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At the time of this report, the New Mexico Department of Health, announced 6,317 New Mexico COVID-19 confirmed positive cases. There have been 147,344 tests performed statewide, 206 current COVID-19 related hospitalizations, and 1,985 cases designated as having recovered according to the Department of Health.  In addition, sadly there has been 283 COVID-19 related deaths recorded statewide. Positive COVID-19 cases in Grant County remain at 16 with 1,402 tests administered, Luna County with 8 cases and 930 tests administered, Catron County remaining at 2 with 88 tests administered, and Hidalgo County with one confirmed case and 175 administered tests.

The Village of Santa Clara was treated to an “End of School” parade yesterday. The teachers at Central Elementary participated along with friends, family and students to show all the students they care about them and missed having them in class since the beginning of the school shut down from the COVID-19 pandemic. The parade traveled its way through the streets of Santa Clara consisting of decorated private vehicles along with fire trucks and law enforcement vehicles. The parade also celebrated the promotion of Kindergarten and pre-K students.

Due to increasing fire danger and to prevent human-caused ignitions, the Bureau of Land Management implemented fire restrictions on BLM-managed lands in New Mexico beginning this week. Prohibitions include:

  • Use of campfires or charcoal;
  • Smoking outside of a vehicle,
  • Enclosed building, or areas free of flammable materials;
  • Fireworks and pyrotechnic devices any type of aerial luminary
  • Off-highway vehicle (OHV) use except in designated OHV areas

In addition, certain require individuals to have a fire extinguisher or 5 gallons of water and a round-nose shovel of 36” minimum length that include: recreational target shooting, welding, cutting or grinding metal, and using chainsaws or other internal or external combustion engines. Spark arresters approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the Society of Automotive Engineers are required on chainsaws and all other small internal and external combustion engines.

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