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Daily Awareness – July 9, 2020

Posted on July 9, 2020

Sierra County has performed 1,972 tests with 14 cases being reported that is 0.7%. Two cases have recovered. Hot zones remain McKinley, San Juan, Bernalillo, Dona Ana, and Sandoval counties. The number of positive cases compared to the number of tests performed, the state peaked on April 22, 2020. Statewide 6,051 people have fully recovered.

We encourage you to fill out the Census and mail it back in or complete the Census online at my2020census.gov/.

Help Sierra County with their broadband study by taking a quick internet survey and speed test. Visit our website at sierraco.org then click on the “Services” button across the top and take the BROADBAND SURVEY & SPEED TEST.

Daily Awareness – July 8, 2020

Posted on July 8, 2020

The number of tests performed in Sierra County has gone down according to the NM Department of Health website. 1,913 tests of COVID-19 have been performed with 14 cases being reported. 2 cases have recovered. Hot zones remain McKinley, San Juan, Bernalillo, Dona Ana, and Sandoval counties. The number of positive cases compared to the number of tests performed, the state peaked on April 22, 2020. Statewide 5,986 people have fully recovered.

We encourage you to fill out the Census and mail it back in or complete the Census online at my2020census.gov/.

Help Sierra County with their broadband study by taking a quick internet survey and speed test. Visit our website at sierraco.org then click on the “Services” button across the top and take the BROADBAND SURVEY & SPEED TEST.

Daily Awareness – July 1, 2020

Posted on July 1, 2020

1,933 tests of COVID-19 have been performed in Sierra County with 11 cases being reported. One case had not been verified and was removed. .59% percent have tested positive in the County. The first positive case reported back in April has recovered. Hot zones remain McKinley, San Juan, Bernalillo, Dona Ana, and Sandoval counties. According to the number of positive cases compared to the number of tests performed, the state peaked on April 22, 2020. NM Health Department estimates 5,393 people have fully recovered. Maintain social distancing and wear a mask of some kind. Wash your hands often with soap and water, try and not touch your face.

PLEASE take a few minutes and complete the Census. We encourage you to fill it out and mail them back in or complete it online at my2020census.gov/.

Bring gigabit broadband to all of Sierra County, take a quick survey and speed test. Visit our website at sierraco.org then click on the “Services” button across the top and take the BROADBAND SURVEY & SPEED TEST.

Daily Awareness – June 30, 2020

Posted on June 30, 2020

1,933 tests of COVID-19 have been performed in Sierra County with 12 cases being reported or .62% percent of those tested in the County. The first positive case reported back in April has recovered. Hot zones remain McKinley, San Juan, Bernalillo, Dona Ana, and Sandoval counties. According to the number of positive cases compared to the number of tests performed, the state peaked on April 22, 2020. NM Health Department estimates 5,296 people have fully recovered. Maintain social distancing and wear a mask of some kind. Wash your hands often with soap and water, try and not touch your face.

According to the Census workers all census forms have been delivered to everyone in Sierra County. PLEASE take a few minutes and complete the Census. We encourage you to fill it out and mail them back in or complete it online at my2020census.gov/.

Sierra County is undertaking a broadband feasibility study to determine if there is a way to build a fiber optic network to bring gigabit broadband to residents & businesses in all of the County. We are asking residents to take a quick survey and speed test. Visit our website at sierraco.org then click on the “Services” button across the top and take the BROADBAND SURVEY & SPEED TEST.

Daily Awareness – June 29, 2020

Posted on June 29, 2020

1,668 tests of COVID-19 have been performed in Sierra County with 1 new positive cases being reported bringing the total to 12 or 7 tenths of one percent of those tested in the County. The first positive case reported back in April has recovered. 66% of the COVID-19 deaths in New Mexico have occurred in (San Juan, & McKinley) counties. According to the number of positive cases compared to the number of tests performed, the state peaked on April 22, 2020. NM Health Department estimates 5,640 people have fully recovered. Maintain social distancing and wear a mask of some kind. Wash your hands often with soap and water, try and not touch your face.

