Coronavirus Update – May 20, 2020

Coronavirus updates for Grant County for Wednesday, May 20, 2020.  Our guest today on Coronavirus Update is State Representative Rudy Martinez who discusses the Miner Resource Task Force that he established to assist furloughed Chino Mine workers.

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 20, 2020

Updates as of Wednesday, May 20 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 20, – 6,192  people have tested positive for COVID-19 in New Mexico, with 276 deaths,  204  hospitalized individuals, and 1882 recoveries according to the New Mexico Department of Health. 

Grant County still remains at 16 positive cases. 

In total, 142,246 COVID-19 tests have been performed in the state, with 1392 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:

As a reminder, 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


As New Mexico prepares to get back to business the New Mexico COVID-19 Emergency Supply Collaborative has curated a directory of vendors and their websites where your business or organization can source necessary supplies, such as face masks, surgical masks, hand sanitizer, disinfectant, bleach, cleaning supplies, digital thermometers, and hand soap).   

You can access the directory by visiting


The Dept of Agriculture announced yesterday details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to farmers and ranchers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. 

In addition to this direct support to farmers and ranchers, the USDA’s Farmers to Families Food Box program is partnering with regional and local distributors, whose workforces have been significantly impacted by the closure of many restaurants, hotels, and other food service entities. The program will help to purchase $3 billion in fresh produce, dairy, and meat and deliver food boxes to Americans in need.

For a complete list of USDA COVID-19 assistance programs visit the New Mexico Dept of Agriculture website at


Last week, the Gila National Forest reopened the Mogollon Box Day-Use Area on the Silver City Ranger District, the bathroom facilities at Snow Lake on the Reserve Ranger District, and the bathroom facilities at the Emory Pass Vista on the Black Range Ranger District. (press release)

Visitors are encouraged to contact the ranger districts or check the Gila National Forest website for specific recreation sites prior to traveling or making plans. 

The Gila National Forest, Wilderness Ranger District also announced that it has postponed the 9th Annual Aldo Leopold Kids Fishing Derby, which was to be held on Saturday, June 6 (press release)

Please note that all Gila National Forest offices and ranger stations will be closed on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day. Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, May 26.  (press release)

Despite the office closure, fire personnel, law enforcement officers, and recreation staff will be on-duty for the Memorial Day holiday for the safety of visitors. 

Additionally, a reminder that the Gila National Forest remains under a campfire ban. The following prohibitions remain in effect:  igniting, building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, including charcoal grills and barbecues, coal and wood burning stoves.  

Fireworks are prohibited year-round on all National Forest System lands.

More information available at

And lastly a schedule of today’s food pantries

Senior Citizens Mobile Food Pantry will be held TODAY 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 today from Noon to  2pm at the Roundup Lodge, 94 Acklin Hill Rd. More information: 575-574-7674

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