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At the time of compiling this report, the New Mexico Department of Health, announced a total of 16,971 New Mexico COVID-19 confirmed positive cases. In addition, COVID-19 cases locally impacting the area are as follows: Luna County increasing to 145 total cases with 26 totally recovered; Grant County increasing to 49 total cases with 18 totally recovered; Hidalgo County increasing to 78 total cases with 10 totally recovered; and Catron County remaining at 4 total cases. A total of 469,215 COVID-19 tests have been performed statewide and currently there is a total of 161 hospitalizations.
The Town of Silver City Council held an emergency remote meeting today and approved Resolution 2020-20 by a vote of 3 to 1. According to the Resolution, sponsored by District 1 Councilor Cynthia Ann Bettison, the Town Council of Silver City affirms its strong support for the Governor’s Executive Orders and the Public Health Orders of the New Mexico Department of Health Cabinet Secretary with regard to the mandatory wearing of facial coverings, social distancing, hand washing, and other orders to prevent the transmission of the COVID-19 disease. In addition, the resolution “strongly encourages the people of Silver City to educate themselves as to the best practices to slow the infection rate of the disease, and to follow the mentioned Orders of the Governor and Department of Health Cabinet Secretary, all for the benefit of the health, safety, and welfare of the Town and its inhabitants.” In addition, Mayor Ken Ladner issued a Proclamation that encourages residents to be conscious of those in the community that are at greater risk of the virus, and further adopt behaviors that will likely protect themselves and their neighbors. In the last few weeks, the number of COVID-19 confirmed cases in Grant County has steadily risen from 15 to 49, an increase of 226%. The Resolution and Proclamation are posted for public viewing at https://www.townofsilvercity.org.
Regarding the Cub Fire located on National Forest System lands on the Wilderness Ranger District, the Gila National Forest issued a final report stating that the fire area has remained at 23,216 acres and is at 82% containment. In addition, fire crews are moving structure protection apparatus from wilderness cabin sites.
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