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At the time of this report, the New Mexico Department of Health, announced a total 13,256 New Mexico COVID-19 confirmed positive cases with 5,860 individuals reported as totally recovered. In addition, COVID-19 cases locally impacting the area include: Luna County has risen to 101 cases and 4,259 tests administered; Grant County at 24 total cases with 3,059 tests administered; Hidalgo County at 59 total cases with 1,474 tests administered; and Catron County has reported no new changes.

Governor Lujan-Grisham updated her emergency public health order last week by extending it through July 15th. Data supplied by the Department of Health shows the largest group of new cases consists of individuals in the 20-to-29-year-old age group with 27 percent of new cases, and the second-highest group of new cases being among individuals from age 30-to-39, with 19.9 percent of new cases. Face masks are now mandatory for anyone out in public with the exception of sitting at a table in a restaurant and individuals are new subject to citation and a $100 fine for violating the order. Maximum occupancy limits and permissible operations under COVID-Safe Practices for businesses that are currently allowed to operate were not amended. In addition, travelers visiting from out of state are required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon entering the state.

The Gila National Forest, Silver City Ranger District has implemented a new closure order for the Tadpole Fire area west of NM Highway 15. The closure order prohibits entry to non-fire personnel due to the inherent hazards from the fire, as well as to provide for continued firefighter response to hotspots that remain in the fire area. The closure includes the area from Bear Creek Road 506 north and west of NM Highway 15, to and including the Sheep Corral and Trout Creek roads north of Tadpole Ridge.  In addition, the McMillan and Cherry Creek Campgrounds are closed due to the potential for debris flows once monsoon rains occur. The Good Fire, located 1 and ½ mile southwest of the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, is comprised of 17,588 acres and is 60% contained. Fire crews have successfully stopped the forward spread of the northeast section of the fire. The fire continues to back into the main Gila River on the south and southwest portions of the fire. In addition, the fire behavior there is observed as a low intensity surface fire.

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