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Coronavirus Update – October 28, 2020

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Coronavirus updates for Grant County for Wednesday, October 28, 2020. Today on Coronavirus Update, co-producer Andrea Warner talks to Dr. Renee Depres, professor of public health at New Mexico State University who specializes in risk communication. Dr. Depres will help us understand the recent uptick in local coronavirus cases and how we can help keep our community safe and healthy through  the upcoming holiday 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.

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;

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

Grant County Coronavirus Update website –

Coronavirus Update is broadcast live on Gila/Mimbres Community Radio 89.1 FM Silver City on Wednesdays at Noon and rebroadcast Wednesdays at 6 pm and Thursdays at 8 am

Or listen to the interview with Dr. Renee Depres at your convenience via this link…


The New Mexico Department of Health on Tuesday reported 590 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Mexico and four additional deaths related to the disease.

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 also increased again to a new record, with 309 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for the disease, 20 more than reported on Monday.  76 percent of general beds at New Mexico hospitals are occupied, and 69 percent of ICU beds across New Mexico hospitals are occupied. This includes patients hospitalized for COVID-19 and other illnesses.

The Department of Health has now reported 43,169 confirmed cases and 980 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. New cases rose 5, 273 this week, up from 4,183 new cases from last week’s totals. As of Tuesday, the Department of Health designated 21,063 COVID-19 cases as recovered, leaving 22,106 active cases in New Mexico

In Grant County, there have been 187 cases reported with 18 new cases since last week. There have been 4 reported recoveries since last week bringing that number to 68 recovered and 119 active cases.

For more information on the latest COVID-19 information, visit



With rising COVID-19 cases around the state, the Department of Health has reminded New Mexicans about who should get tested for the coronavirus.

  • Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and/or loss of taste or smell.
  • Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
  • Asymptomatic people who live or work in congregate settings such as detention centers and long-term care facilities;
  • Patients who are scheduled for surgery and whose provider has advised them to get tested before the procedure.

For more information on Covid testing and contact tracing in New Mexico go to



The Grant County Public Health Office provides free testing every Tuesday from 8:00a.m. to 10:00a.m. and every Wednesday afternoon from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm.

Appointments can be scheduled by registering on the following website: Once registered, you will receive a code. Please save this code and use it when making your appointment by calling: 575-538-5318 (ext. 4).

The Grant County Public Health Office is located at 2610 N. Silver Street (across the street from the Swimming Pool).

CVS Pharmacy Drive-thru in Silver City is making Self-swab tests available to individuals meeting CDC criteria, in addition to state and age guidelines. Patients must register in advance at

Hidalgo Medical Services (HMS) in Silver City is doing testing on weekdays except for Tuesday at their clinic at 1007 Pope Street in Silver City and at their Lordsburg clinic on weekdays except for Thursdays at 530 De Moss Street. Call 1-575-388-1511 for an appointment.



The NM Department of Health urges all New Mexicans to get their annual flu shot – particularly if you are a member of one or more of the following groups:

  • People age 65 and older
  • Young children, especially those under 2 years old
  • American Indian and Alaska natives
  • People with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease
  • Pregnant women and up to 2 weeks postpartum
  • Morbidly obese persons

The New Mexico Department of Health’s Silver City Public Health Office, 2610 N. Silver St., will host three flu shot clinics:

  • 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27
  • 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Oct. 30
  • 1 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3

The annual flu shot is available for no charge for children and uninsured adults, while supplies last.
Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, masks are required and should cover both your mouth and nose at all times. Additional information on the flu from the New Mexico Department of Health can be found at



The Food Pantry at the Gospel Mission located at 111 South Texas Street in Silver City is open for drive thru only on Wednesdays 8:30 am – 9:30 am. Emergency Dry Food Boxes are available once a month to individuals upon request. There is also a Daily Soup Kitchen: Breakfast takes place from 9:00-10:00 Mon-Fri and lunch occurs every day from 12-1 pm. Showers and clothes are also made available to those in need. Call 575 388-5071 for more information.

St. Francis Newman Center Food Pantry located at 914 W. 13th St. Silver City is open every Monday at 4 pm. Cash assistance for rent, utilities, bus passes and prescription drugs is also provided. Call 575-388-4933 for more information.

The Commons regular food pantry distribution will be today, Wednesday October 28th from 4-6pm and again on the first Saturday in November, the 7th, from 10am to 12pm. The Commons is located at 501 East 13th Street, next door to Knights of Columbus. For more information please contact The Commons at 575-388-2988.



Silver City Farmers’ Market accepts EBT and Pandemic-EBT cards and offers Double Up Food Bucks to double your SNAP benefits. Use your EBT card and get half off all purchases.

New winter hours are Saturdays 9 am — 12 pm at the corner of Pope St. and College Avenue in the old Life Quest parking lot

Visit the website at

Double Up Food Bucks are now also available at the Silver City Food Co-op for half off all New Mexico grown produce purchases.



A new Pandemic-EBT hotline has been established for parents who have questions about eligibility or would like additional information about P-EBT benefits, the New Mexico Human Services Department announced Thursday.

The P-EBT program provides nutrition assistance to New Mexico families to offset meals missed because schools were in a remote learning mode in August and September. New Mexico households with children who receive free or reduced-price meals will receive benefits of $5.86 per child per day for the dates their individual school was 100 percent virtual up until the day their school instituted a hybrid model or Sept. 30; whichever was earlier.

