Coronavirus updates for Grant County for Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Our guest today on Coronavirus Update is Cindy Livingston, mental health therapist for SASS, Sexual Assault Support Services.
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 16, 2020
Updates as of Tuesday, June 16 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 gmcr.org/category/coronavirus-update to see the latest updates.
As of Today – Tuesday, June 16 – 9,845 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in New Mexico, with 440 deaths, 161 currently hospitalized individuals, and 4,160 recoveries according to the New Mexico Department of Health.
Grant County has 16 cases of COVID-19 with 15 recovered.
In total, 267,921 COVID-19 tests have been performed in the state, with 2213 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: cvprovider.nmhealth.org/public-dashboard
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 cv.nmhealth.org
NEW COVID-19 TESTING HOURS FOR UTILITY WORKERS
The NM Department of Health announced today special statewide COVID-19 testing hours for all utility workers. New Mexico’s utility workers have been hard at work throughout the COVID-19 crisis, ensuring critical infrastructure continues to provide reliable drinking water, electricity and wastewater services throughout the state. Special testing is part of an effort to keep this essential workforce safe and healthy, as well as to assist the state in identifying, isolating and tracing new cases. Testing will be available from 8 to 11 a.m. every Monday at locations statewide including the Grant County Public Health Office. Testing is free, but those who have insurance should bring their card with them. Appointments are required and must be scheduled by noon the preceding Friday by calling 575-538-5318 X4.
WORK SEARCH REQUIREMENT FOR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE SCHEDULED TO END ON JULY 18TH
The Department of Workforce Solutions announced yesterday that the waiver of the work search requirements for unemployment insurance claimants is scheduled to end on July 18th.
Claimants receiving benefits will be required to verify that at least two work searches occurred each week when submitting their certification. In upcoming weeks, the Department of Workforce Solutions in coordination with New Mexico Workforce Connection offices, will be providing guidance, training, and workshop options to claimants that will satisfy the work search requirement for the week in which they attend.
Individuals receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) – the self-employed, independent contractors, and gig economy workers – are not required by federal law to conduct work searches and will continue to receive a waiver. While the U.S. Department of Labor requires work searches for claimants receiving standard unemployment benefits, they have not instituted the same requirement for claimants on PUA.
In addition, Department of Workforce solutions is advising all claimants that the last payable week for Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), an additional benefit of $600 per week, will be the week ending July 25, 2020.
More information at Department of Workforce Solutions – dws.state.nm.us
DEADLINE FOR APPLYING FOR PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM IS JUNE 30
The final deadline for applying for the Paycheck Protection Program is Tuesday, June 30 according to the Small Business Administration. The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.
You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program.
More information is available on the Small Business Administration website at sba.gov
FOOD PANTRY SCHEDULES FOR THIS WEEK
A reminder that the Commons Mining District Mobile Food Pantry for Santa Clara, Bayard, Hanover & Hurley residents takes place today 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Bataan Memorial Park in Santa Clara
The Commons Gila Valley Mobile Food Pantry for Buckhorn, Cliff, Gila & Redrock residents also takes place today from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m at the Fairgrounds in Cliff.
PLEASE NOTE CHANGE – Senior Citizens Mobile Food Pantry will be held on Wednesday from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 3755 N. Swan Street for any senior in Grant County 55 and older.
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