According to the Census workers all census forms have been delivered to everyone in Sierra County. PLEASE take a few minutes and complete the Census. We encourage you to fill it out and mail them back in or complete it online at my2020census.gov/.

Sierra County is undertaking a broadband feasibility study to determine if there is a way to build a fiber optic network to bring gigabit broadband to residents & businesses in all of the County. We are asking residents to take a quick survey and speed test. Visit our website at sierraco.org then click on the “Services” button across the top and take the BROADBAND SURVEY & SPEED TEST.

Daily Awareness – June 26, 2020

Posted on June 26, 2020

1,461 tests of COVID-19 have been performed in Sierra County with 2 new positive cases being reported bringing the total to 9 or .6% of those tested for the County. The first positive case reported back in April has recovered. 66% of the COVID-19 deaths in New Mexico have occurred in (San Juan, & McKinley) counties. According to the number of positive cases compared to the number of tests performed, the state peaked on April 22, 2020. NM Health Department estimates 5,047 people have fully recovered. Maintain social distancing and wear a mask of some kind. Wash your hands often with soap and water, try and not touch your face.

According to the Census workers all census forms have been delivered to everyone in Sierra County. PLEASE take a few minutes and complete the Census. We encourage you to fill it out and mail them back in or complete it online at my2020census.gov/.

Sierra County is undertaking a broadband feasibility study to determine if there is a way to build a fiber optic network to bring gigabit broadband to residents & businesses in all of the County. We are asking residents to take a quick survey and speed test. Visit our website at sierraco.org then click on the “Services” button across the top and take the BROADBAND SURVEY & SPEED TEST.

Daily Awareness – June 25, 2020

Posted on June 25, 2020

1,332 tests of COVID-19 have been performed in Sierra County with NO new positive cases being reported leaving the total at 7. The first positive case reported back in April has recovered. 92% of the COVID-19 deaths in New Mexico have occurred in (4) counties (San Juan, Bernalillo, McKinley, and Sandoval). According to the number of positive cases compared to the number of tests performed, the state flattened the curve on April 22, 2020. NM Health Department estimates 4,984 people have fully recovered. Maintain social distancing and wear a mask of some kind. Wash your hands often with soap and water, try and not touch your face.

Sierra County is undertaking a broadband feasibility study to determine if there is a way to build a fiber optic network to bring gigabit broadband to residents & businesses in all of the County. We are asking residents to take a quick survey and speed test. Visit our website at sierraco.org then click on the “Services” button across the top and take the BROADBAND SURVEY & SPEED TEST.

If you have not completed or did not receive a census form in the mail. We encourage you to go online to my2020census.gov/. That is my2020census.gov/

Daily Awareness – June 23, 2020

Posted on June 23, 2020

1,223 tests of COVID-19 have been performed in Sierra County with 2 new positive cases being reported bringing the total to 7 for the County. The first positive case reported back in April has recovered. 92% of the COVID-19 deaths in New Mexico have occurred in (4) counties (San Juan, Bernalillo, McKinley, and Sandoval). According to the number of positive cases compared to the number of tests performed, the state flattened the curve on April 22, 2020. NM Health Department estimates 4,742 people have fully recovered. Maintain social distancing and wear a mask of some kind. Wash your hands often with soap and water, try and not touch your face.

Sierra County is undertaking a broadband feasibility study to determine if there is a way to build a fiber optic network to bring gigabit broadband to residents & businesses in all of the County. We are asking residents to take a quick survey and speed test. Visit our website at sierraco.org then click on the “Services” button across the top and take the BROADBAND SURVEY & SPEED TEST.

If you have not completed or did not receive a census form in the mail. We encourage you to go online to my2020census.gov/. That is my2020census.gov/

For immediate release

Posted on June 17, 2020

June 18, 2020

Press Release

A Sierra County resident in his 70’s has died with COVID-19. The male was hospitalized out of county with other underlying health conditions and then tested positive for the virus.

