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The New Mexico Department of Health issued a COVID-19 update for the days consisting of Thursday November 25 through Monday November 29th. There were 4,991 new cases statewide with a 7-day positivity rate of 12.2%. Locally, new COVID cases for the 5-day period were as follows: Grant County with 114 new cases; Luna County with 59 new cases; Hidalgo County with 1 new case; and Catron County with 4 new cases.

The Gila National Forest Glenwood Ranger District is planning pile burns from December to January with weather and fire conditions permitting. According to a news release, “the objective of the burns is to reduce the threat of wildfire by removing pile fuels and slash created from past and ongoing thinning and timber sale projects.” The burn locations include the Glenwood Brushy communication site and the Glenwood community slash site. Smoke may be visible along US Highway 180 and may linger at night and in the early morning hours but should decrease during the daytime. The burn areas will be signed and posted for public awareness.

Since the pandemic began, overdose deaths have risen in New Mexico. Individuals can learn to save a life by learning how to utilize Narcan, a live-saving drug that can temporarily reverse an opioid overdose. There is a free online Narcan training class scheduled for Friday, December 10th from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. Registration is requirement and a Zoom link will be sent to each participant. Please contact, Valerie Kling at 575-597-0025 or visit the Center for Health Innovation Facebook page for more information. This valuable training is sponsored by the Hidalgo County Health Council and the Youth Substance Awareness and Prevention Coalition of Grant County.

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