Coronavirus Update – March 27, 2020

Coronavirus updates for Grant County for Friday, March 27, 2020. Our guest today is Barrett Brewer, founder of the Grant County Community Foundation, who will share with us how to support local efforts that are serving the most vulnerable in our community during the COVID-19 crisis. (

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

Coronavirus Information Hotline at 1-833-551-0518 or visit

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CVU / Coronavirus Update – March 27, 2020

March 27, 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 to see the latest updates.

There are 136 positive cases of COVID-19 in New Mexico, with one death in the state from the virus according to the NM Dept. of Health.  Grant County currently does not have any positive cases of coronavirus. 

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham formally requested that the U.S. Defense Department deploy a staffed 248-bed U.S. Army combat support hospital to Albuquerque as a proactive measure intended to enhance the state’s treatment capacity. Lujan Grisham asked that the hospital be placed under the operational control of Brigadier General Michele K. LaMontagne of the New Mexico National Guard. (Press release)

This morning at 10 am, state officials are hosting a virtual conference call and are expected to announce an extension of current school closures to both protect New Mexicans from COVID-19 and ensure that children are protected, fed, and educated throughout the crisis. BREAKING – Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham orders all schools to remain closed for the rest of the academic year and shift to a learn-at-home model. (press release

More information about New Mexico’s response to COVID-19 is available at the Coronavirus Health Hotline at 1-855-600-3453 or visit and for non-health COVID-19 assistance, call the Coronavirus Information Hotline at 1-833-551-0518 or visit

The Senate passed a $2 trillion federal coronavirus aid package on Wednesday aimed at saving jobs, bailing out companies and helping workers and families. KURU’s Jamie Newton talked with US Senator Martin Heinrich yesterday about how the funding will also help rural hospitals, such as Gila Regional Medical Center, that are in financial trouble while at the same time trying to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.  [Listen to the audio of the interview at link above.]  (Press release – $150 Billion “Marshall Plan” for Health Care System Included in Emergency Coronavirus Package)

The Silver City Farmers’ Market will be held this Saturday, March 28, 10am-1 pm. at the corner of Pope St.  and College Avenue in the old Life Quest parking lot.  Cash and EBT  is accepted with DOUBLE UP FOOD BUCKS to double your benefits for fresh fruits and vegetable purchases. Any unused Senior Farmers’ Market Vouchers will be accepted through April 11. Fresh local produce, including micro-greens and hothouse tomatoes, root vegetables, and new seasonal produce every week, as well as Grass-fed meats, honey, baked goods, tortillas, and tamales. Shoppers are asked to please keep a physical distance of 6 feet while lining up and to disperse immediately after shopping to comply with social distancing guidance. More information at

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