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Posted on: March 16, 2020

COVID-19 JIC Notes 3/16/2020

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COVID19 Joint Information Center
March 16, 2020 
Updated: 1:37 p.m. 

  1. City of Anthony 

As of now, City Council meetings are canceled. The Motor Vehicle Division, City Hall Front Desk and Police Records and has limited hours of operation: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The City of Anthony library is closed to the public until April 6The regular board meeting scheduled for March 18 has been canceled. Anthony Police Department remains fully functional.  

  1. City of Sunland Park 

Two quarantine rooms have been identified in the event a first responder is exposedStation 1, 1030 McNutt Road and Station 25650 McNutt Road.  

The City of Sunland Park Library is closed for three weeks beginning March 16Until further notice, City Council meetings will be limited to 10 people inside chambers. Anyone wishing to provide public comment will have to switch out with someone in the chambers. A speaker system will be set up outside the building for residents to watch the council meetings.   

  1. City of Las Cruces 

There is a City Council meeting today followed by a work session on COVID-19. In keeping with social distancing guidelines, attendance will be limited to 50 and seating will be amended to keep people at a safe distance 

The City has created an alert center at www.las-cruces.org to serve as a centralized, community-wide information hub on current news, closures, resources, etc.  

  1. Las Cruces Police Department  

Due to the change in operation, hours at all area Walmart locations, officers’ onsite work agreement has been adjusted and officers will continue to be present during open hours. LCPD is working on in-house contingency plans, should the current situation change or escalate. Emphasis was placed on advising that hoarding supplies at area stores put residents who need them most at risk 

School Resource Officers are on patrol until schools are open again and are monitoring food distribution sites.  

Residents are encouraged to make phone calls and check in on elderly relatives and neighbors.  

During the school shutdown, parents are encouraged to keep their kids on a regular schedule and know where they are. It is strongly recommended that parents also follow the social distancing recommendations and limit activities involving crowds. Parents are also reminded to not leave small children home alone.  

Las Cruces Fire: the Vecino Program and Mobile Integrated Health Program have responded to several calls to alleviate repeat 911 calls. When appropriate, firefighters are dispatched to see how they can help those callers in need.   

  1. Las Cruces Public Schools 

Meal pickup started Monday at nine locations (for a complete list, visit www.lcps.net)Breakfast is available between 8 and 9 a.m. and lunch is available from noon to 1 p.m. Social distancing guidelines are in place and all meals are made to grab-and-go.  

Resources have been shared with families to keep kids engaged over the shutdown. We have formed a partnership with the Children’s Reading Alliance to distribute age-appropriate books to our students.  

  1. Doña Ana County 

Doña Ana County has been revising HR policies to begin sending people home on admin leave or for self-quarantine purposes. For those employees without childcare, they have the option of working from home so children aren’t left alone.  

Food distribution centers are open and running smoothly. Requested additional information on social distancing recommendations so that information can be shared in rural areas of the county to residents without internet access.  

  1. Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office 

DASO is exploring a reduction in operational hours to the public and making arrangements to deliver reports and requested information either digitally or via mail. Is currently developing a reduction in staff, if necessary, and identifying essential personnel.  

  1. Village of Hatch 

No report.  

  1. Town of Mesilla 

Nothing critical at this time 

  1. Memorial Medical Center 

Visitor limitation protocol went into effect on Friday, March 13Effective immediately: there is a limited number of visitor entrances at the main lobby, and those entering the ER have to fill out a Department of Health Questionnaire. Visitor hours are from 4 - 8 p.m.  

  1. Mountain View Regional Medical Center 

Staff is following established protocols. A limited visitation practice was implemented Friday, March 13Visitor hours at the main entrance are weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Effective immediatelyall visitors and contractors are screened and all nonessential meetings, volunteer programs and seminars are suspended until further notice.  

  1. New Mexico State University 

Beginning Monday, March 16 all students and staff are on a two-week Spring Break, although the campus remains open to serve its on-campus population. An online resource was created to answer any concerns: www.nmsu.edu/coronavirus. A coronavirus hotline was also launched Monday. That number is 575-646-7373.  

NMSU staff is emphasizing to their students and staff if you don’t feel well, stay home. If you care for vulnerable people, stay home. The academic semester will progress and university leadership is working on staffing those who can telework when possible. An amended sick leave policy was also initiated, addressing those who have concerns about leave balances.  

  1. New Mexico State University Police  

No report.  

  1. Office of Emergency Management (OEM) 

The OEM continues to coordinate with the Department of Health as the lead agency for issues related to COVID-19. As of now, questions from the public can be directed to the Joint Information Center, which will be posting information at www.las-cruces.org and at www.donaanacounty.org. All health-related questions should be directed to www.cv.nmhealth.org. Additionally, the State of New Mexico has created www.newmexico.gov for centralized agency information related to the statewide response to COVID-19.  

  1. Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility 

As of now, all contact visits have been suspended and there are no volunteers or members from the outside public allowed inside the facility.   

  1. New Mexico Department of Health 

The DOH continues to work with the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization to efficiently communicate the most current news and information related to the COVID-19 crisis. All health-related information can be found at www.cv.nmhealth.org 

Monday, the state announced emergency funds that were available statewide to provide financial assistance to those agencies most affected.  

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