Lifeguard applicants are also being scheduled for swim tests as needed.

The training is being conducting in full compliance with the Public Health Emergency Order issued by the Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and the New Mexico Department of Health. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “there is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools. Proper operation and maintenance (including disinfection with chlorine and bromine) of these facilities should inactivate the virus in the water”. Lifeguard training is not only an annual requirement but is being done as a proactive action so city pools can be opened to the public at the earliest and most reasonable time when and if the executive order is lifted or modified.

“We are taking all necessary precautions and making sure our staff are practicing safety guidelines as directed by the state,” said Sonya Delgado, Director, Parks and Recreation Department. “We have essential maintenance and training that must be done but we also want to keep our staff healthy and safe.”

Lifeguard staff are scheduled in groups of three with a supervisor on duty and maintain recommended distance of at least six feet. Pool maintenance workers continue to disinfect and service the pools daily as required. Staff times are scheduled and approved in advance by Delgado.

For more information, please contact the Parks and Recreation department at 575/541-2550. If you need more information about the CDC report “Water and COVID-19 FAQs”, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/water.html



Water Transmission and COVID-19: Questions and Answers

There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools, hot tubs or spas, or water playgrounds. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g., with chlorine and bromine) of pools, hot tubs or spas, and water playgrounds should inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.

www.cdc.gov



April 23, 2020 6:04 PM

Media contact: Kelly Jameson, Las Cruces Public Schools
575-639-2121 • kjameson@lcps.net

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.

HOSPITAL UPDATES ADVISORY: Current hospital capacity for providing care to critical patients is positive. Our healthcare providers and first responders would like to inform the public that we can respond safely to any medical emergency. Anyone experiencing symptoms of chest pain, or signs of a stroke, including facial drooping, arm weakness, slurred speech or other significant difficulty IT IS TIME TO CALL 911. As hospitals continue to address COVID-19 related situations, they remain safe for anyone requiring emergency care.


Regional updates:


City of Anthony

Chief Vanessa Lara, Anthony Police Dept.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager

www.cityofanthonynm.com

Chief Lara, Anthony PD – still experiencing domestic disturbances, and the calls related to the public health order is waning. Awaiting email from Gadsden ISD.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – No report Thursday.

City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

www.sunlandpark-nm.gov

Nothing operationally to report.

City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org

Las Cruces-area business owners will have an opportunity to learn more about resources offered by the state of New Mexico in a Zoom meeting tomorrow with Deputy Cabinet Secretary Jon Clark, New Mexico Economic Development Department and Cabinet Secretary Bill McCamley, New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions.

The ZOOM meeting will be from 9-10:30 a.m. Friday, April 24. There are no registration fees and the meeting is open to all businesses. For information on how to register, contact Debbie Moore, president and CEO of the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce at 575/524-1969 or dmoore@lascruces.org.
Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org

Nothing new to report.





Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net

Food distribution sites are operationally Monday through Thursday with Friday meal available on Thursday.

Working on a video project for 2020 Census.

Doña Ana County

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org

Will release list of test sites from the DOH later today to further publicize those activities. Jamie – DC Smith mentioned yesterday meetings with MMC and MountainView regaring concern over people waiting too long for ilfe-threatening symptoms that are non-COVID related. Will push messaging from hospitals that those facilities are still safe. Will have scripts written with same message for first responders. Ryan (MMC): will write an op-ed for this weekend with AHA guidelines


Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org

Nothing new to report.


Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

www.donaanacounty.org/detention

Nothing new to report.



Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

www.villageofhatch.org

No report Thursday.




Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers

www.mesillanm.gov



Nothing new to report Thursday.



Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

www.mmclc.org



Nothing new to report Thursday.



MountainView Regional Medical Center

Ben Woods

www.mountainviewregional.com





No report Thursday.



New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

www.nmsu.edu

No report Thursday.

New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

www.nmsupolice.com



Nothing new to report Thursday.





Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency



Jackie at OEM will be taking a census at all hospitals every day to send an update daily through the JIC. Emphasized streamlining of information. New deadline for JIC notes will be 4 :30 for regional updates.



Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-new-mexico-correctional-facility/

Surgical masks were distributed yesterday for all staff and inmates. Total population to date at the facility is 656.


State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program

http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us



Nothing new to report Thursday.



Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

www.mvrda.org



Nothing new to report Thursday.



U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas



Nothing new to report Thursday.



NM Department of Health

David Morgan

www.cv.nmhealth.org


No report Thursday.



April 23, 2020 2:56 PM

New Mexico Healthcare Worker and First Responder Support Line
Reasons to Call 855-507-5509

• Facing challenges at work or home due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

• Feeling stress, fear, anxiety, sadness, or depression about doing essential work?

• Concerned about a friend, colleague, or family member?

• Need to talk to someone about what you are feeling, seeing, hearing about, and talking to clients about due to the pandemic?

• Feeling the emotional impact of isolation during physical distancing

April 23, 2020 11:22 AM

Business Resources COVID-19 Friday Zoom Meeting

Las Cruces-area business owners will have an opportunity to learn more about resources offered by the state of New Mexico in a Zoom meeting tomorrow with Deputy Cabinet Secretary Jon Clark, New Mexico Economic Development Department and Cabinet Secretary Bill McCamley, New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions.

Clark will provide information about business resources offered through the state, including financial resources and the Buy for Tomorrow Today program. McCamley will address state employment assistance resources.

The ZOOM meeting will be from 9-10:30 a.m. Friday, April 24. There are no registration fees and the meeting is open to all businesses.

“The Chamber is so happy to partner with the City of Las Cruces and state agencies through the ongoing Friday Zoom COVID19 Educational Series,” said Debbie Moore, president and CEO of the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce Chamber. “As we navigate these uncharted waters, providing the tools for businesses through this series is vital as we move into economic recovery. We are here for businesses.”

The ZOOM meeting is collaboration between the New Mexico Economic Development Department, the New Mexico Department or Workforce Solutions, the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce and the City of Las Cruces Economic Development Department.

For information on how to register, contact Debbie Moore, president and CEO of the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce at 575/524-1969 or dmoore@lascruces.org.

April 22, 2020 11:56 AM

The Las Cruces City Council will hold a special meeting at 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 24, via video conference to consider extending the terms of the mayor’s emergency proclamation. The emergency proclamation, posted at COVID19Lascruces.com in the left hand menu, was first issued on April 7. On April 10, it was extended until April 24. The City Council will also consider a public comment policy for virtual meetings during an emergency.

In an effort to receive public input in advance of the virtual meeting, residents are encouraged to submit comments, questions or concerns by email to their City Councilor as follows:

Kasandra A. Gandara, Mayor Pro Tem, District 1 – kgandara@las-cruces.org
Tessa Abeyta-Stuve, District 2 – tstuve@las-cruces.org
Gabriel Vasquez, District 3 – gvasquez@las-cruces.org
Johana Bencomo, District 4 – jbencomo@las-cruces.org
Gill M. Sorg, District 5 – gsorg@las-cruces.org
Yvonne M. Flores, District 6 – yflores@las-cruces.org
Ken Miyagishima, Mayor – mayor@las-cruces.org
The virtual City Council meeting will be streamed live at YouTube.com/CLCTV20; clctv.com; and televised on Comcast channel 20.

City of Las Cruces news releases are available on the home page of the City website at las-cruces.org under News & Announcements, and can be translated into Spanish and multiple other languages using the Select Language feature on the lower right side of the page.

April 22, 2020 11:27 AM

JIC Notes
April 22, 2020
Media contact: Kelly Jameson, Las Cruces Public Schools
575-639-2121 • kjameson@lcps.net

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, City of Anthony, Sunland Park and Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.



City of Anthony

Chief Vanessa Lara, Anthony Police Dept.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager

www.cityofanthonynm.com

Chief Lara, Anthony PD – Gadsden School District are trying to coordinate a caravan for seniors. Chief to the district: that’s not advisable at this time.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – Nothing new to report today.

City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

www.sunlandpark-nm.gov

Nothing new operationally to report. At last night’s city council meeting, elected officials are trying to identify state and federal emergency assistance. This Tuesday will host a special council meeting to discuss COVID-19 issues exclusively.

City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org



Nothing new to report.
Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org

Nothing new to report.





Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net

Board meeting held last night via livestream. Nothing new operationally related to the COVID-19 response; board did vote unanimously to extend the Superintendent’s executive power through May 19.



Doña Ana County

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org

Nothing new to report.



Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org

Nothing new to report.



Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

www.donaanacounty.org/detention

Nothing new to report.



Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

www.villageofhatch.org

Had COVID-19 testing in Hatch yesterday with a good turnout. Results expected in the coming days.





Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers

www.mesillanm.gov



Nothing new to report Wednesday.



Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

www.mmclc.org



Nothing new to report Wednesday.


MountainView Regional Medical Center

Ben Woods

www.mountainviewregional.com





Nothing new to report Wednesday.


New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

www.nmsu.edu

Nothing new to report Wednesday.

NMSU will begin posting the “Congratulations, graduates” banners along University Ave. in the coming week.


New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

www.nmsupolice.com


Nothing new to report Wednesday.




Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency



Nothing new to report Wednesday.


Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-new-mexico-correctional-facility/



Nothing new to report Wednesday.


State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program

http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us



Nothing new to report Wednesday.


Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

www.mvrda.org



Nothing new to report Wednesday.


U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas



Nothing new to report Wednesday.


NM Department of Health

David Morgan

www.cv.nmhealth.org

As Hatch reported, specimen collection 85 tests being processed. At Community of Hope today where testing continues.

Governor is scheduled to speak today at 3 p.m. Topic is unknown. DOH is expected to release updated numbers at 4 p.m. today. Luce (DAC): is it possible to release to the public where testing is happening on a regular basis. Tomorrow there will be two public test sites for essential workers. DOH has advertised to essential businesses to make them aware of the testing opportunity. If someone from the general public needs to be tested, they won’t be turned away. 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. drive-thru testing at Public Health Office on Spruce/Solano. Capt. Schoen: is any additional testing planned for Sunland Park? How many times can someone be tested for COVID-19? Dave will report back but does not know of any limit. Essential workers can be tested as many times as necessary.

April 21, 2020 1:26 PM

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, City of Anthony, Sunland Park and Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. The notes compiled during that call are made available at www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org.

City of Anthony

Chief Vanessa Lara, Anthony Police Dept.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager

www.cityofanthonynm.com

Chief Lara, Anthony PD – nothing new to update, aside from a submission to Axon for PPE. Will be shipping soon. Inquiry on mobile testing, and when that might happen? Example: will DOH be available to go to someone’s residence for testing if they are indigent or without transportation.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – no report today.

City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

www.sunlandpark-nm.gov

City clerk: 157 boxes of food have been distributed through partnerships with area resources. City council meeting is scheduled tonight via Zoom.

City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

www.las-cruces.org

On the agenda for an upcoming special session of city council:

https://lascruces.civicweb.net/filepro/documents/5803?preview=6913&splitscreen=true

RESOLUTION(S) AND/OR ORDINANCE(S) FOR DISCUSSION

RESOLUTION NO. 20-147: A RESOLUTION EXTENDING THE TERM FOR THE MAYOR’S EMERGENCY PROCLAMATION.

RESOLUTION NO. 20-148: A RESOLUTION APPROVING AN ELECTRONIC PUBLIC COMMENT POLICY FOR VIRTUAL MEETINGS DURING AN EMERGENCY.Resolution No. 20-148 -Pdf2 -4

UPDATE
1.Habitat for Humanity
2.Micro Loan Program



Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

www.las-cruces.org



Nothing new operationally to report today.


Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

www.lcps.net

Breakfast and lunch distribution, along with technology support services, will be available at 19 school sites Monday through Thursday starting this week. Fridays were taken off the schedule to reduce contact in compliance with state and federal guidelines.


Doña Ana County

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

www.donaanacounty.org

Nothing to report. Jamie – Capt. Baker isn’t available; asked to check in with MMC for donation of cloth masks. Continues to work with area resources and hotels for quarantine contingency. Fishes and Loaves is looking for volunteers for food box distribution.



Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

www.goDASO.org



Nothing new operationally to report today.

Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

www.donaanacounty.org/detention

The DC would like to partner with a local contact on donations of homemade masks for staff and detainees.


Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

www.villageofhatch.org



No report Tuesday.

Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers

www.mesillanm.gov



Nothing new operationally to report.

Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

www.mmclc.org

MMC is still hosting drive-thru testing every weekday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cloth masks: Ryan can connect DACDC with a contact for those donations.

MountainView Regional Medical Center

Ben Woods

www.mountainviewregional.com



Nothing new operationally to report.

New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

www.nmsu.edu

No report Tuesday.


New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

www.nmsupolice.com

Nothing new operationally to report Tuesday.


Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency

Nothing new to report Tuesday, aside from an update on the list of questions sent to the JIC from a constituent.

Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-new-mexico-correctional-facility/

Nothing operationally to update today; staff continues PPE training.


State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program

http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us

Nothing new operationally to report Tuesday.


Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

www.mvrda.org

Nothing new operationally to report Tuesday

U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas

No update Tuesday.

April 21, 2020 11:20 AM

New Mexico Superintendent of Insurance issues guidance prohibiting surprise billing for care received out-of-network as a result of COVID-19

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Office of Superintendent of Insurance (OSI) on Monday announced new requirements for all major health insurance carriers that are subject to New Mexico jurisdiction to cover expenses for out-of-network care received as a result of COVID-19. In recognition of capacity restraints on providers, the new guidance also orders insurance carriers to cover out-of-network bills where a consumer can’t receive in-network care for other conditions due to the COVID-19 crisis.

“In this health emergency, cost and network availability should not be a deciding factor on whether a New Mexico patient receives appropriate health care services,” said Russell Toal, Superintendent of Insurance.

The new guidance directs carriers to grant in-network providers the flexibility to refer patients to appropriate care, which may be out-of-network, as pressures on the healthcare system grow during the COVID-19 crisis. As the COVID-19 emergency continues, and triage systems are put in place, hospitals may route those seeking care to other facilities, including out-of-network facilities or providers; insurance carriers have the responsibility to cover these services.

Effective immediately, carriers shall reimburse out-of-network providers, including facilities, using the surprise billing rate. A health care provider that knowingly surprise bills a patient for out-of-network care may be subject to a fine pursuant to Section 59A-16-21.3, NMSA 1978.

For more information to these rules refer to Surprise Medical Billing Bulletin 2020-009.

April 20, 2020 5:38 PM

The New Mexico Department of Health announces its latest drive-up screening for the COVID-19 coronavirus for all essential workers Thursday, April 23rd at the Las Cruces Public Health Office, 1170 N. Solano Dr. from 7 am to 12 pm or while test supplies last.

The screening is open to all essential workers with or without COVID-19 symptoms - to include: first responders, health care workers, long-term care workers, utility workers and any employees of all essential business.

Please try to limit two people per vehicle to avoid unnecessary risk for viral spread. No insurance is required for screening.

For more information the Department of Health has added several new features recently to its COVOD-19 website, https://cv.nmhealth.org/ including testing locations, information by county, demographic information for positive cases and the ability to track cases by zip code.

In addition, New Mexicans can continue to call with health-related questions to the Department of Health’s coronavirus hotline at 855-600-3453. For non-health-related questions or concerns call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov.

April 20, 2020 5:19 PM

PPE status update: State ramping up high volume
of supplemental shipments to local entities

SANTA FE – The state of New Mexico under Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s administration continues to send a high volume of supplemental personal protective equipment to state and local entities like cities, counties, tribes, pueblos, state agencies, elder care facilities, health care clinics and more in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The state has aggressively and proactively pursued hundreds of orders for personal protective equipment in recent weeks, buttressing shipments from the federal strategic national stockpile. This equipment is needed not only in hospitals and health care settings but for first responders and others on the front-lines of fighting the pandemic and supporting the state’s cohesive containment and transmission mitigation efforts.