Rumors in the community are circulating that an employee of Appletree tested positive for COVID-19. Neither Sierra County or Emergency Services have confirmation of a positive case involving Appletree or their staff. However, Appletree’s leadership has activated their COVID-19 Emergency Plan as a precautionary measure until this matter is resolved.

There have been 1,155 tests performed county wide.

Daily Awareness – June 17, 2020

Posted on June 17, 2020

Sierra County is undertaking a broadband feasibility study to determine if there is a way to build a fiber optic network to bring gigabit broadband to residents & businesses in all of the County. The potential services would provide super-fast internet access.  As part of the study, we are asking residents to take a quick survey and speed test so that we can understand the actual data speeds being delivered by broadband products in Sierra County. Visit our website at sierraco.org then click on the “Services” button across the top and take the BROADBAND SURVEY & SPEED TEST.

If you have not completed or did not receive a census form in the mail. We encourage you to go online to my2020census.gov/. That is my2020census.gov/

1,145 tests of COVID-19 have been performed in Sierra County with 1 new positive case of Covid-19 being reported last weekend bringing the total to 4. The county’s first positive case reported back in April has recovered. 92% of the COVID-19 deaths in New Mexico have occurred in (4) counties (San Juan, Bernalillo, McKinley, and Sandoval). According to the number of positive cases compared to the number of tests performed, the state flattened the curve on April 22, 2020. NM Health Department estimates 4,217 people have fully recovered.

Daily Awareness – June 16, 2020

Posted on June 16, 2020

Sierra County is undertaking a broadband feasibility study to determine if there is a way to build a fiber optic network to bring gigabit broadband to residents & businesses in all of the County. The potential services would provide super-fast internet access.  As part of the study, we are asking residents to take a quick survey and speed test so that we can understand the actual data speeds being delivered by broadband products in Sierra County. Visit our website at sierraco.org then click on the “Services” button across the top and take the BROADBAND SURVEY & SPEED TEST.

If you have not completed or did not receive a census form in the mail. We encourage you to go online to my2020census.gov/. That is my2020census.gov/

1,124 tests of COVID-19 have been performed in Sierra County with 1 new positive case of Covid-19 being reported over the weekend bringing the total to 4. The county’s first positive case reported back in April has recovered. 92% of the COVID-19 deaths in New Mexico have occurred in (4) counties (San Juan, Bernalillo, McKinley, and Sandoval). According to the number of positive cases compared to the number of tests performed, the state flattened the curve on April 22, 2020. NM Health Department estimates 4,160 people have fully recovered.

Daily Awareness – June 15, 2020

Posted on June 15, 2020
1,114 tests of COVID-19 have been performed in Sierra County with 1 new positive case of Covid-19 being reported over the weekend bringing the total to 4. The county’s first positive case reported back in April has recovered. 92% of the COVID-19 deaths in New Mexico have occurred in (4) counties (San Juan, Bernalillo, McKinley, and Sandoval). According to the number of positive cases compared to the number of tests performed, the state peaked on April 22, 2020. NM Health Department estimates 4,114 people have fully recovered.
 
Sierra County is undertaking a broadband feasibility study to determine if there is a way to build a fiber optic network to bring gigabit broadband to residents in the County. The potential services would provide residents and businesses with super-fast internet access. As part of the study, we are asking residents to take a quick survey and speed test so that we can understand the actual data speeds being delivered by broadband products in Sierra County. Visit our website at https://www.sierraco.org/sierra-county-services/ and take the BROADBAND SPEED TEST.
 
If you have not completed or did not receive a census form in the mail. We encourage you to go online to my2020census.gov/. That is my2020census.gov/

Daily Awareness – June 11, 2020

Posted on June 11, 2020

1,043 tests of COVID-19 have been performed in Sierra County with 2 new positive cases of Covid-19 being reported Wednesday, June 10th. Both are showing no symptoms of the disease and one is hospitalized out of the County with other health issues. Sierra County’s first positive case reported back in April has recovered. 92% of the COVID-19 deaths in New Mexico have occurred in (4) counties (San Juan, Bernalillo, McKinley, and Sandoval). According to the number of positive cases compared to the number of tests performed, the state peaked on April 22, 2020. NM Health Department estimates 3,806 people have fully recovered.

