Coronavirus updates for Grant County for Monday, May 11, 2020. Our guest today on Coronavirus Update is U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich who shares with us the work he’s been doing on the COVID-19 response from the U.S. Senate that was back in session in Washington, DC last week.
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CVU / Coronavirus Update – May 11, 2020
Updates as of Monday, May 11 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 – Monday, May 11 – 4,863 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in New Mexico, with 200 deaths, 194 hospitalized individuals, and 1285 recoveries according to the New Mexico Department of Health.
Grant County has had no new cases of the coronavirus in the past week and currently has 15 positive cases.
In total, 102,498 COVID-19 tests have been performed in the state, with 960 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
GRANT COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICE COVID-19 TESTING CLINIC TUESDAY
A reminder that the Grant County Public Health Office will hold its weekly COVID-19 Testing Clinic tomorrow from 8:30 am – 11:30 am at 2610 N. Silver in Silver City. Due to increased testing capacity in New Mexico, all essential workers who have been open during this time of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency can be tested. This list includes essential workers at grocery stores, utility workers, cities, counties, gas stations, health care workers, and volunteers distributing food. Doctor referrals are no longer needed but patients are encouraged to make an appointment. Call 575-538-5318 ext. 4 for an appointment.
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).
More COVID-19 health information is available at cv.nmhealth.org
PHASE ONE REOPENING: NON-ESSENTIAL DENTAL CARE CAN RESUME
On Friday, state health officials released Phase One reopening guidelines for dentists. New Mexico dentists in all but three counties may resume providing non-essential dental care provided they agree to comply with guidelines developed to protect the supply of personal protective equipment. San Juan, McKinley and Cibola counties are exempt as they continue fighting a surge of COVID-19 cases.
The guidelines were developed to ration and preserve the state’s supply of personal protective equipment.
More information at cv.nmhealth.org
COVID SAFE PRACTICES FOR ALL EMPLOYERS
As the state gradually reopens sectors of the State economy, it has provided Covid safe practices for all employers to follow, as well as additional guidance for specific industries. To date, additional guidance is available for retailers and golf courses.You can find the current COVID-safe practices for employers on the NM COVID information website at: newmexico.gov/jobs-the-economy/covid-safe-practices-for-all-employers/
GILA NATIONAL FOREST REOPENS CATWALK RECREATION AREA AND WHITEWATER PICNIC AREA
On Friday May 8, the Gila National Forest Glenwood Ranger District reopened the Catwalk Recreation Area and Whitewater Picnic Area. The Forest Service recommends that the visiting public follow all CDC guidelines for social distancing and also be aware of, and in compliance with the New Mexico State Health Guidelines per the Modified Public Health Order effective May 1, 2020: That is to Continue maintaining gatherings of no more than five people
The restrooms will be cleaned to the standard that the agency can achieve based on staffing and cleaning supplies. You should bring your own hand sanitizer as it will not be stocked. Please be advised that the Catwalk National Recreation Trail and the bridge system is fairly narrow, and there is no opportunity for social distancing if you need to pass another person.
For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/gila
FOOD PANTRY TODAY
St. Francis Associates for the Needy at The Newman Center will hold its weekly Food Pantry today, May 11 at 4pm. Cash assistance for rent, utilities, bus passes and prescription drugs is also provided. The food pantry is located at 914 W. 13th St. Silver City. Call 388-4933 for more information.
ASSISTANCE WITH WATER BILLS
If you are having difficulty with water bill payments, local water utilities are willing to work with you and will not shut off your water for non-payment during the public health emergency. Bayard customers who are financially impacted during this time can contact City Hall at 575-537-3327 to discuss payment arrangements. To make arrangements in Hurley, call 575-537-2287. In Santa Clara, call 575-537-2443 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. In Silver City, contact City Hall at 575-538-3731, Option 1, and select Option 1 again.
Please visit our website at GMCR.org for all of today’s updates.
For a comprehensive resource of all COVID-19 information at the local, state and federal level, visit grantcountycoronavirusupdate.org