The New Mexico Department of Health issued a public health emergency order advising the public to take precautionary public health measures to help hospitals address the rise in respiratory viruses. According to the news release, there has been a surge in pediatric cases and hospitalizations of respiratory viruses including respiratory syncytial virus, commonly known as RSV. The order requires all New Mexico Hospitals return to the “Hub and spoke” model of resource management ensuring patients are transferred to appropriate levels of care. Regarding RSV, the NMDOH suggests if your child requires medical evaluation, contact your healthcare provider or visit an urgent care center. Due to hospital emergency departments being strained, only visit the hospital if your child shows signs of severe illness, such as significant breathing problems.

 In local news, R & L Service Center in Silver City is celebrating 10 years being a part of AAA’s Approved Auto Repair program. This special certification designates the repair facility has met AAA’s strict criteria for technician certification and customer satisfaction in addition to offering a wide range of automotive services featuring high-tech equipment. Congratulations to R & L Service Center.


Silver Chorale and its now 33 members directed by Bryce Wooten, will perform a variety of sacred, Christmas and jazzy musical selections tonight at Terrazas Funeral Chapel in Santa Clara. Their second concert will be performed at the Calvary Chapel of Silver City at 3:00 pm this Sunday. Five members were chosen to be a quintet that will also perform several special numbers.  The concert is free to the public, although being a non-profit organization, donations are accepted.