As of Sunday, April 19, the state had shipped 618 total orders of personal protective equipment to counties, emergency responders, shelters, regional medical centers, pueblos and more. The state has distributed 460,915 pairs of exam gloves; 38,160 face shields; 55,686 gowns; 98,880 N95 masks; and 281,080 surgical masks. Over the past weekend alone, the state made shipments to the city of Albuquerque’s emergency operations center, the city of Santa Fe, Los Alamos County, Dona Ana County, McKinley County fire and emergency services, Rio Rancho fire services, Pojoaque Pueblo, Zuni Pueblo, Santa Clara Pueblo as well as residential care facilities, nursing homes and senior living facilities in Bernalillo, Sandoval and Socorro counties, with dozens more orders pending or ready for shipment.

Local entities make personal protective equipment requests of the state’s Emergency Operations Center through their respective emergency managers.

These distributions are in addition to the state’s work in conjunction with hospitals to ensure those health care entities have personal protective equipment for front-line health workers treating patients. The Governor’s Office and Department of Health are actively contacting hospitals to get accurate assessments of their personal protective equipment levels; the state then distributes from its equipment to those entities based on need.

“The state of New Mexico has been and will continue to be a proactive partner with entities all across the state as we battle this pandemic,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “We are leaning in unequivocally. It goes beyond the work we’ve done with our partners at hospitals and health care facilities all across the state; we’ve provided and will continue to provide PPE to cities and counties and pueblos and all manner of entities who request and need it. Because we are immensely grateful to our first responders and the helpers every single day. If they’re not protected, we’re not protected. And we will do everything in our power to keep it that way.”

Additionally, the state, through its Aging and Long-Term Services Department, has been working with the New Mexico Health Care and the New Mexico Home Health and Hospital Associations to provide supplemental PPE to all nursing homes, home health agencies, hospice and assisted living facilities across the state. As of Sunday, more than 100 providers have received the state-supplemented PPE, including more than 1,000 surgical masks, 2,000 pairs of gloves and 1,000 face shields. The state Department of Health COVID-19 Provider Portal has been enhanced to allow long-term care facilities to enter quantities of both their personal protective equipment as well as bed capacities. The portal also collects daily equipment use and burn rates to more accurately address the personal protective needs of the facilities.

April 20, 2020 5:11 PM

The state of New Mexico under Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s administration continues to send a high volume of supplemental personal protective equipment to state and local entities like cities, counties, tribes, pueblos, state agencies, elder care facilities, health care clinics and more in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The state has aggressively and proactively pursued hundreds of orders for personal protective equipment in recent weeks, buttressing shipments from the federal strategic national stockpile. This equipment is needed not only in hospitals and health care settings but for first responders and others on the front-lines of fighting the pandemic and supporting the state’s cohesive containment and transmission mitigation efforts.

As of Sunday, April 19, the state had shipped 618 total orders of personal protective equipment to counties, emergency responders, shelters, regional medical centers, pueblos and more. The state has distributed 460,915 pairs of exam gloves; 38,160 face shields; 55,686 gowns; 98,880 N95 masks; and 281,080 surgical masks. Over the past weekend alone, the state made shipments to the city of Albuquerque’s emergency operations center, the city of Santa Fe, Los Alamos County, Dona Ana County, McKinley County fire and emergency services, Rio Rancho fire services, Pojoaque Pueblo, Zuni Pueblo, Santa Clara Pueblo as well as residential care facilities, nursing homes and senior living facilities in Bernalillo, Sandoval and Socorro counties, with dozens more orders pending or ready for shipment.

Local entities make personal protective equipment requests of the state’s Emergency Operations Center through their respective emergency managers.

These distributions are in addition to the state’s work in conjunction with hospitals to ensure those health care entities have personal protective equipment for front-line health workers treating patients. The Governor’s Office and Department of Health are actively contacting hospitals to get accurate assessments of their personal protective equipment levels; the state then distributes from its equipment to those entities based on need.

“The state of New Mexico has been and will continue to be a proactive partner with entities all across the state as we battle this pandemic,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “We are leaning in unequivocally. It goes beyond the work we’ve done with our partners at hospitals and health care facilities all across the state; we’ve provided and will continue to provide PPE to cities and counties and pueblos and all manner of entities who request and need it. Because we are immensely grateful to our first responders and the helpers every single day. If they’re not protected, we’re not protected. And we will do everything in our power to keep it that way.”

Additionally, the state, through its Aging and Long-Term Services Department, has been working with the New Mexico Health Care and the New Mexico Home Health and Hospital Associations to provide supplemental PPE to all nursing homes, home health agencies, hospice and assisted living facilities across the state. As of Sunday, more than 100 providers have received the state-supplemented PPE, including more than 1,000 surgical masks, 2,000 pairs of gloves and 1,000 face shields. The state Department of Health COVID-19 Provider Portal has been enhanced to allow long-term care facilities to enter quantities of both their personal protective equipment as well as bed capacities. The portal also collects daily equipment use and burn rates to more accurately address the personal protective needs of the facilities.

April 20, 2020 4:17 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 1,971
Update also includes three additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 126 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
24 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Colfax County
4 new cases in Doña Ana County
1 new case in Eddy County
1 new case in Grant County
53 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Quay County
1 new case in Rio Arriba County
2 new cases in Sandoval County
18 new cases in San Juan County
3 new cases in Santa Fe County
11 new cases in Socorro County
1 new case in Taos County
1 new case in Torrance County
4 new cases in Valencia County
The Department of Health on Monday also reported three additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:
A male in his 70s from Quay County. The individual was hospitalized out of state and had underlying medical conditions.
A female in her 70s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A male in his 80s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions. The individual was a resident of Life Care Center of Farmington.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 58.

The Department of Health has identified positive COVID-19 cases in residents and/or staff at the following congregate living facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 1,971 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 566
Catron County: 1
Chaves County: 21
Cibola County: 33
Colfax County: 5
Curry County: 10
Doña Ana County: 73
Eddy County: 10
Grant County: 14
Guadalupe County: 1
Lea County: 2
Lincoln County: 1
Los Alamos County: 6
Luna County: 3
McKinley County: 416
Otero County: 3
Quay County: 3
Rio Arriba County: 11
Roosevelt County: 1
Sandoval County: 317
San Juan County: 293
San Miguel County: 2
Santa Fe County: 86
Socorro County: 31
Taos County: 16
Torrance County: 13
Valencia County: 33

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 116 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 501 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has detected community spread in Bernalillo, Doña Ana, McKinley, Otero, Sandoval, San Juan, and Santa Fe counties and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. All businesses except those deemed essential have been ordered to close. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:
Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregant settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

The state Department of Health will update its dedicated COVID-19 webpage with additional tests as the state lab provides results.

April 20, 2020 1:11 PM

The City of Las Cruces reminds residents, guests and business owners of Las Cruces that due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the New Mexico Public Health Emergency Order as declared by Kathyleen Kunkel, Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health and Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham on March 23, prohibits mass gatherings. The Order has been extended until April 30, 2020.

The Public Health Order designated all New Mexico businesses closed unless identified as “essential businesses.” Essential businesses have been allowed to operate under minimized operations and staff and have been informed to adhere to the social distancing rules of maintaining a six-foot separation from other individuals.

The City is asking businesses to voluntarily maintain compliance with the State’s order which gives the New Mexico Department of Public Safety, and all other state departments and agencies the primary authority to enforce.

If City staff witness a violation, compliance is first sought through education then enforcement. The same occurs if a concerned resident identifies and reports a violation. Codes Enforcement, a division of the City’s Police Department, has been educating businesses of the Public Health Order, and to date, no citations have been issued. Any enforcement action for a violation of the order requires it to be committed in the presence of an officer. A new plan has been implemented which incorporates the revocation of business licenses for non-compliant businesses with documented repeated violations of the Public Health Order.

In addition, the Centers for Disease Control recommends the use of face masks in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. This recommendation is not included in the Public Health Order and therefore is not enforceable in the same way as mass gatherings and social distancing. However, residents, guests, and businesses are advised to follow this precaution in their day to day activities.

Here are a few links the City has compiled that may be of use to answer questions about the Public Health Order, the latest information and resources from the State, The Mayor’s Emergency Declaration, or the role of Codes Enforcement.

List of essential businesses in the State’s public health order https://cv.nmhealth.org/stay-at-home-essential-businesses/
COVID-19 Alert Center on the City’s website which has current information from a variety of sources http://www.las-cruces.org/AlertCenter.aspx
Mayor’s Emergency Proclamation: https://www.las-cruces.org/DocumentCenter/View/4986/Mayors-Emergency-Proclamation
Codes Enforcement http://www.las-cruces.org/1264/Codes-Enforcement

For more information contact Codes Enforcement at (575) 528-4100.

April 20, 2020 12:52 PM

COVID19 Joint Information Center

April 20, 2020 10:00 a.m.

City of Anthony

Chief Lara, Anthony PD – busy weekend. All calls were domestic disturbances. No calls related to violations of public health order. Will reach out to La Casa for additional resources.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – Coordinating with Chief Lara on additional resources.

City of Sunland Park

Nothing new operationally to report.

City of Las Cruces

The City of Las Cruces is working on a news release asking businesses to comply with the Social Distancing Order as indicated in the New Mexico State Public Health Order issued on March 23rd.

The City has been receiving notifications from concerned citizens that some business are not in compliance with the order. The City hopes to educate businesses first before any action is taken allowing time for correction and compliance. Actions may include a revocation of business license in extreme cases if documented repeated violations occur. Codes Enforcement can respond if necessary. (575) 528-4100.
Not wearing a face masks was another concern identified by citizens. The City is recommending residents follow the recommendation on the CDC to wear one when out in public but because they are not mandated, the City is also not mandating their use.


The City council will meet for a regular meeting today at 1 p.m.

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Las Cruces Police Department / Las Cruces Fire Department

LCPD is receiving a lot of complaints about people not complying with public health order at retail establishments, primarily area Walmart locations. Will be participating in frequent patrols of city parks, closed businesses. Over the weekend, there were some domestic calls.

Las Cruces Public Schools

Ensuring teachers maintain communication with principals and providing additional resources for families. Putting together a video in support of the 2020 Census to encourage people to respond to the census. The school board meets tomorrow at 6 p.m. available via livestream.

Doña Ana County

Nothing to report from the county. Jamie wanted the group to know about non-congregate isolation sites. Two hotels in town will accommodate those who need to self-isolate without resources to do so (ex: if they have families in town). One is for first responders only; one is for the general public. Food and health monitoring are also available for those in self-isolation.



Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Nothing to report on Monday.

Doña Ana County Detention Center

Nothing to report on Monday but expressed appreciation for the donation of cloth masks.

Village of Hatch

No report Monday.

Town of Mesilla

Nothing new to report Monday.

Memorial Medical Center (MMC)

Nothing new to report Monday.

Mountain View Regional Medical Center

Nothing new to report Monday.

New Mexico State University

Nothing to report Monday, aside from details related to tomorrow’s meeting:

NMSU Board of Regents have a meeting Tuesday via Zoom to discuss tuition rates, budgets for the coming year. Read on for more information on joining the meeting:

NMSU regents to hold special meeting April 21

The Board of Regents of New Mexico State University will hold a special meeting at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 21. Due to public health emergency mandates issued by New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, the meeting will be webcast only. The meeting will be available by webcast through the link at https://panopto.nmsu.edu/bor/. Please contact the Office of the Board of Regents at 575-646-5997 if you need additional information.



New Mexico State University Police

Nothing new to report Monday.

Office of Emergency Management (OEM)

Nothing new to report Monday. Will be assisting in responding to the list of questions sent to the JIC from elected officials.

Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

No report on Monday.

State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services - Ombudsman Program

Agencies are trying to work through logistics and clarification on end of life directives for those who are actively dying and granting access to families. Being on hospice is no longer sufficient for allowing visitation.

Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority (MVRDA)

Nothing new to report Monday.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, El Paso Sector

No report Monday.

New Mexico Department of Health

No report Monday.

April 19, 2020 10:07 PM

COVID-19 Data Portal Available on City Website
Data Now Available by Zip Code

A portal with current statewide coronavirus data initiated by the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is available on the City of Las Cruces COVID-19 Alert Center at COVID19Lascruces.com. The link titled NMDOH COVID-19 Public Dashboard is on the left side menu.

The portal has COVID-19 data specific to positive cases and testing in the state. According to NMDOH, the data dashboard includes county-by-county breakdowns of positive cases by age, gender and ethnicity. The portal also includes reporting about testing by county and zip code by clicking on the color coded map.

“The portal is a quick, easy way for Las Crucens to access the most current coronavirus information, not just in our area, but statewide,” said Interim City Manager David Maestas. “Knowledge is a key factor in staying ahead of this virus and maintaining our health. So, I encourage all community members to routinely visit the portal.”

Other information includes total hospitalizations, current hospitalizations, total deaths and total recovered.

“I’m grateful to our NMDOH partners for initiating and maintaining this highly informative portal. It will go a long way towards keeping us better informed,” Maestas said.

City of Las Cruces news releases are available on the home page of the City website at las-cruces.org under News & Announcements and can be translated into Spanish and multiple other languages using the Select Language feature on the lower right side of the page.

April 18, 2020 9:37 AM

Department of Health announces COVID-19
screening for essential workers in Las Cruces

SANTA FE –The New Mexico Department of Health announces drive-up screening for the COVID-19 coronavirus for all essential workers at the Las Cruces Public Health Office, 1170 N. Solano Dr. Sunday, April 19th from 8 am to 12 pm or while test supplies last.

The screening is open to all essential workers with or without COVID-19 symptoms - to include: first responders, health care workers, long-term care workers, utility workers and any employees of all essential business.

Please try to limit two people per vehicle to avoid unnecessary risk for viral spread. No insurance is required for screening.

For more information the Department of Health has added several new features recently to its COVOD-19 website, https://cv.nmhealth.org/ including testing locations, information by county, demographic information for positive cases and the ability to track cases by zip code.

In addition, New Mexicans can continue to call with health-related questions to the Department of Health’s coronavirus hotline at 855-600-3453. For non-health-related questions or concerns call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov.

April 17, 2020 7:01 PM

The New Mexico Department of Health announces drive-up screening for the COVID-19 coronavirus for all essential workers at the Las Cruces Public Health Office, 1170 N. Solano Dr. Sunday, April 19th from 8 am to 12 pm or while test supplies last. The screening is open to all essential workers with or without COVID-19 symptoms - to include: first responders, health care workers, long-term care workers, utility workers and any employees of all essential business. Please try to limit two people per vehicle to avoid unnecessary risk for viral spread. No insurance is required for screening. For more information the Department of Health has added several new features recently to its COVOD-19 website, https://cv.nmhealth.org/ including testing locations, information by county, demographic information for positive cases and the ability to track cases by zip code. In addition, New Mexicans can continue to call with health-related questions to the Department of Health’s coronavirus hotline at 855-600-3453. For non-health-related questions or concerns call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov.

April 17, 2020 4:13 PM

New Mexico state health officials on Friday announced 115 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

24 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new cases in Chaves County
2 new cases in Cibola County
1 new case in Colfax County
7 new cases in Doña Ana County
2 new cases in Eddy County
1 new case in Grant County
51 new cases in McKinley County
8 new cases in Sandoval County
14 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in Santa Fe County
2 new cases in Valencia County
The Department of Health on Friday also reported seven additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. Those cases are:

A male in his 70s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying medical conditions and was a resident of the La Vida Llena facility in Albuquerque.
A female in her 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A second female in her 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying medical conditions.
A female in her 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying medical conditions and was a resident of the La Vida Llena facility in Albuquerque.
A female in her 50s from Sandoval County.
A male in his 80s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized.
A male in his 40s from Socorro County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 51.

