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Posted on: September 2, 2020

JIC Notes September 2, 2020


Media contact: Catherine Zaharko, Doña Ana County
575-525-5801 •  

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 weekly conference call at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays. The notes compiled during that call are made available at and  

Regional Hospital Resources (As of 9/2/2020 at 1:30 P.M)
Includes Dona Ana, Catron, Sierra, Grant, Socorro, Luna, Lincoln, Hidalgo, and Otero Counties:

Currently in Use
Remaining Availability
Total ICU Capability

COVID Patient Hospitalization


Ventilator Use
Currently in Use
Vent Availability

Regional updates:  

City of Anthony Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept.   Oscar Dominguez, City Manager Nothing new to report.  Nothing new to report. 

City of Sunland Park No report. 

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire  

City of Las Cruces 

Jennifer Martinez 

Steve Ramirez  Current Parks and Rec status: Mask giveaway by CLC and census sign up:  

Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire 

Dan Trujillo The annual commemoration of 9/11 has been cancelled due to COVID-19.   Hoping to put a virtual commemoration together.   

Las Cruces Public Schools 

Samantha Lewis 

Kelly Jameson  A third case of COVID-19 has been confirmed.  All CDC guidelines and protocols have been followed.  School was shut down and is being sanitized.  Board meeting on 9/15 will discuss hybrid learning, but LCPS is still committed to remote learning for the first 9 weeks of school.   

Doña Ana County 

Catherine Zaharko 

Luce Rubio 

Jamie Michael  Government Center will re-open to the public on September 8, 2020 with all necessary precautions in place to safeguard the public and county employees. 

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office 

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez  No report.    

Doña Ana County Detention Center 

Capt. Bryan Baker No report. 

Village of Hatch 

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD  No report. 

Town of Mesilla Parade scheduled for September 12 and 13, 2020 has been cancelled due to COVID-19. 

Dorothy Sellers 

Memorial Medical Center 

Ryan Perkins  No report. 

MountainView Regional Medical 


Ben Woods  Still in good shape.  Strong position with capacity. 

New Mexico State University 

Justin Bannister  No report. 

New Mexico State University Police 

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen  Nothing new to report. 

Office of Emergency Management 

Cullen Combs 

Amanda Bowen State is providing PPE for school districts.  No more cloth masks are available.   

Southern New Mexico Correctional 


Lt. Carlos Reyes

new-mexico-correctional-facility/  No report.     

State of NM Aging & Long-Term 


Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program  Nothing new to report.  

Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority Hugo Costa, Executive Director   No report. 

U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector 

Officer Joseph Barron

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  Testing sites for 08-26-20 · Anthony—Public Health Office • Chaparral—La Clinica De Familia • Hatch—Ben Archer Health Center • LC—NMSU Aggie Health Center • LC—NMSU Athletic Department • LC—Blue Horizon Assisted Living • LC—Public Health Office • LC—Casa Bella Assisted Living • Sunland Park—Public Health Office   

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