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At the time of compiling this report, the New Mexico Department of Health, announced a new total of 130,808 New Mexico COVID-19 confirmed positive cases statewide, an increase of 826 new cases. In addition, COVID-19 cases recorded locally are as follows: Grant County has an increase of 11 new cases for a total of 779 positive cases with 264 recovered; Luna County has an increase of 9 new cases for a total of 2,241 positive cases with 1,390 recovered; Hidalgo County has remained at a total of 219 positive cases with 134 recovered; and Catron County has remained at 55 positive cases with 15 recovered. There are currently 796 COVID-19 hospitalizations statewide.

New Mexico Senator, Martin Heinrich, has announced the inclusion of federal funding directed towards the improvement of air ventilation systems in elementary schools and secondary schools in the emergency COVID-19 relief package. According to a release, in October, Heinrich introduced the “Keeping Schools Safe Act” and has been working with educators from districts across the state to create safer indoor environments in schools. The emergency COVID-19 relief package provides $82 billion for schools and colleges that includes support for HVAC repair and replacement to help mitigate virus transmission to reopen classrooms.

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument has announced that the national monument, including Cliff Dweller Trail with access to the cliff dwellings, will be closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The closures will be in effect to allow employees and volunteers to enjoy the holiday with their friends and families. In addition, the Park bookstore, run by Western National Parks Association, will be closed for Christmas and New Year’s Day. There are new Winter hours in effect, with Cliff Dweller Trail being open between 10:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. daily. Visitors will have until 4:30 P.M. to exit the monument.

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