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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 have been 61,745 tests administered, 157 current COVID-19 related hospitalizations and 705 cases designated as having recovered according to the Department of Health. In addition, sadly 110 deaths have been recorded statewide. Positive COVID-19 cases in Grant, Luna, Hidalgo and Catron counties have not changed.
The Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department’s Mining and Minerals Division has recently completed the first phase of a safeguarding project outside of the High Desert Humane Society offices in Silver City. In April, a new hole opening was discovered caused by old mining activity outside the Humane Society building. The opening is now secured for the safety of the community while a more permanent closure plan is developed. The Abandoned Mine Land Program is developing a comprehensive plan to address the safeguarding needs of the entire Boston Hill Historic Mining District.
The state of New Mexico has reported that an additional 13 weeks of benefits is available to individuals who have exhausted their regular state Unemployment Insurance claim with a benefit year that ended on or after July 1st 2019. According to a release, the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation fund is for individuals who have exhausted 26 weeks of regular unemployment insurance benefits and are able to work, available to work, and actively seeking work; or who are partially unemployed. In addition, eligible individuals will receive an additional $600 to their weekly benefits until July 25th, 2020. To file for this program, visit the New Mexico Workforce Connection Online System.
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