Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus Update – September 30, 2020

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Coronavirus updates for Grant County for Wednesday, September 23, 2020. Today on Coronavirus Update, Jamie Newton talks to Steven Chavira, Executive Director of Silver City/Grant County Chamber of Commerce. Steven will share how local businesses can receive funding support from The New Mexico Small Business Continuity Grant and how the Chamber of Commerce is supporting local business through the pandemic.

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 –

Coronavirus Update is broadcast live on Gila/Mimbres Community Radio 89.1 FM Silver City on Wednesdays at Noon and rebroadcast Wednesdays at 6 pm and Thursdays at 8 am

Or listen to this episode at your convenience via this link…

The state Department of Health announced 178 additional cases of COVID-19 Tuesday and two related deaths. This brought the number of total cases to 29,157, an increase of 1,367 since last week. There are 80 individuals who are currently hospitalized, that is an increase of eleven since last week,  and 875 deaths related  to the disease, 21 more than last week.

The rate of spread, or the number of people someone with COVID-19 will spread the disease to, on average, continued to grow and was at 1.3 as of Sept. 27, the highest rate since the early days of the pandemic. It had been as low as 0.81 on August 5.

The state aims to keep the rate of spread at or below 1.05. 

In addition to the high spread rate statewide, all five regions of the state also have spread rates above the 1.05 goal. 

The number of cases reported daily also continues to rise, and was at 141 on a seven-day rolling average as of Sept. 22. The state aims to keep this number below 168.  

Two other gating criteria updated on Monday showed better numbers for the state.

The test positivity rate, or the percentage of positive tests to total tests, is at 2.7 percent as of Sept. 26 on a seven-day rolling average, well below the goal of 5 percent. Still, this also represents an increase, since it was as low as 2 percent on Sept. 18.

The number of daily tests also has grown and is at 6,061 on a seven-day rolling average as of Sept. 26.

In Grant County there have been 124 cases reported with 14 new cases since last week. There have been four reported recoveries since last week bringing that number to 47 recovered.   

More information at


The Grant County Public Health Office provides free testing every Tuesday from 8:00a.m. to 10:00a.m. and every Wednesday afternoon from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm.

Appointments can be scheduled by registering on the following website:

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

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.


Small businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19 may be eligible for a State of New Mexico Small Business Continuity Grant. These grants cover expenses associated with rent, non-owner payroll, mortgage payments, insurance, utilities, and marketing.
Also, covered are costs associated with COVID-19 reconfiguring. For information regarding these grants and other help for your small business please call the Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce at 575-538-3785.

There are limited grants available, so complete your application for consideration today.
The grant application with requirements and full details is available on the Silver City Grant county Chamber of Commerce website at


New Mexico families will receive more than $45 million in additional food benefits – enough to feed almost 244,000 vulnerable children – following federal approval of the state’s amended Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program for August and September.

The benefit will be added to existing Pandemic-EBT and they can expect to see the money in early October. Others who qualify for the new benefit but don’t have an existing Pandemic-EBT card will be issued one with the new benefit, a process that could take several weeks.

New Mexico households with children who receive free or reduced-price meals will receive benefits of $5.86 per child per day.

Per the USDA guidelines, if qualifying students don’t have access to school meals for five days straight, they are eligible.

The Human Services Department has two hotlines for individuals to inquire about the status of their Pandemic-EBT benefits. The Human Services Department Customer Service Center is 1-800-283-4465 or they can call the Pandemic-EBT Hotline at 505-660-4822.


The Commons regular food pantry distribution will be today, Wednesday September 30th from 4-6pm and again on Saturday, October the 3rd, from 10am to 12pm. The Commons is located at 501 East 13th Street, next door to Knights of Columbus. For more information please contact The Commons at 575-388-2988.

The Food Pantry at the Gospel Mission located at 111 South Texas Street in Silver City is open for drive thru only on Wednesdays 8:30 am – 9:30 am. There is a also a Daily soup kitchen: Breakfast takes place from 8:30-9:30 Mon-Fri and Lunch occurs every day from 12-1 pm. Call 575 388-5071 for more information.

St. Francis Newman Center Food Pantry located at 914 W. 13th St. Silver City is open every Monday at 4 pm. Cash assistance for rent, utilities, bus passes and prescription drugs is also provided. Call 575-388-4933 for more information.


Silver City Farmers’ Market accepts EBT and Pandemic-EBT cards and offers Double Up Food Bucks to double your SNAP benefits. Use your EBT card and get half off all purchases.

– Saturdays 9 am — 12 pm at the corner of Pope St. and College Avenue in the old Life Quest parking lot
– Wednesdays 9 am — 12 pm at Ace Hardware Parking Lot

Visit the website at


If life disruptions caused by coronavirus are having an emotional toll on you or someone you love, you are not alone– many more people are dealing with feelings of sadness and anxiety right now. The NM Crisis and Access Line is available any time, free and confidential. 1-855-NMCRISIS (662-7474)

The Talk Helpline, 1-855-NMCRISIS, provides immediate assistance, referrals, and someone to talk to in times of overwhelming feelings. Professional counselor staff are trained to help people manage stress reactions, anxiety, dealing with loss and promoting positive coping activities, including those that help strengthen resilience.

More information at


The New Mexico Tourism Department and New Mexico’s Small Business Development Center are joining forces to bring you a FREE virtual workshop focused on helping partners weather the COVID-19 storm. During this virtual event, business owners will:

  • Learn the projected short- and long-term economic scenarios for New Mexico’s tourism economy
  • Engage in open discussions with expert panelist for how to best manage existing capital, improve operations, and make decisions
  • Schedule 1:1 confidential consultations with SBDC’s Finance Development Team to develop the best strategy for your business, employees, and assets
  • Forecast the most beneficial outcomes for your business in response to the long-term economic effects of the pandemic.

For more information and registration, visit

Thank you for joining us on Coronavirus Update here on Gila Mimbres Community Radio, KURU 89.1 FM, streaming online at Please visit our website at for all of today’s updates, links to resources, as well as replays of today’s and past shows

Please  continue to visit our website,, for a clearinghouse of local, state and federal information and resources to help keep you, your family and our community safe in these times. 

While you’re there, you can  also join our mailing list to receive these updates via email

And don’t forget that you can send us your updates via our new email address at  or on facebook at grant county coronavirus update

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