Coronavirus Update – May 15, 2020

Coronavirus updates for Grant County for Friday, May 15, 2020.  Our guest today on Coronavirus Update is public health consultant Renee Depres who discusses contact tracing as a critical tool to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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 15, 2020

Updates as of Friday, May 15 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 -Friday, May 15 – 5,503  people have tested positive for COVID-19 in New Mexico, with 242 deaths,  209  hospitalized individuals, and 1576 recoveries according to the New Mexico Department of Health. 

An additional COVID-19 case in Grant County was announced yesterday, for 16 positive cases. 

In total, 119,601 COVID-19 tests have been performed in the state, with 1,218 having been conducted in Grant County. (press release)

For a full breakdown of COVID-19 cases by county and demographic information, visit the state’s COVID-19 data dashboard at:

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



The Grant County Public Health Office will hold its weekly COVID-19 Testing Clinic Tuesday from 8:30 am – 11:30 am at 2610 N. Silver in Silver City across from the Swimming Pool. Due to increased testing capacity in New Mexico, all workers can be tested for FREE. Doctor referrals are no longer needed but patients are encouraged to make an appointment. Call 575-538-5318 ext. 4 for an appointment.

Gila Regional Medical Center is conducting COVID-19 testing every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00a.m. to 4:30p.m at the  La Montana Plaza (Gila Family Medicine) 1260 E 32 nd Street (across the street from Gila Regional Medical Center). Please call (575) 388-4103 (Monday through Friday) for an appointment to be tested or seen.

Hidalgo Medical Services (HMS) is conducting COVID-19 tests for established patients.  Call (575) 388-1511 for an appointment.



Tomorrow New Mexico’s emergency public health order, set to expire today, takes effect and is extended through May 31. Under the new public health order most retailers can operate at 25 percent of their maximum occupancy as determined by fire code. (press release

Beginning Saturday,  everyone is required to wear face coverings in public, with exceptions for eating, drinking and exercising. 

More information on the order and the COVID-safe practices required for businesses as they reopen can be found at



Yesterday  the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released guidance  for businesses and workplaces, restaurants and bars, community and faith-based organizations, and other facilities to use as states start reopening from during COVID-19 crisis.  The tools provide a step-by-step decision process to assist employers and other organizations in making (re)opening decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially to protect vulnerable workers.



There are several food pantries next week in Grant County. Here are the schedules.

St. Francis Newman Center at 914 W. 13th St. in Silver City will hold its weekly food pantry on Monday at 4 pm. Cash assistance for rent, utilities, bus passes and prescription drugs is also provided.  Proof of food stamps required. Call 575-388-4933 for more information.

On Tuesday, May 19th The Commons will hold 2 food pantries:

  • Mining District Mobile Pantry at Bataan Park for zip codes 88023, 88026, 88041, 88043 ONLY from 1-3pm.
  • Gila Mobile Pantry at Cliff Fairgrounds for Buckhorn, Cliff, Gila, and Redrock residents ONLY from 2-4pm.

*MUST BRING Food pantry card OR picture ID and separate proof of physical address. For more information, email

Senior Citizens Mobile Food Pantry will be held on Wednesday, May 20 from 2-4 PM at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Silver City (1602 N. Swan St) for any senior in Grant County 55 and older. 

The Food Pantry at the Gospel Mission located at 111 South Texas St. in Silver City is open Monday thru Friday, 8:30 am-1:30 pm. Daily soup kitchen: 8:30-9:30 for breakfast Mon-Fri and 12-1 pm lunch every day. Call 575 388-5071 for more information.

Emergency Food Boxes are also available, pick-up only, no delivery, call for information/appointment. Call 575-654-0860. 



Did you know that the census results affect planning and funding for education—including programs such as Head Start, Pell Grants, school lunches, rural education, adult education, and grants for preschool special education?

If you haven’t responded to the 2020 Census yet, now is the time. The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade. That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location.

Here in Grant County, Only 37.2% of residents have responded to date as compared to 50% back in 2010.

Thank you if you’ve responded to the census, but if you haven’t: Our community needs you to get counted!

The easiest way to get counted is to go online to and fill out the on-line questionnaire. It takes about 10 minutes.

You can also fill out your paper questionnaire that you should have received in the mail.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, all public locations for census taking are closed.

So if you do not have access to the internet or have not received a paper questionnaire, you can call the 2020 Census Assistance line at 1-844-330-2020.

Additionally, Priscilla Lucero of the Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments has offered to help walk anyone through the form. You can reach her at 575-388-1509.

Again, to date only 37.2% of Grant County residents have responded, so please get counted today! That’s

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

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