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New Mexico (April 13, 2020) — New Mexico Business Coalition (NMBC) announced today that it has provided Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham with a plan that is a safe, sensible and incremental plan to get New Mexicans back to work.

Governor Lujan Grisham was proactive in her desire to keep New Mexicans safe from the Coronavirus and we are thankful for the low numbers of infection and deaths as compared to other states. But our businesses were shut down with virtually no notice. There was no option, no discussion, and there was no time for planning. Currently our state is in mandatory shut down of all nonessential businesses and over 90,000 New Mexicans are unemployed. NMBC believes, however, that every business is essential, because every business offers an opportunity for people to provide for themselves and their families.

ROAD ADVISORY
LANE CLOSURE – Silver City/Bayard Area
US 180 southbound driving right lane from milepost 122 to 121 will have workers and equipment in the area for sidewalk repairs. Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and be cautious of personnel and equipment in the area. This closure will be in place Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am till 5:00 pm.

To download a PDF of the release, please visit the following link: Freeport-McMoRan Provides Update on Cerro Verde Mine in Peru

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) announced today that the Peruvian Government has extended the declaration of a National Emergency until April 26, 2020, associated with the Peruvian government's efforts to contain the outbreak of COVID-19.

Cerro Verde is conducting limited operations in accordance with the government order and is completing actions to provide additional onsite facilities and enhanced health protocols to enable production to increase while maintaining compliance with the government order. From April 1 through April 11, 2020, Cerro Verde's concentrator has operated at approximately one-third of planned rates.

Update includes six additional deaths related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Sunday announced 74 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

18 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Curry County
1 new case in Doña Ana County
1 new case in Eddy County
1 new case in Grant County
1 new case in Los Alamos County
4 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Otero County
38 new cases in Sandoval County
2 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Socorro County
1 new case in Torrance County
3 new cases in Valencia County
The Department of Health on Sunday also reported six additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19:

Farmington, NM- With just over 8-hours to go before Easter Sunday, the Governor's office sent out an emergency executive order adding churches and places of worship to her list of banned mass gatherings. The email was sent out to the media by the Governor's spokesperson at 4:47pm. It is unknown when this order went out to the many churches and places of worship in New Mexico.

Churches across New Mexico state have opted to broadcast their services online instead of holding in person services to help stem the spread of Coronavirus. This despite the fact they were exempted from the Governor's social distancing orders. The Governor's order today eliminating the faith exemption now means that churches across our state will be violating her order by broadcasting Easter services because it often requires more than 5 people to broadcast a service.

In-person services risk spread of COVID-19

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Saturday that houses of worship must now abide by a public health order banning mass gatherings to mitigate COVID-19 spread.

Houses of worship were previously exempt from the public health emergency order banning mass gatherings, defined as five or more people in a single confined space. That order was amended Saturday – find it attached.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many New Mexico congregations had already canceled in-person services before the amended order.

Update includes one additional death related to COVID-19

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Saturday announced 86 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
17 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Chaves County
1 new case in Cibola County
5 new cases in Doña Ana County
1 new case in Grant County
27 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Quay County
22 new cases in Sandoval County
7 new cases in San Juan County
2 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Socorro County
1 new case in Valencia County

The Department of Health on Saturday also reported one additional death in New Mexico related to COVID-19:

Testing Locations in Grant County and Lordsburg

 Gila Regional Medical Center Location

If you want to be tested, call 575-388-4103 for an appointment at the COVID Clinic at 1260 E. 32nd Street, Silver City (located in the La Montaña Plaza).
All tests are done by appointment only between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Depending on the availability of additional testing kits and demand for testing, hours and days may increase.

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