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The New Mexico Department of Health has issued a COVID-19 case update reporting 1,895 new cases from Saturday October 16th to Monday October 18th. Locally, the new case count for the same period is as follows: Grant County with 37 new cases; Luna County with 9 new cases; Hidalgo County with 6 new cases; and Catron County with 3 new cases.

In other COVID -19 news, the NMDOH has announced the enactment of Crisis Standards of Care for the state’s health acre system. According to a news release, since hospitals and providers are experiencing staffing and resource shortages and faced with difficult choices about who gets care, facilities statewide will now use a more standardized and equitable procedure for making those decisions. In addition, before a facility reaches this point, they must temporarily suspend non-medically necessary procedures. If hospitals need to move into CSC, the state will also extend limited legal liability coverage to providers who move to higher levels of care. The NMDOH will offer a credentialing system for these providers in the coming days.

As of November 1st, the Gila National Forest Reserve Ranger District will implement winter operations at the Dipping Vat Campgrounds. Water systems will be drained and turned off to avoid pipes freezing and breaking during the cold winter months. The water at the Willow Creek corrals will be turned off the following week. Gila National Forest officials remind visitors that weather and conditions can change suddenly in the high country and to be aware of potential hazards in campgrounds and on forest roads.

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