News 042420

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At the time of compiling this report, COVID-19 cases have increased in New Mexico to 2521 individuals. Sadly, there is a total of 84 deaths in New Mexico from COVID-19. For our area, we have 14 positive cases of COVID-19 in Grant County, 1 in Catron County, and 3 in Luna County. In addition, statewide there are 152 individuals hospitalized for COVID-19 and 573 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

The Board of County Commissioners of Grant County will consider assuming the governance of Gila Regional Medical Center at a special meeting to be held at 9:00 A.M. on Friday, May 1st. According to a release, the County Commissioners will consider all available options to assist GRMC that include revocation of the powers delegated to the hospital’s Board of Trustees and the retention of a professional healthcare management company. There are no plans to sell the hospital. The meeting will take place in the Commission Meeting Room at the Grant County Administration Center located at 1400 Highway 180 East with remote participation. Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency declared by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and the limits on the number of people gathering, except for essential functions, the meeting will be closed to the public. It may be viewed live on the County’s YouTube Channel. For details, visit

PNM is seeing a surge in scam reports from residential and business customers that scammers are spoofing the PNM name and phone number, pretending to be with PNM, and insisting a past due balance is owed. The scammers are threatening to disconnect electricity unless customers pay, within an hour, with a pre-paid gift card. Scammers tend to target customers by calling during weekends, when PNM is closed, making it more difficult to verify the scammer’s claims. PNM never asks customers to pay with a pre-paid gift card. PNM encourages customers to hang-up and report the scam.

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