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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.  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.

The Town Council of the Town of Silver City during an Emergency Council meeting today has passed, approved and adopted a Declaration of a Public Health Emergency for the Town of Silver City. According to the Declaration, this allows “the exercising of necessary emergency powers and expenditure of available resources in addition to requesting aid, assistance and relief program funds for the State of New Mexico and the federal government.”

Governor Michell Lujan Grisham announced today that all New Mexico’s public schools will remain closed for the duration of the 2019-20 school year in an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Schools will not be required to make up missed days between March 16th and April 3rd, but school districts will need to develop technology and non-technology-based learning plans. According to the Order, School personnel and contractors will remain on call and continue being paid as usual. Individual school districts will design measures for seniors to meet eligibility for graduating and students will have until June 19th to demonstrate that eligibility. In addition, school districts have their own nutrition programs and will be providing childhood nutrition through this extended period.

The Gila National Forest has released a fire safety reminder in addition to the Gila National Forest moving to “Moderate Fire Danger.” Visitors are reminded follow all safety precautions and to make sure every campfire is dead out before leaving it. The Gila National Forest has already discovered one abandoned campfire. For more detailed information, visit the Gila National Forest page on Facebook or go to


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. Check out the list by visiting