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The New Mexico Department of Health released updated COVID-19 cases statewide for Wednesday, October 6th. There are 838 additional cases across the state and locally the reported cases are as follows: Grant County with 24 new cases; Hidalgo County with 5 new cases; Luna County with 8 new cases, and Catron County with 1 new case.

The USDA has introduced a new insurance policy for farmers who sell locally. The new Micro Farm policy simplifies record keeping and covers post-production costs like washing and value-added products. The new policy is offered through Whole-Farm Revenue Protection and contains provisions that can provide more access to the program, including:

  • No expense or individual commodity reporting needed
  • Revenue from post-production costs, such as washing and packaging commodities and value-added products, are considered allowable revenue

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Effective Sunday, October 24th, there will be mandatory 10-digit dialing required for all customers in the New Mexico 505 and 575 area codes. According to FCC order 20-100, 988 is the approved 3-digit abbreviated dialing code to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline across the country. For 988 to work in the New Mexico 505 and 575 area codes, 10-digit local dialing must first be implemented. On and after October 24th, local calls dialed with only 7 digits may not be completed, and a recording will inform you that your call cannot be completed as dialed. If you get this recording, you must hang up and dial again using the area code with the 7-digit telephone number.

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