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At the time of compiling this report, the New Mexico Department of Health, announced a total of 24,396 New Mexico COVID-19 confirmed positive cases. In addition, COVID-19 cases locally impacting the area are as follows: Grant County increased to 76 total cases and an increase to 36 recovered; Luna County increased to 269 total cases with an increase to 102 recovered; Hidalgo County remains at 93 total cases with an increase to 54 recovered; and Catron County remains at 5 total cases.

Western New Mexico University welcomed 277 residents to campus last week and began the fall semester fully online. According to a release, campus residents were instructed to follow all current public and university-issued health orders as well as present a negative SARS-CoV-2 test result upon arrival to campus. Students that did not produce a negative test result dated no more than 6 days prior to arrival in campus were tested on-site by Hidalgo Medical Services. During those three days, 150 students were tested. In addition, no face to face instruction is taking place during the first weeks of the fall semester and some courses may move to hybrid formats starting September 8th.

The U.S Forest Service, Gila National Forest issued their “Guide to Hiking in Bear Country -Be Bear Aware.” Tips include to never feed the bears or other wildlife because it can damage their health and alter natural behaviors. It is suggested to read all signs that are situated at trailheads and carry bear spray that is easily accessible. Make certain to keep all dogs on a leash in order to protect your pet, other visitors, and local wildlife. It is important to be alert at all times, avoid  wearing headphones, hike as a group and keep all children close to you. Finally, if you see a bear proceed with the following plan:

  • Maintain a safe distance and alter your route to avoid the bear
  • Never block a bear’s travel route
  • Make plenty of noise
  • Never approach a bear cub if you see it alone, Momma bear could be nearby

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