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[Editor's Note: This is written from a recording, thanks to Kim Clark, Grant County Association of Realtors.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The theme of the event, which drew participants from all over southwest New Mexico, was Building New Mexico's Next Generation of Workforce Talent, with Career and Technical Education (CTE) as the focus. Included in the attendance were representatives from throughout the region, in education at all levels, business and industry, governmental entities and non-profits. The participants were divided into groups by table.

Updated New Mexico COVID-19 cases: Now at 237

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Sunday announced 29 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
9 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Chaves County
2 new cases in Curry County
1 new case in Eddy County
4 new cases in McKinley County
4 new cases in San Juan County
3 new cases in Sandoval County
4 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Valencia County
The number of deaths in the state related to COVID-19 remains at two.

[Editor's Note: This is the conclusion of a two-part series of articles on the GRMC Board meeting on 032720.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The previous article on the Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees virtual meeting on Friday, March 27, 2020, can and should be read before this article at https://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/56969-grmc-board-of-trustees-hear-preparations-for-covid-19-032720-part-1

After Chief Quality and Compliance Officer Tanya Carroccio completed her report, Interim Chief Executive Officer Richard Stokes said he wanted to point out how instrumental two people have been to the continuing work of Gila Regional to be prepared for a potential surge of COVID-19 cases. They are infection specialists, Dr. Tsering Sherpa and William Hemmer.

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees met in regular session on Friday, March 27, 2020 using a social distancing tool—a virtual meeting on WebEx. Board members could speak in turn, while at least 10 members of the public listened, but were muted and unable to give public comment.

The board had a modified agenda, with the main topic a discussion and update of preparations for COVID-19.

Grant County, NM – On March 25, 2020, the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was contacted to investigate a police shooting involving the Silver City Police Department (SCPD). 

On March 25, 2020, at approximately 9:38 p.m., a SCPD Officer attempted to locate a male subject involved in a shooting in Silver City, NM. SCPD officers located the male subject identified as Alex Altamirano (53) driving a passenger vehicle.  The vehicle turned into the parking lot of the First Savings Bank located on North Hudson Street and Altamirano, who was armed with a firearm, opened fired at two SCPD officers.

A SCPD officer fired his department issued weapon towards Altamirano. Altamirano was not struck. As Altamirano fled he also shot at a bystander vehicle which was passing by, striking it. The driver of the bystander vehicle and officers were not struck by the gunfire.

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Friday announced 55 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
27 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Cibola County
1 new case in Eddy County
1 new case in Lea County
2 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Rio Arriba County
1 new case in Roosevelt County
5 new cases in Sandoval County
3 new cases in San Juan County
7 new cases in Santa Fe County
5 new cases in Taos County
1 new case in Valencia County

Following a public health order initiated by Governor Grisham, Gila Regional Medical Center (GRMC) will be postponing all nonessential health care services, procedures, and surgeries for three months — so long as the delay does not cause undue harm to the individual seeking care.

“We at Gila Regional are complying with the Governor’s request and will only be performing essential services,” said Brian Robinson, GRMC Chief of Staff.

By Roger Lanse

A resolution, sponsored by Silver City Mayor Ken Ladner, to streamline future passage of funds from the State of New Mexico and the federal government to the town as a result of the town’s compliance with state and federal directives and recommendations, to stem the spread of coronavirus, was approved by the Town Council at an emergency meeting via computer on Friday, Mar. 27, 2020.

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