Coronavirus Update – July 22, 2020

Coronavirus updates for Grant County for Wednesday, July 22, 2020.  Our guest today on Coronavirus Update is Kathleen Froese, therapist at Trauma and Recovery Center in Silver City. In an interview from March, Kathleen shares some very helpful information on how to take care of our mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus Update is a local radio show that provides the latest information you need to know on local community strategies to slow the spread of the Coronavirus and protect yourself, your family and our community during this public health crisis. Brought to you by Gila-Mimbres Community Radio, Gila Resources Information Project, Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities Grant County and National Center for Frontier Communities.

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NM Dept of Health COVID-19 Hotline 1-855-600-3453 or visit

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Message from Grant County’s health care providers –video

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As of Today – Wednesday, July 22 , 17,517 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in New Mexico, with 588 deaths,  154 currently hospitalized individuals, and 6870 recoveries according to the New Mexico Department of Health. 

Since last week Grant County has reported 14 additional cases with 55 total cases of COVID-19 with 18 recovered and 1 death. The New Mexico Department of Health confirmed Monday that a Grant County woman in her 60s died as a result of COVID-19. The death marks the first in Grant County due to the novel coronavirus.

In total, 481,531 COVID-19 tests have been performed in the state, with 4186 having been conducted in Grant County.   

For a full breakdown of COVID-19 cases by county and demographic information, visit the state’s COVID-19 data dashboard at:

COVID-19: Silver City Mayor’s Proclamation and Council Resolution in Support of Governor’s Executive Orders

In an Emergency Council Meeting held on Monday, Silver City Mayor Ken Ladner issued a Proclamation strongly urging that all residents of Silver City should commit to protecting the weakest and most vulnerable among us, especially the elders and the children, by adopting habits of mask wearing, social distancing, and good hygiene. 

The proclamation asks that residents Teach by example, to educate those who have not yet awakened to the danger that surrounds us; and suggests that voluntary acts of kindness and generosity, which are treasured by all religions, political parties, and communities, should be freely expressed by all during this time of danger.

More information at


Grant County Public Health Office will provide free testing every Monday from 8:00a.m. to 11:00a.m. for utility workers and Food Industry Workers.  Appointments are required and must be scheduled by calling Grant County Public Health Office at 575-538-5318 (ext. 4) by noon on the preceding Friday. 

Testing will also be conducted every Tuesday from 8:30a.m. to 11:00a.m. for anyone at the Grant County Public Health Office.

Testing is free, but those who have insurance should bring their card with them.

Throat swab and nasal swab testing options are available. 

Appointments can be scheduled by registering on the following website: Once registered, you will receive a code. Please save this code and use it when making your appointment by calling: 575-538-5318 (ext. 4).

The Grant County Public Health Office is located at 2610 N. Silver Street (across the street from the Swimming Pool).

CVS Pharmacy Drive-thru in Silver City is making Self-swab tests available to individuals meeting CDC criteria, in addition to state and age guidelines. Patients must register in advance at

Hidalgo Medical Services (HMS) in Silver City is doing testing on weekdays except for Tuesday at their clinic at  1007 Pope Street in Silver City and at their Lordsburg clinic on weekdays except for Thursdays at 530 De Moss Street. Call 1-888-271-3596 for an appointment. Testing is free and expanded to everyone via a drive-up testing approach.

Hidalgo Medical Services has recently acquired a Mobile COVID Testing Clinic. The Mobile Clinic will be in Bayard tomorrow July 23 from 9am to 1pm (closed 12-1230 for lunch) at Cobre High School (we will set up in front of our School Based Health Center) at 1100 Tom Foy Blvd, 

This is a walk-in clinic so no appointment is necessary. For more information, call HMS at 888-271-3596.Additional ru ral areas will be serviced over the coming weeks.

And please note that Gila Regional Medical Center is no longer conducting COVID-19 testing, given increased capacity at other local facilities.

A reminder that the USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program deadline is Aug. 28

It’s not too late for New Mexico farmers and ranchers to apply for financial relief as a result of impacts from the coronavirus pandemic. The deadline to apply for the United States Department of Agriculture’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) is Friday, Aug. 28.

Applications from New Mexico producers should be submitted through USDA Farm Service Agency New Mexico offices. Contact information for local offices may be found at by scrolling to the bottom of the page. USDA-FSA will assist individuals with completing their application via phone, email, fax, mail or online tools. Also, a CFAP call center has been established for producers who would like additional one-on-one support with the application process. 

Please call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee. While New Mexico has 25,044 farms and ranches as reported in the most recent Agriculture Census, only 2,356 applications have been received as of July 15. According to the USDA-FSA New Mexico office, over $61 million in payments have been disbursed to New Mexico producers as of July 15.

Silver City Public Library has resumed curbside service

The curbside service system is designed with the goal of reducing the risk of virus contagion. Checkout limits are reduced to 5 per person, 10 per household; and appointments are spaced out in intervals in order to make the service safer. 

The Silver City Public Library has been closed to the public again as of July 11, and will remain closed until further notice. This closure is in accordance with the closure of Town of Silver City offices due to the steady rise of COVID-19 cases in the community.

You may still return items in the silver book return bin outside the Cooper Street doors. However, your due date will be extended, so you do not have to return your items until the library reopens.    

Visit for more information.


Western New Mexico University will be reopening  for the fall 2020 semester  in three phases that will include online, distance and hybrid learning formats. Phase I will run from August 17 through Labor Day and will be 100% online. Phase II will follow the Labor Day holiday when some classes may resume in hybrid formats that include face-to-face and hands-on activities. Phase III is scheduled to begin after Thanksgiving break when WNMU courses will again move to a 100% online format and when students will not be required to return to campus .For details, visit, where the plan will be kept current.


Today, Wednesday, July 22 there will be a Free Produce Giveaway at The Commons, 501 East 13th Street, next door to Knights of Columbus. 9am until gone. No requirements, just show up! COVID safety guidelines will be followed. 

The Commons will be holding its next regular food pantry for Silver City, Tyrone & Arenas Valley residents next Wednesday July 29 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.  Visit for more information.

 The Food Pantry at the Gospel Mission located at 111 South Texas Street in Silver City is open for drive thru only on Wednesdays 8:30 am – 9:30 am. There is a also a Daily soup kitchen: Breakfast takes place from 8:30-9:30 Mon-Fri and Lunch occurs every day from 12-1 pm 

Call 575 388-5071 for more information.

St. Francis Newman Center Food Pantry located at 914 W. 13th St. Silver City is open every Monday at 4 pm and cash assistance for rent, utilities, bus passes and prescription drugs is also provided.  Call 575-388-4933 for more information.

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