Sierra County is undertaking a broadband feasibility study to determine if there is a way to build a fiber optic network to bring gigabit broadband to residents in the County. The potential services would provide residents and businesses with super-fast internet access.  As part of the study, we are asking residents to take a quick survey and speed test so that we can understand the actual data speeds being delivered by broadband products in Sierra County. Visit our website at sierraco.org then click on the “Services” button across the top and take the BROADBAND SURVEY & SPEED TEST.

If you have not completed or did not receive a census form in the mail. We encourage you to go online to my2020census.gov/. That is my2020census.gov/

Daily Awareness – June 9, 2020

Posted on June 9, 2020

Sierra County is undertaking a broadband feasibility study to determine if there is a way to build a fiber optic network to bring gigabit broadband to residents of the area. The potential services would provide residents and businesses with super-fast internet access.  As part of the study, we are asking residents to take a speed test so that we can understand the actual data speeds being delivered by broadband products in the area.

https://www.sierraco.org/sierra-county-services/

1,040 tests of COVID-19 have been performed in Sierra County with only one positive case being reported back in April. 92% of the COVID-19 deaths in New Mexico have occurred in (4) counties (San Juan, Bernalillo, McKinley, and Sandoval). According to the number of positive cases compared to the number of tests performed, the state peaked on April 22, 2020. NM Health Department estimates 3,380 people have fully recovered.

If you have not completed or did not receive a census form in the mail. We encourage you to go online to my2020census.gov/. That is my2020census.gov/

Daily Awareness – June 8, 2020

Posted on June 8, 2020

995 tests of COVID-19 have been performed in Sierra County with only one positive case being reported back in April. 92% of the COVID-19 deaths in New Mexico have occurred in (4) counties (San Juan, Bernalillo, McKinley, and Sandoval). According to the number of positive cases compared to the number of tests performed, the state peaked on April 22, 2020. NM Health Department estimates 3,307 people have fully recovered.

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. We have currently provided food to 375 people in Sierra County.

If you have not completed or did not receive a census form in the mail. We encourage you to go online to my2020census.gov/. That is my2020census.gov/

Daily Awareness – June 5, 2020

Posted on June 5, 2020

906 tests of COVID-19 have been performed in Sierra County with only one positive case being reported back in April. 92% of the COVID-19 deaths in New Mexico have occurred in (4) counties (San Juan, Bernalillo, McKinley, and Sandoval). According to the number of positive cases compared to the number of tests performed, the state peaked on April 22, 2020. NM Health Department estimates 3,115 people have fully recovered.

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. We have currently provided food to 375 people in Sierra County.

If you have not completed or did not receive a census form in the mail. We encourage you to go online to my2020census.gov/. That is my2020census.gov/

Daily Awareness – June 4, 2020

Posted on June 4, 2020

900 tests of COVID-19 have been performed in Sierra County with only one positive case being reported back in April. 92% of the COVID-19 deaths in New Mexico have occurred in (4) counties (San Juan, Bernalillo, McKinley, and Sandoval). According to the number of positive cases compared to the number of tests performed, the state peaked on April 22, 2020. NM Health Department estimates 3,013 people have fully recovered.

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. We have currently provided food to 364 people in Sierra County.

If you have not completed or did not receive a census form in the mail. We encourage you to go online to my2020census.gov/. That is my2020census.gov/

Daily Awareness – June 3, 2020

Posted on June 3, 2020

900 tests of COVID-19 have been performed in Sierra County with only one positive case being reported back in April. 92% of the COVID-19 deaths in New Mexico have occurred in (4) counties (San Juan, Bernalillo, McKinley, and Sandoval). According to the number of positive cases compared to the number of tests performed, the state peaked on April 22, 2020. NM Health Department estimates 2,960 people have fully recovered.

