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As of Today – Wednesday, September 2nd, 25,460 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in New Mexico, with 787 deaths, 72 currently hospitalized individuals, and 13,073 recoveries according to the New Mexico Department of Health.
New Mexico health officials reported 110 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and eight related deaths on Tuesday. Grant County has 7 new cases of coronavirus in the past week for a total of 83.
The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in New Mexico has decreased over the past two weeks, from 156 new cases per day to 127 new cases per day. That’s according to an analysis by The Associated Press of data collected by Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering.
On average, each person in New Mexico with COVID is infecting 0.91 other people. Because this number is around 1.0, it means that COVID continues to spread, but in a slow and controlled fashion.
The rolling average of statewide daily deaths fell during the same period from 4.1 to 3.6.
New Mexico confirmed 88 new coronavirus cases per 100,000 people over the past two weeks, far fewer than neighboring Texas with 250 but more than Colorado’s 71 new coronavirus cases per 100,000 people.
In total, 765,399 COVID-19 tests have been performed in New Mexico, with 7,068 having been conducted in Grant County.
More information at cv.nmhealth.org.
NEW EMERGENCY PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER IN EFFECT
As part of the new emergency public health order that took effect on Saturday, New Mexico relaxed some occupancy restrictions while maintaining the essential public health framework for mitigating and responding to the incidence and spread of COVID-19.
- Houses of worship may operate at 40 percent of maximum occupancy of any enclosed building, an increase from 25 percent, in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices. Houses of worship may, as before, conduct services outdoors or provide services through audiovisual means.
- Food and drink establishments (including restaurants, breweries, wineries, distillers, cafes, coffee shops or other similar establishments) may provide indoor dining service at 25 percent of maximum occupancy, in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices. Food and drink establishments may continue to provide physically-distant outdoor dining options, carryout and delivery services, in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices. Tables – inside or outside – must be spaced at least six feet apart, and no more than six patrons are permitted at a single table.
- While museums with interactive and/or immersive displays, categorized as “close-contact recreational facilities,” must remain closed, museums with static displays may operate at 25 percent capacity.
- Mass gatherings of more than 10 individuals are prohibited.
The order is effective through Sept. 18. More information at newmexico.gov
LOCAL COVID-19 TESTING SCHEDULE
Grant County Public Health Office will provide free testing every Tuesday from 8:30a.m. to 11:00a.m for anyone.
Testing is free, but those who have insurance should bring their card with them.
Throat swab and nasal swab testing options are available.
Appointments can be scheduled by registering on the following website: cvtestreg.nmhealth.org Once registered, you will receive a code. Please save this code and use it when making your appointment by calling: 575-538-5318 (ext. 4).
The Grant County Public Health Office is located at 2610 N. Silver Street (across the street from the Swimming Pool).
CVS Pharmacy Drive-thru in Silver City is making Self-swab tests available to individuals meeting CDC criteria, in addition to state and age guidelines. Patients must register in advance at CVS.com
Hidalgo Medical Services (HMS) in Silver City is doing testing on weekdays except for Tuesday at their clinic at 1007 Pope Street in Silver City and at their Lordsburg clinic on weekdays except for Thursdays at 530 De Moss Street. Call 1-888-271-3596 for an appointment. Testing is free and expanded to everyone via a drive-up testing approach.
DFA APPROVES $150 MILLION IN CARES ACT GRANTS TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS
The Department of Finance and Administration announced $150 million in CARES Act grants to local governments. 83 local government applications for $100 million were made available for local governments and 66 applications for $50 million were made available for small business grants via local governments. Press release
Applications were open to almost all of New Mexico’s local governments, excluding only the city of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County, which received CARES Act funds directly from the federal government.
The Department of Finance and Administration scored applications based on criteria related to local government revenue lost due to expenses made responding directly to the health crisis. The total amount requested exceeded the funds made available by the federal government; awards were therefore prorated based on need as articulated by the entity’s application. All requests for amounts less than $50,000 for direct local government grants were awarded in full.
The awards for our local area are as follows:
Grant County received $118,125
City of Bayard received $556,661
Town of Silver City received $489,375
Village of Santa Clara received $50,000
Town of Hurley received $20,000
Local governments asked for funding for a wide range of coronavirus-related activities, such as senior meal programs, equipment upgrades, personal protective gear, equipment sanitization and housing assistance.
$573,770 in total grant awards were approved for local small businesses via Grant County, Bayard, Hurley and Silver City. The small-business applications included requests for expenditures in areas such as employee wages, rent, personal protective gear and technological improvements.
Local governments will administer the small-business grants, so stay tuned for more information.