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Posted on: March 17, 2020

COVID-19 JIC Notes 3/17/2020

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COVID19 Joint Information Center
March 17, 2020

1. City of Anthony

No report Tuesday.

2. City of Sunland Park

No changes from yesterday – City is still using the two fire stations for quarantine. The library, since it is closed until April 6, will be used to quarantine civilian females if needed. Effective immediately, tours of fire department facilities to students or any other civic group have been suspended until further notice. Fire stations are primarily for emergencies. They have a good supply of masks, and have attempted to source items additional items but have been advised most supplies are on backorder. Sunland Park Police Department is closed to the public, and the staff has been working to update the public on how to obtain reports online. Support staff have transitioned to an abbreviated schedule and patrol operations have been adjusted.

3. City of Las Cruces

City staff is working on a new website: www.covid19lascruces.com to centralize a list of local resources. They are currently exploring ability to coordinate test facilities with the DOH, should the need arise. One priority has been to identify resources for vulnerable populations within the city and the homeless. In conjunction with the new website, all information is posted under the COVID ALERT CENTER at www.las-cruces.org. New adjustments at city facilities since yesterday: rec centers are closed and City Hall now has a single entrance only. Utility bill payments can still be made at City Hall, and all registrations are being conducted online only. Administration is exploring options to limit nonessential staff and conduct virtual meetings. The City Manager finalist interviews are being done via video conference. 

4. Las Cruces Police Department 

No report Tuesday.

5. Las Cruces Public Schools

Tuesday: Demand for meals outweighed our distribution centers. We added 17 locations, mostly elementary schools, that began this morning. To keep things moving smoothly, there is only one pickup time for breakfast and lunch. Had assistance from Marci Dickerson to deliver, keeping food moving and on time.

The staff is maximized. Nutrition crews were at LCHS, central kitchen, until 11 p.m. last night and returned at 6:30 a.m. Rotation shifts of school personnel will go into effect Tuesday night.

6. Doña Ana County

South Central Regional Transit District: Early morning trips on Turquoise and Purple routes are discontinued until school resumes.

o The Turquoise operates from Anthony to Chaparral and then to Northeast El Paso.

o The Purple operates from Anthony to Santa Teresa, Sunland Park and to El Paso’s Westside Transit Center located at Remcon. This affects the Gadsden school district and the students in the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Program (DVR) located at Good Samaritan in Las Cruces.

o Increased cleaning and sanitation on all buses

o Visit http://scrtd.org/ for frequent updates

7. Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office: limits in-person services effective Thursday, Mar. 18. Please use online e-recording and filing portal or mail. May request documents at www.donaanacounty.org/clerk/docs

o For questions, call (575) 647-7421

o Business registrations, please complete and mail.

o Marriage licenses postponed until further notice. Appointments for marriage licenses will be considered.

o Bureau of Elections questions: elections@donaanacounty.org

o To register, update or change your voter registration or to request an absentee ballot you may also visit NMVote.org

o County information related to the primary election is available at www.dacelections.com.

o Probate judge assistant can answer questions at normar@donaanacounty.org.

8. South Central Solid Waste Authority, SCSWA: To minimize contact and help prevent the spread of COVID-19, if possible, delay taking residential trash and recycling to transfer stations.

o Will provide updates through the local media, website at www.SCSWA.net and social media

o For questions, (575) 528-3800

9. Doña Ana County Detention Center updated visiting:

o Adults can schedule remote visits through www.legacyinmate.com/prepaid/.

o Collect, pre-paid or debit calls are available through www.legacyinmate.com/Prepaid/. Text messaging available at www.gettingout.com/.

o The Juvenile Detention Center will continue to allow in-person visits. However, they must be pre-scheduled prior to arrival and will be limited to one visitor at a time, through a glass partition. To schedule a visit with a juvenile detainee, please call (575) 647-7680.

10. Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Operations are still uniform – haven’t had anyone call in sick. To support federal directives on minimizing community spread, support staff will be work from home starting Thursday, March 19 for positions that are able to do so. Also starting Thursday, the sheriff’s office will be closed to the public and open only on Wednesdays. Deputies in the field will still answer calls and will rely on the non-emergency number when possible. Advised there could be some court system updates; awaiting word from the N.M. Supreme Court for direction.

Sgt. Gojkovich reported that all civil jury trials have been postponed until further notice. Video arraignments are still going on. For first responders and hospital staff, CYFD announced a waiver application for emergency childcare provided by state-certified daycare facilities. Anyone interested can apply in person at CYFD, 2805 Roadrunner Parkway. Verified identification from your agency is required.

