Coronavirus Update – May 18, 2020

Coronavirus updates for Grant County for Monday, May 18, 2020.  Our guest today on Coronavirus Update is local pediatrician Dr. Barbara Mora, about how to stay safe as the state reopens.

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 18, 2020

Updates as of Monday, May 18 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 – Monday, May 18 – 5,938 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in New Mexico, with 242 deaths, 211 hospitalized individuals, and 1755 recoveries according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

Grant County remains at 16 positive cases.

In total, 133,253 COVID-19 tests have been performed in the state, with 1,223 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:

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


At a press conference on Friday, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham urged New Mexicans to stay the course in the state’s fight against the spread of COVID-19 as a modified emergency public health order eases restrictions on retail operations and requires everyone to wear a cloth face covering in public, among other changes. (press release)

The new emergency health order, modified to acknowledge incremental progress against the novel coronavirus, took effect Saturday as the previous order expired; it remains in effect through May 31, when further reopening could occur.

The new emergency order, in recognition of increased risk of transmission with additional economic openings, requires everyone to cover their faces in public, with exceptions for eating, drinking and exercise.

Reusable cloth face-coverings are easy to make with common household items. Go to for videos and guidance on how to make a cloth face mask.

All retailers, including big box stores, as well as houses of worship may also operate at 25 percent of their maximum occupancy as determined by fire code.

The emergency public health order mandates compliance with COVID-safe practices, a series of requirements and best practices for businesses and other services – compiled with industry input and the oversight of the governor’s Economic Recovery Council – that will assure the safety of employees and customers.

Although the documents include COVID-safe practices for dine-in restaurant services, those are not yet permissible, giving restaurants, bars and other eateries time to prepare for what practices will be required upon a later limited re-opening.

COVID-safe practices are available for dissemination and download at and


Also on Friday the governor announced New Mexico Mask Madness, a statewide competition intended to highlight the creativity and artistic ability of New Mexicans amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beginning Friday, May 15, New Mexicans can submit a photo of their submission, a face mask or face covering, at Submissions will be accepted through 11:59 PM on Sunday, May 24.

The public will be able to vote on their favorite masks and face-coverings online, beginning Tuesday, May 26. The top vote-getters will be seeded into brackets, and New Mexicans will then be able to vote for their favorite mask in each match up until a champion is crowned.


As of May 15, as the state continues to evaluate which areas are safe and can be regulated in line with public health needs, an additional nine parks have reopened including: Pancho Villa, Mesilla Valley Bosque, Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, City of Rocks, and Rockhound State Parks. Before visiting a state park, check for hours of operation, visitor capacity guidelines, available facilities and group size restrictions. (press release)


St. Francis Newman Center at 914 W. 13th St. in Silver City will hold its weekly food pantry today 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.

Tomorrow, 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.

Mimbres Valley Health Action League Mobile Food Pantry on Wednesday May 20 from Noon to 2pm at the Roundup Lodge, 94 Acklin Hill Rd. More information: 575-574-7674

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 for pick-up only, no delivery. Call for information/appointment. Call 575-654-0860.

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