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At the time of this report, the New Mexico Department of Health, announced 3,411 New Mexico COVID-19 confirmed positive cases. There have been 67,869 tests administered statewide, 172 current COVID-19 related hospitalizations, 44 patients on ventilators, and 760 cases designated as having recovered according to the Department of Health.  In addition, sadly 123 deaths have been recorded statewide. Positive COVID-19 cases in Grant County remain at 14, Luna County rose one individual to 4, and Hidalgo and Catron counties have not changed.

Yesterday afternoon, Governor Grisham announced new public health order changes that went into effect today, May 1st. The changes were announced as follows:

  • Non-essential retailers can operate via curbside pickup and deliver service where permitted by their license.
  • State parks to reopen on a modified day-use-only basis, as staff is available. Camping and visitor centers still closed.
  • Per services including adoption, groomers, daycare, and boarding are permitted to operate.
  • Veterinarians permitted to operate.
  • Golf courses allowed to open for golf only o no dine-in food service or retail.
  • Gun stores can operate by appointment only given need for background checks.

In addition, the Governor extended the stay-at-home order until May 15th while modeling will continue in order to make further decisions.

The New Mexico Secretary of State has begun sending out absentee ballot applications to all registered major party voters in the state that have not already requested one. This action is an effort from election administrations to encourage New Mexico voters to cast their ballots via absentee voting instead of going to in-person voting locations for the June 2nd Primary election. Upon receiving the application, voters can complete the absentee ballot application and return it to their County Clerk using the postage paid mailer ASAP, but no later than the deadline of May 28th.

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