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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

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Daily Awareness (April 8, 2020)

Posted on April 8, 2020

In the state of New Mexico there have been 22,245 tests performed for COVID-19. Out of those tested, 3.6% have tested positive, or 794 cases. 51 individuals are hospitalized in New Mexico and 171 people have recovered from the virus. There have been 13 deaths in the State all having other underlying health issues. No cases have been reported in Sierra County.

 PLEASE, STAY AT HOME. If you have to go out maintain social distancing and it is recommended that you wear a mask. Wash your hands often with soap and water, try and not touch your face. Only send one person from your family if you need supplies, groceries or food from a restaurant. Please do not hoard food or hygiene products, grocery stores are open and food is plentiful in the community.
 While staying at home during the pandemic take a few minutes out of your day to fill out the census. Sierra County is currently at 20.5% response rate. For every individual that is not counted our local community will lose $3,700/year or $37,000 between census taken every 10 years. Online go to my2020census.gov/ (Click on “If you do not have a Census ID, click here).
 The county’s focus has been to ensure local health care facilities receive critical supplies needed for this pandemic; and to provide food to the elderly, disabled or impoverished individuals or families that cannot physically go to a grocery store or do not have the financial resources to purchase groceries.
 If you need food, email food@sierraco.org or call the county administrative office (575) 894-6215. The email should include your name, address, phone number, and the number of people in the home.
 A list of essential businesses including restaurants that are open can be found at our website www.sierraco.org or on our Facebook page @SCEmergencyServices or search for Sierra County Emergency Services.

Social Media Rumor

Posted on April 7, 2020

Stories have been circulating on social media that Albuquerque hospitals & the State of New Mexico will be sending excess COVID-19 patients to Sierra Vista Hospital. This is a rumor and is totally FALSE. Officials from Sierra Vista Hospital have confirmed this is not true. There are 45 patients state wide that are hospitalized with COVID-19.

Sierra Joint Office on Aging

Posted on April 7, 2020

The SJOA will have food boxes available for low-income seniors and adults with disabilities as well as grandparents raising grandchildren. Please contact the SJOA at 575-894-6641 if you are in need of a food box. We will need to fill out a paper with your information on it and food boxes will be available on Mondays while supplies last.

Daily Awareness April 6th, 2020

Posted on April 6, 2020

Daily Awareness

In the state of New Mexico there have been 19,136 tests performed for COVID-19. Out of those tested, 3.2% have tested positive, or 624 cases. 45 individuals are hospitalized in New Mexico and 130 people have recovered from the virus. There have been 12 deaths in the State all having other underlying health issues. No cases have been reported in Sierra County.

PLEASE, STAY AT HOME. Do not fall into a false sense of security. If you have to go out maintain social distancing and it is recommended that you wear a mask of some kind. Wash your hands often with soap and water, try and not touch your face. Only send one person from your family if you need supplies, groceries or food from a restaurant. Please do not hoard food or hygiene products, grocery stores are open and food is plentiful in the community.

The county’s focus has been to ensure local health care facilities receive critical supplies needed for this pandemic; and to provide food to the elderly, disabled or impoverished individuals or families that cannot physically go to a grocery store or do not have the financial resources to purchase groceries.

 If you need food, email food@sierraco.org or call the county administrative office 894-6215. The email should include your name, address, phone number, and the number of people in the home.

A list of essential businesses including restaurants that are open can be found at our website www.sierraco.org or on our Facebook page @SCEmergencyServices or search for Sierra County Emergency Services.

Latest UPDATE April 3rd, 2020 (4:40PM)

Posted on April 3, 2020

Daily Awareness

New Mexico has tested 15,632 people with symptoms of COVID-19 and 495 tested positive (3.1%). Over 31 people have recovered from the virus and there have been 10 deaths in the State all having other underlying health issues. No cases have been reported in Sierra County.

STAY AT HOME. Do not get into a false sense of security. Maintain social distancing. Wash your hands often with soap and water, Try and not touch your face. Only send one person from the family if you need supplies, groceries or food from a restaurant. Please do not hoard food or hygiene products, grocery stores are open and food is plentiful in the community.

The county’s focus has been to ensure local health care facilities get critical supplies needed for this pandemic; and to provide food to the elderly, disabled or impoverished individuals or families that cannot physically go to a grocery store or do not have the financial resources to purchase groceries.

If you need food, email food@sierraco.org or call the county administrative office 894-6215. The email should include your name, address, phone number, and the number of people in the home.

If you need a list of essential businesses including restaurants, they are listed at our website www.sierraco.org & Facebook page @SCEmergencyServices.

The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America

Posted on April 1, 2020

30 Days To Slow The Spread

READ: 30 Day Guidelines

Today is Census Day

Posted on April 1, 2020

Today is Census Day and you can do it online in less than 10 minutes. Sierra County receives about $3700 for each person censused, which translates to $37,000+ over the 10 years until the next census. Much of that money goes to schools. Help us all by doing your part.