The Department of Health has identified positive COVID-19 cases in residents and/or staff at the following congregate living facilities:

Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The case numbers reported previously included one case from Bernalillo County that was not lab confirmed – the error has been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 1,711 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 514

Catron County: 1

Chaves County: 21

Cibola County: 32

Colfax County: 4

Curry County: 10

Doña Ana County: 65

Eddy County: 9

Grant County: 13

Lea County: 2

Lincoln County: 1

Los Alamos County: 6

Luna County: 3

McKinley County: 316

Otero County: 3

Quay County: 1

Rio Arriba County: 10

Roosevelt County: 1

Sandoval County: 301

San Juan County: 243

San Miguel County: 2

Santa Fe County: 80

Socorro County: 20

Taos County: 15

Torrance County: 12

Valencia County: 26

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 96 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 382 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has detected community spread in Bernalillo, Doña Ana, McKinley, Otero, Sandoval, San Juan, and Santa Fe counties and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. All businesses except those deemed essential have been ordered to close. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:

Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregant settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

The state Department of Health will update its dedicated COVID-19 webpage with additional tests as the state lab provides results.

April 17, 2020 3:30 PM

NMSU Extension to conduct navigating COVID-19 for beef producers webinar
DATE: 04/17/2020
WRITER: Jane Moorman, 505-249-0527, jmoorman@nmsu.edu
CONTACT: Craig Gifford, 405-880-1877, cgifford@nmsu.edu
The COVID-19 crisis is impacting almost every segment of life and every business in the United States and worldwide. The cattle industry is also suffering unprecedented market reactions and supply chain disruptions.

“From closing of service industries to shuttering of processing facilities, supply chain disruptions have wreaked havoc on segments of the beef industry and created instability that has not been seen before,” said Craig Gifford, New Mexico State University Extension beef cattle specialist. “These challenges make it difficult for ranchers to execute sound business decisions.”

NMSU Cooperative Extension Service is hosting a free webinar series, “Navigating COVID-19 for New Mexico Beef Producers,” where industry leaders will provide beef producers with the most current information available.

“It is certainly impossible to predict what will happen, but these webinars will provide information and variables to watch so producers can make as informed a decision as possible,” Gifford said.

The first session, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 30, via Zoom, will focus on the beef cattle market and climate forecast.

New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte will provide opening remarks regarding the impact of COVID-19 on New Mexico agriculture, and how we move forward.

An expert in beef supply chain and beef market, Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University professor of agricultural economics, will discuss the economic fallout of COVID-19 and what to watch for going forward.

NMSU climatologist Dave DuBois will provide a 2020 monsoon season outlook.

Participants in the webinars must register prior to the event. Visit nmbeef.nmsu.edu to register. The sessions are limited to 300 participants.

“Because the COVID-19 situation is evolving daily, the webinar series will take place monthly as long as necessary,” Gifford said. “Time, date and speakers for future webinars will be announced later.”

April 17, 2020 2:53 PM

The COVID-19 crisis is impacting almost every segment of life and every business in the United States and worldwide. The cattle industry is also suffering unprecedented market reactions and supply chain disruptions.

“From closing of service industries to shuttering of processing facilities, supply chain disruptions have wreaked havoc on segments of the beef industry and created instability that has not been seen before,” said Craig Gifford, New Mexico State University Extension beef cattle specialist. “These challenges make it difficult for ranchers to execute sound business decisions.”

NMSU Cooperative Extension Service is hosting a free webinar series, “Navigating COVID-19 for New Mexico Beef Producers,” where industry leaders will provide beef producers with the most current information available.

“It is certainly impossible to predict what will happen, but these webinars will provide information and variables to watch so producers can make as informed a decision as possible,” Gifford said.

The first session, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 30, via Zoom, will focus on the beef cattle market and climate forecast.

New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte will provide opening remarks regarding the impact of COVID-19 on New Mexico agriculture, and how we move forward.

An expert in beef supply chain and beef market, Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University professor of agricultural economics, will discuss the economic fallout of COVID-19 and what to watch for going forward.

NMSU climatologist Dave DuBois will provide a 2020 monsoon season outlook.

Participants in the webinars must register prior to the event. Visit nmbeef.nmsu.edu to register. The sessions are limited to 300 participants.

“Because the COVID-19 situation is evolving daily, the webinar series will take place monthly as long as necessary,” Gifford said. “Time, date and speakers for future webinars will be announced later.”
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April 17, 2020 1:29 PM

Mayor Ken Miyagishima and the other six city councilors are reaching out to the community with helpful coronavirus information through a new bi-lingual, multi-media campaign. In a series of videos, the councilors address a variety of COVID-19 related topics:

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English version:

· Mayor Ken Miyagishima: Adhering to the Emergency Order

· Mayor Pro Tem Kasandra Gandara, District 1: Child Abuse Prevention

· Councilor Tessa Abeyta-Stuve, District 2: Mental Illness Awareness

· Councilor Gabe Vasquez, District 3: City Council Emergency Actions

· Councilor Johana Bencomo, District 4: Health Tips

· Councilor Gill Sorg, District 5: City Tap Water Quality

· Councilor Yvonne Flores, District 6: Patience and Kindness

Councilors Flores, Vasquez, Gandara and Bencomo also recorded the videos in Spanish.

The English videos are closed captioned in Spanish and are posted one-per-day throughtoday, April 17, on the City’s social media sites; Facebook@cityoflascruces, Instagram@cityoflascrucesgov, Twitter@clcgov, Youtube/clctv20 and online at las-cruces.org.

The Spanish language videos are on Facebook and Instagram in a paid advertising campaign specifically targeting Spanish speakers.

The videos will also be televised hourly on the City’s government access channel, CLC-TV Comcast channel 20 in Las Cruces.

Audio from the videos are used as radio spots that are airing on Las Cruces radio stations, including the Spanish language station.

All the videos in English and Spanish can be accessed on the home page of the City of Las Cruces website under Hot Topics

April 17, 2020 11:28 AM

NMSU provides internet access options for students across the state

DATE: 04/17/2020
WRITER: Jane Moorman, 505-249-0527, jmoorman@nmsu.edu
CONTACT: Donald Conner, 575-646-1109, deconner@nmsu.edu
CONTACT: Norma Grijalva, 575-646-7767, norma@nmsu.edu

The New Mexico State University system’s students are among the millions of students nationwide from elementary school through college whose schools and campuses have been partly or fully closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

While they are observing the social distancing mandate to stay at home, they are also continuing their academic progress, so NMSU’s Information and Communication Technology department and Cooperative Extension Service are stepping up to ensure students across the state have the technology and internet access they need to complete the semester successfully.

For some students, staying at home has brought many unexpected challenges.

“We don’t know what distractions or obligations the students are dealing with in their stay-at-home situation,” said Donald Conner, associate dean and director of academic programs for the College of College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. “These issues could impact their ability to receive the course material and concentrate on their studies.”

One way NMSU is providing support to help students finish the semester successfully is by offering additional access options for internet service.

“We know that some of our students do not have the resources for online learning at home,” said Norma Grijalva, NMSU’s chief information officer. “We are working to provide solutions to help them gain access.”

For students without their own computer at home, NMSU is offering laptops that can be checked out. Wireless internet hotspots and limited computer lab access are also available to students at the Las Cruces campus, in accordance with social distancing and heightened cleaning procedures. The NMSU Albuquerque Center, located at Central New Mexico Community College’s Montoya Campus, is also offering access to its computer lab.

NMSU’s ICT department will soon deploy a virtual computer lab that students may access online.

“In addition, we have identified Parking Lot 19 as work-from-car area for students needing access,” Grijalva said. The lot, between the Rhodes-Garrett-Hamiel and Garcia residence halls on the Las Cruces campus, is accessible from Locust Street, on the northeast side of campus.

For the many rural areas in New Mexico where internet access is less reliable or accessible, NMSU Cooperative Extension Service is offering students a solution.

“We had some feedback from a fairly limited number of students concerning their internet access in rural areas,” said Conner. “We posed the question to our county Extension offices about whether their Wi-Fi could be accessed.

“Most, not all, of the 33 county offices do have wireless that can be accessed from outside the building,” Conner said. “Once again, I am impressed with our Extension folks. They worked to make some technology changes so the students have access.”

The access to wireless internet at the county Extension offices is not limited to College of ACES students.

“We have offered this access to any NMSU student living in rural areas without internet access,” said Rolando A. Flores, dean of the College of ACES. “We are all Aggies and as such we want to help our students to complete this semester under these unique circumstances.”

A list of internet service providers that are offering discounted services is posted on NMSU’s resources page at https://studenttech.nmsu.edu/resources-for-students/.

April 17, 2020 11:17 AM

NMDOH COVID-19 Public Dashboard
The data dashboard currently includes county-by-county breakdowns of positive cases by age, gender and ethnicity.
The data dashboard currently includes county-by-county breakdowns of positive cases by age, gender and ethnicity.

Public Dashboard
April 17, 2020 10:53 AM

State agencies are offering plenty of distractions for New Mexicans stuck at home for another weekend amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Crafts, concerts and kitchen chemistry are just a few of the activities the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and the Tourism Department have prepared. Here’s a list of some of the things you can do this weekend – without leaving home:

Go shopping – online – using the Tourism Department’s new buy-local online gift guide.

Enjoy the New Mexico Museum of Art’s annual Spring Community Fun Day virtually. Visit the website for seasonal crafts as well as a scavenger hunt in our online collection.

The second concert in the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs’ weekly Friday night virtual concert series, “Our Fair New Mexico,” will feature Otilio Ruiz at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, at 7 p.m. Friday, April 17.

The New Mexico History Museum invites all New Mexicans to help make history by sharing stories, diaries or memories of these days of social-distancing by emailing them to historylibary@state.nm.us.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History’s Virtual Rocketeer Academy launches this weekend. The academy offers 15-minute programs on a variety of DIY educational activities from kitchen chemistry to homemade rocketry. This week, learn how to make stomp rockets with materials you have at home.

The State Library has introduced free unlimited TumbleBooks access for all New Mexicans—no library card, download or apps required. The collection includes K-6 children’s books, young adults (grades 7-12), and audio books.

Need to find free, public Wifi in your community? The New Mexico State Library has an interactive map of libraries across the state providing Wifi in their parking lots so students can access online resources, local residents can fill out their online Census survey, and local businesses can access CARES Act support. Many are keeping their Wifi on 24/7, and several have boosted the signal so that it can reach farther.

The Museum of International Folk Art invites you to explore nine of its most popular exhibits, online. New exhibits are being added, so visit often.

New Mexico Historic Sites has launched a “Virtual Classroom” for each of its eight historic sites. The online resource includes videos, full lesson plans (tied to curriculum standards) and activities by grade level.

The History and Literary Arts Program of the National Hispanic Cultural Center has launched the podcast“La Hilacha, Words and Memories,” celebrating Latinx history and literature.

A virtual tour of “Monumental Territory,” an exhibit of work by Las Cruces artist Kayla Blundell at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, is available on Facebook.

The Tourism Department hosts a Youtube playlist of 360 videos that let users soar in a hot air balloon, wander the corridors of Meow Wolf, and cruise through some of New Mexico’s great neighborhoods. Users can experience New Mexico TRUE in 360 with a virtual reality headset or on a traditional viewing screen.

Virtual Tours

Google Arts & Culture: Carlsbad Caverns

Google Arts & Culture: Bandelier National Monument

Google Arts & Culture: Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Santa Fe Google Treks

Visit Albuquerque’s Homeside Exploration & Activities

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Virtual Tour

Explore Albuquerque Virtual Tour

Albuquerque Museum Virtual Tour

The Very Large Array Explorer

Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art Virtual Tour

Prescott Gallery & Sculpture Garden Virtual Tour

Petroglyph National Monument Virtual Visit

Online Exhibits

Google Arts & Culture: National Hispanic Cultural Center Online

Google Arts & Culture: Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

Department of Cultural Affairs - Collection of Exhibitions and Digital Resources

Museum of International Folk Art Online Exhibits

IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Virtual Reality Exhibition

New Mexico Museum of National History & Science Online Exhibits

Museum of Indian Arts & Culture Online Exhibitions

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Collections Online

New Mexico Museum of Art Online Exhibitions

Museum of Spanish Colonial Art Online Collections

Blackwater Draw National Historic Landmark & Museum Online Exhibits

Chaco Culture Museum Collection Web Exhibit

Virtual Classrooms

New Mexico Historic Sites Virtual Classroom Program

Los Luceros Historic Site Virtual Programs & Activities

IPCC’s Virtual Culture Guide

Los Alamos History Museum History at Home Activities

Livestreams and Other Engaging Media

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum: Abiquiu Garden Webcam

Very Large Array Webcam

Aztec Ruins National Monument Night Sky Videos

White Sands National Monument YouTube Channel

April 17, 2020 10:49 AM

COVID19 Joint Information Center

April 17, 2020 10:00 a.m.
City of Anthony

Chief Lara, Anthony PD – Going through PPE quickly, will work on resourcing more. Increase in domestic violence calls.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – Public Works employee was pulled over by EPPD. Staff ID that was issued by the city wasn’t sufficient. Needed a letter designating staff as essential employees.

City of Sunland Park
Nothing new operationally to report.

City of Las Cruces

Nothing new to report Friday. Council was in special session during the conference.

At a special meeting today, April 17, 2020, the Las Cruces City Council approved an additional $139,500 in emergency funding to assist with the impact to our community caused by the Public Health Order to address the Corona Virus. The money is from the City’s general fund.

Agency/Organization

Mesilla Valley Habitat for Humanity: $65,000 to complete five-homes currently under construction.
City of LC Economic Development Department: $74,500 for microloan technical assistance.
On April 3, City Council allocated $1,072,500 in emergency financial assistance and another $684,000 on April 10.Those funds were allocated from the Telshor Fund, money the City receives for the lease of Memorial Medical Center that is jointly owned by the City and County.

City of Las Cruces news releases can be translated into Spanish and multiple other languages using the Select Language feature on the lower right side of the home page of the City website at las-cruces.org under News & Announcements.

Las Cruces Police Department / Las Cruces Fire Department

Nothing operationally to report.

Las Cruces Public Schools

As of Friday, most devices had been distributed to students who indicated they needed assistance, and codes from Comcast have been assigned. Nine schools reported a 100% distribution rate for technology and a handful of schools had distribution schedules this week. The LCPS Continuous Learning Plan is still online and is updated daily at www.lcps.net

Doña Ana County

Nothing to report Friday.

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Nothing to report on Friday.

Doña Ana County Detention Center

Nothing to report on Friday but had a request for donation of homemade masks. Other JIC agencies will assist offline.

Village of Hatch

No report Friday.

Town of Mesilla

Nothing new to report Friday.

Memorial Medical Center (MMC)

Nothing new to report Friday.

Mountain View Regional Medical Center

Nothing new to report Friday.

New Mexico State University

Nothing to report Friday, aside from details related to next week’s meeting:
NMSU Board of Regents have a meeting Tuesday via Zoom to discuss tuition rates, budgets for the coming year. Read on for more information on joining the meeting:

NMSU regents to hold special meeting April 21

The Board of Regents of New Mexico State University will hold a special meeting at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 21. Due to public health emergency mandates issued by New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, the meeting will be webcast only. The meeting will be available by webcast through the link at https://panopto.nmsu.edu/bor/. Please contact the Office of the Board of Regents at 575-646-5997 if you need additional information.

New Mexico State University Police

Nothing new to report Friday.

Office of Emergency Management (OEM)

Nothing new to report Friday.

Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

No report on Friday.

State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services - Ombudsman Program

Will start distributing homemade masks for staff and then to inmates.

Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority (MVRDA)

Nothing new to report Friday, had a request for specialized PPE for those with claustrophobia – that query will be sent to OEM for review/recommendation.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, El Paso Sector

No report Friday.

