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At the time of compiling this report, COVID-19 cases have increased in New Mexico to 1597 individuals. There has been a total of 44 deaths in New Mexico from COVID-19. For our area, we have 12 positive cases of COVID-19 in Grant County 1 in Catron County and 3 in Luna County.

The New Mexico Environment Department has recommended that employees working in restaurants, food establishments and grocery stores wear gloves and a face covering when providing customers take-out, door/curbside service, or delivering food. In addition, they recommend that most individuals, including employees in the food industry should avoid using surgical masks and N-95 respirators because they need to be available for medical personnel. The Department of Health urges New Mexicans to wear cloth, non-medical face coverings when leaving the home for essential outings.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service, Southwestern Region is enacting a campfire ban to protect the health and safety of employees and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. More specifically, the ban includes igniting, building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, including charcoal grills and barbecues, coal and wood burning stoves. Violating the campfire ban may result in an appearance in federal court, fines, and possible time in jail. According to a release from the U.S. Forest Service Gila National Forest, “the ban will help reduce the potential risk of exposure to COVID-19 that a large wildfire and the resulting large groups of first responders would pose to firefighters and communities.” In addition, while the restrictions are in place, the majority of the five national forests in New Mexico are still open, and dispersed camping – outside of developed campsites – and other recreation opportunities are available.

 HMS, working with New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services, will be providing Senior Food Boxes in Grant and Hidalgo County. For Grant County, distribution will happen this Saturday from 9:00am to 11:00am at The Commons.  If you are a Grant County Senior 60 or older or a disabled adult, you can request a food box, while supplies last. To make your request, please call 575-597-2669. The pickup location is located at 501 E. 13th St in Silver City. Hidalgo County food distribution is already underway this week.

 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 for a listing of open business in Grant, Hidalgo and Luna counties.