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At the time of compiling this report, the New Mexico Department of Health, announced a total of 20,136 New Mexico COVID-19 confirmed positive cases. In addition, COVID-19 cases locally impacting the area are as follows: Grant County remains at 65 total cases with 21 recovered; Luna County increasing to 218 total cases and 40 recovered; Hidalgo County remaining at 85 total cases with 24 recovered; and Catron County remaining at 4 total cases and zero totally recovered. Statewide, there are 158 individuals currently hospitalized and 7,817 individuals designated as totally recovered.

The New Mexico Human Services Department has applied for federal approval to implement the “Restaurant Meals Plan.” The plan is in addition to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program and would grant New Mexico individuals and families who qualify for SNAP better access to meals by allowing them to purchase prepared meals from participating New Mexico restaurants. In addition, the plan may include products available in deli sections at participating grocery stores.

The Reserve Ranger District has announced the coordination of a public slash disposal site to local communities within the Catron County area. Residents are permitted to dump vegetative materials free of charge with the purpose of serving local communities in mitigating fire danger and to assist the county with the Firewise program. According to a release from the Gila National Forest, the site is for vegetative material only. Recently reports have revealed an increase in non-slash material including household trash, used tires, metal roofing and building materials being dumped at the slash pit that causes hazards to the Reserve Ranger District Fire personnel. Residents of Catron County are urged to dispose of trash at the Catron County Solid Waste Convenience Center and Grant County residents to dispose trash at Grant County Solid Waste Landfills.

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