If you have not completed or did not receive a census form in the mail. We encourage you to go online to my2020census.gov/. That is my2020census.gov/

Daily Awareness – June 2, 2020

Posted on June 2, 2020

The state has 7,800 positive cases of Covid-19 according to the NM Health Website, there have been 203,115 tests performed. The state had 6 new deaths yesterday bringing the state’s total to 362 all having underlying medical conditions. 92% of the COVID-19 deaths in New Mexico have occurred in (4) counties (San Juan, Bernalillo, McKinley, and Sandoval). According to the number of positive cases compared to the number of tests performed, the peak occurred on April 22, 2020. 191 currently remain hospitalized, while 2,888 people have fully recovered. 893 tests have been performed in Sierra County with only one positive case of COVID-19 being reported.

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. We have currently provided food to 363 people in Sierra County.

If you have not completed or did not receive a census form in the mail. We encourage you to go online to my2020census.gov/. That is my2020census.gov/

Daily Awareness – June 1, 2020

Posted on June 1, 2020

Starting today restaurants are open for indoor dine-in service at 50% of maximum occupancy. Also opening, Hair Salons, Barbershops, Tattoo Parlors, Message Services, and Nail Salons can open at 25% by appointment only; Indoor malls can open at 25%; Gyms can open at 50%; and Hotels can open at 50%.

Also, today Elephant Butte Lake State Park opened at 6:00 AM for day use only. Overnight use and campgrounds remain closed and all events through June 19th have been canceled. In addition, there will be capacity limits set through 3 pay booths with a limit of 1250 vehicles in the park. Main Entrance 600 vehicles, Rock Canyon 250 vehicles, and Long Point 400 vehicles. Once at capacity park officials will hold visitors at entrances and admit visitors one at a time as other visitors leave.

The state has 7,689 positive cases of Covid-19 according to the NM Health Website, there have been 199,604 tests performed. 356 deaths have been reported statewide all having underlying medical conditions. 93% of the COVID-19 deaths in New Mexico have occurred in (4) counties (San Juan, Bernalillo, McKinley, and Sandoval counties). 182 currently remain hospitalized, while 2,853 people have fully recovered. 882 tests have been performed in Sierra County with only one positive case of COVID-19 being reported.

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. We have currently provided food to 363 people in Sierra County.

If you have not completed or did not receive a census form in the mail. We encourage you to go online to my2020census.gov/. That is my2020census.gov/

Daily Awareness – May 29, 2020

Posted on May 29, 2020

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday announced the state’s emergency public health order will be amended to permit Restaurants indoor dine-in service at 50% of maximum occupancy. Also opening, Hair Salons, Barbershops, Tattoo Parlors, Message Services, and Nail Salons can open at 25% by appointment only; Indoor malls can open at 25%; Gyms can open at 50%; and Hotels can open at 50%. All this will happen Monday, June 1st, 2020.

According to a press release from Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources, Elephant Butte Lake State Park will also open on Monday, June 1st, 2020 for day use only. Overnight use and campgrounds remain closed and all events through June 19th have been canceled. In addition, there will be capacity limits at many reopened State Parks.

The state has 7,364 positive cases of Covid-19 according to the NM Health Website, there have been 183,544 tests performed. 6 additional deaths yesterday raising the total to 335 statewide all having underlying medical conditions. 93% of the COVID-19 deaths in New Mexico have occurred in (4) counties (San Juan, Bernalillo, McKinley, and Sandoval counties). 196 currently remain hospitalized, while 2,684 people have fully recovered. 805 tests have been performed in Sierra County with only one positive case of COVID-19 being reported.

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. We have currently provided over 7,392 meals to area residents.

If you have not completed or did not receive a census form in the mail. We encourage you to go online to my2020census.gov/. That is my2020census.gov/

Daily Awareness – May 28, 2020

Posted on May 28, 2020

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials will host a remote news conference today at 3:00 P.M. to provide an update on COVID-19 efforts in New Mexico and related emergency public health orders.

