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At the time of this report, the New Mexico Department of Health, announced 5,212 New Mexico COVID-19 confirmed positive cases. There have been 110,289 tests performed statewide, 199 current COVID-19 related hospitalizations, and 1,434 cases designated as having recovered according to the Department of Health.  In addition, sadly there has been 219 COVID-19 related deaths recorded statewide. Positive COVID-19 cases in Grant County remain at 15, Luna County with 8 cases, Catron County remaining at 2, Sierra County with 1 case, and Hidalgo County with no confirmed cases.

The Gila National Forest Wilderness Ranger District has reopened the restrooms at Lake Roberts. In addition, there has been a large dumpster set up at the Lake Roberts Boat Dock and surrounding recreation area. According to a release from the Forest Service, it has been discovered that despite the open restrooms and available dumpster, district employees found large amounts of trash on the ground around the locked bear-proof trash cans, as well as obvious signs that people are not using the restrooms appropriately. Useful tools to use while visiting public lands include:

  • Pick up your trash and throw it in the dumpster. If the dumpster is full, take it home with you and dispose of it there.
  • Use the restrooms in an appropriate manner.
  • Bring your own hand sanitizer.
  • Leave the area better than you found it.

Law Enforcement will be out and actively monitoring usage, compliance, and social distancing guidelines. They have been issuing citation notices for failing to dispose of garbage, waste or sewage in the proper receptacles.

Silver Consolidated Schools will be holding a drive-in no contact graduation on May 21st. During the Silver Schools Board of Education meeting this week, board members approved the ceremony that will take place in the student parking lot. Students will remain their cars with their families while maintain social distancing and while using PPE’s. Silver schools recognized that most senior students wanted to move on with their lives and did not want a graduation ceremony later in the summer months. This is the original date that appears on all the grad invitations. Only graduates will be able to come out of the vehicle for photos. Afterwards, a parade led by the Silver High bus will proceed downtown. Cobre High School is planning a modified drive-thru graduation and parade, and Cliff High School is planning a graduation at a later date in accordance to the Governor’s public health orders.

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