New Mexico Department of Health

No report Friday.

April 17, 2020 10:45 AM

At a special meeting today, April 17, 2020, the Las Cruces City Council approved an additional $139,500 in emergency funding to assist with the impact to our community caused by the Public Health Order to address the Corona Virus. The money is from the City’s general fund.

Agency/Organization

Mesilla Valley Habitat for Humanity: $65,000 to complete five-homes currently under construction.
City of LC Economic Development Department: $74,500 for microloan technical assistance.
On April 3, City Council allocated $1,072,500 in emergency financial assistance and another $684,000 on April 10.Those funds were allocated from the Telshor Fund, money the City receives for the lease of Memorial Medical Center that is jointly owned by the City and County.

April 16, 2020 6:43 PM

Gov. Lujan Grisham statement on White House’s
“Opening Up America Again” guidelines​

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday afternoon issued the following statement regarding the Trump administration’s distribution of “Opening Up America Again” guidelines:

“The White House – like states across the country, including ours – is considering what a plan to reopen our economy might look like. We appreciate their suggestions, and we will evaluate them thoroughly, but the plain overriding fact is we cannot put the cart before the horse. As CDC, FEMA, and public health experts across the country have made clear, we are not at a point currently where it would be safe to reopen, and doing so prematurely would undo the heroic work of our health workers and first responders, endanger many more people and essentially guarantee enhanced transmission of the virus, leading to more illness and death. Indeed, just today, we saw the highest single-day COVID-related death toll in our state. Every one of these cases is a tragedy. Every one of the victims and their families and loved ones are in my prayers. And as a state, we mourn with those families. The sad reality is we will see more; that’s the awful nature of this virus, and that’s why we absolutely must keep up our vigorous social distancing efforts, difficult as it is to sacrifice our sense of normalcy. We are flattening the curve – but we can’t stop now.

“Please know that my administration is working doggedly to develop robust economic recovery plans alongside a plan for a thoughtful, staged and flexible reopening of our state – and the moment we can safely implement those plans, they will be implemented with the same dedication and focus that we are using to contain this pandemic. But first things first. And our state’s partnership with the White House to be part of a federal pilot program to demonstrate the effectiveness of aggressive testing and contact-tracing capacity is an enormous step forward. Doing the work to defeat the virus in this way will set the stage for New Mexico to be in the driver’s seat, nationally, for economic recovery – and I believe it will ultimately help state businesses reopen faster and stay open for longer.”

April 16, 2020 4:53 PM

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday afternoon issued the following statement regarding the Trump administration’s distribution of “Opening Up America Again” guidelines:

“The White House – like states across the country, including ours – is considering what a plan to reopen our economy might look like. We appreciate their suggestions, and we will evaluate them thoroughly, but the plain overriding fact is we cannot put the cart before the horse. As CDC, FEMA, and public health experts across the country have made clear, we are not at a point currently where it would be safe to reopen, and doing so prematurely would undo the heroic work of our health workers and first responders, endanger many more people and essentially guarantee enhanced transmission of the virus, leading to more illness and death. Indeed, just today, we saw the highest single-day COVID-related death toll in our state. Every one of these cases is a tragedy. Every one of the victims and their families and loved ones are in my prayers. And as a state, we mourn with those families. The sad reality is we will see more; that’s the awful nature of this virus, and that’s why we absolutely must keep up our vigorous social distancing efforts, difficult as it is to sacrifice our sense of normalcy. We are flattening the curve – but we can’t stop now.

“Please know that my administration is working doggedly to develop robust economic recovery plans alongside a plan for a thoughtful, staged and flexible reopening of our state – and the moment we can safely implement those plans, they will be implemented with the same dedication and focus that we are using to contain this pandemic. But first things first. And our state’s partnership with the White House to be part of a federal pilot program to demonstrate the effectiveness of aggressive testing and contact-tracing capacity is an enormous step forward. Doing the work to defeat the virus in this way will set the stage for New Mexico to be in the driver’s seat, nationally, for economic recovery – and I believe it will ultimately help state businesses reopen faster and stay open for longer.”

April 16, 2020 4:28 PM

New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 116 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

17 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Cibola County
1 new case in Colfax County
4 new cases in Doña Ana County
1 new case in Grant County
1 new case in Luna County
23 new cases in McKinley County
31 new cases in Sandoval County
29 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in Santa Fe
4 new cases in Socorro County
3 new cases in Valencia County
The Department of Health on Thursday also reported 8 additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

Those cases are:

A female in her 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying medical conditions. The individual was a resident of the La Vida Llena facility in Albuquerque.
A female in her 80s from Cibola County. The individual had underlying medical conditions.
A female in her 30s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A male in his 50s from McKinley County.
A male in his 30s from Sandoval County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A male in his 30s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A female in her 70s from San Juan County.
A female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions. The individual was a resident of the Life Care Center facility in Farmington.
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 44.

The Department of Health has identified positive COVID-19 cases in residents and/or staff at the following congregate living facilities:

Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The case numbers reported previously included one duplicate from Bernalillo County and two cases from Bernalillo County that were not lab confirmed. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 1,597 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 491

Catron County: 1

Chaves County: 19

Cibola County: 30

Colfax County: 3

Curry County: 10

Doña Ana County: 58

Eddy County: 7

Grant County: 12

Lea County: 2

Lincoln County: 1

Los Alamos County: 6

Luna County: 3

McKinley County: 265

Otero County: 3

Quay County: 1

Rio Arriba County: 10

Roosevelt County: 1

Sandoval County: 293

San Juan County: 229

San Miguel County: 2

Santa Fe County: 79

Socorro County: 20

Taos County: 15

Torrance County: 12

Valencia County: 24

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 90 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 353 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has detected community spread in Bernalillo, Doña Ana, McKinley, Otero, Sandoval, San Juan, and Santa Fe counties and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. All businesses except those deemed essential have been ordered to close. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:

Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregant settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

The state Department of Health will update its dedicated COVID-19 webpage with additional tests as the state lab provides results.

April 16, 2020 12:16 PM

COVID19 Joint Information Center
April 16, 2020 10:00 a.m.

City of Anthony

Chief Lara, Anthony PD – operations going well. Discussions on canceling National Night Out. Decision needs to be made in advance of efforts for sponsorships, support and in keeping the community safe.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – hosted the first remote meeting yesterday, with minor technology problems. Business is going as well as expected under the circumstances.

City of Sunland Park

State of Emergency declared yesterday by the Mayor; Capt. Schoen is now designated Emergency Manager during the crisis. Operations continue as usual.

City of Las Cruces

Nothing new to report today; yesterday, City Council allocated some additional funding for utility customers needing assistance. The following was sent via news release:

Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) encourages both residential customers and business owners looking for financial help with utility bills to call Customer Central at 575-541-2111 as quickly as possible. Local LCU representatives will assess your needs and find the best options for you or your business.

The funding is available thanks to Las Cruces City Council approving a $1.1 million economic relief measure in early April due to the Coronavirus pandemic. A portion of that relief funding goes to LCU to financially assist customers – whether residential or business - who have fallen behind on their payments or are about to.

“Local businesses have been particularly affected by the Stay at Home Emergency Order in effect in New Mexico,” said Jose Provencio, Las Cruces Utilities, deputy director Business Services. He explained the process will be new and LCU representatives will work with residents or businesses one-on-one and line up the assistance needed. LCU wants to work with customers, especially during these trying times; a simple phone call to Customer Central at 575-541-2111 starts the process.

Las Cruces Utilities can be contacted at 575-528-3500 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and provides services to approximately 100,000 Las Cruces residents and businesses.

City of Las Cruces news releases are available on the home page of the City website at las-cruces.org under News & Announcements and can be translated into Spanish and multiple other languages using the Select Language feature on the lower right side of the page.



Las Cruces Police Department / Las Cruces Fire Department

Nothing operationally new to report.

Las Cruces Public Schools

The first week of remote learning wraps up tomorrow, with overall success in technology distribution and access to internet for those who need it. Meal service continues, with deliveries running as scheduled.

Doña Ana County

This week the county passed an emergency declaration – language is available for those municipalities that find it helpful and will be passed along to JIC members via email.



Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Nothing to report on Thursday.

Doña Ana County Detention Center

Nothing to report on Thursday.

Village of Hatch

Chief Thornton: Nothing new operationally to report.

Town of Mesilla

Nothing new to report Thursday.

Memorial Medical Center (MMC)

One-page distribution sheet sent over (attached to these notes) about not delaying emergency medical attention in the event of a heart attack, stroke or other emergency.

Mountain View Regional Medical Center

Nothing new to report Thursday.

New Mexico State University

NMSU Board of Regents have a meeting Tuesday via Zoom to discuss tuition rates, budgets for the coming year. Read on for more information on joining the meeting:

NMSU regents to hold special meeting April 21

The Board of Regents of New Mexico State University will hold a special meeting at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 21. Due to public health emergency mandates issued by New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, the meeting will be webcast only. The meeting will be available by webcast through the link at https://panopto.nmsu.edu/bor/. Please contact the Office of the Board of Regents at 575-646-5997 if you need additional information.



New Mexico State University Police

Nothing new to report Thursday.

Office of Emergency Management (OEM)

Nothing new to report Thursday.

Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

No report on Thursday.

State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services - Ombudsman Program

Nursing homes continue to have zero symptomatic issues.

Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority (MVRDA)

Nothing new to report Thursday.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, El Paso Sector

No report Thursday.

New Mexico Department of Health

No report Thursday.

April 15, 2020 2:39 PM

New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 80 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

13 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Cibola County
4 new cases in Doña Ana County
1 new case in Grant County
38 new cases in McKinley County
9 new cases in Sandoval County
11 new cases in San Juan County
2 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Socorro County
The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is 36.

The Department of Health has identified positive COVID-19 cases in residents and/or staff at the following congregate living facilities:

Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Good Samaritan Manzano del Sol in Albuquerque
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The case numbers reported previously included three duplicates in San Juan County. The error has been corrected and is reflected in today’s numbers. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 1,484 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 477

Catron County: 1

Chaves County: 19

Cibola County: 29

Colfax County: 2

Curry County: 10

Doña Ana County: 54

Eddy County: 7

Grant County: 11

Lea County: 2

Lincoln County: 1

Los Alamos County: 6

Luna County: 2

McKinley County: 242

Otero County: 3

Quay County: 1

Rio Arriba County: 10

Roosevelt County: 1

Sandoval County: 262

San Juan County: 200

San Miguel County: 2

Santa Fe County: 78

Socorro County: 16

Taos County: 15

Torrance County: 12

Valencia County: 21

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 90 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 353 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has detected community spread in Bernalillo, Doña Ana, McKinley, Otero, Sandoval, San Juan, and Santa Fe counties and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. All businesses except those deemed essential have been ordered to close. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:

Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregant settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

The state Department of Health will update its dedicated COVID-19 webpage with additional tests as the state lab provides results.

April 15, 2020 1:13 PM

COVID19 Joint Information Center

April 15, 2020 10:00 a.m.

City of Anthony

Chief Lara, Anthony PD – Nothing operationally new to report. Good on PPE.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – Board meeting today at 2:00. Link for public to participate can be found online at www.cityofanthonynm.com.
City of Sunland Park

Remapping main city phone number to include COVID-19 information. Should be functional this week, or early next week. Automated messaging will direct callers accordingly.

Operations continue as usual.
City of Las Cruces

Nothing new to report.

Las Cruces Police Department / Las Cruces Fire Department

Fire has issued approximately 100 load occupancy signs produced over the last week to businesses.

Las Cruces Public Schools

First week of remote learning continues, as well as internet access codes to those who need them. There were approximately 15 families who live outside the Comcast service area, so LCPS is coordinating internet hot spot distribution. District is also working on promotions for the 2020 Census.

Doña Ana County

Jamie: food distribution going well, increased volume of food going to the rural communities. BOCC yesterday approved disaster declaration.



Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Nothing to report on Wednesday.
Doña Ana County Detention Center

Nothing to report on Wednesday.

Village of Hatch

No report on Wednesday.
Town of Mesilla

Nothing new to report.

Memorial Medical Center (MMC)

Nothing new to report Wednesday.

Mountain View Regional Medical Center

Seeing an increased amount of people who are seriously ill with non-COVID related symptoms and are delaying getting medical attention. These numbers are 40 to 50 times the number of those hospitalized due to COVID-19. There was concern expressed for a PSA to remind residents not to delay seeking medical attention because of COVID-19 fears.

New Mexico State University
NMSU Board of Regents have a meeting Tuesday via Zoom to discuss tuition rates, budgets for the coming year.

New Mexico State University Police

Nothing new to report Wednesday.

Office of Emergency Management (OEM)

Had a change in the alternate care site, will have an update once those details are finalized.

Received a media request that was forwarded to the JIC Director. David Morgan from DOH offered to alleviate some of those requests also.
Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility
No report on Wednesday.

State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services - Ombudsman Program

Nothing new to report Wednesday.

Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority (MVRDA)

No report Wednesday.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, El Paso Sector

No report Wednesday.

New Mexico Department of Health

Governor will be speaking today at 2:00 streamed on her Facebook page.

There was also some discussion about the DOH’s new dashboard feature on their COVID-19 site that breaks down testing information by county. David Morgan relayed to the group that more discussions are happening at the state level to be more amenable to public information requests and details related to what that might look like, or how that will be disseminated, are still being finalized.

April 15, 2020 12:31 PM

NMSU Aggie Health Center moves to telemedicine in wake of pandemic

DATE: 04/15/2020
WRITER: Minerva Baumann, 575-646-7566, mbauma46@nmsu.edu
CONTACT: Lori McKee, lomckee@nmsu.edu
CONTACT: Judi Voelz, jvoelz@nmsu.edu

The coronavirus outbreak is redefining the value of telehealth in delivering medical services to patients. The efficiency of this type of system could end up reshaping the future of healthcare.

“We can provide services that help keep our students, faculty and staff out of the urgent care clinics and emergency rooms where the risk of COVID-19 transmission is potentially higher,” said Dr. Judi Voelz, medical director for New Mexico State University’s Health and Wellness Center.

NMSU is already on board. They started March 23, providing services to students, faculty and staff using the telehealth model for access to medical and counseling providers, laboratory and pharmacy services.

Before they could start, the staff at Aggie Health needed to set up a version of Zoom teleconferencing service that is compliant with the privacy requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accessibility Act (HIPAA).

“We were able to get training for our staff in best practices for telehealth and we started calling clients last week to convert to the telehealth version for all counseling,” said Lori McKee, executive director of the Aggie Health and Wellness Center. “Most of our counseling staff already had web cameras as, that is a standard in their profession. We gradually integrated the medical staff into it and now all patients are evaluated through telehealth.”

The call to the Aggie Health Center is the first step. A triage nurse determines if a face-to-face meeting via Zoom is needed. The doctor or nurse sends an email to the patient for a Zoom meeting appointment. McKee said the system is really not that different from when patients would call to make a same day appointment at the center. It’s just a telehealth appointment instead. Students, faculty or staff connect with a medical provider via cell phone, computer, laptop, or tablet and the assessment happens through a HIPAA protected Internet link.

“The patient or counseling client can see the practitioner and the practitioner can see the patient, take the history, and can do limited exams and recommend treatment if necessary,” Voelz said. “In the course of medical training, we are taught that a large amount of the diagnosis can be made by taking a good history from the patient. Telehealth medicine allows us to extensively talk with the patient.”

If it is necessary, the NMSU student or employee has an appointment scheduled with a medical provider and they go into the health center. If they need lab work or a prescription filled, it works the same way. It begins with a phone call, the telehealth meeting is set up and then patients may come in for lab testing and pick up prescriptions. The center can also call in prescriptions for NMSU students to pharmacies in other cities where they may have returned to shelter in place.

