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The New Mexico Department of Health updated the statewide COVID-19 red to green map yesterday revealing 15 counties in the Yellow level that include Grant, Luna and Catron counties. Hidalgo county remains in the less restrictive Green level. Fourteen counties are in the least restrictive Turquoise Level that have had a both a new COVID-19 case incidence rate of no greater than eight cases per 100,000 during the most recent four-week period and have an average percent of positive COVID-19 test results over the most recent four-week period less than or equal to 5%. State health officials are currently considering a change on how the color level will be determined as more New Mexican’s get vaccinated.
The Department of Veteran’s Affairs is urging veteran-owned restaurant owners seeking COVID-19 economic relief to apply for a new Small Business Administration Restaurant Revitalization Fund. The $28.6 billion RFF program is being administered by the SBA which will begin distributing funding to smaller restaurants. Over the next 2 weeks, the SBA will establish a seven-day pilot period for the RFF application portal, so the any technical issues will be addressed ahead of the public launch, to be announced at a later date. According to a release, “for the first 21 days that the program is open, the SBA will prioritize reviewing applications from small businesses owned by women, veterans, and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. Following the 21-day period, all eligible applicants are encouraged to submit applications.” Details on application requirements, eligibility, and a program guide are now available at www.sba.gov/restaurants.
The Western New Mexico Board of Regents will be meeting tomorrow with the regular session beginning at 10:00 A.M. Members will discuss and vote on the upcoming fiscal year’s budget and addressing new business items including new degree programs, he five-year capital outlay projects & infrastructure & capital projects plan, promotion and tenure, and many other items. In accordance with the protocols intended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the regular session will be held over Zoom. A recording of the meeting will be posted on the WNMU Board Meetings video archive webpage.
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