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New Mexico state health officials announced yesterday that 672 new COVID-19 cases were reported, almost 100 more than the previous record set on Wednesday of this week. Locally, newly reported cases at the time of this report are as follows:

  • Grant County has 5 new cases for a total of 156
  • Luna County has 14 new cases for a total of 528
  • Hidalgo County has 3 new cases for a total of 111
  • Catron County remains at 9 total cases

In addition to the revised public health order taking effect today, the state quarantine order for travelers coming in from high-risk states will be tightened by eliminating the exemption allowing them to avoid quarantine if they tested negative for the virus and requiring a 14-day quarantine period.

The New Mexico Department of Health has reported the first confirmed flu case in New Mexico. The induvial has been identified as a teenager living in the Southeastern part of the state. The Department of Health recommends all New Mexicans 6 months and older get the annual flu shot.

The New Mexico Human Services Department announced yesterday that a new hotline has been established for parents who have inquiries about eligibility or need additional information about P-EBT benefits. The P-EBT program provides nutrition assistance to New Mexico families to offset meals missed because schools were in a remote learning mode in August and September. The new 1-833-415-0569 P-EBT hotline will be manned from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Early voting in Grant County starts at a second location at the Bayard Community Center tomorrow, Saturday October 17th from 9:00 A.M. to 6:00P.M. This location at 290 Hurley Avenue, will be open Tuesday through Saturday 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. until October 31st. So far, the only early voting location has been at the Grant County Clerk’s office in Silver City.

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