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At the time of this report, the New Mexico Department of Health, announced 8,940 New Mexico COVID-19 confirmed positive cases. There have been 234,375 tests performed statewide, 177 current COVID-19 related hospitalizations, and 3,307 cases designated as having recovered according to the Department of Health.  In addition, sadly there has been 396 COVID-19 related deaths recorded statewide. Positive COVID-19 cases in Grant County remain at 15 with 1,951 tests administered, Luna County increasing to 12 cases and 1,667 tests administered, Catron County remaining at 2 with 111 tests administered, and Hidalgo County with 1 confirmed case and 302 tests administered.

The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions is warning the public of scammers that are seeking to steal personal information and/or Unemployment Insurance benefits. The groups or individuals are posing as legitimate entities that promise to obtain unemployment benefits for a claimant and may also charge a fee for the service. The only way to file for benefits is to go through the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, either online or by calling the toll- free number. There is never a charge to file for unemployment insurance benefits. The public should also be alert for false websites, receiving a direct message on social media. In addition, the NMDWS does not pay claimants to take surveys or demand to verify your identity within 24-hours to process a claim. Suspected fraud activities should be reported by calling the Unemployment Fraud Investigations line at (505) 243-7283.

In the region, there are 3 lightning caused fires that began on Saturday, June 6th. The Turkey Fire and Good Fire are located on National Forest System lands on the Wilderness Ranger District and Gila National Forest. At last report, the Turkey Fire is at 27 acres and the Good Fire at 35 acres. The Tadpole Fire is located south of Tadpole Ridge in the Silver City Ranger District. At last report it is at 450 acres and multiple resources are being used to confine and contain the fire. New Mexico State Patrol is manning road closures on NM Hwy 15 from Ben Lilley Memorial to the junction of NM Hwy 35 and NM 15. The alternate route to the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument is via NM Hwy 35 and through the Mimbres Valley. In addition, two trailheads on the vicinity should be avoided.

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