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At the time of compiling this report, COVID-19 cases have increased in New Mexico to 794 individuals. There is a total of 13 deaths now in New Mexico from COVID-19. For our area, sadly we have 4 positive cases of COVID-19 in Grant County and one in Catron County.

HMS continues to take action to ensure the health of their patients and employees and provide the best healthcare and responsiveness during this COVID-19 pandemic. HMS is one of the healthcare centers that continues to provide testing of COVID-19 for persons, once screened, needing a test.   To date HMS has tested 42 individuals with 39 tests returned as negative, and two pending results, and one test was inconclusive. If you believe you need testing, call HMS and they will direct you to next steps. Some of HMS operations have moved to use of telephonic and televideo services. Some patients are being seen face-to-face, as deemed necessary by providers to address other health conditions. Further operational changes and safety enhancements led to the need for HMS to make care delivery site changes that include the closure of the Santa Clara Mobile Health Unit, Ena Mitchell Mental Health clinic in Lordsburg, the Tranquil Skies Community Mental Health Center, and the New Beginnings, Psychosocial Recovery (PSR) program. HMS will be providing services via telephonic, televideo, or at other HMS locations.

New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions Unemployment Operations Center is implementing extended hours, opening at 7 AM and taking calls until 7 PM. Anyone with internet access is strongly encouraged to first apply online at To increase access to New Mexicans applying for unemployment benefits, the NMDWS is waiving the “waiting week” for claimants who have applied for benefits since March 15th. Now, claimants will receive an extra week of benefit payments to their accounts while allowing for new applications to receive their benefits at a faster rate.

Grant County has extended their current COVID-19 measures through April 30th in response to Governor Grisham’s renewed Public Health Emergency Order. Offices will continue to operate during normally scheduled business hours, however, business will be conducted through email, by mail, or telephone. Payments for services and taxes will need to be done via check or money order and may be mailed or placed in the drop box located in front of the Grant County Administration Building located at 1400 Highway 180 East. Procedures for each county department are available to the public by visiting online at

Shop local business updates and listings are available on for Grant, Luna, and Hidalgo Counties. 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.