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At the time of compiling this report, the New Mexico Department of Health, announced a total of 95,417 New Mexico COVID-19 confirmed positive cases statewide, an increase of 1,443 new cases. In addition, COVID-19 cases recorded locally are as follows: Grant County increased 15 new case for a total of 449   positive cases; Luna County increased 9 new cases for a total of 1,946 positive cases; Hidalgo County increased 2 new case for a total 185 total positive cases; and Catron County increased 1 new case for a total of 36 positive cases. Statewide, there are 919 COVID-19 hospitalizations.

The state of New Mexico is transitioning to a tiered county-by-county COVID-19 risk system starting this Wednesday. The system is designed to enable local communities to lift restrictions as soon as public health data shows the virus is retreating within their borders. The change in the reopening framework comes after a two-week resent period whereby state health officials enacted the most heightened level of statewide public health restrictions in reaction to a surge of positive COVID-19 cases statewide. Counties will operate under one of three levels: Red, signifying very high risk; Yellow, signifying high risk; and Green, signifying medium risk. According to a release, “When a county fails to meet the specified metrics for a given level upon the biweekly update of the map, it will begin operating at the next most restrictive level within 48 hours. When a county meets the specific metrics for a less restrictive level, the county may begin operating at that level of restrictions upon immediate effect of the department’s biweekly update of the map.” The New Mexico Department of Health maintains an official map displaying each county’s current level on its designated COVID-19 webpage, The map will next be updated this Wednesday, December 2nd, and every other Wednesday thereafter.

The Official Marine Corps Grant County Tots for Tots is now collecting new and unwrapped toys at some of these following locations: Arby’s; The NAPA Store; MorningStar; The American Legion on College Avenue; Fort Bayard Federal Credit Union; Mike’s Small Engine Repair; and the St. Francis Newman Center office located at 13th Street and Florida. During these difficult times, donations are more important than ever for Grant county children. The boxes will be available through this week.

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