Coronavirus Update – June 12, 2020

Coronavirus updates for Grant County for Friday, June 12, 2020.  Our guest today on Coronavirus Update is public health consultant Renee Depres in the second of a two part interview about the latest information on COVID-19 safe practices and more.

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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CVU / Coronavirus Update – June 12, 2020

Updates as of Friday, June 12 at 10 am – Please note: Because we are producing this show remotely, these updates are current as of 10 am. Information on this page can change quickly, including Coronavirus Updates from previous days. Please visit to see the latest updates.

As of Today -Friday, June 12 – 9,367 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in New Mexico, with 420 deaths,  183 currently  hospitalized individuals, and 3,380 recoveries according to the New Mexico Department of Health. 

Grant County has reported one additional case of COVID-19 and now has 16 positive cases. 

In total, 250,880 COVID-19 tests have been performed in the state, with 2,044 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:

At the Governor’s weekly press conference yesterday, Human Services Secretary Dr. David Scrase announced a dramatic jump in new cases of COVID-19 over the past 10 days given reopening of the state’s economy. Arizona and Texas are experiencing similar increases associated with reopening. Dr. Scrase emphasized  that the state needs to pace reopening based on new cases and  reminded the public to wear face masks, wash hands and disinfect high touch surfaces, practice social distancing, and stay at home, especially if you’re sick.

Health officials also reported successful progress towards meeting gating criteria used in reopening decision making. The state is conducting about 5000 tests per day across the state and is improving contact tracing capacity through automation and hiring of new contact tracers. 

The Otero County Prison Facility continues to be a hotspot, as well as McKinley and San Juan Counties in the  northwest region of the state with high prevalence rates.  Dr. Scrase reported that New Mexico still has high rates of infection in children with 12.9% of all cases occurring in children, the  4th highest rate  in the U.S. The Health Department is gathering more data on transmission in children to inform New Mexico’s plan for reopening of schools in the fall.  

State epidemiologists also analyzed cases of COVID-19 by census tract and found that risk of infection is 15 times higher in census tracts with greater than 40% poverty rate than census tracts with lower than 5% poverty rate, revealing that COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting the state’s most disadvantaged citizens. 

You can watch the entire press conference on the Governor’s Facebook page at

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

 As a reminder, the state’s extended public health order that took effect on June 1 still requires that face coverings must be worn in public settings; Mass gatherings of more than 5 people are still unsafe and prohibited and New Mexicans are still urged to stay home, especially if sick or in a high-risk group, and to maintain a 6-foot physical distance from others if you must go out.

 More COVID-19 health information is available at


Yesterday Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the state’s emergency public health order will be amended to permit a limited reopening for breweries this weekend followed by a broader reopening on Monday, June 15.

Under the amended order effective today, breweries may offer outdoor and patio seating at 50 percent of maximum occupancy as determined by the fire code. The following stipulations apply:

  • No service may be provided in indoor seating areas.
  • Outdoor service may be provided only to patrons who are seated.
  • Tables must be placed at least 6 feet from one another.
  • No more than six patrons may be seated at any single table.
  • No bar or counter seating is permitted.

A new public health order to take effect Monday, June 15, will allow breweries to resume indoor service at 50 percent occupancy as determined by fire code. Bar and counter seating will still be prohibited, and these businesses will be required to comply with COVID-safe practices for restaurants

The Governor explained that a soft reopening this weekend will give these businesses a chance to properly train staff and implement COVID-safe practices before Monday’s broader reopening.

More information at


A reminder that the Silver City Farmers’ Market has started its summer hours. The Saturday Market will be open from 9 am until noon at the N. Pope Street location. Use your EBT Card at the Farmers’ Market to double your monthly SNAP benefits with Double up Food Bucks. Also the Wednesday market will take place at Ace Hardware Parking Lot 9am-12pm on June 17.

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