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At the time of compiling this report, COVID-19 cases have increased in New Mexico to 1091 individuals. There is a total of 19 deaths now in New Mexico from COVID-19. For our area, we have 7 positive cases of COVID-19 in Grant County and 1 in Catron County.

Following the Governor’s State Public Health Emergency orders, the office of the New Mexico Livestock Board has suspended all in-person transactions indefinitely and is encouraging registered brand holders to complete renewals online at Services offered on the website include brand renewals and searches, review and updates on animal health, and access to statures and rules related to livestock in New Mexico.

Businesses and consumers are being warned by the New Mexico Office of Superintendent of Insurance and the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General that scammers are taking advantage of the uncertain times and confusion surrounding the COVID-19 health emergency. The noted scams follow a common pattern and may appear from a trusted source like a government agency, a well- known charity, or an established business that is offering an unsolicited and time sensitive opportunity or warning about health matters, finances, insurance or other personal business. Examples of the some of these scams include:

  • Offers for free COVID-19 test kits or bogus cures
  • Pressures to require changing your current health care provider
  • Offers for work-at-home opportunities or student loan repayment plans
  • Offers for products or services, such as protective equipment or HVAC duct cleaning, as a way to “protect” your home and family from the virus.

To check on COVID-19 related scams, visit

To assist New Mexicans during the COVID-19 health emergency, the New Mexico Human Services Department announced today that it is distributing an enhanced payment of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to households that did not receive the maximum benefits during the months of March and April. These customers will receive the new payment in addition to their existing benefits beginning on April 12th. In addition, new applicants approved for SNAP benefits during the months of March and April will receive the maximum benefit for both months.


During this time of the COVID-19 health emergency, shopping local is more important than ever and crucial for our community. Please do your part and support our local businesses and make sure to visit a listing of open business in Grant, Hidalgo and Luna counties.