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At the time of compiling this report, the New Mexico Department of Health, announced a total of 20,388 an increase of 255 New Mexico COVID-19 confirmed positive cases. In addition, COVID-19 cases locally impacting the area are as follows: Grant County increased to 65 total cases with 21 recovered; Luna County increasing to 220 total cases and 41 recovered; Hidalgo County remaining at 85 total cases with 25 recovered; and Catron County remaining at 4 total cases and zero totally recovered. Statewide, there are 156 individuals currently hospitalized and 8,015 individuals designated as totally recovered.

Governor Michell Lujan Grisham joined state health officials yesterday and announced that the state of New Mexico will extend its emergency public health order through the month of August to continue battling the spread of COVID-19. Current public health restrictions and guidelines will remain intact and includes the following:

  • Prohibition on mass gatherings and temporary indoor occupancy restrictions for close-contact businesses, particularly restaurants and gyms.
  • Statewide requirement that all individuals wear face coverings including business operators requiring customers to do so upon entry into their establishment
  • A renewal of the Governor’s executive order mandating a temporary quarantine for individuals traveling into the state.

The new public order also featured amendments giving wineries and distilleries classification along-side of restaurants and food and drink establishments so they may operate under the same guidelines for outdoor service. In addition, during the Governor’s COVID-19 update, important contact information was shared for individuals and families that need help with housing issues, food security, medical issues, childcare, cash, and energy assistance.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation is announcing the upcoming installation of a pedestrian trail to the Santa Clara area. The new trail will include lighting, signage and a new crosswalk and is estimated at a cost of $5.1 million with an estimated completion date of October. U.S. Highway 180 will remain open during construction with lane closures as needed; traffic control will be in place for the safety of the construction workers. Contractor hours of operation will be Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m.

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