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Twenty-nine additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Thursday announced 1,927 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

487 new cases in Bernalillo County
293 new cases in Chaves County
78 new cases in Cibola County
1 new case in Colfax County
28 new cases in Curry County
259 new cases in Doña Ana County
92 new cases in Eddy County
13 new cases in Grant County
5 new cases in Guadalupe County
1 new case in Hidalgo County
65 new cases in Lea County
10 new cases in Lincoln County
6 new cases in Los Alamos County
19 new cases in Luna County
73 new cases in McKinley County
5 new cases in Mora County
29 new cases in Otero County
1 new case in Quay County
39 new cases in Rio Arriba County
14 new cases in Roosevelt County
101 new cases in Sandoval County
133 new cases in San Juan County
14 new cases in San Miguel County
58 new cases in Santa Fe County
3 new cases in Sierra County
18 new cases in Socorro County
10 new cases in Taos County
6 new cases in Torrance County
55 new cases in Valencia County
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County
2 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
7 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Springer Correctional Center in Colfax County

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

By Hallie Richwine

Secretary of the Department of Human Services, Dr. David Scrase, and Secretary-Designate of the Department of Health, Dr. Tracie Collins, presented updated COVID-19 information in a webinar on December 22, 2020.

"We're seeing the first decline in hospital volume in four weeks," Dr. Scrase said. "There are still a lot of folks on ventilators, but relief is happening." He added that the northwest region is still experiencing high case counts.

Dr. Scrase introduced Dr. Collins to give an update on the vaccine. "We're delighted to have her here. She hit the ground running from her first day on the job."

"We are receiving the vaccine and have vaccinated hospital workers," Dr. Collins said.

img 2558Back row, left to right; Captain Aaron Seavers, Deputy Chief Kylle Marshall, Lieutenant Adam White, Fire Inspector Roger Cruzan, Engineer Jacob Andazola, Engineer Colton Allen, Lieutenant Jerry O'Neal, Lieutenant Preston Johnson, Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Fell, and Fire Chief Milo Lambert. Front row, left to right; Firefighter Benjamin Schlamb, Firefighter Immanuel Dangerfield, Firefighter Jaedon Rodriguez, Firefighter Zachary Ore, Firefighter Luis Reza, Engineer Jesse Blair, Engineer Skyler McGiveron, and Engineer Benjamin Valerio.

Story and photo by Roger Lanse

A brand-new custom-built fire engine was driven to the Silver City Fire Department on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020, at noon.

The new vehicle's cost, according to Milo Lambert, SCFD Chief, was about $564,000. The funds to purchase the vehicle came from the New Mexico Fire Marshal's Office, maintenance money that would have been used to repair the department's aging engine, which amounted to about $80,000 this year, a loan from the New Mexico Department of Finance, and the application of a just paid-off loan on an EMS vehicle to this new engine. Some funds had also been set aside at SCFD for a few years to help defray the cost, Lambert said.

Forty additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 1,174 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
337 new cases in Bernalillo County
36 new cases in Chaves County
8 new cases in Cibola County
5 new cases in Colfax County
16 new cases in Curry County
133 new cases in Doña Ana County
44 new cases in Eddy County
14 new cases in Grant County
6 new cases in Guadalupe County
5 new cases in Hidalgo County
64 new cases in Lea County
6 new cases in Lincoln County
3 new cases in Los Alamos County
19 new cases in Luna County
63 new cases in McKinley County
15 new cases in Mora County
5 new cases in Otero County
20 new cases in Rio Arriba County
17 new cases in Roosevelt County
72 new cases in Sandoval County
102 new cases in San Juan County
38 new cases in San Miguel County
51 new cases in Santa Fe County
9 new cases in Sierra County
12 new cases in Socorro County
5 new cases in Taos County
12 new cases in Torrance County
1 new case in Union County
46 new cases in Valencia County
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County
2 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Lea County Correctional Facility
7 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County

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

[Editor's Note: This is part 2 of a multi-part series of articles on the Grant County December work session and regular session.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

After a short break between presentations at the Grant County Commission work session on Dec. 15, 2020, the commissioners welcomed virtual presenters Adam Hughes, chief executive officer of Better City, and Eric Gibson, senior analyst, who presented an Economic Development and Funding Opportunity in Grant County.

Twenty-three additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 1,272 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
302 new cases in Bernalillo County
54 new cases in Chaves County
54 new cases in Cibola County
19 new cases in Curry County
1 new case in De Baca County
140 new cases in Doña Ana County
69 new cases in Eddy County
6 new cases in Grant County
3 new cases in Guadalupe County
1 new case in Harding County
95 new cases in Lea County
8 new cases in Lincoln County
2 new cases in Los Alamos County
1 new case in Luna County
102 new cases in McKinley County
22 new cases in Otero County
2 new cases in Quay County
25 new cases in Rio Arriba County
8 new cases in Roosevelt County
81 new cases in Sandoval County
171 new cases in San Juan County
6 new cases in San Miguel County
23 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Sierra County
5 new cases in Socorro County
10 new cases in Taos County
5 new cases in Torrance County
35 new cases in Valencia County
7 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County
4 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Lea County Correctional Facility
5 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County
2 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility
2 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Springer Correctional Center in Colfax County
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County

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

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday announced New Mexicans may now order free, at-home, self-administered COVID-19 saliva tests, with accurate laboratory-confirmed results returned within 24-48 hours of receipt of the sample.

The free tests are available to New Mexico residents regardless of exposure risk– whether they are symptomatic or asymptomatic, and whether they have come into close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 positive individual or not. 

Any New Mexican with access to online video-conferencing through Zoom can receive a test at home, self-administer the test with a virtual testing supervisor through a secure Zoom, and mail the sample back for laboratory processing, all free of charge.

charmeine wait executive director silver city mainstreetPictured is Charmeine Wait, executive director of Silver City MainSreet with the award.Silver City MainStreet received a New Mexico House of Representatives Recognition Award. The award was initiated by Representative Rebecca Dow and recognizes the work that Silver City MainStreet has done over the past 35 years.

Specifically, Silver City MainStreet is recognized as one of the oldest continuously operating MainStreet programs in the state and for their efforts to preserve historic downtown. The award also acknowledges that Silver City MainStreet has been able to leverage more than $5 million for downtown improvements such as beautification projects, renovations of downtown buildings, and for developing marketing strategies. The 2011 Great American MainStreet Award was also included in the recognition.

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