Daily Awareness

Posted on March 31, 2020

New Mexico has tested 12,527 people with symptoms of COVID-19 and 281 tested positive (2.2%). 26 people have recovered from the virus and there have been 4 deaths in the State all having other underlying health issues. No cases have been reported in Sierra County.

Stay at home as much as possible. Do not get into a false sense of security. Maintain social distancing. Wash your hands often with soap and water, Do not touch your face. Only go out if you need supplies, groceries or food from a restaurant. Please do not hoard food or hygiene products, grocery stores are open and food is plentiful in the community.

The county’s focus has been on and will continue to ensure local health care facilities get critical supplies needed for this pandemic; and to provide food to the elderly, disabled or impoverished individuals or families that cannot physically go to a grocery store or do not have the financial resources to purchase groceries.

If you need food, email food@sierraco.org or call the county administrative office 894-6215. The email should include your name, address, phone number, and the number of people in the home.

If you need a list of essential businesses including restaurants they are listed at our website www.sierraco.org & Facebook page @SCEmergencyServices.

Financially Navigating the COVID-19 Outbreak

Posted on March 30, 2020

Program Objective: Helping individuals and families navigate the COVID-19 outbreak from a financial standpoint, accessing resources and adapting the household budget and practices to their short-term or longer-term income changes, as effectively as possible.

READ: Financial Navigation

What you Need to Know:

Posted on March 28, 2020

President Trump Signs Cares Act Delivering Economic Relief; Invokes Defense Production Act (March 27)

READ: Cares Act Signed

New Mexico State Police Press Release

Posted on March 28, 2020

New Mexico State Police is Not Making Traffic Stops to Verify the Public or Their Travel is Essential

READ: NMSP Press Release

FAQ About the Extended Public School Closure

Posted on March 27, 2020

On Friday, March 27, 2020 Governor Lujan Grisham announced that New Mexico public education will
shift to a learn-at-home model as schools remain closed for the rest of the academic year.

READ: School Closure Extension FAQ

Sierra County Emergency Management Update

Posted on March 26, 2020

The community is halfway through 15 Days to Slow the Spread. Do your part to flatten the curve:

  • Stay home as much as much as possible.
  • If you need to go out for food, essentials or medical appointments, practice social distancing.

For those business owners/managers/customers who are unsure if your local business is considered Essential or Non-Essential DO NOT CALL 9-1-1 or the local Dispatch Center. Please call New Mexico State Police at (833) 551-0518, Option 2 or e-mail: NMSP.COVID-19@state.nm.us.

All county offices remain open; however, some are operating in a limited capacity.  The Assessor, Clerk and Treasurer’s Office require you to call first before proceeding into the building.  These restrictions are to ensure that the county doesn’t violate the 5-person capacity rule.

The county’s focus has been on and will continue to ensure local health care facilities get critical supplies needed for this pandemic; and to provide food to the elderly, disabled or impoverished individuals or families that cannot physically go to a grocery store or do not have the financial resources to purchase groceries.

 If you need food, email food@sierraco.org or call the county administrative office 894-6215. The email should include your name, address, phone number, and the number of people in the home.

Please do not hoard food or hygiene products, grocery stores are open and food is plentiful in the community.

For the latest information, visit the County’s website at www.sierraco.org

WIRELESS Emergency Alert

Posted on March 25, 2020
The alert you received on your cell phone is the same instructions that the governor put out Monday. Visit cv.nmhealth.org

Daily Awareness

Posted on March 25, 2020

Due to the Covidvirus, area local governments prearranged a food distribution system for the community. Food is available to residents on an as needed basis. If you do not have enough food to last a week and are unable to go to a grocery store, email food@sierraco.org or call the county administrative office 894-6215. The email should include your name, address, phone number, and the number of people in the home.

The system is intended to provide food to elderly, disabled or impoverished individuals or families that cannot physically go to a grocery store or do not have the financial resources to purchase groceries, and do not have at least a week of food available at home.

Clean your hands often, avoid close contact, stay home. If you need to get out and get supplies, send 1 person if possible and return home.

Please do not hoard food or hygiene products, grocery stores are open and food is plentiful in the community.

For the latest information, visit the County’s website at www.sierraco.org

Sierra County Food Bank

Posted on March 24, 2020

Due to the Coronavirus, area local governments prearranged a food distribution system for the community. Food is available to residents on an as needed basis. If you do not have enough food to last a week and are unable to go to a grocery store, email food@sierraco.org or call the county administrative office 894-6215. The email should include your name, address, phone number, and the number of people in the home.

The system is intended to provide food to elderly, disabled or impoverished individuals or families that cannot physically go to a grocery store or do not have the financial resources to purchase groceries, and do not have at least a week of food available at home.

Please do not hoard food or hygiene products, grocery stores are open and food is plentiful in the community.

