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At the time of compiling this report, the New Mexico Department of Health, announced a total of 16,138 New Mexico COVID-19 confirmed positive cases, an increase of 300 individuals. In addition, COVID-19 cases locally impacting the area are as follows: Luna County rising to 135 total cases; Grant County rising to 46 total cases; Hidalgo County rising to 76 total cases; and Catron County remaining at 4 total cases. A total of 443,368 COVID-19 tests have been performed statewide and currently there is a total 170 hospitalizations. The Governor continues to urge the public to wear masks in public places and practice social distancing in order for the state economy to rebound and schools to safely reopen.

The Cub Fire is burning on National Forest System lands on the Wilderness Ranger District, Gila National Forest and at the compiling this report has remained at 23,216 acres and 25% containment. The spread potential of the fire has been limited due to cloud cover and minimal precipitation and a monsoonal weather pattern is gradually setting up in the state. Crews will continue to prep trail # 172 towards Hummingbird Saddle. The Cub Fire is located 3 miles northeast of Mogollon Baldy Lookout. In addition, the Tadpole Fire, located at 2.5 miles north of Pino Altos, is now 100% contained.

The Silver Consolidated School District Board of Education has determined that in the best interests and safety of students and the community and in coordination with the New Mexico Public Education, the district will be starting the school year via remote/online learning and transition to the Hybrid Model when public health orders and the New Mexico Department of Education permit. The transition to the “Hybrid” model with in-person attendance will allow 50% capacity in all schools. Students will be attending 2 days a week in-person with the other days being remote/online learning. Wednesday has been deemed the day that buildings are closed for deep cleaning and disinfecting, but teachers and staff will also have online training/professional development commitments as part of the schedule as required per NMPED. The start of the school year will begin with online/remote learning and should transition into the HYBRID model after Labor Day.

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