Coronavirus Update – June 9, 2020

Coronavirus updates for Grant County for Tuesday, June 9, 2020.  Our guest today on Coronavirus Update is Alicia Edwards, coordinator for Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities Grant County, and she’ll be talking about the latest information on face masks and reopening.

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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CVU / Coronavirus Update – June 9, 2020

Updates as of Tuesday, June 9 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 – Tuesday , June 9 – 9,062 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in New Mexico, with 400 deaths,  183 currently  hospitalized individuals, and  3,380 recoveries according to the New Mexico Department of Health. 

Grant County has 15 positive cases. 

In total, 238,801 COVID-19 tests have been performed in the state, with 1,971 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:

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


The Town of Silver City and Grant County have joined together to establish a PPE bank for local small businesses. If your business needs extra face masks, stop by the Silver Grant County Chamber of Commerce  on Thursday, June 11, between 11:00am and 1:00pm. 

The cost is $18.50 per box of 50  and there is a limit of 2 boxes per business.

For more information, call the Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce at 575-538-3785

NM Department of Workforce Solutions warns of scams regarding unemployment insurance

The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions warns Unemployment Insurance claimants to beware of scammers who may be seeking to steal personal information and/or Unemployment Insurance benefits. Be aware of potential fraud and only use the official website to file an online claim. These individuals or groups may represent themselves as legitimate entities and will promise that they can obtain unemployment benefits on a claimant’s behalf. They may try to charge a fee for this service.

Please know that the ONLY legitimate way to file for Unemployment Insurance benefits in New Mexico is through the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, either online at or by calling 1-877-664-6984. There is NEVER a charge to file for unemployment insurance benefits.

Suspected fraud activities should be reported by calling the Unemployment Fraud Investigations line at (505) 243-7283. 

More information at


The Town of Silver City will be opening its offices to the public beginning Monday, June 15, 2020.

Customers will be required to wear a mask upon entry into Town buildings.

Disposable masks will be provided to anyone who may not have one. Access to hand sanitizer will also be available.

It may be beneficial for customers to call ahead of time, prior to visiting any of the Town departments, in order to see if there are any special restrictions in place. 

Occupancy of public spaces, such as the lobbies at City Hall and the City Hall Annex, will be limited to the capacity as outlined by the most current Public Health Order issued by the Governor.

Town employees will be required to wear a mask anytime they are interfacing within 6 feet of a customer or citizen.

More information at


The Small Business Administration and Treasury Department announced yesterday changes to the Paycheck Protection Program that will provide businesses with more time and flexibility to keep employees on the payroll and ensure continued operations as the country reopens. The new rules will extend the covered period for loan forgiveness from eight weeks after the date of loan disbursement to 24 weeks after the date of loan disbursement, providing substantially greater flexibility for borrowers to qualify for loan forgiveness.  Borrowers who have already received PPP loans retain the option to use an eight-week covered period. The new rules will confirm that June 30, 2020, remains the last date on which a PPP loan application can be approved. (press release)

More information available from the Small Business Administration at


The Silver City Public Library announced yesterday that it will reopen at 25 percent capacity on June 16. Curbside pickup service will continue until then, and staff encourage those reluctant to reenter public spaces to use the library’s numerous online tools. For more information about curbside and other services, contact the library at 538-3672, via email at or online at

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