11. Village of Hatch

No report.

12. Town of Mesilla

Some changes since yesterday: Town Hall is now closed to the public. Several events have been canceled. Utilities, permits/licensing are being done through email and over the phone. Trustee meetings are limited to 15 members only. Municipal court is still open until further notice. Local businesses are complying with restrictions. Senior Meals at the community center are still available for pickup, and delivery is still running. Farmers Market is closed until further notice. All community center events have been canceled and no reservations are being taken for future events. The Marshals Department will not respond to non-emergency calls; will take reports over the phone. Will still respond to felony calls, keeping six-foot distance. When dealing with aggressive behavior, deputies are trying to decontaminate and self-isolate following incident. The fire department remains fully operational and is seeking locations for possible quarantine.

13. Memorial Medical Center

All operations are running smoothly. No issues to report with abbreviated visitation hours. Continue to operate as usual, being mindful of a limited inventory of supplies.

Received requests from local elected officials who wish to be contacted by the JIC Director. Kelly will follow-up.

14. Mountain View Regional Medical Center

Similar to MMC, Mountain View reports a limited availability of supplies and has limited visitors to patients who are in isolation to address that shortage. Part of their visitation policy is to ensure they are doing everything they can to protect the resources readily available to them.

Mr. Woods advised that in response to the national concern over a shortage of N95 masks, it was recommended that agencies check with the current guidance from CDC regarding personal protective equipment (PPE). In some situations, the N95 is not needed, and staff can get by with standard masks to protect themselves from droplets. May help conserve resources.

George Richards from OEM noted to other first responders: there is a current protocol that only one first responder make entry on calls to conserve PPE. He strongly encouraged all jurisdictions to follow that protocol from the DOH site in conjunction with the CDC. There are guidelines in place that are unique to this current situation.

There was a question about establishing community screenings for COVID-19, which were addressed by Mr. Richards. According to him, David Daniels and Dawn Sanchez are coordinating and DOH is actively looking at coordinating that type of screening. There is a test clinic scheduled next week in Socorro that Amanda Bowen from OEM will be attending. George has coordinated plans with the fire chief on where to stage those events should they become needed. It was emphasized that DOH has control of health-related situations by statutory authority based on the governor’s declaration. Everything at the local level is to support them to prepare them as best as possible.

15. New Mexico State University

Campus remains open, early spring break and telework is available effectively reducing campus population.

NMSU President John Floros will host a virtual town hall meeting tomorrow at 2:30 that is available to students, faculty, and staff. During the early spring break, faculty will be moving several courses online. Accommodations are being worked out for in-person labs. Justin Bannister passed along the following related to Wednesday’s Town Hall:

16. NMSU President to host virtual town hall Wednesday 

President John Floros and members of the New Mexico State University campus leadership will host a virtual town hall at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18. President Floros will briefly address the Aggie community and then take questions. Joining him at the town hall will be Carol Parker, Provost; Luis Cifuentes, Office of Research; Renay Scott, Student Success; Andrew Burke, Administration and Finance; Katrina Doolittle, Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management; Lori McKee, Aggie Health and Wellness Center; Gena Jones, Human Resource Services; and Justin Bannister, Marketing and Communications. Questions can be emailed in advance to president.floros@nmsu.edu. 

The webinar is limited to 1,000 connections. Please practice social distancing. If you connect in a location with others, please limit your group to fewer than 10 individuals.

Connection information:
When: March 18, 2:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time
Topic: NMSU President’s Town Hall

• Webinar Link: https://nmsu.zoom.us/j/806462615 

• Or iPhone one-tap:
US: +16699006833,,806462615# or +13462487799,,806462615#

• Or telephone:
Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 929 205 6099 or +1 253 215 8782

• Webinar ID: 806 462 615

• International numbers available: https://nmsu.zoom.us/u/abTTYuQwCl 

• Or an H.323/SIP room system:
H.323:
162.255.37.11 (US West)
162.255.36.11 (US East)

For more information, call 575-646-2127.

17. New Mexico State University Police

Staff is currently trying to identify possible quarantine locations, should they be needed.

18. Office of Emergency Management (OEM)

Some housekeeping: the JIC conference call will be Monday through Friday unless otherwise directed.

19. Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

No report.

20. New Mexico Department of Health 

No report Tuesday. (*Please note that due to the level of commitment of our local DOH PIO in Santa Fe, representation is not always possible for JIC conference call updates.)

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