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At the time of compiling this report, the New Mexico Department of Health, announced a new total of 122,557 New Mexico COVID-19 confirmed positive cases statewide, an increase of 1,275 new cases. In addition, COVID-19 cases recorded locally are as follows: Grant County has an increase of 10 new cases for a total of 655 positive cases with 231 recovered; Luna County has an increase of 3 new cases for a total of 2,174 positive cases with 1,104 recovered; Hidalgo County has an increase of 1 new case for a total 211 positive cases with 126 recovered; and Catron County has remained at 51 positive cases with 13 recovered. Statewide, there are currently 865 COVID-19 hospitalizations. For daily New Mexico COVID-19 data, visit

The New Mexico Department of Health is administering an FDA-approved COVID-19 tests from Curative, a California research company. The tests are being offered in Luna County in the Starmax parking lot located at 333 North Country Club Road, Monday through Saturday, from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. The oral swabbing tests are self-collected, although a trained health care worker will be present to ensure samples are properly collected. Registration is available at

The Gila National Forest, Silver City Ranger District has temporarily closed Forest Road 89, also known as Aztec Park Road and includes spur roads 40861 and 869 in the Aztec Park area. According to District Ranger, Beth Ihle, the closure is needed to give time for assessment and to repair the damages caused by off-route motorized vehicle use and illegal woodcutting. The closure will remain in effect until December 14th, 2021 or until rescinded, whichever comes first.

There are ample areas to cut legal firewood on other areas of the district. Fuelwood guides are available at the Silver City office or by visiting

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