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The New Mexico Department of Health issued a COVID-19 update for Saturday, December 11th through Monday, December 13th consisting of 2,561 new cases statewide with a decreased 7-day positivity rate of 10.6%, down from 12.6%. Locally, new COVID cases were reported as follows: Grant County with 31 new cases; Luna County with 23 new cases; Hidalgo County with 7 news cases and Catron County reporting 1 new case.

In other COVID news, the NMDOH announced that over 40,000 New Mexicans between the ages of 5 and 11 have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. This figure represents more than 21% of all New Mexicans within this age range. In addition, as of November 3rd, children aged 5 to 11 are now eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, following federal approvals by both the FDA and CDC. A dose of Pfizer for children 5-11 contains one-third the amount of active ingredient compared to the adult dose. Children receive a second dose 21 days or more after their first shot.

Locally, the Grant County Public Health Office, located at 2610 North Silver Street in Silver City is hosting a Drive-Thru COVID-19 Clinic on Tuesday, December 21st from 9:00 A.M. to 12 P.M. and 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. They will be offering Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Schedule online at or call the Grant County Public Health Office at 575-538-5318, extension 4.

The Gila National Forest, Silver City Ranger District has implemented seasonal closures for several campgrounds off of NM State Highways 152 and 15. The following campgrounds will be closed:

  • Iron Creek, Upper Gallinas and Railroad Canyon campgrounds, located in the Black Range Mountains off NM State Highway 152
  • Cherry Creek and Mc Millan campgrounds, located off NM State Highway 15

The campgrounds are scheduled to re-open in March of 2022.

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