“I’ve called-in prescriptions to Tucson, Phoenix and Houston for our NMSU student patients,” Voelz said. “All they have to do is call.”

The health center is always screening for COVID-19, so if patients have symptoms, they receive high priority at Aggie Health with medical intervention and access for coronavirus testing.

The telehealth system protects both patients and healthcare professionals.

“Healthcare workers don’t need to examine a person who may be infected with coronavirus and may not be showing symptoms yet,” Voelz said. “Telehealth limits face-to-face contact, protecting all our employees from a possible exposure to coronavirus.

“Being able to provide telehealth at the Aggie Health and Wellness Center keeps us connected to the NMSU community we are here to serve,” Voelz said. “It gives them a way to call, get answers to questions and get services like lab and pharmacy, so they can stay home and be safe and well.”

NMSU employees pay $20 for the telehealth visit while students’ visit is included in the health fee they pay by semester.

NMSU students, faculty and staff are encouraged to call Aggie Health at 575-646-1512. The center is receiving calls to make appointments for telehealth screenings from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4:30 pm. Monday through Friday. For information on COVID-19, please visit the website at: https://wellness.nmsu.edu/coronavirus-2019-ncov/

April 15, 2020 11:24 AM

The New Mexico Department of Public Health’s Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program reminds clients all main offices remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic, with services modified to a curbside service to limit direct contact and practice social distancing while expediting services.

The WIC program safeguards the health of New Mexico’s low-income pregnant, postpartum and nursing (breastfeeding) women, infants and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating including nursing promotion and support and referrals to healthcare.

Due to the pandemic, the WIC program is now providing four months of food benefits instead of three to further limit direct contact for services.

Applicants and participants may request services by contacting local WIC offices, or visiting the NM WIC website, nmwic.org, and requesting an appointment using the Contact Us page. WIC staff will reply to applicants/participants to schedule appointments to provide curbside service, or existing participants may keep their regularly scheduled appointments and follow posted instructions when arriving at the clinic.

WIC staff are providing appointment information via phone and text and are working to process as much as possible before applicants/participants arrive at the clinics. Required documentation such as income, NM residency, and personal ID are requested and delivered electronically when possible, and some can be taken verbally. Those without internet access can still bring documentation, which will then be reviewed by utilizing recommended safety precautions. Applicants/participants that require a full nutrition assessment will be advised if the process can be waived and/or collected during the initial phone call.

Upon arrival at any WIC clinic, applicants/participants will see clear signs directing them to stay in their vehicles and to call the clinic’s WIC number. WIC staff will instruct applicants/participants on next steps depending on the appointment type. Most of the appointment communication takes place via two-way texting or phone and exchange of documents, ID verification, and WIC EBT cards is handled in a safe manner, maintaining the recommended personal protection equipment and social distancing protocols.

If participants do not have access to a smart phone, transportation, or encounter other challenges, they are welcomed to contact the local WIC clinic, visit the NM WIC website, or call the Customer Service Hotline (866-867-3124), and WIC staff will provide options for providing needed benefits. Some options include completing services via phone and mailing EBT cards in some cases. The hotline is available Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Families who want to apply for WIC services should:

Live in the state of New Mexico
Include one or more of these individuals:
a person who is currently pregnant
a person who is nursing (breastfeeding) a baby under one year of age
a person who had a baby or was pregnant in the last six months
a baby who is less than one year old
a child who is less than five years old
Applicants should also meet income guidelines for the number of family members.

If someone in your family received income in the last 30 days, that income may be considered. (During the COVID-19 situation, families with recent loss of income due to layoff/furlough/closure may qualify with proof of job loss.)

Eligibility for Medicaid, SNAP (Food Stamps), TANF (Cash Assistance), and/or FDPIR could mean that your family already meets WIC income guidelines. Please let the WIC clinic know if anyone in your family is eligible for any of these programs.

If any processes are changed due to the COVID-19 situation, WIC will inform participants via text message and phone contact, and changes are posted as they happen on thewww.nmwic.org website. For more information about COVID-19 visit the New Mexico Department of Health dedicated webpage to include the latest COVID-19-related news, statewide screening and test sites and more at https://cv.nmhealth.org/.

April 14, 2020 5:14 PM

Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) encourages both residential customers and business owners looking for financial help with utility bills to call Customer Central at 575-541-2111 as quickly as possible. Local LCU representatives will assess your needs and find the best options for you or your business.

The funding is available thanks to Las Cruces City Council approving a $1.1 million economic relief measure in early April due to the Coronavirus pandemic. A portion of that relief funding goes to LCU to financially assist customers – whether residential or business - who have fallen behind on their payments or are about to.

“Local businesses have been particularly affected by the Stay at Home Emergency Order in effect in New Mexico,” said Jose Provencio, Las Cruces Utilities, deputy director Business Services. He explained the process will be new and LCU representatives will work with residents or businesses one-on-one and line up the assistance needed. LCU wants to work with customers, especially during these trying times; a simple phone call to Customer Central at 575-541-2111 starts the process.

Las Cruces Utilities can be contacted at 575-528-3500 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and provides services to approximately 100,000 Las Cruces residents and businesses.

City of Las Cruces news releases are available on the home page of the City website at las-cruces.org under News & Announcements and can be translated into Spanish and multiple other languages using the Select Language feature on the lower right side of the page.

April 14, 2020 5:10 PM

New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 62 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

9 new cases in Bernalillo County
3 new cases in Cibola County
1 new case in Los Alamos County
13 new cases in McKinley County
3 new cases in Rio Arriba County
9 new cases in Sandoval County
19 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in San Miguel County
1 new case in Socorro County
2 new cases in Torrance County
1 new case in Valencia County

The Department of Health on Tuesday also reported 5 additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

Those cases are:

A female in her 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying medical conditions.
A female in her 60s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A second female in her 60s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized.
A male in his 50s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A female in her 60s from Sandoval County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.

The number of deaths in the state related to COVID-19 is now 36.

The Department of Health has identified positive COVID-19 cases in residents and/or staff at the following congregate living facilities:

Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Good Samaritan Manzano del Sol in Albuquerque
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque

Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 1,407 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 464

Catron County: 1

Chaves County: 19

Cibola County: 28

Colfax County: 2

Curry County: 10

Doña Ana County: 50

Eddy County: 7

Grant County: 10

Lea County: 2

Lincoln County: 1

Los Alamos County: 6

Luna County: 2

McKinley County: 204

Otero County: 3

Quay County: 1

Rio Arriba County: 10

Roosevelt County: 1

Sandoval County: 253

San Juan County: 192

San Miguel County: 2

Santa Fe County: 76

Socorro County: 15

Taos County: 15

Torrance County: 12

Valencia County: 21

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 82 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 340 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has detected community spread in Bernalillo, Doña Ana, McKinley, Otero, Sandoval, San Juan, and Santa Fe counties and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. All businesses except those deemed essential have been ordered to close. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:

Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregant settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath.

New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

The state Department of Health will update its dedicated COVID-19 webpage with additional tests as the state lab provides results.

April 14, 2020 5:05 PM

NEW LOCAL FUNDING AVAILABLE TO ASSIST RESIDENTS AND SMALL BUSINESSES WITH UTILITY BILLS

Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) encourages both residential customers and business owners looking for financial help with utility bills to call Customer Central at 575-541-2111 as quickly as possible. Local LCU representatives will assess your needs and find the best options for you or your business.
The funding is available thanks to Las Cruces City Council approving a $1.1 million economic relief measure in early April due to the Coronavirus pandemic. A portion of that relief funding goes to LCU to financially assist customers – whether residential or business - who have fallen behind on their payments or are about to.
“Local businesses have been particularly affected by the Stay at Home Emergency Order in effect in New Mexico,” said Jose Provencio, Las Cruces Utilities, deputy director Business Services. He explained the process will be new and LCU representatives will work with residents or businesses one-on-one and line up the assistance needed. LCU wants to work with customers, especially during these trying times; a simple phone call to Customer Central at 575-541-2111 starts the process.
Las Cruces Utilities can be contacted at 575-528-3500 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and provides services to approximately 100,000 Las Cruces residents and businesses.

April 14, 2020 5:04 PM

ASNMSU to hold its first fully-online election due to coronavirus outbreak

DATE: 04/14/2020
WRITER: Faith Schifani, 575-646-6233, schifani@nmsu.edu
CONTACT: Melina Burnside, 575-646-3202, melinazb@nmsu.edu

In the midst of COVID-19 shutting down all in-person university operations, the Associated Students of New Mexico State University are finding creative ways to continue to assist NMSU students and hold the annual ASNMSU election.

The ASNMSU election for president, vice president and college senators began Monday, April 13 and will continue through Friday, April 17.

“Voting has always taken place online, so we simply won’t be able to engage in tabling events during elections week,” said ASNMSU Vice President Melina Burnside. “We will be having a heavy presence on our social media platforms to try to get as much student participation as possible.”

The ASNMSU Senate will complete all of its meetings as planned, but they will be conducted via Zoom. The meeting codes will be shared on social media so anyone who is interested in attending will have access.

All ASNMSU in-person events have been cancelled for the semester including Spring Fling and the Big Event. Employees are presently in the midst of planning a few virtual events for students before the end of the spring semester. As soon as they are finalized, they will be shared on social media.

ASNMSU employees have been working from home since NMSU extended spring break and moved classes online. Each branch has its own group on Microsoft Teams, which assists in communications and staying up to date on tasks.

Many of the services ASNMSU provides rely on campus-member engagement. Reimbursement for passed and signed senate bills as of March 11 can be considered on a case-by-case basis, but they are no longer able to provide reimbursement for travel that occurred after those dates. Additionally, they are still providing Airport Shuttle and Crimson Cab services.
For more information on the upcoming election visit https://asnmsu.nmsu.edu/voters-guide-2/ and for general questions email asnmsu@nmsu.edu. To stay up to date on all other information follow @asnmsu on Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

April 14, 2020 2:09 PM

State launches portal with more COVID-19 data

The state of New Mexico has launched a portal with more COVID-19 data specific to positive cases and testing in the state.

The data dashboard currently includes county-by-county breakdowns of positive cases by age, gender and ethnicity. The portal also includes reporting about testing by county.

The state Department of Health has conducted extensive testing in Native American communities where clusters of illness have been identified, which at least in part explains the disproportionate share of the Native American population in the state’s total positive tests.

The state will endeavor to update the data at least twice weekly on the Health Department’s COVID-19 microsite, cv.nmhealth.org.

If and when more data can be reported accurately, the state will update the portal to include it.

The data page can be found at cv.nmhealth.org/dashboard.

April 14, 2020 12:15 PM

COVID19 Joint Information Center

April 14, 2020 10:00 a.m.



City of Anthony

Chief Lara, Anthony PD – nothing new to report.

Mr. Dominguez – nothing new operationally at the City to report.

City of Sunland Park

Went live with their Vulnerable Population Registry last night, and already have nine people registered. Anyone interested in the registry can visit bit.ly/vprcosp

City of Las Cruces

Jennifer passed along the following:

SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA
Friday, April 17, 2020 at 9:30 AMIndividuals may view meetings live atlascruces.civicweb.net


The health, safety and well-being of our residents and businesses are a top priority for City Council and the leadership in Las Cruces.


As such, and consistent with and in support of the direction from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and the New Department ofHealth public health order the Special Council Meeting will be held via video conference.

In an effort to seek public input we ask that if you have comments/concerns/questions please e-mail your Councilor as follows:

District 1 –kgandara@las-cruces.org

District 2 –tstuve@las-cruces.org

District 3 –gvasquez@las-cruces.org

District 4 –jbencomo@las-cruces.org

District 5 –gsorg@las-cruces.org

District 6 –yflores@las-cruces.org

Mayor –mayor@las-cruces.org

1.CONFLICT OF INTEREST INQUIRY BY MAYOR AS REQUIRED BY LCMC SECTION 2-27 (E)(2)

2.RESOLUTION(S) AND/OR ORDINANCE(S) FOR DISCUSSION
2.1.A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF LAS CRUCES (CITY) TO ACCEPT A BUDGET ADJUSTMENT FOR EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FOR THE IMPACT FROM COVID-19 TO VARIOUS PROGRAMS FOR $139,500 THROUGH AN AMENDMENT TO THE CITY’S ADOPTED FY2020 BUDGET

3.UPDATES

3.1.Information Gathering and Dissemination.


4.ADJOURNMENT



Las Cruces Police Department / Las Cruces Fire Department

Nothing operationally to report.

Las Cruces Public Schools

Nothing new to report, aside from the district’s ongoing efforts this week to officially transition the remote learning model.

Doña Ana County

Eric Crespin with Doña Ana County Fire joined the JIC call today. No updates from the county – there was a Board of County Commissioners meeting during the call.



Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Nothing new to report Tuesday.

Doña Ana County Detention Center

Nothing new to report.

Village of Hatch

Chief Thornton, Hatch PD: nothing new to report on Tuesday.

Town of Mesilla

Nothing new to report on Tuesday.

Memorial Medical Center (MMC)

Unavailable for Tuesday’s call.

Mountain View Regional Medical Center

Ben: Reporters and others in the community have raised questions about our capacity to address this crisis. In TX, media is addressed at the county level, and in Las Cruces/DAC it’s handled at the state level, which can be problematic in getting information to those who need it. Posed a question with OEM about the possibility of having OEM issue a SitRep/weekly update for the media. Cullen: understands this is an ongoing issue on how to best address this but deferred to a higher level on how to release this information.

New Mexico State University

No report Tuesday.

New Mexico State University Police

Nothing new to report Tuesday.

Office of Emergency Management (OEM)

Nothing new operationally; discussed having a separate conversation about handling media queries.

Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

Nothing new to report on Tuesday.

State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services - Ombudsman Program

Nothing new to report Tuesday.

Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority (MVRDA)

No report Tuesday.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, El Paso Sector

Nothing to update Tuesday.

New Mexico Department of Health

Unable to join tbe call Tuesday.

April 14, 2020 10:46 AM

The state of New Mexico has launched a portal with more COVID-19 data specific to positive cases and testing in the state.

The data dashboard currently includes county-by-county breakdowns of positive cases by age, gender and ethnicity. The portal also includes reporting about testing by county.

The state Department of Health has conducted extensive testing in Native American communities where clusters of illness have been identified, which at least in part explains the disproportionate share of the Native American population in the state’s total positive tests.

The state will endeavor to update the data at least twice weekly on the Health Department’s COVID-19 microsite, cv.nmhealth.org.

If and when more data can be reported accurately, the state will update the portal to include it.

The data page can be found at cv.nmhealth.org/dashboard.

April 13, 2020 4:56 PM



Applications are now available for a State of New Mexico emergency loan program to support larger businesses hardest hit by the COVID-19 health emergency.

On April 7, the New Mexico State Investment Council unanimously approved guidelines for the New Mexico Recovery Fund, which will invest up to $100 million of the Severance Tax Permanent Fund in a short-term loan program, newly created for emergency business lending.

“As we battle this pandemic, we have to explore every avenue for both protecting public health and assuring economic relief for affected individuals and businesses,” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said. “This is an important step, and we will, as a state, continue to advocate for and execute essential assistance programs.”

Businesses in New Mexico with 40 or more employees, which were credit-worthy prior to the pandemic, may apply for loans, starting at $500,000, with interest rates between 3% and 10%. The NM Recovery Fund is aimed at companies: with substantial negative impacts related to COVID-19; which demonstrate an intent to retain as many employees as possible over the life of the loan; and that will commit to spending at least 80% of loan proceeds in New Mexico (spending 100% of loan proceeds in New Mexico preferred).

The NM Recovery Fund is intended to complement federal loan programs like the CARES Act, as well as $25 million in new emergency small business loans being offered by the NM Small Business Investment Corporation.

