Coronavirus Update – May 21, 2020

Coronavirus updates for Grant County for Wednesday, May 20, 2020.  Our guest today on Coronavirus Update is Alicia Edwards, Coordinator for Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities Grant County. We’ll be talking about the new mutual aid effort as part of Grant County Coronavirus Update.

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

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CVU / Coronavirus Update – May 21, 2020

Updates as of Thursday, May 21 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 -Thursday, May 21 – 6,317  people have tested positive for COVID-19 in New Mexico, with 283 deaths,  206  hospitalized individuals, and 1985 recoveries according to the New Mexico Department of Health. 

Grant County has 16 positive cases. 

In total, 147,344 COVID-19 tests have been performed in the state, with 1402 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


The NM Department of Health released its weekly COVID-19 epidemiology and modeling report on Tuesday.  COVID-19 prevalence continues to increase in New Mexico and the state is #30 in the U.S. for the number of coronavirus cases per 100,000 population. Native Americans have the highest burden of disease across all health regions in New Mexico. Hospitalization rates continue to increase in the NW and Metro Regions and ventilator use remains at approximately 25% of hospitalized cases.

The statewide rate of transmission has remained static over the past 2 weeks. The southwest region of the state that includes Grant County has brought its rate of transmission down. The southeast region of the state now has the highest rate of transmission, and case counts in the northwest seem to have plateaued.

These metrics along with testing, contact tracing and statewide health care capacity are used to determine when and how the state will reopen. 

Access this week’s report at


In her weekly press conference yesterday, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham reported that the current statewide rate of COVID-19 spread in New Mexico is on track and dine-in restaurants, salons and gyms will likely be able to reopen June 1. 

The rate of spread as of Tuesday sits at 1.12 — meaning each new COVID infection results in 1.12 new infections which is below the 1.15 gating criterion, one of 4 used to determine when it’s OK for the state to reopen. The governor says “That’s good news – but it means we have to keep it up.” She advises New Mexicans to “Continue staying home. Continue keeping your distance. Don’t gather with others and #MaskUp when you’re in public settings.”

She said “If we stay on track, New Mexico can continue to reopen as we meet the relevant criteria. We will continue to make decisions based on the public health data. How soon we move forward depends on YOU and your actions.”

More information at


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidance yesterday to assist states, tribes, localities, and territories, as well as businesses and community organizations operate as safely as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic as communities begin to reopen. The guidance includes a set of health considerations to be used by summer camps, schools, youth sports organizations, institutes of higher education, and restaurants and bars, that are open. Considerations documents are concrete, actionable resources that focus on four categories of safeguards:

  • promoting behaviors to reduce spread,
  • maintaining healthy environments,
  • maintaining healthy operations, and
  • preparing for when someone gets sick.

The guidance can be accessed via


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 37.8% 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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