Coronavirus Update – May 28, 2020

Coronavirus updates for Grant County for Thursday May 28, 2020.  Our guest today on Coronavirus Update is Lillian Galloway, assistant director and Programming and Outreach Librarian at the Silver City Public Library who talks about great ways for everyone to stay connected to books and the library this summer.

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.

Send us your updates to

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 28, 2020

Updates as of  Thursday, May 28 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 28 – 7,252 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in New Mexico, with 329 deaths,  210  hospitalized individuals, and  2,638 recoveries according to the New Mexico Department of Health. 

Grant County has 15 positive cases. 

In total, 179,543 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


Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials will host a remote news conference TODAY at 3pm to provide an update on COVID-19 efforts in New Mexico and related emergency public health orders.

The news conference will be streamed live on the governor’s Facebook page at

A simultaneous interpretation of the news conference in Spanish will be streamed live on YouTube​​.

More information at


The Treasury Department announced last week that they are sending nearly 4 million Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) by prepaid debit card, instead of by paper check.  The debit card arrives in a white envelope from the Treasury Department’s financial agent Metabank and unfortunately looks a lot like junk mail. Many recipients have unknowingly thrown out the cards or suspected the cards as a scam. 

According to the Treasury Department, after activating the card, EIP Card recipients can make purchases, get cash from in-network ATMs, and transfer funds to their personal bank account without incurring any fees. They can also check their card balance online, by mobile app, or by phone without incurring fees. The EIP Card can be used online, at ATMs, or at any retail location where Visa is accepted. This free, prepaid card also provides consumer protections available to traditional bank account owners, including protections against fraud, loss, and other errors.  

More information is available on the Treasury Department’s website at

New York Intelligencer, May 27, 2020Everything We Know About the Coronavirus Stimulus Debit Cards


At the Southern New Mexico Census Roundtable yesterday, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and local, state and federal Census officials gave a status report  on the 2020 Census in New Mexico. The state currently lags the US as a whole in responding. NM’s current response rate is 47.7%  relative to the U.S. rate of 60.2%. Senator Udall explained that NM loses $1 billion if we undercount by 1%. These federal dollars fund Medicaid, SNAP, free and reduced lunches for school kids, and Headstart among many other federal programs. 

Given the high number of NM households with addresses that require hand delivery, the COVID-19 crisis has interfered with the state’s Census response.  With extension of the 2020 Census until the end of October along with the reopening of the Las Cruces Census Office, officials are hopeful that response rates in NM can be increased.

If you haven’t responded yet to the 2020 Census, please respond at It only takes 10 minutes and you’ll be helping our community and our state.  

Grant County’s response rate is currently holding at 38.2% compared to a response of 49.9% in 2010. 

You can fill out and mail in your Census form or Respond on-line at You can also respond by phone by calling the Census Call Center at 844-330-2020.844-330-2020

Thank you for doing your part to shape our community’s future!


To help New Mexicans navigate health insurance issues during the COVID-19 crisis, the NM Office of the Superintendent of Insurance launched a COVID-19 Health Insurance Call Center. Call 1-833-415-0566 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday for help with insurance issues and reliable information about signing up for coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Have questions about voting in New Mexico’s upcoming primary election that takes place on Tuesday June 2? Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver will answer your questions live today on Facebook at 4 p.m. Just go to

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