The NM Recovery Fund will be managed by Sun Mountain Capital, a Santa Fe investment adviser. The application is a two-step process with businesses initially filing a short questionnaire to see if they meet qualifications. Once approved, a formal submission will be requested.

For additional questions and to begin the loan application process, please visitsunmountaincapital.com

“The new fund should provide some liquidity to businesses looking to maintain operations during this period of uncertainty,” State Investment Officer Steve Moise said. “The NM Recovery Fund will seek to fill a gap left by existing loan programs.”

The loans can also be a bridge to longer-term funding that is available from the U.S. Small Business Administration through the CARES Act and various state programs offered by the Economic Development Department.

Economic Development Department Secretary Alicia J. Keyes said Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has been very aggressive in finding ways to help businesses that have closed or reduced operations during the health emergency.

“The state is looking to do everything we can to help business through this crisis and save jobs,” Secretary Keyes said.

On March 12, Gov. Lujan Grisham authorized two assistance programs by the EDD. The COVID-19 Loan Guarantee Program works with lenders to help guarantee loans to businesses, making it easier for them to qualify. The second provides no-interest loans from the LEDA fund to economic base businesses.

For complete information about the business assistance programs, go the EDD website, GONM.biz

For comprehensive information about COVID-19 in the state go to NEWMEXICO.GOV.



April 13, 2020 4:11 PM

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich will be hosting a teleconference tomorrow, Tuesday, April 14 at 10 a.m. MT to help small business owners and nonprofit leaders access new funding included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The new law contains major provisions to provide relief to small businesses and nonprofits hurt by the coronavirus pandemic and its required public health responses.

>>Please register for the small business and nonprofit teleconference here.

Once you register, we will dial your phone at the beginning of the teleconference. You simply answer the call to join the live forum.

My goal is to help you navigate these new resources effectively so that you can focus on running your business and supporting your community. That is why I am working with the Small Business Administration, our Small Business Development Centers, and other partners to put together this forum where you will:

Hear from issue area experts about the new programs available to your small business or nonprofit through the CARES Act including the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loans.
Find out how to get connected to a local small business advisor.
Learn about what resources are available to you and the processes for receiving support.

The lineup of speakers will include:

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich
N.M. Secretary of Workforce Solutions Bill McCamley
John Garcia, District Director, Small Business Administration New Mexico District Office
Russell Wyrick, Executive Director, New Mexico Small Business Development Center Network
Daniel Schlegel, Small Business Advisor, Office of the Governor

Small businesses and nonprofits are the cornerstones of thriving communities across our state and need support now more than ever. The economic relief measures we passed in the CARES Act funds grants and loans from the Small Business Administration to provide essential support for New Mexico small businesses and nonprofits to keep their employees on payroll and meet their expenses. I am committed to holding the Trump administration accountable for delivering this much needed relief to our state as soon as possible.

>>I hope you can join me for this teleconference on Tuesday, April 14 at 10 a.m. to learn more about these sources of support and navigate the process to apply.

Please note that registration will close on Monday, April 13 at 5 p.m.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Heinrich’soffice by calling (202) 224-5521 or by visiting my website.

April 13, 2020 4:07 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 1,345
Update includes 5 additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 107 additional positive tests for COVID-19.
Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
15 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Colfax County
1 new case in Doña Ana County
1 new case in Grant County
48 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Rio Arriba County
12 new cases in Sandoval County
23 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in Santa Fe County
2 new cases in Socorro County
2 new cases in Valencia County
The Department of Health on Monday also reported 5 additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.
Those cases are:
A female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A male in his 70s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A male in his 40s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A male in his 80s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
The number of deaths in the state related to COVID-19 is now 31.

The Department of Health has identified positive COVID-19 cases in residents and/or staff at the following congregate living facilities:
Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Good Samaritan Manzano del Sol in Albuquerque
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The case numbers reported Sunday, April 12, included one duplicate case Sandoval County, one duplicate case in McKinley County, one case in Rio Arriba County and three cases in Sandoval County that had not been lab confirmed, and one case in Otero County that was determined to not be a New Mexico resident. Those errors have now been corrected, and including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 1,345 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 455
Catron County: 1
Chaves County: 19
Cibola County: 25
Colfax County: 2
Curry County: 10
Doña Ana County: 50
Eddy County: 7
Grant County: 10
Lea County: 2
Lincoln County: 1
Los Alamos County: 5
Luna County: 2
McKinley County: 191
Otero County: 3
Quay County: 1
Rio Arriba County: 7
Roosevelt County: 1
Sandoval County: 244
San Juan County: 173
San Miguel County: 1
Santa Fe County: 76
Socorro County: 14
Taos County: 15
Torrance County: 10
Valencia County: 20

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 87 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 304 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has detected community spread in Bernalillo, Doña Ana, McKinley, Otero, Sandoval, San Juan, and Santa Fe counties and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. All businesses except those deemed essential have been ordered to close. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:
Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregant settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

The state Department of Health will update its dedicated COVID-19 webpage with additional tests as the state lab provides results.

April 13, 2020 4:07 PM

New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 107 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

15 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Colfax County
1 new case in Doña Ana County
1 new case in Grant County
48 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Rio Arriba County
12 new cases in Sandoval County
23 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in Santa Fe County
2 new cases in Socorro County
2 new cases in Valencia County

The Department of Health on Monday also reported 5 additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

Those cases are:

A female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A male in his 70s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A male in his 40s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A male in his 80s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A female in her 80s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.

The number of deaths in the state related to COVID-19 is now 31.

The Department of Health has identified positive COVID-19 cases in residents and/or staff at the following congregate living facilities:

Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Good Samaritan Manzano del Sol in Albuquerque
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Life Care Center of Farmington in Farmington
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque

The case numbers reported Sunday, April 12, included one duplicate case Sandoval County, one duplicate case in McKinley County, one case in Rio Arriba County and three cases in Sandoval County that had not been lab confirmed, and one case in Otero County that was determined to not be a New Mexico resident. Those errors have now been corrected, and including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 1,345 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 455

Catron County: 1

Chaves County: 19

Cibola County: 25

Colfax County: 2

Curry County: 10

Doña Ana County: 50

Eddy County: 7

Grant County: 10

Lea County: 2

Lincoln County: 1

Los Alamos County: 5

Luna County: 2

McKinley County: 191

Otero County: 3

Quay County: 1

Rio Arriba County: 7

Roosevelt County: 1

Sandoval County: 244

San Juan County: 173

San Miguel County: 1

Santa Fe County: 76

Socorro County: 14

Taos County: 15

Torrance County: 10

Valencia County: 20

County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 87 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 304 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has detected community spread in Bernalillo, Doña Ana, McKinley, Otero, Sandoval, San Juan, and Santa Fe counties and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. All businesses except those deemed essential have been ordered to close. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:

Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregant settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath.

New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

The state Department of Health will update its dedicated COVID-19 webpage with additional tests as the state lab provides results.

April 13, 2020 3:45 PM

NMSU’s Arrowhead Center business accelerator WESprint applications due soon

DATE: 04/13/2020
WRITER: Cassie McClure, 575-312-3242, cassie@mcclurepublications.com
CONTACT: Isabella Pedicone, 575-642-3666, iped@nmsu.edu

For New Mexico women entrepreneurs, it is time to apply to the five-week business accelerator at New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center. Created in part thanks to the support of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the WESprint program will accept applications until April 20.

The accelerator will run from May 13 to June 10. In 2019, the SBA announced Arrowhead Center as one of its winners for the Growth Accelerator Fund Competition, enabling the entrepreneurial hub to start a women-focused business accelerator with a $50,000 award.

The accelerator will test the feasibility of their ideas and explore funding opportunities through the federal Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. Participants in WE can receive travel stipends to attend workshops and conferences and microgrants up to $1,500 to cover expenses typically tied to startups, like hiring a patent lawyer to solidify and protect emerging and new technologies.

“Arrowhead Center is a place for what we call inspiration capital,” said Dana DeRego Catron, director of Arrowhead Accelerator Programs. “We want to connect women entrepreneurs who are starting out and building their business with women and men who have a record of being successful in launching companies and securing investments. Our network of advisors is focused on creating a strong female-led push for economic development in New Mexico.”

The SBA coordinates the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs, also known as America’s Seed Fund, which each year provide more than $3.7 billion in early stage and seed capital totaling over 5,000 awards to small businesses. Companies supported by the SBIR/STTR programs often generate some of the most important breakthroughs each year in the U.S.

“SBIR/STTR funding is one the only sources of equity-free capital for early stage technologies,” said Catron. “Arrowhead is excited to explore how participants in our first WESprint can take advantage of these programs.”

Contact Isabella Pedicone at iped@nmsu.edu to learn more about or apply for WE Sprint at https://arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu/program/sprints/wesprint/

April 13, 2020 11:37 AM

COVID19 Joint Information Center

April 13, 2020 10:00 a.m.

City of Anthony

Chief Lara, Anthony PD – had several calls late in the afternoon yesterday regarding large gatherings.

City of Anthony will have its regular board meeting at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 15 using video conferencing. Additional information can be found online at www.cityofanthonynm.org.

City of Sunland Park

Nothing new operationally to report Monday. Police responded to a few mass gatherings yesterday. Fire department did an Easter bunny tour through town, which was well received within the community. All social distancing regulations were observed; fire trucks kept moving and no gatherings culminated.

City of Las Cruces

Didn’t have a lot of calls over the weekend. Participated in a call with the DOH and State of NM over the weekend to discuss alternate sites for those who need medical attention but don’t need to be hospitalized. Effort is to mitigate any strain on hospital resources.

Las Cruces Police Department / Las Cruces Fire Department

No citations issued yesterday related to large gatherings. Police had a busy weekend, but nothing atypical. Fire is having a busy morning Monday.

Las Cruces Public Schools

Today is the first day of online and remote learning. Had technology check-out last week and will continue this week to assist families who couldn’t make it. Families that need assistance with internet service will be given access codes to connect. LCPS is using Mr. Owl for online learning as a platform for instruction at every grade level. Additional resources and information can be found at www.lcps.net.

Doña Ana County

Produced a video last week with Commissioners in English and Spanish. Will have a BOCC meeting tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. Although the Government Center remains closed, public access will be available through video conferencing. Those details will be finalized as soon as possible.

Jamie Michael, Director of Health and Human Services, is working with UNM and promotoras on video materials addressing stress management and assistance with root causes of family violence. Will share those with the JIC when they are available.



Doña Ana County Sheriff's Office

DASO's Mounted Patrol was out yesterday proactively patrolling for mass gatherings. Sgt. Gojkovich had a question for PD on what statute they were following on citing mass gatherings. Since public spaces were closed, citations would have been for trespassing.

Doña Ana County Detention Center

Nothing new operationally to report Monday.

Village of Hatch

Hatch PD: people are overall compliant with the public health order. They are also seeing a spike in domestic violence calls.

Town of Mesilla

Nothing new to report; no violations over the weekend. Will have a regular Board of Trustee meeting tonight at 6 p.m. via teleconference: 1-346-248-7799 (meeting ID 308-193-527#). Full agenda can be found online at www.mesillanm.gov.

Memorial Medical Center (MMC)

Nothing new to report Monday.

Mountain View Regional Medical Center

No report Monday.

New Mexico State University

No report Monday.

New Mexico State University Police

Nothing new to report Monday.

Office of Emergency Management (OEM)

No report Monday. Officer Barron – question about PPE requirement. Patty will relay request.

Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

No report on Monday.

State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services - Ombudsman Program

Nothing new to report Monday.

Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority (MVRDA)

No report Monday.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, El Paso Sector

There have been positive COVID-19 cases reported in ranks; 14 agents are currently quarantined. .

New Mexico Department of Health

No report Friday.

April 12, 2020 9:54 PM

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 1,245
Update includes six additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Sunday announced 74 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

18 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Curry County
1 new case in Doña Ana County
1 new case in Eddy County
1 new case in Grant County
1 new case in Los Alamos County
4 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Otero County
38 new cases in Sandoval County
2 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Socorro County
1 new case in Torrance County
3 new cases in Valencia County
The Department of Health on Sunday also reported six additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19:

A female in her 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A female in her 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying medical conditions.
A male in his 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying medical conditions.
A female in her 70s from Cibola County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A male in his 50s from Doña Ana County. The individual was hospitalized.
A female in her 90s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized.
The number of deaths in the state related to COVID-19 is now 26.

The Department of Health has identified positive COVID-19 cases in residents and/or staff at the following congregate living facilities:

Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Good Samaritan Manzano del Sol in Albuquerque
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Lifecare Farmington in Farmington
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The case numbers reported previously, upon further investigation included two Sandoval County cases that were counted twice, and one case in Doña Ana County that was counted twice – the errors have been corrected and are reflected in today’s total COVID-19 cases. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 1,245 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 440
Catron County: 1
Chaves County: 19
Cibola County: 25
Colfax County: 1
Curry County: 10
Doña Ana County: 49
Eddy County: 7
Grant County: 9
Lea County: 2
Lincoln County: 1
Los Alamos County: 5
Luna County: 2
McKinley County: 144
Otero County: 4
Quay County: 1
Rio Arriba County: 7
Roosevelt County: 1
Sandoval County: 235
San Juan County: 151
San Miguel County: 1
Santa Fe County: 75
Socorro County: 12
Taos County: 15
Torrance County: 10
Valencia County: 18
County totals remain subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 80 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 295 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has detected community spread in Bernalillo, Doña Ana, McKinley, Otero, Sandoval, San Juan, and Santa Fe counties and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. All businesses except those deemed essential have been ordered to close. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:

Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregant settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

The state Department of Health will update its dedicated COVID-19 webpage with additional tests as the state lab provides results.

April 12, 2020 4:03 PM

New Mexico state health officials on Sunday announced 74 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

18 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Curry County
1 new case in Doña Ana County
1 new case in Eddy County
1 new case in Grant County
1 new case in Los Alamos County
4 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Otero County
38 new cases in Sandoval County
2 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Socorro County
1 new case in Torrance County
3 new cases in Valencia County
The Department of Health on Sunday also reported six additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19:

A female in her 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A female in her 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying medical conditions.
A male in his 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying medical conditions.
A female in her 70s from Cibola County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
A male in his 50s from Doña Ana County. The individual was hospitalized.
A female in her 90s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized.
The number of deaths in the state related to COVID-19 is now 26.

The Department of Health has identified positive COVID-19 cases in residents and/or staff at the following congregate living facilities:

Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Good Samaritan Manzano del Sol in Albuquerque
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Lifecare Farmington in Farmington
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The case numbers reported previously, upon further investigation included two Sandoval County cases that were counted twice, and one case in Doña Ana County that was counted twice – the errors have been corrected and are reflected in today’s total COVID-19 cases. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 1,245 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 440
Catron County: 1
Chaves County: 19
Cibola County: 25
Colfax County: 1
Curry County: 10
Doña Ana County: 49
Eddy County: 7
Grant County: 9
Lea County: 2
Lincoln County: 1
Los Alamos County: 5
Luna County: 2
McKinley County: 144
Otero County: 4
Quay County: 1
Rio Arriba County: 7
Roosevelt County: 1
Sandoval County: 235
San Juan County: 151
San Miguel County: 1
Santa Fe County: 75
Socorro County: 12
Taos County: 15
Torrance County: 10
Valencia County: 18

County totals remain subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 80 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 295 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has detected community spread in Bernalillo, Doña Ana, McKinley, Otero, Sandoval, San Juan, and Santa Fe counties and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. All businesses except those deemed essential have been ordered to close. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:

Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregant settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

The state Department of Health will update its dedicated COVID-19 webpage with additional tests as the state lab provides results.

April 11, 2020 8:54 PM

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Saturday that houses of worship must now abide by a public health order banning mass gatherings to mitigate COVID-19 spread.