For the latest information, visit the County’s website at www.sierraco.org

PRESS RELEASE – March 23, 2020

Posted on March 23, 2020

State enacts further restrictions to stop spread,
including stay-at-home instruction

READ: Press Release

Daily Awareness – March 23, 2020

Posted on March 23, 2020

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Clean & disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

20 Restaurants are open for pick-up, drive-up and some with home delivery. Information on all restaurants are on our website at www.sierraco.org or on Facebook @SCEmergencyServices.

If you go to the store just buy what you need. We need to let the delivery chain catch up. No need to hoard any items.

Sierra County encourages residents to remain calm, stay home as much as possible and to limit person-to-person contact.

County services will remain open to the public, with limited access to county employees, which allows the county to maintain day-to-day operations.

Revised: Restaurants OPEN for BUSINESS

Posted on March 22, 2020

Over 20 Restaurants are open for your business in Sierra County. Turn off the TV and call your favorite eating establishment. Some even have home delivery. If your establishment is open and not listed in the PDF below, please e-mail information to ptooley@sierraco.org.

READ: Restaurants OPEN

PRESS RELEASE

Posted on March 21, 2020
For immediate release, March 21, 2020; 1:15pm
 
Sierra County Emergency Management Services
 
Sierra County, along with community leadership have been planning and preparing for COVID19 since late-February. Our planning efforts build from existing plans and focuses our efforts to ensure we are ready to operationalize our COVID-19 plans, if necessary. The county implemented its Continuity of Operations Plan to maintain critical county services. Strategies includes maintaining county workforce resiliency utilizing information technology systems/platforms, employee rotation, and other mechanisms.
 
The New Mexico Department of Health has establish a call center to address questions from the public. If you have non-health related COVID-19 questions, please call 1 (833) 551-551-0518. If you have questions about what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1 (800) 432-2080.
 
County services will remain open to the public, with limited access to county employees, which allows the county to maintain day-to-day operations.
 
Sierra County encourages residents to remain calm, stay home as much as possible and to limit person-to-person contact.
 
For the latest information, visit the County’s website at www.sierraco.org

Restaurants Open for Business

Posted on March 21, 2020

Over 19 Restaurants are open for your business in Sierra County. Turn off the TV and call your favorite eating establishment. Some even have home delivery. If your establishment is open and not listed in the PDF below, please e-mail information to ptooley@sierraco.org.

READ: Restaurants OPEN

TAX Relief

Posted on March 20, 2020

March 20, 2020
1:45 PM

Tax Relief for COVID-19:
Extension of Time to File New Mexico and Federal Taxes
Federal Taxes: From April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020-No Penalty, No Interest
NM State Taxes: From April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020-No Penalty, But Interest from April 15, 2020.
Federal Tax Phone: 800-829-1040 for individuals and 800-829-4933 for businesses.
NM Taxation & Revenue Phone: 886-285-2996
Visit irs.gov and tax.newmexico.gov

READ: Tax Relief

Corona Virus Update

Posted on March 20, 2020

March 20,2020

10:45 am

A spokesman from Sierra Vista Hospital has confirmed that there are 0 confirmed case(s) of the Corona virus in Sierra County. New Mexico currently has 35 cases statewide.

Sierra Joint Office on Aging (SJOA)

Posted on March 19, 2020

SJOA senior center will continue to provide meals to the senior population in a drive thru manner. If a senior is not registered and would like to participate in the drive thru they can call the office at 575-894-6641 and one of our staff members can take their information over the phone to get them registered. The Drive Thru will be open from 10:30-1:00pm Monday – Friday at 360 West 4th Ave. in Truth or Consequences.

The Drive Thru is located in the back of the building which is on the south side off of 3rd street in the parking lot of the public library. There are orange barrels lining the entrance of the drive thru.

The SJOA is also providing Transportation Services for seniors who need to go grocery shopping, pay bills, or attend a medical appointment. The SJOA will take calls on any questions for our services at 575-894-6641. Phone assessments and registration is available for our Transportation Program as well.

If any senior in the community has questions about our services they can call 575-894-6641.

PRESS RELEASE Local Emergency Disaster Declaration

Posted on March 19, 2020

Sierra County services to continue in limited capacity
Public Safety unchanged

The Sierra County Board of County Commissioners met today and approved a Local Emergency
Disaster Declaration authorizing the Manager and the Emergency Management Coordinator to
enter into mutual aid agreements for reciprocal emergency management aid and assistance
during this public health emergency and may take such actions necessary to protect the health of
persons in the County.

READ: Coronavirus Press Release

New Mexico to order additional closures to limit spread of COVID-19

Posted on March 19, 2020

SANTA FE – New Mexico Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel will strengthen her previously issued public health order to include additional mandatory closures and guidelines to stem the spread of COVID-19 in New Mexico.

The new public health emergency order, which will take effect Thursday, March 19, prohibits gatherings of more than 10 people. The order, which will be signed tomorrow, is attached to this news release. Please distribute this order widely.

READ Press Release