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Update includes ten additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 307 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

60 new cases in Bernalillo County
11 new cases in Chaves County
4 new cases in Cibola County
11 new cases in Curry County
49 new cases in Doña Ana County
9 new cases in Eddy County
2 new cases in Grant County
2 new cases in Guadalupe County
2 new cases in Hidalgo County
32 new case in Lea County
3 new cases in Lincoln County
2 new cases in Los Alamos County
10 new cases in Luna County
16 new cases in McKinley County
7 new cases in Otero County
2 new cases in Quay County
47 new cases in Rio Arriba County
9 new cases in Sandoval County
19 new cases in San Juan County
6 new cases in Santa Fe County
4 new cases in Valencia County

The Department of Health on Tuesday reported ten additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. They are:A female in her 70s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

[Editor's Note: The proclamation and resolution may be read in their entirety on Silver City's website: https://www.townofsilvercity.org/DocumentCenter/View/1150/7-20-20-Emergency-Proclamation-and-Resolution ]

By Roger Lanse

At an emergency meeting of the Silver City Town Council Monday morning, July 20, 2020, Mayor Ken Ladner stated that the local district attorney has said the town has no authority to enforce the governor's orders relating to COVID-19 restrictions, particularly in the wearing of face coverings or masks. "The only option left for the town would have been for me to issue a proclamation and assume powers granted to me under the state's Riot Control Act. I chose not to take that path. I, the council, and the police department, have attempted to gain compliance by appealing to the common sense of our community members. Today there will be a proclamation and a resolution to clear up any continuing misinformation regarding the position of the town."

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Fall 2020 Plan Includes Online, Distance and Hybrid Learning Formats

Silver City, NM – Western New Mexico University released on Monday the fall 2020 campus reopening plan, which details a three-phased blueprint for the semester.

"WNMU, like institutions throughout the nation, has had limited on-campus operations since March. During this time, we have been diligently preparing for the return of life on our campus," said Dr. Joseph Shepard, who is President of WNMU and who guided other university leaders in developing a strategy that considers the health of the Mustang community, the instructional needs of students and the operational needs of the institution.

[Editor's Note: A PDF of the slides and a YouTube video of the presentation are below the article.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

Dr. David Scrase, New Mexico Human Services Department Cabinet Secretary, presented a comprehensive data set in a news conference on Friday, July 17, 2020.

He said that on the issue of immunity, the news was good, bad and confusing. "Sixty percent of those who had the coronavirus developed potent antibodies, but three months later only 17 percent retained the antibodies. The good news is that the T-cell memory immune response in early research shows that the T-cell immune response lasts longer."

 dsc0044 4Western New Mexico University President Dr. Joseph Shepard, pictured far left, stands with members of the WNMU board of regents, including (left to right) Student Regent and Board Secretary/Treasurer Tim Stillman, Chair Jerry Walz, member Janice Baca-Argabright, Vice Chair Dr. Mary Hotvedt, and member Dr. Carl Foster.

Silver City, NM – The Western New Mexico University Board of Regents reviewed the fall 2020 campus reopening plan, approved the university president's retention initiative, and voted on a number of business items pertinent to the turn of the fiscal year during their workshop and meeting on Monday.

Introducing the reopening plan, WNMU President Dr. Joseph Shepard stressed that the university's strategy is continually changing based on health guidelines and also procedures put in place by governing bodies like the NCAA. "It's a moving target at best," Dr. Shepard said.

Update includes seven additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 255 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

88 new cases in Bernalillo County
15 new cases in Chaves County
5 new cases in Cibola County
18 new cases in Curry County
22 new cases in Doña Ana County
7 new cases in Eddy County
4 new cases in Grant County
1 new case in Lea County
2 new cases in Lincoln County
10 new cases in Luna County
13 new cases in McKinley County
4 new cases in Otero County
2 new cases in Quay County
6 new cases in Rio Arriba County
4 new cases in Roosevelt County
14 new cases in Sandoval County
8 new cases in San Juan County
2 new cases in San Miguel County
16 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Sierra County
2 new cases in Socorro County
2 new cases in Taos County
9 new cases in Valencia County

The Department of Health on Monday reported seven additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. They are:

By Roger Lanse

From the U.S. Forest Service Cub Fire report:

"In order to provide for firefighter safety while working in a remote area, an Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulance was ordered and has been located at the Willow Creek spike camp. Yesterday that ambulance was approached by a visitor who had a relative experiencing a medical emergency. Because of the location of the ambulance and the strict adherence to the medical plan this ambulance initiated the process of getting a county ground ambulance as well as a regional air ambulance en route to the incident. The assigned paramedics were able to stabilize the patient for transport via air ambulance to a definitive care facility."

By Roger Lanse

On Sunday, July 5, 2020, Silver City Police Department officers contacted Jessica Rascon at the station in reference to Rascon reporting her mother, Toni Padilla, 58, as missing. According to a police report, Rascon stated that on Friday, July 3, at about 1 p.m., she dropped her mother at her mother's friend's house, saying she did not know his last name but knew him as Casey. The house was reported to be at 3520 Broken Arrow Drive in Silver City. Rascon stated, the report said, when she returned at around 6 p.m. to pick up her mother, Casey told her that her mother had left around 4 p.m. but couldn't say how she left or in what direction she went. Rascon said she was unable to raise her mother via cellphone.

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