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At the time of compiling this report, the New Mexico Department of Health, announced a new total of 157,087 New Mexico COVID-19 confirmed positive cases statewide, an increase of 933 new cases. In addition, COVID-19 cases recorded locally are as follows: Grant County has increased 13 new cases for a total of 1,107 positive cases; Luna County has increased 21 new cases for a total of 2,526 positive cases; Hidalgo County increased 2 new cases for a total 278 positive cases; and Catron County remained the same for a total of 64 positive cases. In addition, there are 704 current COVID-19 related hospitalizations statewide.

The New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department will once again administer the Summer Food Service Program in New Mexico to help address the gap in children’s nutritional needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, the summer months, and other times when school meals are not available. According to a release, the SFSP has operated continuously since the declaration of the National emergency resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic on March 13th, 2020. In addition, it is expected that the current SFSP sponsors and schools will end their current SFSP at the end of September 2021. It is possible that the USDA will grant a third extension to the Program to continue service into public school year 2021-2022.

The Grant County Extension Office is offering access to free diabetes cooking classes titled “Kitchen Creations.” Participants can take the classes from an electronic device or by phone. The classes comprise a series that will allow individuals to learn how to plan meals, explore healthy ways to prepare food, and receive a free manual and cookbooks. For more information, call Judy O’Loughlin at 575-388-1559 or visit online at .

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