For additional information or eligibility questions please call the new P-EBT hotline at 1-833-415-0569 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For frequently asked questions and to view the amount of benefits issued based on each school schedule, please visit:



PNM customers needing financial assistance with their electricity bills can apply through the new PNM Covid Customer Relief Program.

Eligibility is based on household income:

  • $50-$200 per eligible residential customer, $150-$200 per eligible small business. The amount of financial assistance provided will vary depending on how much is past due.
  • Qualified customers must pay at least 25% of the past-due balance

You must apply no later than December 31, or until funds last, by calling PNM at 855-364-2950 Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM – 6 PM or visit

Assistance is available on a first come, first served basis. Full list of eligibility and requirements is available at



If life disruptions caused by coronavirus are taking an emotional toll on you or someone you love, you are not alone– many more people are dealing with feelings of sadness and anxiety right now. The NM Crisis and Access Line is available any time, free and confidential. 1-855-NMCRISIS (662-7474)

The Talk Helpline provides immediate assistance, referrals, and someone to talk to in times of overwhelming feelings. Professional counselor staff are trained to help people manage stress reactions, anxiety, dealing with loss and promoting positive coping activities, including those that help strengthen resilience.

More information at or call 1-855-NMCRISIS (662-7474)



On Monday, November 2, the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority will begin accepting applications for the new COVID-19 Housing Cost Assistance Program. The program will provide qualifying New Mexicans with as much as $1,500 per month for up to three months to pay back rent or mortgage payments and other housing costs.

The COVID-19 Housing Cost Assistance Program is available to New Mexico households earning 80 percent or less of the median income in their area, adjusted for family size. In order to qualify, applicants must prove that they have suffered a financial hardship that is directly related to the COVID-19 health crisis and documentation of delinquency.

Complete program details, including household income limits by county, can be found on the Mortgage Finance Authority website at

If you have any questions, please call 505.308.4206 or 866.488.0498



Are you a Bayard resident that needs help with water and rent?

CARES Act funding is available to help Bayard residents with water utility and rent bills. Call Bayard City Hall at 575-537-3327 for more information on application procedures.



The State Bar of New Mexico will hold a consumer debt/bankruptcy workshop today Oct. 28 from 6 – 8 pm, via video conference and tele-conference. The workshop will cover repossessions, foreclosures, collection issues and bankruptcy and includes a presentation by a volunteer attorney, an open question-and-answer period, and a free one-on-one consultation with an attorney, according to a news release. The free event is a community service open to the public.

Call 505-797-6000 for details, or 505-797-6094 to register.

If you miss today’s webinar, the next consumer debt workshop will be held on December 9 at 6pm. More information at



Small businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19 may be eligible for a State of New Mexico Small Business Continuity Grant. These grants cover expenses associated with rent, non-owner payroll, mortgage payments, insurance, utilities, and marketing.

Also, covered are costs associated with COVID-19 reconfiguring. For information regarding these grants and other help for your small business please call the Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce at 575-538-3785.

There are limited grants available, so complete your application for consideration today.
The grant application with requirements and full details is available on the Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce website at



Are you in Need of Child Care? Your Local Providers Are Here to Help

Since the beginning of the public health emergency, New Mexico’s child care providers have been open for business.

The state of New Mexico—in partnership with child care providers—have developed some of the clearest, most detailed health and safety regulations in the country. As a result, child care providers have kept COVID cases low through hand washing, temperature-taking, cleaning and sanitation, social distancing, mask-wearing, and rapid response and testing if a positive case occurs.

Last year, the state raised financial eligibility thresholds for child care assistance.

Here’s what you’ll need to apply for financial assistance for child care:

  • Proof of income
  • School schedules for applicant children
  • Birth certificates for applicant children
  • Proof of residence
  • Contact info for selected child care provider

Visit and click on “Am I Eligible?” or call 800-691-9067.

Email if you have questions or concerns about child care.



The Silver City Food Co-op is accepting applications at through the end of November for its monthly Round Up Program recipients.

Each month, the Silver City Food Co-op provides the option for customers to give the change from their transactions back to the community instead of into their pockets. The accumulation of this change over several years has benefited many local organizations. Since December of 2016, they’ve donated $57,530 to organizations around Grant County.

If you are part of an organization that could use a financial boost whose mission is in alignment with the co-op’s desire to support a healthy and vibrant community, please fill out the simple online application at



The election is less than one week away. Make a plan for how you plan to exercise your right to vote.

If you’re not registered, it’s not too late. This year the Grant County Clerk’s office and the Bayard Community Center are offering voter registration until this Saturday, October 31st.

Early Voting is happening now. Those wishing to early vote may do so in Silver City at
The Grant County Clerk’s office
1400 Highway 180 East
October 6–30, M–F, 8 am–5 pm
Sat. October 31, 8 am–5 pm

Or in Bayard at the
Bayard Community Center
290 Hurley Avenue
Tues-Sat, October 20–31, 9 am–6 pm

For all Grant County Voter information please visit the Grant County Clerk’s office webpage at

Thank you for joining us on Coronavirus Update here on Gila/Mimbres Community Radio, KURU 89.1 FM, streaming online at

Please visit our website at for all of today’s updates, links to resources, as well as replays of today’s and past shows.

Please continue to visit our website,, for a clearinghouse of local, state and federal information and resources to help keep you, your family and our community safe in these times.

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