Coronavirus updates for Grant County for Thursday, May 14, 2020. Our guest today on Coronavirus Update is Carol Ann Fugagli of the Give Grandly Coalition about last weekend’s Give Grandly local giving event.
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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CVU / Coronavirus Update – May 14, 2020
Updates as of Thursday, May 14 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 -Thursday, May 14 – 5,364 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in New Mexico, with 231 deaths, 200 hospitalized individuals, and 1515 recoveries according to the New Mexico Department of Health.
Grant County is still sitting at 15 positive cases.
In total, 115,011 COVID-19 tests have been performed in the state, with 1,185 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
The state released the weekly COVID-19 data and modeling report that shows that improvements in the reduction of COVID have plateaued in New Mexico. Regional transmission of COVID is still a concern, with the spread rate increasing in the southwest region of the state.
According to NM Dept of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. David Scrase, the southwest region that includes Dona Ana, Grant, Luna, Catron, Hidalgo, Otero, Sierra and Socorro counties is at the center of the Department of Health’s efforts right now for mitigation. (Slide Deck)
Dr. Scrase also alerted the public that New Mexico has the 2nd highest rate of COVID-19 in children behind Wyoming. 13% of COVID-19 cases are among children between 0 and 19 years of age, compared to 3.2% for the U.S. as a whole. Parents are advised to pay particular attention to abdominal problems along with fever and get children to their pediatrician early for COVID testing and evaluation.
Dr. Scrase also highlighted that the state has seen a 20% drop in immunizations during COVID. Although this is to be expected given the public health crisis, he advised parents to get caught up on their child’s immunizations in order to prevent outbreaks of other infectious disease.
More COVID-19 health information is available at cv.nmhealth.org
GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES TRANSITION TO PHASE ONE REOPENING PLAN
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced at her weekly press conference yesterday (recording) that the emergency public health order that expires tomorrow will be extended through May 31 and is modified to allow most retailers to operate at 25 percent of their maximum occupancy as determined by fire code.
Other public health emergency changes include a requirement, beginning Saturday, that everyone wear face coverings in public, with exceptions for eating, drinking and exercising. Under the expiring order, only retail workers were required to wear face coverings.
The changes are part of New Mexico’s phased plan for a safe and gradual reopening based on “gating criteria” that show a generally decreasing transmission rate, adequate testing, contact tracing and hospital capacity, and adequate supply of personal protective equipment.
The Governor emphasized that the science will guide every decision and based on progress made in achieving public health “gating criteria” slight reopenings are possible, but “it’s not an invitation to go out and about and ignore our public health requirements,” she said. She cautioned that “The virus decides when and how much we reopen, and our behavior will determine how well we control its spread.”
The amended public health order relaxes several restrictions on low-intensity contact services to relieve additional economic pressure.
WHAT REMAINS THE SAME:
- New Mexicans must remain home except for outings essential for health, safety and welfare, especially elderly and vulnerable individuals. If you must leave home, gatherings of more than five people remain prohibited and 6 feet of physical distance from others must be maintained.
- Large retailers like big-box stores and grocery stores will continue operating at 20 percent capacity as determined by fire code.
- Locations and services where high-intensity contact is unavoidable – such as gyms, salons and dine-in service at restaurants and bars – will remain temporarily closed.
- Other high-intensity contact services that must remain closed include indoor malls, massage and tattoo parlors, theaters, casinos.
- Other things remaining the same include the 14-day quarantine order remains in place for out-of-state airport arrivals.
- Vacation rentals are prohibited to out-of-state residents.
- And visits to long-term care and other congregate care facilities remain restricted.
WHAT WILL CHANGE BEGINNING SATURDAY MAY 16:
- All retailers may operate according to COVID-Safe Practices, or CSPs at 25 percent fire code occupancy
- Non-essential businesses (other than retailers; such as office spaces, call centers) generally may operate according to CSPs at up to 25 percent of pre-crisis staffing levels.
- All employees should continue to work from home wherever possible;
- Houses of worship may operate at 10 percent occupancy;
- Additional state parks and certain outdoor recreation guides with COVID-Safe Practices;
- Masks will be required of everyone in public places, with exceptions for eating, drinking and exercising and medical requirements.
More information at cv.nmhealth.org.
UPDATED COVID-SAFE PRACTICES FOR NM BUSINESSES RELEASED
As the state implements its Phase One Reopening Plan, it has released COVID-safe practices for businesses in New Mexico as well as individualized practices for specific industries and houses of worship. Important practices retail and other establishments must enact include frequent cleaning and sanitizing of high-touch surfaces; signage to communicate occupancy limits; adherence to maximum occupancy limits per the state emergency public health order; and establishing protocols to allow for contact-less pickup and home delivery wherever possible, among others.
Access the state COVID-safe practices guidelines at www.newmexico.gov/jobs-the-economy/
And to download the Silver City/ Grant County Reopening Plan and other information related to reopening, visit GrantCountyCoronavirusUpdate.org and click on the Reopening tab for the helpful resources.
SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMS
The Governor announced yesterday that summer youth programs will be allowed with modifications, limits and additional requirements, including daily temperature checks and enhanced cleaning. In-person summer programs and sports camps will be restricted to 5:1 child to adult ratios and activities must maintain 6-foot distancing between participants. Full guidance for youth summer programs can be found at governor.state.nm.us
GUIDANCE ON MAKING FACE MASKS
With the coming mandate requiring those in public wear face masks, you may be wondering how to make your own face mask. Simply check out the resources section on GrantCountyCoronavirusUpdate.org. Click on Face Masks under the Health and Wellness Resources tab to find quick and easy no-sew options as well as patterns to sew your own mask.
And those are the updates for Thursday, May 14 as of 10 am.
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