Coronavirus Update – March 26, 2020

Coronavirus updates for Grant County for Thursday, March 26, 2020. Our guest today is Carolyn Smith, deli manager at the Silver City Food Co-op, and she’ll tell us about the Co-op’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. (http://silvercityfoodcoop.coop)

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.

Send us your updates to coronavirusupdategrantcounty@gmail.com

NM Dept of Health COVID-19 Hotline 1-855-600-3453 or visit cv.nmhealth.org

Coronavirus Information Hotline at 1-833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov

Message from Grant County’s health care providers – video

Donations to Community COVID-19 Response – Grant County Community Foundation


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March 26, 2020 – Updates as of 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.

There are 112 positive cases of COVID-19 in New Mexico according to the NM Dept. of Health. (press release) New Mexico’s first death was announced yesterday. According to the state Department of Health, a male in his late 70s in Eddy County died Sunday, March 22, at Artesia General Hospital. (press release)  Grant County currently does not have any positive cases of coronavirus.  

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday announced two public health orders that will protect New Mexico’s supply of the personal protective equipment health care workers need to stay safe during the COVID-19 crisis. (press release

  • One order prohibits non-essential health services, defined as services that can be delayed for three months without undue risk to the patient’s health. Eliminating non-essential medical procedures will slow the use of personal protective gear.
  • The second order prohibits health care providers and wholesale medical suppliers from selling or otherwise distributing personal protective equipment without prior approval from the New Mexico Department of Health.

Details at cv.nmhealth.org

Given the current public health crisis and the need to communicate critical information directly to as many New Mexicans as possible, the state of New Mexico announced yesterday that it will use an emergency alert system, disseminated from the state’s Emergency Operations Center, when conditions warrant. This system is similar to Amber Alerts which are used to notify the public about missing children. Alerts will be sent through text messages, television, and radio. Intended to disseminate important information widely and as quickly as possible, the system was used for the first time yesterday afternoon. (press release

The Taxation and Revenue Department has determined that due to recent IRS action, it will not have to impose interest charges on taxpayers who take advantage of the 90-day extensions announced last week for filing and paying New Mexico personal and corporate income taxes.  However, interest will need to accrue on withholding tax extensions. (press release)

More information about the state of New Mexico’s response to COVID-19 is available at newmexico.gov and cv.nmhealth.org.

This week, the state Supreme Court ordered a temporary moratorium on evictions for inability to pay rent during the COVID-19 public health emergency (press release). Under the Court’s order, judges will stay the execution of writs of restitution that property owners can obtain and give to law enforcement to force the removal of a tenant. Tenants will need to provide the court with evidence of their current inability to pay their rent. More information at nmcourts.gov

The Gila National Forest announced that it has begun the orderly closing of developed recreation sites to protect public health and safety and align with state and local measures already in place to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.  The closures will be in effect through June 30 or until rescinded. Any violation of this prohibition is punishable as a Class B misdemeanor by a fine of not more than $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for organizations. The list of developed sites in the Gila National Forest identified for closure can be found at the agency’s website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/gila

Curbside pickup services are available in Silver City.

The Silver City Walmart has a pickup service. You can place your order through Walmart.com or download the Walmart app on your phone.  Walmart is working to fulfill as many orders as possible, so check a time slot availability before starting your order. More information at walmart.com or call (575) 538-2222

The Silver City Food Co-op has announced a new curbside pickup service

Orders are to be placed online by using the email address: grocerypickup.silvercitycoop@gmail.com  All orders are final, no returns.  There is a minimum $35 purchase. If, due to out-of-stocks, your order is less than $35, we will issue a SCFC gift card to you for the balance.  You will be contacted when your order is ready. Please allow 4 hours. Visit the Silver City Food Co-op website for more information at https://www.silvercityfoodcoop.coop/covd-19 or call 388-2343.

Please visit our website at GMCR.org for all of today’s updates.  And remember to send us your updates and questions — email us at coronavirusupdategrantcounty@gmail.com or post on facebook @GilaMimbresCommunityRadio.

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