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At the time of compiling this report, COVID-19 cases have increased in New Mexico to 1345 individuals. There is a total of 31 deaths now in New Mexico from COVID-19. For our area, we have 10 positive cases of COVID-19 in Grant County 1 in Catron County and 2 in Luna County.
The U.S Secretary of Agriculture has unveiled a one-stop-shop containing federal programs that can be utilized by farmers, ranchers, producers, rural communities, and rural-based businesses and organizations impacted by COVID-19. The “COVID-19 Federal Resource Guide” is the first of its kind of resource offering information on available grants, loans, access to food, and much more. The guide can be found by visiting silver city radio dot com.
The Federal Highway Administration authorized the New Mexico Department of Transportation to allow food vending, including food trucks, at rest areas statewide during the COVID-19 pandemic. The food trucks will provide an additional choice for both commercial drivers and other travelers driving through rural areas between cities and towns that may have limited take-out, delivery and dining options. The vendors must agree to several conditions that include maintaining 6 feet between individuals, and routinely disinfecting all surfaces where food is prepared or served.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service has added additional developed recreation sites to the region-wide closure order on occupancy and use restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19. While the Forest Service has temporarily closed many developed recreation sites, most trailheads are open now or will be when the snow melts, including those that originate on or near developed campgrounds. In addition, dispersed camping outside developed sites is still an option and if individuals choose to visit the forest, they are asked to recreate responsibly by practicing social distancing guidelines and “leave no trace” principles. For more information on available activities and closed sites visit the Interactive Visitor Map at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ivm.
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 silver city radio dot com for a listing of open business in Grant, Hidalgo and Luna counties.