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At the time of this report, the New Mexico Department of Health, announced 4,138 New Mexico COVID-19 confirmed positive cases. There have been 83,251 tests administered statewide, 178 current COVID-19 related hospitalizations, and 964 cases designated as having recovered according to the Department of Health. In addition, sadly there has been 162 COVID-19 related deaths recorded statewide. Positive COVID-19 cases in Grant County 15, Luna County at 7, and Hidalgo and Catron counties have not changed.
The U.S. Small Business Administration has opened up applications for New Mexico agricultural businesses to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans for the first time in 30 years, according to a release from the state. An agricultural business includes:
- The legal production of food and fiber
- Ranching and raising livestock
- Aquaculture, which is farming in water
- Other related agricultural industries
The agricultural business must have fewer than 500 employees and can borrow up to $2 million with an immediate grant advance of up to $10,000 that can be accessed on 3 days. Repayment of the EIDL can be made over 20 years. In addition, a bank or community lender is not needed and applications are filed directly with the agency found at https://www.sba.gov/.
The Town of Silver City released a modification regarding the opening of town parks that will run through May 15th. Under this current order, the Scott Park Golf Course is open for golf only with no dine in or retail service. Other parks will be open with the exclusion of restrooms, water fountains, and playground equipment. Since proper cleaning and sanitation of facilities and equipment can not be accomplished properly at this time, Penny Park will still remain closed. The Town urges that social distancing is still important when outside enjoying the parks and that gatherings of more than five individuals are prohibited under the current health order.
Silver City Radio would like to thank all the first responders, medical personnel and essential workers that have been working non-stop during the COVID-19 health crisis. You have all made such a positive difference during this difficult time.
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