Coronavirus Update – May 19, 2020

Coronavirus updates for Grant County for Tuesday, May 19, 2020.  Our guest today on Coronavirus Update is public health consultant Renee Depres who discusses how to properly use cloth face masks now required in public under the latest emergency public health order.

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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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;

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CVU / Coronavirus Update – May 19, 2020

Updates as of Tuesday, May 19 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 – Tuesday, May 19 – 6,096  people have tested positive for COVID-19 in New Mexico, with 270 deaths,  213  hospitalized individuals, and 1796 recoveries according to the New Mexico Department of Health. 

Grant County remains at 16 positive cases. 

In total, 137,620 COVID-19 tests have been performed in the state, with 1,357 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


New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division offices will reopen on an appointment-only basis on June 1.

In this first phase of reopening, MVD offices will accept appointments only for transactions that cannot be completed online.  On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, only customers 79 and over will be served from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. in larger offices. A listing of senior- hour locations will be available at

New Mexicans are strongly encouraged to continue using MVD’s online services to renew driver’s licenses and vehicle registrations and take care of many other transactions from the safety of their homes.  

Examples of transactions that cannot be completed online include license renewals for people 79 years of age and older, first-time Real ID licenses, first-time New Mexico licenses of any kind, title transfers, and VIN inspections.

Customers will be able to schedule appointments at or at 888-683-4636.


Any person entering a courthouse or judicial building must wear a mask or other face covering to help control the spread of COVID-19, the state Supreme Court ordered on Friday. The order became effective on Saturday. (press release)

Courts will be prepared to provide masks to people without one when they need to enter a court facility.

The Supreme Court last week directed court staff and judicial officers in appellate, district, magistrate, metropolitan, municipal and probate courts and the Administrative Office of the Courts to wear masks in the workplace effective Monday.

More information at


Do you have questions about COVID-safe practices to protect yourself and family or your employees from COVID-19 as our state and community reopen?

The state of NM released a comprehensive guidance document for COVID-safe practices for individuals and employers that provide CSPs for all individuals and employers, as well as sector-specific guidance for retail, restaurants, office and call centers, grocery stores and farmers’ markets, youth programs, manufacturing, warehouse and food production, hotels, resorts and lodging, golf courses, tour operators, houses of worship, farm and ranching operations and more.

To access the document, go to

There are several food pantries going on this week in Grant County. Here are the schedules.

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

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