Here’s a look at some local news:
At the time of this report, the New Mexico Department of Health has reported 136 confirmed positive cases of the COVID-19 virus in New Mexico. Sadly, one death of a male in the late 70’s in Eddy County occurred on Sunday, March 22nd at Artesia General Hospital. A COVID-19 test was performed and then confirmed on Tuesday, March 24th. The NMDOH reported that the individual had multiple chronic underlying health issues. As of the time of this report the New Mexico Department of Health has reported no confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Catron, Grant, Luna, and Hidalgo counties.
In important news from the Southwest Solid Waste Authority, the main Silver City landfill is open Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, but large loads need to be in by 3:30 pm and Saturdays 8:00 A.M. to noon. The tri-city transfer station is open Tuesday through Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and Saturdays 8 am to noon. The Cliff/Gila station, and Mimbres station are open Tuesday and Thursdays 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and Saturdays 8:00 am to noon. It is urged if you are sick, don’t come to the landfill, and send another individual to dispose of your trash. Only one load per day allowed, with only one person per load and keep your social distance while unloading.
The Town of Silver City Council will hold a remote Emergency Meeting tomorrow, March 27th, at 11:45 a.m. for the action item titled Approval / Disapproval of Resolution No. 2020-11: Declaration of a Health Emergency for the Town of Silver City. The meeting will be held remotely via Go To Meeting and in compliance with the New Mexico Open Meetings Act. The public may attend the meeting remotely as well. For more information on how to access the meeting, email the Town Clerk at town clerk at silvercitynm.gov.
The Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health has issued a new Public Health Order titled the “Temporarily Regulating the Sale and Distribution of Personal Protective Equipment Due to Shortages Caused by COVID-19”. The order mandates that no health care provider or wholesale medical supplier can sell or distribute personal protective equipment (PPE) outside of New Mexico without prior approval from the New Mexico Department of Health. The items covered include: gloves; medical masks; goggles or face shield; gowns, and in some cases respirators and aprons for health care workers. The provision does not apply to the use of PPR or to limited over-the-counter sales to individuals.
During this time of the COVID-19 health emergency, shopping local is more important than ever and crucial to the community. Skywest Media/Silver City Radio has compiled a list of local businesses that are serving the public during the COVID-19 health emergency. You will find listings containing contact information and special accommodations offered from local restaurants, food & beverage operations, grocery and convenience stores, hardware stores, automotive stores and service centers, lodging and travel, pets and veterinary, utilities, plumbing and electric services, furniture stores, and financial institutions. This list is composed of those we could reach. Others interested in inclusion, please give us a call at 575-538-3396. Check out the list by visiting silvercityradio.com.