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At the time of compiling this report, the New Mexico Department of Health, announced a total of 22,987 New Mexico COVID-19 confirmed positive cases. In addition, COVID-19 cases locally impacting the area are as follows: Grant County rose to 72 total cases with an increase to 30 recovered; Luna County rose to 255 total cases with an increase to 80 recovered; Hidalgo County remains at 90 total cases with an increase to 38 recovered; and Catron County remaining at 5 total cases. Statewide, it has risen to 128 individuals currently hospitalized and an increase 9,980 individuals designated as totally recovered.
During a live streamed COVID-19 update yesterday, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham shared data regarding the national and state 2020 Census self-response rate. Currently, New Mexico ranks 50th in the nation for the census response rate, meaning just 53.7% of households have self-responded to the questionnaire that is presented to all U.S residents ever 10 years. The Governor proceeded to urge everyone to respond to the census before the September 30th deadline in order for the state to receive critical federal funding over the next ten years. In addition, Grant County is at a 49.1% response rate. The census form is comprised of 10 simple questions, takes less than 10 minutes to complete, can be taken in English or Spanish and is available online, over the phone, or on paper. For the 2020 census link and answers to all census related questions, individuals can visit GrantCountyCensus.com.
The Gila National Forest Silver City Ranger District has rescinded the Tadpole Fire Temporary Health and Safety Order that was dated August 3rd. Effective this week, the Tadpole Fire burn scar area has reopened including Sheep Corral and Trout Creek roads north of Tadpole Ridge. The public is urged to exercise extreme caution when visiting the area and to be aware of the following hazards which include: rolling rocks; soil erosion due to run off during monsoons; and falling trees. Individuals may find more information on “watch out situations” in a burned area by visiting Gila National Forest Page on Facebook.
This coming Monday, August 17th, the Town of Hurley will be shutting of water service for all of Hurley and North Hurley residents to repair a main water line in between the hours of 10:00am and 4:00pm. The Town of Hurley apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your cooperation.
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