The state has 7,252 positive cases of Covid-19 according to the NM Health Website, there have been 180,646 tests performed. 4 new deaths yesterday, raising the total to 329 statewide all having underlying medical conditions. 93% of the COVID-19 deaths in New Mexico have occurred in (4) counties (San Juan, Bernalillo, McKinley, and Sandoval counties). 210 currently remain hospitalized, while 2,638 people have fully recovered. 763 tests have been performed in Sierra County with only one positive case of COVID-19 being reported.

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. We have currently provided over 7,623 meals to area residents.

If you have not completed or did not receive a census form in the mail. We encourage you to go online to my2020census.gov/. That is my2020census.gov/

Daily Awareness – May 27, 2020

Posted on May 27, 2020

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday announced the state’s emergency public health order will be amended to permit limited outdoor dine-in services for most of the state beginning Wednesday, May 27.

Under the amended public health order restaurants may offer dine-in service in outdoor seating areas at up to 50 percent of their outdoor area fire code occupancy. The following stipulations apply:

  • No dine-in service may be provided in indoor seating areas.
  • Outdoor dine-in service may only be provided to patrons who are seated.
  • Tables must be placed with at least six feet of distance between one another.
  • No more than six patrons may be seated at any single table.
  • No bar or counter seating is permitted.

“The New Mexico Restaurant Association is happy with the Governor’s decision to allow a soft opening, of outdoor dining, for restaurants on May 27,” said Carol Wight, the association’s chief executive. “We believe this will provide restaurants the opportunity to ease back into the swing of things while taking the time to properly train staff and implement COVID-19 safe procedures effectively, before fully opening to the public on June 1.

The state has 7,130 positive cases of Covid-19 according to the NM Health Website, there have been 180,646 tests performed. 5 deaths yesterday raising the total to 325 statewide all having underlying medical conditions. 93% of the COVID-19 deaths in New Mexico have occurred in (4) counties (San Juan, Bernalillo, McKinley, and Sandoval counties). 211 currently remain hospitalized, while 2,564 people have fully recovered. 736 tests have been performed in Sierra County with only one positive case of COVID-19 being reported.

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. We have currently provided over 7,392 meals to area residents.

If you have not completed or did not receive a census form in the mail. We encourage you to go online to my2020census.gov/. That is my2020census.gov/

Daily Awareness – May 26, 2020

Posted on May 26, 2020

The state has 7,026 positive cases of Covid-19 according to the NM Health Website, there have been 177,361 tests performed. 26 deaths over the Memorial Day Weekend, raising the total to 320 statewide all having underlying medical conditions. 93% of the COVID-19 deaths in New Mexico have occurred in (4) counties (San Juan, Bernalillo, McKinley, and Sandoval counties). 216 currently remain hospitalized, while 2,522 people have fully recovered. 736 tests have been performed in Sierra County with only one positive case of COVID-19 being reported. 1/16th of 1% of the population has died, yet the entire state remains locked down.

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. We have currently provided over 7,392 meals to area residents.

If you have not completed or did not receive a census form in the mail. We encourage you to go online to my2020census.gov/. That is my2020census.gov/

Daily Awareness – May 22, 2020

Posted on May 22, 2020

The state has 6,472 positive cases of Covid-19 according to the NM Health Website, there have been 152,767 tests performed. 11 new deaths yesterday, raising the total to 294 statewide all having underlying medical conditions. 93% of the COVID-19 deaths in New Mexico have occurred in (4) counties (San Juan, Bernalillo, McKinley, and Sandoval counties). 205 currently remain hospitalized, while 2,041 people have fully recovered. 600 tests have been performed in Sierra County with only one positive case of COVID-19 being reported.

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. We have currently provided over 7,392 meals to area residents.

If you have not completed or did not receive a census form in the mail. We encourage you to go online to my2020census.gov/. That is my2020census.gov/

Daily Awareness – May 21, 2020

Posted on May 21, 2020

Effective yesterday, the unincorporated areas of Sierra County are under Fire Danger Emergency Conditions. Ordinance 20-001 restricting open & controlled burns in Sierra County. For agricultural burn permits, you may contact the offices of the Emergency Services Administrator by calling (575) 894-6215.