Houses of worship were previously exempt from the public health emergency order banning mass gatherings, defined as five or more people in a single confined space. That order was amended Saturday – find it attached.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many New Mexico congregations had already canceled in-person services before the amended order.

“I am so grateful for the support and cooperation from the vast majority of religious leaders of all faiths who have already made the difficult decision to cancel services in the interest of the health and safety of their members,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “I understand the tremendous social and spiritual burden this places on New Mexicans, but ultimately, we must do everything we can to limit the spread of COVID-19, including being absolutely clear that mass gatherings of any type are not permitted in houses of worship,” she said.

Of the 39 states that have implemented stay-at-home orders, only 11 now have exceptions for religious gatherings, and most of those require social distancing at services.

Most New Mexico churches, synagogues and mosques have already ended face-to-face gatherings, and many Christian churches are planning virtual Easter services via livestream, broadcast or other technical means.

“We know that you want to practice your faith, as you should. But this year we must remember that home is holy. The best thing you can do for your community is to stay there,” the governor said. “While this will be emotionally difficult for so many New Mexicans, public health must be the top priority. The only way to slow the spread of COVID-19 is by staying home and minimizing all person-to-person contact.”

April 11, 2020 4:16 PM

New Mexico state health officials on Saturday announced 86 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

17 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Chaves County
1 new case in Cibola County
5 new cases in Doña Ana County
1 new case in Grant County
27 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Quay County
22 new cases in Sandoval County
7 new cases in San Juan County
2 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Socorro County
1 new case in Valencia County
The Department of Health on Saturday also reported one additional death in New Mexico related to COVID-19:

A male in his 70s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized.
The number of deaths in the state related to COVID-19 is now 20.

The Department of Health has identified positive COVID-19 cases in residents and/or staff at the following congregant living facilities:

Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Good Samaritan Manzano del Sol in Albuquerque
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Lifecare Farmington in Farmington
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The case numbers reported Friday, April 10, included one duplicate case in Bernalillo County, one case that had not been lab confirmed in Bernalillo County, and one case in Hidalgo County that has since been reclassified as a non-New Mexico case – the errors have been corrected and are reflected in today’s total COVID-19 cases. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 1,174 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 422

Catron County: 1

Chaves County: 19

Cibola County: 25

Colfax County: 1

Curry County: 9

Doña Ana County: 49

Eddy County: 6

Grant County: 8

Lea County: 2

Lincoln County: 1

Los Alamos County: 4

Luna County: 2

McKinley County: 140

Otero County: 3

Rio Arriba County: 7

Roosevelt County: 1

Sandoval County: 199

San Juan County: 149

San Miguel County: 1

Santa Fe County: 74

Socorro County: 11

Taos County: 15

Torrance County: 9

Valencia County: 15

County totals remain subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 78 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 235 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has detected community spread in Bernalillo, Doña Ana, McKinley, Otero, Sandoval, San Juan, and Santa Fe counties and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. All businesses except those deemed essential have been ordered to close. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 1,174

Update includes one additional death related to COVID-19



SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Saturday announced 86 additional positive tests for COVID-19.



Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

17 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Chaves County
1 new case in Cibola County
5 new cases in Doña Ana County
1 new case in Grant County
27 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Quay County
22 new cases in Sandoval County
7 new cases in San Juan County
2 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Socorro County
1 new case in Valencia County
The Department of Health on Saturday also reported one additional death in New Mexico related to COVID-19:

A male in his 70s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized.
The number of deaths in the state related to COVID-19 is now 20.

The Department of Health has identified positive COVID-19 cases in residents and/or staff at the following congregant living facilities:

Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Good Samaritan Manzano del Sol in Albuquerque
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Lifecare Farmington in Farmington
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque
The case numbers reported Friday, April 10, included one duplicate case in Bernalillo County, one case that had not been lab confirmed in Bernalillo County, and one case in Hidalgo County that has since been reclassified as a non-New Mexico case – the errors have been corrected and are reflected in today’s total COVID-19 cases. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 1,174 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 422

Catron County: 1

Chaves County: 19

Cibola County: 25

Colfax County: 1

Curry County: 9

Doña Ana County: 49

Eddy County: 6

Grant County: 8

Lea County: 2

Lincoln County: 1

Los Alamos County: 4

Luna County: 2

McKinley County: 140

Otero County: 3

Rio Arriba County: 7

Roosevelt County: 1

Sandoval County: 199

San Juan County: 149

San Miguel County: 1

Santa Fe County: 74

Socorro County: 11

Taos County: 15

Torrance County: 9

Valencia County: 15

County totals remain subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 78 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 235 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has detected community spread in Bernalillo, Doña Ana, McKinley, Otero, Sandoval, San Juan, and Santa Fe counties and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. All businesses except those deemed essential have been ordered to close. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:

Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregant settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

The state Department of Health will update its dedicated COVID-19 webpage with additional tests as the state lab provides results.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:

Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregant settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath.
New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

The state Department of Health will update its dedicated COVID-19 webpage with additional tests as the state lab provides results.

April 10, 2020 4:24 PM

City Parks Temporally Closed

Las Cruces police encourage residents to continue practicing social distancing and avoiding large gatherings as we celebrate the upcoming Easter weekend.

In March, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued an emergency public health order suggesting residents practice social distancing and avoid large public gatherings. The order has since been revised to include the avoidance of smaller gatherings. With the Easter holiday this weekend, the City will be physically closing all public parks and placing physical barricades at entrances to discourage gatherings.

The emergency public health order and closing of all parks are attempts to reduce the spread of Coronavirus.

Las Cruces police will be patrolling City parks this weekend and have the authority to trespass anyone who enters and can issue citations to repeat offenders. The City, however, does seek voluntary compliance with the order and does not wish to take any formal action against anyone.

The Las Cruces Police Department strongly encourages residents to stay home, stay safe and stay healthy.

April 10, 2020 4:23 PM

New Mexico Human Services Department provides $35 million for state hospitals for COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) on Friday announced that it is providing $35 million in immediate financial help to New Mexico hospitals for the COVID-19 pandemic. Hospitals across the country are bracing for a surge in patient demand by reconfiguring clinical spaces, purchasing additional medical supplies, and redistributing their health care workforce. At the same time, hospitals are facing sharply declining revenue due to lower patient utilization because of social distancing requirements and the cancellation of elective surgeries to conserve equipment and supplies. The combination of increasing costs and declining revenue is putting an urgent strain on New Mexico hospitals.

“We are extremely grateful to those hospitals who have directly followed all recent New Mexico Public Health Orders and have maintained their full staffing levels in order to fully prepare for the surge of COVID-19 patients that is now just a few weeks away,” said Sec. David R. Scrase, M.D. “We believe that these advance payments will provide extra resources to prepare for what will likely be the greatest challenge our healthcare system has ever faced.”

The Human Services Department will immediately distribute $35 million in relief funding to hospitals through the Medicaid program. The relief funding includes the release of $14 million in Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments and $21 million in Uncompensated Care (UC) payments for safety-net hospitals. HSD is also seeking federal approval to make advance payments to hospitals now for expected increases in hospital care provided to Medicaid patients as a result of COVID-19.

“Providing support to New Mexico hospitals is more important than ever,” said Medicaid Director Nicole Comeaux. “We cannot afford to have hospitals bear the burden of this financial strain at a time when New Mexicans need these health care facilities the most.”

The Medicaid program provides health insurance to more than 830,000 New Mexicans, or 42 percent of the state’s population. According to Comeaux, the high proportion of Medicaid patients in New Mexico means that HSD has a market obligation to provide this financial boost to the state’s hospital system.

“We have a responsibility to do everything we can to assure that our hospitals are ready to handle this pandemic for Medicaid patients,” states Comeaux.

HSD is working closely with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to obtain flexibility in how relief funding to hospitals is distributed. This may include additional advance payments, if CMS will allow it. Comeaux said that funding for the DSH and UC payments that will be made to hospitals is already included in the HSD budget. Typically, payments would be made on a quarterly basis but HSD will seek federal approval to distribute payments upfront for the entire year. HSD is continually exploring additional options to increase payments to hospitals and other providers and will implement these options as quickly as possible.

The Human Services Department provides services and benefits to more than 1 million New Mexicans through several programs including: the Medicaid Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Child Support Program, and several Behavioral Health Services.

April 10, 2020 4:01 PM

New Mexico state health officials on Friday announced 106 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

38 new cases in Bernalillo County
3 new cases in Cibola County
3 new cases in Grant County
1 new case in Hidalgo County
2 new cases in Luna County
29 new cases in McKinley County
17 new cases in San Juan County
6 new cases in Sandoval County
2 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Socorro County
1 new case in Torrance County
3 new cases in Valencia County

The Department of Health on Friday also reported two additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19:

A male in his 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying medical conditions.
A male in his 80s from Sandoval County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.

The number of deaths in the state related to COVID-19 is now 19.

The Department of Health has identified positive COVID-19 cases in residents and/or staff at the following congregant living facilities:

Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in Albuquerque
Aztec Health Care in Aztec
Beehive Homes in Farmington
Central Desert Behavioral Health in Albuquerque
Good Samaritan Manzano del Sol in Albuquerque
La Vida Llena in Albuquerque
Legacy Santa Fe in Santa Fe
Lifecare Farmington in Farmington
Uptown Genesis in Albuquerque

The case numbers reported Thursday, April 9, included two duplicates in Sandoval County. The error has been corrected and is reflected in today’s total COVID-19 New Mexico cases. A previous reported positive case in San Juan County was determined to be an inconclusive lab result – the case has been removed from the case totals while the patient is re-tested. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 1,091 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 407

Catron County: 1

Chaves County: 18

Cibola County: 24

Colfax County: 1

Curry County: 9

Doña Ana County: 44

Eddy County: 6

Grant County: 7

Hidalgo: 1

Lea County: 2

Lincoln County: 1

Los Alamos County: 4

Luna County: 2

McKinley County: 113

Otero County: 3

Rio Arriba County: 7

Roosevelt County: 1

Sandoval County: 177

San Juan County: 142

San Miguel County: 1

Santa Fe County: 72

Socorro County: 10

Taos County: 15

Torrance County: 9

Valencia County: 14

County totals remain subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 75 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 235 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has detected community spread in Bernalillo, Doña Ana, McKinley, Otero, Sandoval, San Juan, and Santa Fe counties and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. All businesses except those deemed essential have been ordered to close. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:

Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregant settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath.

New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.

The state Department of Health will update its dedicated COVID-19 webpage with additional tests as the state lab provides results.

April 10, 2020 3:10 PM

COVID19 Joint Information Center

April 10, 2020 10:00 a.m.

City of Anthony

Chief Lara has a resource from Axon to share with the JIC which will be sent to members via email. No other changes operationally, aside from a slight increase in property crimes since the public health order went into effect.

City manager, Oscar Dominguez, also had nothing to report.

City of Sunland Park

Nothing to update.

City of Las Cruces

City council is currently meeting to extend emergency declaration which will open additional funding opportunities in relation to the crisis, and to enforce petty misdemeanors in response to large gatherings.

Las Cruces Police Department / Las Cruces Fire Department

News release forthcoming on city parks remaining closed over the weekend, enforcement will be happening. Security guards will be stationed at area parks to discourage large gatherings.

Most signage has been posted at area retail businesses reflecting
Las Cruces Public Schools

Staff is observing the Good Friday holiday today, but nutritional services staff provided today’s meals yesterday. A total of 30,000 meals were distributed yesterday.

Next week, technology check-out schedules continue at several schools .Teachers continue to stay engaged with students through remote learning and other traditional printed materials when necessary.
Doña Ana County

No update Friday.

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

No update Friday.

Doña Ana County Detention Center

Nothing new to report.

Village of Hatch

Village offices are still closed to the public. Office staff is working a
limited schedule of 2 days a week. The Museum and Library are still closed.
Hours and schedule will be reviewed at next Tuesdays Trustee meeting.

Town of Mesilla

Nothing new to report.

Memorial Medical Center (MMC)

A flyer with information on donations to MMC was attached to today’s notes, addressing how donations are being accepted and managed. MMC staff is very appreciative of the enormous amount of support they’ve received from the public. Anyone needing additional information on how to donate to MMC can visit www.mmcdonation.org.

Mountain View Regional Medical Center

No changes operationally Friday.

New Mexico State University

No report Friday.

New Mexico State University Police

Nothing new to report Friday.

Office of Emergency Management (OEM)

Slight change to operations for enhanced planning to address surge at area hospitals. More details forthcoming, Notification from state JIC that an emergency notification will go out tomorrow on avoiding mass gatherings over the holiday weekend.

Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

Nothing to report Friday.

State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services - Ombudsman Program

Nothing new to report Friday.

Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority (MVRDA)

Dispatchers will receive needed masks from MountainView and DASO.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, El Paso Sector

No report Friday.

New Mexico Department of Health

No report Friday.

April 10, 2020 1:37 PM

At a special meeting today, April 10, 2020, the Las Cruces City Council approved an additional $684,000 in emergency funding to assist with the impact to our community caused by the Public Health Order to address the Corona Virus. The money is from the City’s Telshor Fund, money the City receives for the lease of Memorial Medical Center that is jointly owned by the City and County.

Agency/Organization

Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico: $150,000 for COVID-19 emergency relief fund.
Families and Youth Inc.: $100,000 for expanded meal service.
Catholic Charities: $74,500 to for the poverty assistance program
Cruces Creatives: $21,600 for the production of personal protection equipment for City staff.
Dona Ana Communities United: $22,000 for Los Amigos COVID-19 Connections.
Community Action Agency: $152,000 the for Thriving Families-COVID community assistance program.
CSFP Loaves & Fishes: $7,500 for food boxes for the elderly.

City of Las Cruces

Economic Development Department: $74,500 for microloans technical support.
Various Departments: $25,000 for hygiene stations and sanitation kits in the community.
Various Departments: $56,900 for hotel rooms for 1st responders.

Total $684,000



On April 3, 2020, the City Council approved $1,072,500 in emergency financial assistance.

Also, today the council voted to extend for 14 days the emergency proclamation signed by the mayor on April 7, 2020, that allows the mayor and City Council to take immediate action in the event of a declared emergency.

The action stated in the ordinance is for the protection of life and property, and for the preservation of public peace, safety, health, welfare, and for the continuity of efficient government operations. This also allows the City the opportunity to seek reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for qualified expenses as part of the public health emergency

The term of a proclamation is three days, but the council can extend the term for up to 14 days, at which time an extension or renewal would be required.

City Council also approved an emergency ordinance authorizing the City of Las Cruces to amend the procurement code to accommodate emergency procurement measures.

City of Las Cruces news releases can be translated into Spanish and multiple other languages using the Select Language feature on the lower right side of the home page of the City website at las-cruces.org under News & Announcements.

April 10, 2020 1:19 PM

New Mexicans can still hike, bike, jog or rollerblade outdoors during the COVID-19 pandemic but should stay close to home, may not do so in groups and must always practice social distancing, according to outdoor recreation guidelines issued Friday by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office and the Outdoor Recreation Division of the Economic Development Department.

“We must practice physical distancing everywhere – even when outdoors,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “You can go outside but you must do it cautiously and there are best practices. Avoid crowded trailheads and parking lots, and don’t carpool with people outside your family unit.”

Those were among recommendations the governor endorsed to help New Mexicans preserve the social distancing needed to stop the spread of COVID-19 while also getting the limited fresh air and exercise people need.

Additional guidelines from the Outdoor Alliance, a national non-profit organization of outdoor advocacy groups:

Stay very close to home. As close as possible. Think of your backyard as your backcountry for the time being. The farther you travel, the farther you could spread the illness. Try to limit all your outdoor recreation to your neighborhood.
Keep it chill. Do not participate in any outdoor rec activities that come with a high risk of getting hurt. Health care systems are already overwhelmed and you could put search and rescue teams in danger if they have to come look for you. Toss a frisbee instead of going mountain biking. Go for a walk, not a backcountry ski.
Respect closures. Check the land management agencies’ websites before venturing out to recreate. Many of these places are closed right now to protect both recreationists and staff. The New Mexico Outdoor Recreation Division provides this list of closures.
Use common sense. Easter weekend is typically a very busy time on our public lands. Try to limit your recreation to off hours or off days; avoid any trailheads that are typically crowded; and stay close to home.

