Coronavirus Update – May 27, 2020

Coronavirus updates for Grant County for Wednesday, May 27, 2020.  Our guest today on Coronavirus Update is Andrea Warner, market manager for the Silver City Farmers’ Market. she’ll be sharing lots of information about the market and the new season.

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;

Message from Grant County’s health care providers – video

Donations to Community COVID-19 Response – Grant County Community Foundation

Grant County Coronavirus Update website –

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CVU / Coronavirus Update – May 27, 2020

Updates as of  Wednesday, May 27 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 27 – 7,130 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in New Mexico, with 325 deaths,  211  hospitalized individuals, and 2564 recoveries according to the New Mexico Department of Health. 

Grant County has been reduced to 15 positive cases as one case previously identified as being in Grant County was determined to be a Guadalupe County resident.  

In total, 180,646 COVID-19 tests have been performed in the state, with 1613 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

Restaurants may provide outdoor or patio services where available beginning Wednesday

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday announced the state’s emergency public health order will be amended to permit limited outdoor dine-in services for most of the state beginning today. (press release

Dine-in services inside restaurants and bars remain temporarily prohibited. New Mexico is on target for a June 1 reopening of those services under a limited capacity per fire code occupancy restrictions – however, New Mexico health officials continue to monitor the rate of transmission in the state’s southwestern public health region, which if unchecked could preclude further reopenings in that region. 

The amended public health order does not apply to the northwestern public health region.

Under the amended public health order, which will be effective Wednesday, May 27, restaurants may offer dine-in service in outdoor seating areas at up to 50 percent of their outdoor area fire code occupancy. The following stipulations apply:

  • No dine-in service may be provided in indoor seating areas.
  • Outdoor dine-in service may only be provided to patrons who are seated.  
  • Tables must be placed with at least six feet of distance between one another. 
  • No more than six patrons may be seated at any single table. 
  • No bar or counter seating is permitted.

Bars – defined as food and beverage service establishments that derived more than 50 percent of their revenue in the prior calendar year from the sale of alcoholic beverages – are not included in this provision and may not operate outdoor or patio services at present. Bars may continue to operate for take-out and delivery if permitted under their applicable licenses.

More information on the modified public health order as well as Covid-safe practices for restaurants and other businesses are available at


Gila Regional Medical Center announced that it has initiated Phase 1 of its reopening plan and has restarted elective outpatient services, such as elective surgeries, procedures and other outpatient services like radiology and lab work. The hospital’s no-visitor policy remains in place, along with requirements for face masks and social distancing.  Call 538-4125 to make an appointment for outpatient procedures and services. More information at


New Mexico’s 2020 Primary Election will take place on Tuesday June 2, just 5 days away.

If you are registered with a major political party in New Mexico (Democratic, Republican, Libertarian) then you are eligible to vote in the 2020 Primary Election.

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver and the state’s County Clerks are encouraging all voters to vote with an absentee ballot.

Casting your vote with an absentee ballot is safe and secure and will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by limiting the number of people at polling places during the primaries.

Tomorrow is the last day to request an absentee ballot through the County Clerk’s office. 

After requesting your ballot, you will then receive your ballot for the primaries in the mail from your County Clerk. Complete your ballot and return it in the postage paid envelope in the mail or drop it off with your County Clerk before 7:00pm on June 2. 

You can track the status of your application and your ballot at By logging into NMVOTE.ORG, you can confirm whether your application has been received by your County Clerk, whether or not your ballot has been mailed to you, and whether or not your ballot has been received back by the County Clerk.

If you have questions, you can contact Grant County Clerk Marisa Castrillo at 575-574-0042. 

If you are not voting by absentee ballot in the June 2nd primary election, you have 2 options to vote:

  1. Early voting – you can vote this week — today through Saturday May 30 from 8 am to 5pm at the Grant County Clerk’s Office at 1400 Highway 180 E. in Silver City or today through Saturday May 30 from 9 am to 6pm at the Bayard Community Center 290 Hurley Ave. in Bayard

2. Your second option to vote if you don’t vote via absentee ballot or early voting, is to vote on Primary Election Day June 2 – Polls are open from 7 am until 7 pm at four voter convenience centers — the Grant County Administration Building, Bayard Community Center, San Lorenzo School, and Grant County Fairgrounds Exhibit Center.  Please note that the number of voter convenience centers has been reduced due to COVID-19.  Voting locations will be following the Governor’s public health order.

Further information about voting and elections, can be found at NMVOTE.ORG or through the Grant County Clerk’s Office at

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