Coronavirus Update – May 13, 2020

Coronavirus updates for Grant County for Wednesday, May 13, 2020.  Our guest today on Coronavirus Update is Allyson Siwik, Executive Director of Gila Resources Information Project and co-producer of Coronavirus Update, who will talk about the new website, a clearinghouse for local, state, and federal COVID-19 information and resources.

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

NM Dept of Health COVID-19 Hotline 1-855-600-3453 or visit

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

NM Crisis & Access Line, 24/7, 1-855-662-7474;

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

Grant County Coronavirus Update website –

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CVU / Coronavirus Update – May 13, 2020

Updates as of Wednesday, May 13 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 -Wednesday, May 13 – 5,069  people have tested positive for COVID-19 in New Mexico, with 219 deaths,  199  hospitalized individuals, and 1434 recoveries according to the New Mexico Department of Health. 

Grant County is still sitting at 15 positive cases. 

In total, 110,289 COVID-19 tests have been performed in the state, with 1,175 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:


Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials will host a remote news conference TODAY at 4PM, to provide an update on COVID-19 efforts and emergency public health orders in New Mexico as the current public health order is set to end on Friday. 

The news conference will be streamed live on the governor’s Facebook page at, again, that is scheduled for today at 4 PM


The Town of Silver City, in collaboration with Grant County government and representatives from throughout Grant County, have released a proposal to reopen SIlver City and Grant County consistent with the governor’s emergency public health orders.

Developed with representatives from small business, restaurants, nonprofits, and medium to large businesses… the proposed plan outlines a range of COVID-safe practices to protect employees, customers and the public during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The proposal also outlines a timeline for the phased reopening of Silver City and Grant County, which will be dependent upon state approval in order to be consistent with New Mexico’s public health orders and reopening plans.

Implementation of the plan awaits state approval and new reopening guidance from the Governor.

You can access the full plan at the Town of Silver City’s website at



Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health is offering a free course on contact tracing courtesy of Bloomberg Philanthropies.

The COVID-19 crisis has created an unprecedented need for contact tracing across the country, requiring thousands of people to learn key skills quickly. 

The job qualifications for contact tracing positions differ throughout the country and the world, with some new positions open to individuals with a high school diploma or equivalent.

The beginner level, 5 hour course is available starting today on the online learning site Coursera.

Visit to enroll and start the free contact tracing course –



New Mexico’s 2020 Primary Election will take place on June 2, less than three weeks away.

If you are registered with a major political party in New Mexico (Democratic, Republican, Libertarian) then you are eligible to vote in the 2020 Primary Election.

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver and the state’s County Clerks are encouraging all voters to vote with an absentee ballot.

Casting your vote with an absentee ballot is safe and secure and will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by limiting the number of people at polling places during the primaries.

All New Mexico voters registered with a major political party will have an absentee ballot application mailed to them. You can also apply for your absentee ballot online at or through your County Clerk. (NOTE: If you have already applied for an absentee ballot, no further action is required of you.)

Voters should complete their absentee ballot application and return it to their County Clerk using the postage paid mailer as soon as possible, but no later than May 28, just two weeks from tomorrow. This is the last day voters can submit an absentee ballot application for the primaries

You will then receive your ballot for the primaries in the mail from your County Clerk. Complete your ballot and return it in the postage paid envelope in the mail or drop it off with your County Clerk before 7:00pm on June 2

You can track the status of your application and your ballot at By logging into NMVOTE.ORG, you can confirm whether your application has been received by your County Clerk, whether or not your ballot has been mailed to you, and whether or not your ballot has been received back by the County Clerk.

If you have questions, you can contact Grant County Clerk Marisa Castrillo at 575-574-0042. 

Further information about voting and elections, can be found at NMVOTE.ORG or through the Grant County Clerk’s office at

Send us your updates via our new email address at 

And check out local, state and federal  COVID-19 resources at the new website,




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