The state has 6,317 positive cases of Covid-19 according to the NM Health Website, there have been 147,344 tests performed. 7 new deaths yesterday, raising the total to 283 statewide all having underlying medical conditions. 92% of the COVID-19 deaths in New Mexico have occurred in (4) counties (San Juan, Bernalillo, McKinley, and Sandoval counties). 206 currently remain hospitalized, while 1,985 people have fully recovered. 569 tests have been performed in Sierra County with only one positive case of COVID-19 being reported.

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. We have currently provided over 7,371 meals to area residents.

If you live in the Elephant Butte or Williamsburg area or only have a PO Box as an address you may not have received a Census ID through the mail. We encourage you to go online to my2020census.gov/ and click on the link “If you do not have a Census ID, click here”. Sierra County is currently at 26% 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. That is my2020census.gov/

Daily Awareness – May 20, 2020

Posted on May 20, 2020

Effective today, the unincorporated areas of Sierra County are under Fire Danger Emergency Conditions. Ordinance 20-001 restricting open & controlled burns in Sierra County. For agricultural burn permits, you may contact the offices of the Emergency Services Administrator by calling (575) 894-6215.

The state has 6,192 positive cases of Covid-19 according to the NM Health Website, there have been 142,246 tests performed. 6 new deaths yesterday, raising the total to 276 statewide all having underlying medical conditions. 92% of the COVID-19 deaths in New Mexico have occurred in (4) counties (San Juan, Bernalillo, McKinley, and Sandoval counties). 204 currently remain hospitalized, while 1,882 people have fully recovered. 565 tests have been performed in Sierra County with only one positive case of COVID-19 being reported.

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. We have currently provided over 7,371 meals to area residents.

If you live in the Elephant Butte or Williamsburg area or only have a PO Box as an address you may not have received a Census ID through the mail. We encourage you to go online to my2020census.gov/ and click on the link “If you do not have a Census ID, click here”. Sierra County is currently at 26% 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. That is my2020census.gov/

USDA Announces Details of Direct Assistance to Farmers through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Posted on May 20, 2020

Farmers and Ranchers to Receive Direct Support for Losses Related to COVID-19

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 19, 2020 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to deliver relief to America’s farmers and ranchers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to this direct support to farmers and ranchers, USDA’s Farmers to Families Food Box program is partnering with regional and local distributors, whose workforces have been significantly impacted by the closure of many restaurants, hotels, and other food service entities, to purchase $3 billion in fresh produce, dairy, and meat and deliver boxes to Americans in need.

“America’s farming community is facing an unprecedented situation as our nation tackles the coronavirus. President Trump has authorized USDA to ensure our patriotic farmers, ranchers, and producers are supported and we are moving quickly to open applications to get payments out the door and into the pockets of farmers,” said Secretary Perdue. “These payments will help keep farmers afloat while market demand returns as our nation reopens and recovers. America’s farmers are resilient and will get through this challenge just like they always do with faith, hard work, and determination.”

Beginning May 26, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), through the Farm Service Agency (FSA), will be accepting applications from agricultural producers who have suffered losses.

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Daily Awareness – May 19, 2020

Posted on May 19, 2020

The state has 6,096 positive cases of Covid-19 according to the NM Health Website, there have been 137,620 tests performed. 5 new deaths yesterday, raising the total to 270 statewide all having underlying medical conditions. 90% of the COVID-19 deaths have occurred in (4) counties (San Juan, Bernalillo, McKinley, and Sandoval counties). 213 currently remain hospitalized, while 1,796 people have fully recovered. 565 tests have been performed in Sierra County with only one positive case of COVID-19 being reported.

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. We have currently provided over 7,371 meals to area residents.

If you live in the Elephant Butte or Williamsburg area or only have a PO Box as an address you may not have received a Census ID through the mail. We encourage you to go online to my2020census.gov/ and click on the link “If you do not have a Census ID, click here”. Sierra County is currently at 26% 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. That is my2020census.gov/

Daily Awareness – May 18, 2020

Posted on May 18, 2020

The state has 5,938 positive cases of Covid-19 according to the NM Health Website, there have been 133,253 tests performed. 265 deaths have occurred statewide all having underlying medical conditions. 90% of the COVID-19 deaths have occurred in (4) counties (San Juan, Bernalillo, McKinley, and Sandoval counties). 211 currently remain hospitalized, while 1,755 people have fully recovered. 540 tests have been performed in Sierra County with only one positive case of COVID-19 being reported.

