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Six additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Friday announced 263 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
51 new cases in Bernalillo County
33 new cases in Chaves County
1 new case in Cibola County
1 new case in Colfax County
10 new cases in Curry County
54 new cases in Doña Ana County
27 new cases in Eddy County
1 new case in Grant County
18 new cases in Lea County
9 new cases in Lincoln County
1 new case in Los Alamos County
2 new cases in Luna County
5 new cases in McKinley County
6 new cases in Otero County
1 new case in Rio Arriba County
1 new case in Roosevelt County
10 new cases in Sandoval County
12 new cases in San Juan County
10 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Sierra County
1 new case in Socorro County
5 new cases in Torrance County
3 new cases in Valencia County

The Department of Health on Friday reported six additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19:

By Mary Alice Murphy

[Editor's Note: This is part 6 and the final article of the Commission work session and regular meeting on Sept. 15 and 17, 2020. Items from both meetings will be covered in this article. Apologies for this being so late. This author had spotty to NO internet for about three days. Too much time was spent on hold waiting for tech. Twice!]

County Manager Charlene Webb, at the work session on Sept. 15, 2020, began the review of the regular meeting agenda for Sept. 17, 2020. She noted a proclamation declaring October 2020 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Executive Assistant Taysha Walter read the proclamation at the regular meeting, where it was unanimously approved.

By Hallie Richwine

Two additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 239 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
58 new cases in Bernalillo County
16 new cases in Chaves County
5 new cases in Cibola County
11 new cases in Curry County
29 new cases in Doña Ana County
23 new cases in Eddy County
7 new cases in Grant County
16 new cases in Lea County
3 new cases in Lincoln County
5 new case in Luna County
3 new cases in McKinley County
4 new cases in Otero County
5 new cases in Rio Arriba County
5 new cases in Roosevelt County
15 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in San Miguel County
8 new cases in Sandoval County
10 new cases in Santa Fe County
4 new cases in Socorro County
5 new cases in Taos County
5 new cases in Valencia County
1 new case among individuals held by federal agencies at Otero County Prison Facility

The Department of Health on Thursday reported two additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19:

By Hallie Richwine 

Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. David Scrase, and state epidemiologist Dr. Chad Smelser addressed members of the media Tuesday and gave an update on what the state's medical professionals know as of the 196th day of life during COVID-19.

Scrase opened with information in the media, including the Scientific American article on how Mew Mexico controlled the spread of COVID-19. The article highlighted New Mexico's testing strategy, comparing the state to our neighbors in Arizona and Texas. New Mexico was also the subject of a New York Times article about a nursing home devoted to treating those with COVID-19.

Nursing home visitation guidelines have now been updated at the federal level. Updates include guidance for assessing when indoor visitation can occur. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said in a previous press conference that focusing on improving visitations directly impacts the mental and emotional health of residents.

By Mary Alice Murphy

[Editor's Note: This is part 5 of the Commission work session and regular meeting on Sept. 15 and 17, 2020. Items from both meetings will be covered in this article. Apologies for this being so late. This author had spotty to NO internet for about three days. Too much time was spent on hold waiting for tech. Twice!]

At the work session on Sept. 15, 2020, County Manager Charlene Webb began the review of the regular meeting agenda for Sept. 17, 2020.

The first item was the monthly update from Gila Regional Medical Center.

At the regular meeting, before Interim Chief Executive Officer Scott Landrum presented his report, the top-of-mind concern was the recent absentee ballot applications snafu, with the applications being sent out with invalid first names, usually with the correct last name and address.

Three additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 200 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
28 new cases in Bernalillo County
22 new cases in Chaves County
7 new cases in Cibola County
2 new cases in Colfax County
15 new cases in Curry County
33 new cases in Doña Ana County
22 new cases in Eddy County
2 new cases in Grant County
9 new cases in Lea County
7 new cases in Lincoln County
1 new case in Los Alamos County
1 new case in Luna County
2 new cases in McKinley County
4 new cases in Otero County
1 new case in Quay County
5 new cases in Roosevelt County
4 new cases in San Juan County
5 new cases in Sandoval County
1 new case in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Sierra County
6 new cases in Socorro County
2 new cases in Taos County
8 new cases in Valencia County
11 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Lea County Correctional Facility
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County

The Department of Health on Wednesday reported three additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19:

By Roger Lanse

The Silver City Town Council, at its Sept. 22, 2020 meeting presented retiring Town Attorney Robert Scavron a plaque commemorating his 19 loyal years of service to the town. Those offering tributes, thanks, and compliments, included the mayor and councilors, former mayors and councilors, the town manager, town clerk, and representatives from the Silver City Police Department and the New Mexico Municipal League. Scavron, in turn, gave credit for many of his accomplishments to the continued support and commitment of town officials and staff. He stated that although he has worked in state, federal, and Native American government, and for many years in private practice, "Without reservation I think that this town government has been the most ethical, professional, and compassionate organization I have ever represented. More importantly, it strives to be better."

Live from Silver City

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