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Fourth positive test result in the state; health officials reiterate guidance against attending public gatherings, traveling out of state, leaving home when sick

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday evening announced a fourth New Mexico resident tested presumptive positive for COVID-19, adding to the three presumptive positive tests from earlier in the day. 

Per the state Department of Health, the most recent case is a woman in her 60s from Santa Fe County with known recent travel to the New York City area. 

The earlier three presumptive positive tests in New Mexico were: 

As the coronavirus (COVID_19) continues to spread, Freeport McMoran reassures the public and its employees "we are monitoring developments closely and responding accordingly. Our focus is on protecting our global workforce and assisting communities where we operate by supporting precautionary actions and public health responses.

The company’s medical director has been coordinating the response since day one, working closely with senior management and various departments to initiate actions aligned with information from the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Chief Nursing Officer Rose Lopez presented the safety moment at the beginning of the Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees meeting on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020.

"We have an infant alarm system," Lopez said. "If someone attempts to steal a baby, it sounds an alarm. We had the current system evaluated and it was recommended to be replaced. We do constant Code Pink surveillance, and the system will be enhanced."

Governor declares a state of emergency to maximize resources; issues enhanced public health advisory steps for New Mexicans to take to help prevent spread

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and the New Mexico Department of Health on Wednesday announced that three New Mexico residents tested presumptive positive for COVID-19, the first confirmed cases in the state.

Per the state Department of Health, two of the cases are a Socorro County husband and wife, both in their 60s, with known recent international travel to Egypt. Both are at home in isolation. The third case is a woman in her 70s in Bernalillo County with known recent travel to the New York City area. She is also isolated at home.

Freeport-McMoRan Provides Operational Update

To download a PDF of the release, please visit the following link: Freeport-McMoRan Provides Operational Update

Ramp-up of production from Underground Transition at Grasberg district remains on track

Reaffirms outlook for significant cash flow generation in 2021 and beyond

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) announced today continued progress in growing copper and gold volumes by 30 - 40 percent, reducing net unit cash costs of copper by 25 percent to approximately $1.30 per pound and more than doubling cash flows by 2021 compared with 2019.

The Company remains focused on increasing volumes from its underground orebodies in Papua, Indonesia. Quarter-to-date through March 5, 2020, production from the Grasberg Block Cave and Deep MLZ orebodies averaged approximately 35,000 metric tonnes of ore per day, 35 percent above the fourth quarter 2019 average and in line with expectations.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The first day of the High Desert Sportsmen's Club 2020 Invitational Gun Show took place on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center. A second day took place on Sunday, March 8, 2020 in two rooms of the center. Guns and equipment for guns, including loading equipment, ear plugs, and ammunition were on sale. Some vendors also had jewelry for sale.

By Carolyn Nelson of Glenwood, NM

Congress authorizes protection of all timber on public lands. Penalty for cutting trees may be enforced. Timber can be seized, or stumpage figured; fines paid to the Treasury. Supreme Court recognizes law with penalties, 1831. The Annual report of the Commissioner of the General Land Office, 1866, the Commissioner Joseph Wilson, summarized the principles which control in the protection of timber, with suggestions to further its growth. The beginning of the split estate land policy.

He begins with the earlier date, 1817. The first timber reservations were created by law not for wildlife or recreation, which simultaneously occur law or no law, but instead of live oak and red cedar for building naval ships. 1845 the Attorney General reversed the 1831 non-use of timber to the pre-emptor's, first come-first serve, privilege of using trees on the land; for clearing, fencing, cultivation, construction of a house to live.

GRMC to apply for Medicare critical access reimbursement system

By Mary Alice Murphy

At a special meeting Friday, March 6, 2020, the Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees came out of executive session and approved the recommendation of Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer Richard Stokes to authorize staff to file a Medicare Form 855 to request the designation of GRMC as a critical access hospital. The application will include the appropriate documentation to show the hospital fits the criteria.

Stokes has made it clear that the critical access reimbursement system takes away no services already provided at Gila Regional. The hospital by his calculations should benefit from the designation with an additional $4 million to as much as $5.8 million more received each year.

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