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The New Mexico Department of Health, at the time of this report, updated the number of positive COVID-19 cases in the state to have increased to 2,974 individuals. There are 157 current COVID-19 related hospitalizations in New Mexico and 705 cases designated as having recovered according to the Department of Health. In addition, sadly 104 deaths have been recorded statewide. Positive COVID-19 cases in Grant, Luna, Hidalgo and Catron counties have not changed.

The Gila National Forest has released information that law enforcement and recreation patrols have reported examples of visitor misuse that include trash being left behind and areas of human waste outside locked toilet facilities located at Lake Roberts. According to their release, while most visitors follow current health guidelines and recreate responsibly, the few who don’t endanger themselves and others. The Forest Service has implemented closure orders in alignment with federal guidance and state public health orders to limit the spread of COVID-19. Although the forest remains open to the public, social distancing and restrictions on group size still apply. In addition, the increased risk to the Forest Service employees from cleaning up fecal matter and toilet paper may require that Lake Roberts boat docks and fishing area be closed to the public.

The New Mexico state government has released a series of PSAs created to highlight the personal stories of New Mexicans that have experienced pain and suffering during the COVID-19 health crisis. Each video fdeatures the importance of remaining physically distant and protecting human health. The series titled “From the Frontline”, features two doctors, a critical care nurse, a small business owner and a woman who lost her mother to COVID-19. New Mexicans who are willing to share their personal COVID-19 stories for inclusion in another series of PSAs are encouraged to do so. The PSAs are available for viewing on governor’s social media feeds and on the dedicated New Mexico Department of Health COVID-19 website.

The City of Deming and New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has waived the catch-and-release law at Trees Lake located at North Country Club Road at Voiers’ “Pit” Park. As of May 1st the catch-and-release law will not be enforced for anglers.


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