Coronavirus Update – July 29, 2020

Coronavirus updates for Grant County for Wednesday, July 22, 2020.  Our guest today on Coronavirus Update is Andrea Warner, Silver City Farmers’ Market Manager and the most recent addition to the Grant County Coronavirus update team.  Today Andrea will be talking about her new role as Health and Community Resource Promotions Specialist for the Grant County Coronavirus Update project.  She also will be sharing some of the happenings at The Farmers’ Market.

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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As of Today – Wednesday, July 29 , 19,791 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in New Mexico, with 626 deaths,  160 currently hospitalized individuals, and 7,657 recoveries according to the New Mexico Department of Health. 

Since last week Grant County has reported 10 additional cases with 65 total cases of COVID-19 with 21 recovered and 2 deaths. The Department of Health on Tuesday reported the death of a male in his 70s from Grant County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

In total, 536,853 COVID-19 tests have been performed in the state, with 4610 having been conducted in Grant County. 

New Mexico health officials on Monday,  reported 467 new positive test results for COVID-19, the highest single day since the pandemic began. The previous highest count—on July 23—was 343 new cases in one day.

Yesterday’s surge was driven by 170 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Cibola County Correctional Center, which houses people for both Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the US Marshals Service. At the county level, Doña Ana County had 76 cases, followed by Bernalillo County with 62 and Lea County with 25. Santa Fe County had 12 new cases reported yesterday, bringing the total to 510, of which the health department has designated 204 as recovered.

For a full breakdown of COVID-19 cases by county and demographic information, visit the state’s COVID-19 data dashboard 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 Tyrone tomorrow July 30 from 9am to 1pm (closed 12-1230 for lunch) at  the Tyrone Community Center. This is a walk-in clinic so no appointment is necessary. For more information, call HMS at 888-271-3596. Additional rural 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.


Due to the significant increase in coronavirus cases, the Governor announced that  in-person learning at public schools will be delayed through at least Labor Day. (press release)

Online learning will still be allowed to begin in August, but hopes of a hybrid model for the start of the new school year have been squashed for now. After Labor Day, the hybrid model could be phased-in with state health guidelines in place. That model mixes in-person and online learning for students on certain days.

In most districts, students will be split into cohorts to adhere to social-distancing guidelines.

The plan is to bring the youngest students back first, followed by middle schoolers, then high schoolers. 

A notable exception is that students with special needs will be allowed to have in-person learning in small groups or one-on-one settings. Another exception is that some kindergarten through third-grade students will be allowed to meet in groups of five before Sept. 7 to prioritize students who need learning support.

The governor said the state would  direct funding it received under the federal CARES Act toward providing students with devices and improving internet connectivity for certain students. 


The office of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday announced that applications have gone out for $178 million of CARES Act funding for tribal and local governments. $28 million is available for tribal government grants and $150 million is available for city and county grants. These funds can cover costs that are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency for the period beginning on March 1, 2020, through December 30, 2020. (press release)

$50 million of the local government allocation is designated for the establishment of local grant programs to support small businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic emergency. 

The local government grant program will also enable cities and counties to make more child care options available for parents whose children’s school schedules have been impacted by the health emergency.

The CARES Act provided funds to state, territorial, local, and tribal governments to respond directly to the coronavirus emergency by addressing medical or public health needs, expenditures incurred to respond to second-order effects of the emergency, or economic support to those suffering from employment or business interruptions due to COVID-19-related business closures.


A Small Business Recovery Loan Fund Webinar Series for Businesses will take place July 30 at 11 a.m. Designed for New Mexico small businesses, this webinar will explain which businesses are eligible to apply for this program and provide detailed information about the application process and what documents are needed. Bring your questions to find out if this program will be able to help your business during these uncertain times. Webinars are free to attend. Registration is required. For more information on the program or to view the recorded presentation, visit


Officials from the state’s Department of Workforce Solutions are urging New Mexicans to keep certifying their status each week if they remain out of work.

An extra  $600 per week that’s been going to millions of unemployed workers nationwide since March 29 will expire July 31 unless Congress votes to extend the benefit before this Fridays deadline. But since back pay may be an option, New Mexicans should make sure to keep certifying for unemployment if out of work.

Currently, New Mexico unemployment insurance will pay someone a baseline range of $87-$461 per week, based on your income, with the $600 as a flat extra sum on top due to passage in March of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

If a bill extending the weekly unemployment supplement is passed by Congress, it could provide for retroactive pay to fill in that gap. Weekly certification of status will be the only way to receive back pay. 

New Mexicans are encouraged to visit for more information.


Workers at restaurants that refused to close indoor dining in defiance of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s COVID-19 public health order were offered unemployment support by the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions which cited “dangerous” working conditions as the eateries continued to operate. (Press release)

Nine restaurants across New Mexico were listed in the Monday announcement which offered unemployment benefits to workers that left due to safety concerns related to the pandemic.


The Silver City Woman’s Club will be holding  their annual School Supply Giveaway on Saturday, August 1 beginning at 9 am. The Silver City Woman’s Club is located at 411 Silver Heights Blvd in Silver City. Supplies will be distributed by drive-thru this year due to COVID-19. Enter through the north side of the parking lot and follow directions. STUDENTS MUST BE PRESENT WITH PARENTS IN ORDER TO RECEIVE SUPPLIES. SORRY, NO EXCEPTIONS. There will be no entrance to the property until 8:30 am. Please Call 575-654-1001 for more information.


The Commons will be holding its next regular food pantry for Silver City, Tyrone & Arenas Valley residents Today, Wednesday, July 29 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m , 501 East 13th Street, next door to Knights of Columbus. The next distribution at The Commons will be on Saturday August 1st from 10am to 12pm. For more information please contact The Commons at 575-388-2988 

 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. 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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