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Coronavirus Update – March 18, 2020

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Coronavirus updates for Grant County for March 18, 2020. Our guest today is pediatrician Dr. Barbara Mora of Silver Health Care. We’ll be talking about how to protect our kids and families from exposure to the coronavirus, what to do if your kids get sick, and talking to kids about the pandemic.

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

CVU is broadcast live weekdays at Noon and
rebroadcast following Democracy Now! at 6pm and 8am

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CVU / Coronavirus Update – March 18, 2020

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 12 pm

There are 28 positive cases of coronavirus disease in New Mexico according to the NM Dept. of Health. There have been no deaths due to the coronavirus in NM. Grant County currently does not have any positive cases of coronavirus. (

State officials have vigorously encouraged all New Mexicans to practice social distancing procedures: stay home, particularly if you are sick. Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19.

  • New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).
  • More information on the state’s response to the coronavirus outbreak and what you can do to protect yourself, your family and our community can be found at the NM Department of Health website at

Silver Health Care will be assisting people who have symptoms of COVID-19 at clinics starting on Thursday March 19. People are asked to please first call the Silver Health Care Triage Hotline at 575-956-1320. The schedule is 4 – 5pm Monday through Friday at the Silver Health Care Bayard Clinic and 4 – 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday at the Main Clinic in Silver City.

Schedules and protocols for Hidalgo Medical Services and Gila Regional Medical Center are forthcoming.

If you are a senior or disabled adult and cannot access groceries, please call the state’s Senior and Disabled Adult Food Hotline at 1-800-432-2080. Leave a message with your name, telephone number and city that you reside in and you will be contacted within 2 hours of your call.

The state has secured Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Assistance. The SBA is offering low-interest federal disaster loans up to $2M for working capital to small businesses and non-profit organizations suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19. To apply on-line visit, or call (800) 659-2955

The state of New Mexico this week began assisting workers whose hours are reduced or who are laid off because of the COVID-19 public health emergency with applications for unemployment insurance benefits. Under an emergency provision to the Unemployment Insurance (UI) rules, the work search requirement for affected workers has been waived for up to four weeks by the Department of Workforce Solutions. This allows employees at businesses that close temporarily to access benefits without having to search for a new position while they wait for their employers to restart operations. Visit or call the Coronavirus Information Hotline at 1-833-551-0518 for more information on how to file a claim.

Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a consumer advisory warning New Mexico consumers about possible price gouging in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Price gouging is the practice of a seller unreasonably increasing the price of goods or services from its regular and usual price. Anyone increasing prices in order to illegally profit from this emergency will be prosecuted, said Balderas. It is against the law in New Mexico to misrepresent the price of goods or services or to take advantage of consumers’ situation to a grossly unfair degree. Consumers are urged to report suspected price gouging to the Office of the Attorney General at or by calling toll-free 844-255-9210.

The New Mexico Crisis and Access Line is available to help throughout the coronavirus emergency situation, and anyone feeling overwhelmed should call 855-NMCRISIS or visit for help and tips.

There are a number of places providing meals for Grant County kids throughout the school closure period.

Cobre Consolidated Schools will be providing breakfast and lunch to its students the week of March 16 – 20 from 11:30 – 12:30 at Bayard Post Office, Viola Stone Park in Santa Clara, Hurley Post Office and Mimbres Post Office. Meals are pick-up only and they cannot be eaten on site. Children must be present to pick up meals. For updates, check the Cobre Consolidated Schools facebook page.

Silver Consolidated Schools will be providing grab & go meals beginning today. For Spring Break, non-perishable, “grab and go” meal distribution will begin on March 17, 2020 from 10AM to 12PM for the remainder of Spring Break week at the following locations:

G.W. Stout Elementary Loading Dock (off Silver Street)
Tyrone Community Center (off of Malachite Avenue)

Information is forthcoming for the schedules starting Monday March 23.
For updates, check Silver Consolidated Schools website at

In addition, the following local entities have stepped up to provide “grab and go” meals in Grant County:

Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
(615 North Texas Street, Silver City)
Lunch will be provided March 17 and 19 for Sixth Street Elementary Students and Families
Contact the Church for exact times and procedures at 538-2015

Harvest Church (1500 North Hudson Street, Silver City)
Will be providing Dinner: 5PM-6PM all during shutdown
Contact Harvest Church for more details regarding pick up at 538-3619

For Cliff Students, Duck Creek Café will be providing meals (during Spring Break/Shutdown)
Monday-Tuesday 8AM-1PM
Wednesday-Thursday 8AM-7PM
Contact the restaurant 535 – 4800 or go to their Facebook page for details

Los Victor’s Mexican Restaurant (901 North Hudson Street, Silver City)
Will provide Free Meals to kids with Adult Purchase of ONE Item
(For families who may not be able to pay so children are able to eat, a donation has been made to cover the adult purchase for a limited time)
times are 11AM-2PM until students return on April 6, 2020
Call restaurant for more details at 575-538-4399

Revel Restaurant (304 North Bullard Street, Silver City)
Meal pick up from 11-4 Weekdays during shutdown for children 14 or younger
Call the restaurant for exact details and requirements at 388-4920 or check Revel’s Facebook page for more information.


PNM announced that due to the coronavirus the company is temporarily suspending disconnections for non-payment as well as waiving late fees. To learn more, visit

The Town of Silver City is also suspending disconnections of water service for non-payment. For more information, visit the Town’s website at for its coronavirus response.

Latest Schedules for Area Grocery Stores:

Silver City Walmart – new hours are 6 am to 11 pm
Albertsons new schedule starting today (3/18) is 7am to 9pm
Food Basket and the Silver City Food Co-op are operating on their regular schedules.

If any of our listeners would like to volunteer to help us put together the Coronavirus Update show every day or if you have an update for us, please contact us at or via Gila/Mimbres Community Radio facebook page.


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