April 10, 2020 9:24 AM

NMSU College of Engineering makes personal protective equipment for area medical workers
DATE: 04/09/2020
WRITER: Vladimir Avina, 575-646-7234, vlad23@nmsu.edu
CONTACT: Gabe Garcia, 575-646-7749, gabegarc@nmsu.edu
The Aggie Innovation Space at New Mexico State University’s College of Engineering has been in high gear in recent days, as students and staff work to produce face shields for healthcare workers.

The effort is the result of conversations between Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima and NMSU Chancellor Dan Arvizu regarding the area’s need for additional personal protective equipment, and other resources, to combat COVID-19.

Reyes Lucero, mechanical engineering major and lead student employee of the Aggie Innovation Shop, said it is an honor to help his community during a global pandemic.

“Not everyone has access to a shop with the equipment we have here at NMSU,” Lucero said.

Using a laser cutter, a thermal press, a sheet metal pneumatic shear and multiple 3D printers, Lucero and other engineering students and staff have made more than 70 face shields that have been donated to MountainView Regional Medical Center.

Gabe Garcia, assistant dean of student success for the College of Engineering, met with Aggie Innovation Space student employees over Zoom last week. They discussed possible ways the makerspace and shop could be used to make personal protective equipment.

“I am so grateful to work in a space where we can help provide creative solutions to supply the community with materials that are essential during this difficult time,” said Kelsey Hayes, lead student innovator in the makerspace. “I’m always inspired by the engineering creativity that comes from the student innovators of the AIS, especially for figuring out the best way to utilize the resources we have.”

While concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19 have temporarily closed the Aggie Innovation Space and Shop for student projects, engineering staff and student employees are able to make this contribution to the community, while practicing proper social distancing.

Meeting over Zoom, the team developed a process to manufacture 3D printed face shields. After manufacturing more than 50 of the face shields using the 3D printed parts, the process was reevaluated and the team switched to a different design that required less time to manufacture.

“Using 3D printed parts for the face shields can take hours for the prints to be completed and it’s only a few shields,” Garcia explained. “We have switched to a new design that doesn’t require any 3D printing and can produce 25 face shields in an hour.”

The new process for creating face shields starts with a sheet metal pneumatic shear. The shear cuts large plastic sheets of the material into smaller pieces that can be placed into a laser cutter. A high-powered laser cutter is then used to cut out the shape needed for the face shields. Using a thermal press, the shields are heated and placed on a cylinder to form the curvature in the plastic needed for the face shield. Lastly, all the pieces are put together and an elastic strap is placed on the headset.

NMSU Police Chief Stephen Lopez said when additional face shields are completed, they will be split between MountainView Regional Medical Center and Memorial Medical Center.

The AIS is an engineering resource and project center that supports students across the NMSU community. It was founded by the College of Engineering as a makerspace to foster new and innovative ideas. This past year, the AIS was expanded to include a completely modernized engineering machine shop, replacing 1960s-era equipment with new, state-of the-art technology.

“AIS is a tremendous resource that provides hands-on student experiences and supports research endeavors and cross-disciplinary projects to take ideas from concept to cutting-edge, commercially viable products,” said Lakshmi Reddi, College of Engineering dean.

April 9, 2020 4:52 PM

Update includes one additional death related to COVID-19

New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 124 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

45 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new cases in Chaves County
5 new cases in Cibola County
1 new case in Colfax County
1 new case in Curry County
5 new cases in Doña Ana County
2 new cases in Los Alamos County
13 new cases in McKinley County
9 new cases in San Juan County
31 new cases in Sandoval County
3 new cases in Santa Fe County
2 new cases in Socorro County
1 new case in Taos County
1 new case in Torrance County
3 new cases in Valencia County

The Department of Health on Thursday also reported one additional death in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

That case is:

A female in her 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying medical conditions and was a resident at the La Vida Llena long-term care facility in Albuquerque.

The three deaths reported Wednesday, April 8, were also residents at the La Vida Llena long-term care facility in Albuquerque, bringing the total number of deaths of residents at the facility related to COVID-19 to 6.

The number of deaths in the state related to COVID-19 is now 17.

Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 989 positive tests for COVID-19:

Bernalillo County: 369

Catron County: 1

Chaves County: 18

Cibola County: 21

Colfax County: 1

Curry County: 9

Doña Ana County: 44

Eddy County: 6

Grant County: 4

Lea County: 2

Lincoln County: 1

Los Alamos County: 4

McKinley County: 84

Otero County: 3

Rio Arriba County: 7

Roosevelt County: 1

Sandoval County: 174

San Juan County: 126

San Miguel County: 1

Santa Fe County: 70

Socorro County: 9

Taos County: 15

Torrance County: 8

Valencia County: 11

County totals remain subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.

As of today, there are 73 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

As of today, there are 217 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Department of Health has detected community spread in Bernalillo, Doña Ana, McKinley, Otero, Sandoval, San Juan, and Santa Fe counties and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. All businesses except those deemed essential have been ordered to close. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.

Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing:

Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;
Asymptomatic people in congregant settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;
Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath.

New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.


The state Department of Health will update its dedicated COVID-19 webpage with additional tests as the state lab provides results.

April 9, 2020 3:35 PM


City of Anthony

Chief Lara – DPS secretary sent link to a website where hotel rooms were being offered to healthcare workers during the crisis. There was some discussion about the validity of the link or whether the number to call is being manned. This resource will still be made available to all JIC members to use at their discretion. The information from the cabinet secretary is as folows:

First responders including EMS and law enforcement:

Questions regarding if an individual has tested positive, we have established a 24 hour line and the number is 505-231-6740 and they can select Option #1.

Visit a COVID-19 testing site or call a local Public Health Office (PHO) to schedule appointment for testing. https://cvprovider.nmhealth.org/directory.html. Although there are several places to get tested, most if not all of the listed PHOs will offer and expedite testing for law enforcement and EMS workers during working hours.

When a COVID-19 test is obtained, make sure to request expedite on the NMDOH Scientific Lab Division (SLD) requisition form

Call the NM Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at (505) 476-9635 to find list of hotels for self-isolation if PUI or COVID-19 positive.

OYO Hotels & Homes is opening the doors to its hotels and offering free stays to doctors, nurses and other medical first responders who are helping in the fight against Coronavirus (Covid-19). https://www.oyorooms.com/us/

If your law enforcement personnel has any issues obtaining a COVID-19 test Dr. Sanzone has offered to assist in facilitating with the request. She can be reached at (917) 582-6241 (cell).



City manager, Oscar Dominguez, also had nothing to report.

City of Sunland Park

Joined by Fire Chief Danny Medrano, who just joined Sunland Park Fire Dept. This week, they went live with their Vulnerable Resident Registry, which identifies people in Sunland Park who are dependent on oxygen or would otherwise need immediate assistance in the event of a power outage or other emergency.

Completed signage posting at 14 retail establishments with new 20% occupancy rule.

City of Las Cruces

Nothing new to report. The City did extend the library and museum closures. The senior meal program will be extended and available to those who need it. The special meeting of City Council is still on schedule for tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.

Las Cruces Police Department / Las Cruces Fire Department

Had one hotel with information on three discounted (or free?) stays for first responder and healthcare workers. Will follow up on that resource for anyone who might need it.

Las Cruces Public Schools

Technology checkout continues. LCPS is also giving out internet access codes to teachers and students who need it. All information can be found at www.lcps.net.

Doña Ana County

No update Thursday



Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Magistrate Court is not accepting any payments right now from the public. The facility is only open to public defenders, district attorney’s office and law enforcement.

Doña Ana County Detention Center

Nothing new to report.

Village of Hatch

Village offices are still closed to the public. Office staff is working a
limited schedule of 2 days a week. The Museum and Library are still closed.
Hours and schedule will be reviewed at next Tuesdays Trustee meeting.

Town of Mesilla

Nothing new to report.

Memorial Medical Center (MMC)

Nothing new to report.

Mountain View Regional Medical Center

Yesterday, Vitalant decided to not take in donors today for the blood drive. Organizers expressed a need to stage out blood drives over an extended schedule in order to preserve the product. Will reschedule at a later date.

New Mexico State University

Nothing to report, but Justin Bannister wanted to pass along an inspiring story about how it’s never too late to embrace technology! Here’s a link:

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/14173/nmsu-professor-orthodox-priest-adapts-to-new-technology-to-teach-old-testament



New Mexico State University Police

Nothing new to report Thursday.

Office of Emergency Management (OEM)

CodeRED message was pushed out yesterday. Looking at possibility at IPAWS messaging from El Paso. Waiting on state to approve integration of their system. There was some discussion on the use of CodeRED for actual call-to-action public alerts.

Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

Nothing to report Thursday.

State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services - Ombudsman Program

Checking on success of tablet technology for residents, also getting a status update on overall health of residents, access to healthcare and testing when needed.

Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority (MVRDA)

Sent out CodeRED messaging advising the public to stay home over the Easter holiday. A total of 129,266 telephone calls were made, 1,033 emails were sent, 1,415 text messages sent and 13 TDD messages.

New guidance for essential workers: MVRDA has been doing all of them except temperatures before work which will be implementing tomorrow. Will begin using facemasks but they are on a three-week wait list for facemasks. Undersheriff Quezada offered to cover the needed supplies to MVRDA first responders until their shipment arrives.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, El Paso Sector

No report Thursday.

New Mexico Department of Health

No report Thursday.

April 9, 2020 2:06 PM

NMSU WAVE Program increases social media outreach during COVID-19 outbreak
DATE: 04/09/2020
WRITER: Victoria Balderrama, 575-646-1614, vbalde@nmsu.edu
CONTACT: Olivia De Leon, 575-646-5239, odeleon@nmsu.edu
The Wellness, Alcohol and Violence Education Program at New Mexico State University is a risk reduction and prevention program that educates the campus community on issues of personal safety and well-being. The WAVE/WAVE Rx Program are a staff of 15 working from home to ensure health promotion stays at the forefront of the NMSU campus, according to Olivia De Leon, WAVE Program health education specialist.

“During these uncertain times, the NMSU WAVE Program is working hard. We have taken to social media to continue our health promotion efforts on all WAVE topics including mental health, physical health, alcohol education and violence prevention. In addition to these WAVE topics, we have included coronavirus information and tips on navigating our new social-distancing lifestyles,” De Leon said.

Social media posts are planned based on what students may need to know at certain times. When the COVID-19 outbreak was in its early stages, information about proper handwashing and hand sanitizer effectiveness was developed by the WAVE Program. To help students with fear of the unknown, the WAVE Program taught its followers breathing techniques to lower stress levels and coping skills.

“Now that we are back to school and adjusting to online schooling, we will focus more on encouraging healthy habits from home. This includes promoting TeleHealth services offered by Aggie Health and Wellness and AggieFit’s new Zoom group fitness classes both available for students, faculty and staff. Moving forward, WAVE will be creating a YouTube channel where we can provide even more educational material for the NMSU community as we continue to work and learn from home,” De Leon said.

The NMSU WAVE Program is open to suggestions, leave a comment or send a direct message on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @nmsuwave.

April 9, 2020 1:16 PM

The 9th annual Volunteer Far and Giving Day, planned for April 25, 2020, has been canceled.

The committee has continued to watch the evolution and encroachment of COVID-19.

Our state and local governments have taken action to limit the spread of the virus in New Mexico and Las Cruces. For the latest information on City of Las Cruces COVID-19 response please visit www.covid19LasCruces.com or the New Mexico Department of Health website at www.cv.nmhealth.org.

Public health experts, the Centers for Disease Control, and New Mexico Department of Health advise that social distancing is the most effective strategy for mitigating the spread of COVID-19. Many programs have suspended operation through April, both as an effort to maximize social distancing and minimize spread.

Volunteer Fair and Giving Day Committee includes the City of Las Cruces Quality of Life Department, Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico, La Casa, Mesilla Valley Habitat for Humanity, and United Way of Southwest New Mexico.

City of Las Cruces news releases are available on the home page of the City website at las-cruces.org under News & Announcements and can be translated into Spanish and multiple other languages using the Select Language feature on the lower right side of the page.

April 9, 2020 1:08 PM

In alignment with New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s updated public health emergency order, the City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department is extending its closure of all City-run programs, facilities and parks until further notice to ensure every person’s well-being while practicing social distancing and staying home.


Operational closures until further notice:

Practice, League Play, and tournaments on all City facilities (athletic fields).
All youth and adult programming.
All fitness classes.
Juvenile Citation Program (JCP).
Keep Las Cruces Beautiful (KLCB) Program.
Administration offices are closed.



Facility closures until further notice:

East Mesa Recreation Center, 5589 Porter Dr., Frank O’Brien Papen Center, 304 Bell Ave. and The Meerscheidt Recreation Center, 1600 E. Hadley Ave.
· The Regional Aquatic Center, 1401 E. Hadley Ave.
· Frenger Swimming Pool, 800 Parkview Dr.



Specialty parks closures until further notice:

· Butterfield Shooting Range

· Skate Park

· BMX Track

· Dog Park

· RC/Archery Park

· Athletic Ballfields

· Tennis/Pickleball Courts



All City-owned parks are closed, and services, which include medians, right of ways (ROW), alleys, parks, trails, restrooms and fountains are suspended until further notice.

For more information, contact Parks & Recreation Department Administration Offices 575/541-2550.

April 9, 2020 12:47 PM

In compliance with the State of New Mexico’s updated stay-at-home order, RoadRUNNER Transit will continue operating its service on a reduced schedule, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday – Saturday through April 30.

Dial-a-Ride, which provides accessible curb-to-curb service for persons with qualifying disabilities and for senior citizens age 60 and over, will operate on the same schedule and customers are asked to contact Dial-a-Ride at 541-2777.

RoadRUNNER Transit is committed to safe practices and are following all appropriate precautions to protect our staff, customers and the public. Transit buses are thoroughly cleaned each evening and disinfected several times throughout the day. In addition, fare-free services remain in effect through April to prevent infectious spread through cash and fare handling.

The Mesilla Valley Intermodal Transportation Terminal at 300 W. Lohman will be open during these reduced hours of operation. There is a limit of 5 customers in the lobby at a time and seating is no longer available in the building.

RoadRUNNER Transit reminds its riders that for the wellness of all our riders and the community, please stay home and only take the bus if you have an essential travel need. ESSENTIAL transportation needs include food and critical supplies, medical appointments, pharmacy trips, and travel to and from essential jobs. Families should designate one member to do essential travel, so that other family members can remain at home.

· Maintain a distance of at least six feet between you and the next person
· Limit conversations with drivers and other passengers
· Frequently wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time
· Cough/sneeze into your sleeve
· Carry personal hand sanitizers, if possible
· Use a mask or scarf, if one is available to cover your entire mouth and nose
· Contact a business BEFORE you travel to ensure it is open.

Please follow the recommendations and up-to-date information on the City of Las Cruces designated COVID-19 website at https://covid19LasCruces.com or the New Mexico Department of Health website at https://cv.nmhealth.org/. If you or a family member are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 contact your healthcare provider and call the NMDOH hotline at 1-855-600-3453 immediately.

To plan your trip and see route maps, please go to roadrunner.las-cruces.org. For more information, contact RoadRUNNER Transit customer service at 575-541-2500.

Passengers can track the bus in real-time, visiting the website bustracker.las-cruces.org. They can also subscribe to the "Notify Me" alert service to receive email alerts related to transit services, roa