Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus Update – June 18, 2020

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Coronavirus updates for Grant County for Thursday , June 18, 2020.  Our guest today on Coronavirus Update is Jessica Swapp, Grant County Extension agent for 4H and NM Department of Agriculture. She’ll be talking about virtual 4H and ag programming.

Coronavirus Update is a local radio show that provides the latest information you need to know on local community strategies to slow the spread of the Coronavirus and protect yourself, your family and our community during this public health crisis. Brought to you by Gila-Mimbres Community Radio, Gila Resources Information Project, Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities Grant County and National Center for Frontier Communities.

Send us your updates to

NM Dept of Health COVID-19 Hotline 1-855-600-3453 or visit

Coronavirus Information Hotline at 1-833-551-0518 or visit

NM Crisis & Access Line, 24/7, 1-855-662-7474;

Message from Grant County’s health care providers –video

Donations to Community COVID-19 Response – Grant County Community Foundation

Grant County Coronavirus Update website –

CVU is broadcast live weekdays at Noon and
rebroadcast following Democracy Now! at 6pm and 8am

Or listen to this episode at your convenience via this link…
CVU / Coronavirus Update – June 18, 2020

Updates as of  Thursday, June 18 at 10 am – Please note: Because we are producing this show remotely, these updates are current as of 10 am. Information on this page can change quickly, including Coronavirus Updates from previous days. Please visit to see the latest updates.

As of Today – Thursday, June 18 – The number of COVID-19 cases exceeded 10,000 as of yesterday with 10,065 people testing positive for COVID-19 in New Mexico, with 452 deaths, 161 currently hospitalized individuals, and 4,351 recoveries according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

Grant County has 16 cases of COVID-19 with 15 recovered.

In total, 275,897 COVID-19 tests have been performed in the state, with 2231 having been conducted in Grant County.

For a full breakdown of COVID-19 cases by county and demographic information, visit the state’s COVID-19 data dashboard at:

New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

As a reminder, the state’s extended public health order that took effect on June 1 still requires that face coverings must be worn in public settings; Mass gatherings of more than 5 people are still unsafe and prohibited and New Mexicans are still urged to stay home, especially if sick or in a high-risk group, and to maintain a 6-foot physical distance from others if you must go out.

More COVID-19 health information is available at


And in guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week….

As the country reopens, the CDC has updated guidance on how to stay safe in your personal and social activities. The guidance includes recommendations for dining at restaurants, going to the gym or salon, traveling overnight, visiting parks and recreation facilities, and hosting social events.

The CDC also issued guidance this week on agricultural burning and backyard burning, together referred to as “open burning”,

Open burning produces smoke that contains air pollutants. Exposure to these pollutants can worsen existing heart and lung conditions and have other harmful effects, including premature death.

People at higher risk of experiencing harmful health effects from smoke exposure include children, older adults, pregnant women, people with pre-existing heart and lung diseases, and people of low socioeconomic status. People with or recovering from COVID-19 may have diminished lung function and therefore might be at particularly high risk of respiratory health effects after exposure to smoke from open burning.

The CDC advises using waste disposal alternatives rather than open burning.

More information at


A reminder that the Town of Silver City and Grant County have joined together to establish a PPE bank for local small businesses through the Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce. Disposal face masks are available for $18.50 per box of 50 with a limit of 2 boxes per business. If your business needs face masks, call the Silver Grant County Chamber of Commerce at 575-538-3785 to arrange a time for pick up.


The Silver City Public Library reopened at 25% capacity on Tuesday. 15 people are allowed in the building at a time. The limit on the number of people inside makes it necessary to have a time limit for each person so that all community members who need to use the library get a chance. Each person will be limited to 30 minutes in the building.

Everyone visiting the library will be required to wear a mask.

Library staff members will give instructions on how to safely access library services, whether it is to find items to borrow, use the computers, print, or ask questions at the public service desks.

Services available and the instructions they give are subject to change when public health orders or other circumstances change.

Given the library reopening, curbside service has ended.

The library also announced new hours: It will be open Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 am – 6pm; Thursday 9 am – 6:30; Friday 9 am – 5pm and Saturday 9 :30 am – 2:45 pm.

Visit for more information.

Please visit our website at for all of today’s updates, as well as replays of todays and past shows

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Written by: Allyson Siwik

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