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At the time of this report, the New Mexico Department of Health, announced 9,845 New Mexico COVID-19 confirmed positive cases. There have been 267,921 tests performed statewide and current hospitalizations have gone down to 161. In addition, sadly there has been 440 COVID-19 related deaths recorded statewide. Positive COVID-19 cases in Grant County remain at 16 with 2,213 tests administered, Luna County increasing to 29 cases and 1,853 tests administered, Catron County remaining at 2 with 121 tests administered, and Hidalgo County rising to 20 confirmed cases and 418 tests administered.
The United States Forest Service is reporting today that the “Tadpole Fire” is approximately 6,800 acres at 30 % containment with 181 personnel working on the fire. The protection point on the east side of the fire is to continue to keep the fire on the east side of NM Highway 15 with Sheep Corral Road as the northern boundary of the fire. Prep on Sheep Corral Road and NM Hwy 15 has been completed to secure containment lines. Today’s operations included the continued holding of Forest Road 282, chipping operations, and monitoring fire progression. For fire information, you may call 575-313-4678, seven days a week from 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. For more information on air quality, visit nm tracking dot org forward slash environment forward slash air forward slash fire and smoke.
Since June 1st, Hidalgo Medical Services has been performing asymptomatic COVID-19 testing in Grant and Hidalgo counties. At the end of last week, it was determined that two Hidalgo County residents tested positive for COVID-19, which led to a request for increased testing, according to Dan Otero, HMS CEO. Albert Diaz, Director of Nursing and the HMS nursing staff provided testing over the weekend, and are continuing testing daily, by appointment only, at the HMS Lordsburg Main Clinic from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. As of Monday, June 15th, HMS has tested 788 individuals in both counties, of which 22 were identified as positive in Hidalgo County, as tested by HMS. According to a release, Diaz stated that he and the HMS employees have expanded the testing process to accommodate more tests per day; however, due to the complexity of the process, there is a limit to the number of tests that can be accomplished per day. Additionally, each result, when received, requires a call to each individual along with education and instructions.
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