Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus Update – March 24, 2020

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Coronavirus updates for Grant County for Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Our guest today is Dr. Barbara Mora,  pediatrician with Silver Health Care.  Dr. Mora will be talking to us about the local effort to sew masks for health care providers, grocery store and childcare workers, and critical care givers.

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

Message from Grant County’s health care providers – video

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

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…[forthcoming]
CVU / Coronavirus Update – March 24, 2020

March 24, 2020 @ 12 noon

There are 83 positive cases of COVID-19 in New Mexico according to the NM Dept. of Health. There have been no deaths due to the coronavirus in NM and Grant County currently does not have any positive cases of coronavirus. 

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday announced additional restrictions to disrupt the spread of the COVID-19 virus in New Mexico and instructed New Mexicans to remain in their homes or places of residence except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare.

The order — to be issued by Secretary of Health Kathy Kunkel and effective 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 24 — closes all non-essential businesses, requiring 100 percent of the state’s non-essential workforce to work from home. As in other states that have enacted similar measures, there are exceptions pertaining to essential services for the preservation of health, safety and well-being.

The order is in effect until April 10.  To read the full order, go to


Local Governments have updated their policies in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.  Both Grant County Administration and the Town of Silver City have instituted strict procedures for social distancing, including bill paying by mail, credit card or via drop box as well as closures of public facilities. For more information, visit and


Help Sew Face Masks

Do you want to help protect our health care professionals at Gila Regional Medical Center from the coronavirus and you know how to sew? Then break out your sewing machine and get to work sewing face masks for hospital staff. Contact MaryAnn Marlar of the Hospital Auxiliary at for more information.

Mask pattern, directions and how-to video are found at Deaconess Health System “How to Make a Face Mask” website at

Donations to Community COVID-19 Response

If you’re wondering how you can help Grant County’s most vulnerable people during the coronavirus pandemic, please make a donation today to the Grant County Community Foundation at You can decide how you’d like to help:  assisting with food distribution efforts, shelter and housing, childcare or an emergency fund. Do your part to help our community through this challenging time.


Food Basket has initiated shopping for seniors only from 7 am – 8 am every day at both their Bayard and Silver stores.

Seniors can shop at Albertsons from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

Individuals over 60 years of age can shop at Silver City Walmart from 6 am – 7 am on Tuesdays.


Cobre Consolidated Schools will be providing breakfast and lunch to its students the week of March 23 through 27  from 11:30 – 12:30 at Bayard Post Office, Viola Stone Park in Santa Clara, Hurley Post Office and Mimbres Post Office. For updates, check the Cobre Consolidated Schools facebook page.

Silver Consolidated Schools

Silver Schools will be providing grab and go meals March 23 until April 3, 2020 from 10AM-12PM at the following locations:

  • G.W. Stout Elementary Loading Dock (off Silver Street)
  • Tyrone Community Center (off of Malachite Avenue)
  • Pinos Altos Volunteer Fire Department
  • Cliff School (622 Highway 211)

Updated schedules and potential changes can be found at

In addition, the following local entities have stepped up to provide “grab and go” meals in Grant County:

Harvest Church (1500 North Hudson Street, Silver City)

Will be providing Dinner:  5PM-6PM all during shutdown. Call 538-3619

Duck Creek Café in Cliff

Providing meals (during Spring Break/Shutdown); Monday-Tuesday 8AM-1PM; Wednesday-Thursday 8AM-7PM. Contact the restaurant 535–4800 or go to their Facebook page for details.

Los Victor’s Mexican Restaurant (901 North Hudson Street, Silver City)

Will provide Free Meals to kids with Adult Purchase of ONE Item (For families who may not be able to pay so children are able to eat, a donation has been made to cover the adult purchase for a limited time). Times are  11AM-2PM until students return. Call restaurant for more details at 575-538-4399

Revel Restaurant (304 North Bullard Street, Silver City)

Meal pick up from 11-4 Weekdays during shutdown for children 14 or younger. Call the restaurant for details at 388-4920 or check Revel’s Facebook page for more information.

There is a new group set up on Facebook – Silver City + Grant County Restaurants and Takeout – to find out which restaurants are offering takeout and their menus.

FOOD PANTRIES – (link to updated schedules/procedures)

Gospel  Mission

111 South Texas Street, Silver City NM 88061

(575) 388-5071 /

Sierra House Women’s Shelter – (575) 388-5072

Daily soup kitchen: 8:30-9:30 for breakfast Mon-Fri and 12-1pm lunch every day.

The Food Pantry at the Gospel Mission in Silver City  is open Monday thru Friday, 8:30am-1:30pm.

Senior Citizens Mobile Food Pantry: 3rd Wednesday of each month from 2-4PM at the Knights Of Columbus Hall in Silver City (1602 N. Swan St) for any senior in Grant County 55 and older.

St. Francis Associates for the Needy at The Newman Center – (link to updated procedures)

914 W. 13th St. Silver City.  575-538-3662

The Food Pantry is open every Monday at 4pm and cash assistance for rent, utilities, bus passes and prescription drugs is also provided.  However, Due to COVID-19, they are no longer meeting face to face so the process has changed. They  will continue to hand out food and hygiene items until they have no more to give out. Donations have been sparse, therefore they will start requiring proof of food stamps and only provide food for those with little to no food stamps.

St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church: 

414 Bayard St. Silver City.  575-538-9373

The  food pantry at St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church  is open Mon-Thurs 9 am-11:30 am and 1 pm-4 pm. They take applications to help with utilities on Tuesdays from 1 pm-2 pm.

The Commons Center for Food Security and Sustainability

501 E. 13th Street or P.O. Box 416, Silver City, NM 88062,

575-388-2988 | |;

Grant County Food Pantry @ The Commons

Silver City, Tyrone & Arenas Valley residents choose one:

First Saturday 10:00 – Noon OR Last Wednesday 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

501 E. 13th Street in Silver City (Just off Swan Street behind the Knights of Columbus)

Mining District Mobile Food Pantry

Santa Clara, Bayard, Hanover & Hurley residents

Third Tuesday 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Bataan Memorial Park in Santa Clara

(Directions: Follow U.S. Highway 180 to Santa Clara and turn north onto the Fort Bayard Medical Center access road. The park is on the left side of the road near the hospital.)

Gila Valley Mobile Food Pantry

Buckhorn, Cliff, Gila & Redrock residents

Third Tuesday 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Fairgrounds in Cliff

Please visit our website at for all of today’s updates.  And remember to send us your updates and questions — email us at or post on facebook @GilaMimbresCommunityRadio.

Written by: Allyson Siwik

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