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At the time of compiling this report, the New Mexico Department of Health, announced a new total of 166,823 New Mexico COVID-19 confirmed positive cases statewide, an increase of 997 new cases. In addition, COVID-19 cases recorded locally are as follows: Grant County has increased 6 new cases for a total of 1,212 positive cases; Luna County has increased 34 new cases for a total of  2,734 positive cases; Hidalgo County increased 5 new cases  for a total of 293 positive cases; and Catron County remained at a total of 70 positive cases. There are currently 664 COVID-19 hospitalizations statewide.

Grant County was presented a “Continued Improvement Certificate” for the Fiscal Year 2019 from New Mexico Counties and State Auditor, Brian Colón. According to a release, the awards are given in recognition to large, mid-size, and small counties for outstanding work on their audits, submitting timely audits, and sustaining excellence with the highest audit opinions. Curry, Doña Ana, Grant, Harding, Lea, Los Alamos, McKinley, Sandoval, and San Juan Counties received continued audit excellence and continued improvement county certificates.

The Wilderness Ranger District will be conducting prescribed burning in the L-T East burn area during planned dates to start in mid-February, weather dependent. The L-T East Rx Burn is located off Hwy 35 near mile marker 16, east of the Old GOS Ranch, between Lincoln Canyon, Forest Road 4079R and North Star Road, also known as the Wall Lake Road. The project is a 2,700-acre broadcast burn and will take several days to complete. For more information, visit the U.S. Forest Service – Gila National Forest Facebook page.

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