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At the time of compiling this report, the New Mexico Department of Health, announced a total of 19,042 New Mexico COVID-19 confirmed positive cases, a record high increase of 343 new patients. In addition, COVID-19 cases locally impacting the area are as follows: Grant County remained at 63 total cases; Luna County increasing to 190 total cases; Hidalgo County increasing to 85 total cases; and Catron County remaining at 4 total cases. Statewide, there are 144 individuals currently hospitalized and 7,349 individuals designated as recovered.

PNM is warning its customers throughout New Mexico to be wary of phone scams, especially over the weekends. PNM has reported a surge in scam reports from residential and business customers that scammers are spoofing the PNM name and phone number, pretending to be with PNM, and insisting a past due balance is owed. Furthermore, the scammers are threatening to disconnect electricity unless customers pay, within an hour, with a prepaid gift card. Customers are recommended to check their bill, and if they have not received a boldly printed disconnect notice on page 1, then it is a scam. PNM reminds the public that if they are ever uncertain a caller is from PNM, to hang up and initiate the call themselves by calling 1-888-DIAL-PNM.

Hidalgo Medical Services is providing mobile unit COVID-19 testing at 2 locations this week. The first location is in Virden, tomorrow Tuesday July 28th at the Virden Community Center on Church Street between Richmond Avenue and Gila Street. The HMS Mobile unit will then travel to Tyrone at the Tyrone Community Center for COVID-19 testing this Thursday, July 30th. Testing for the Virden location is from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M., closing 12:00 noon to 12:30 for lunch, and the Tyrone testing event is from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M., closing 12:00 noon to 12:30 for lunch The testing is free of charge and participants are reminded to bring their insurance card if they have one.

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