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. We have currently provided over 7,300 meals to area residents.

If you live in the Elephant Butte or Williamsburg area or only have a PO Box as an address you may not have received a Census ID through the mail. We encourage you to go online to my2020census.gov/ and click on the link “If you do not have a Census ID, click here”. Sierra County is currently at 26% 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. That is my2020census.gov/

Daily Awareness – May 15, 2020

Posted on May 15, 2020
WHAT WILL CHANGE BEGINNING SATURDAY, MAY 16:
• All retailers may operate at 25 percent fire code occupancy however, movie theaters, concert halls, amusement parks, gyms, salons and dine-in service at restaurants and bars – will remain temporarily closed.;
• Non-essential businesses such as office spaces may operate at 25 percent of pre-crisis staffing levels. All employees should continue to work from home wherever possible;
• Houses of worship may operate at 10 percent occupancy;
• Masks will be required of everyone in public places, with exceptions for eating, drinking and exercising and medical requirements.
 
The state has 5,503 positive cases of Covid-19 according to the NM Health Website There have been 119,600 tests performed. 11 new deaths reported yesterday bring the total to 242 deaths statewide all having underlying medical conditions. 83% of the COVID-19 cases have occurred in (4) counties (San Juan, Bernalillo, McKinley, and Sandoval counties). 209 currently remain hospitalized, while 1,576 people have recovered. 538 tests have been performed in Sierra County with only one positive case of COVID-19 being reported.
 
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. We have currently provided over 7,300 meals to area residents.

Daily Awareness – May 14, 2020

Posted on May 14, 2020

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state health officials on Wednesday announced New Mexico’s emergency public health order, set to expire May 15, will be extended through May 31 and modified to allow most retailers to operate at 25 percent of their maximum occupancy as determined by fire code.

WHAT WILL CHANGE BEGINNING MAY 16:

  • All retailers may operate according to COVID-Safe Practices (“CSPs”) at 25 percent fire code occupancy (a “retailer” is any business that sells goods directly to the ultimate consumer or end-users and does not include wholesalers or suppliers, nor does it include entertainment venues such as movie theaters, concert halls, or amusement parks) gyms, salons and dine-in service at restaurants and bars – will remain temporarily closed.;
  • Non-essential businesses (other than retailers; such as office spaces, call centers) generally may operate according to CSPs at up to 25 percent of pre-crisis staffing levels. All employees should continue to work from home wherever possible;
  • Houses of worship may operate at 10 percent occupancy;
  • Masks will be required of everyone in public places, with exceptions for eating, drinking and exercising and medical requirements.

532 tests have been performed in Sierra County with one positive case reported of Covid-19.

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. We have currently provided 7,300 meals to area residents.

New Mexico State Forester Mandates Early Fire Restrictions

Posted on May 13, 2020
May 13, 2020
New Mexico State Forester Mandates Early Fire Restrictions
on All Non-municipal, Non-federal, and Non-tribal
Lands Statewide in Response to Dry Conditions and COVID-19
 
SANTA FE, NM – In an effort to protect communities, firefighters, first responders, and New Mexico’s natural resources, the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department Forestry Division today announced restrictions on fireworks, smoking, campfires and open fires on all non-municipal, non-federal, and non-tribal lands statewide. Due to warmer temperatures, lower humidity, high winds, and an abundance of dry, fine fuels, the fire danger is increasing throughout the state. The current COVID-19 pandemic only amplifies the current danger by putting an additional strain on firefighting resources. The restrictions will go into effect at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 13, 2020.

Daily Awareness – May 13, 2020

Posted on May 13, 2020

If you live in the Elephant Butte or Williamsburg area or only have a PO Box as an address you may not have received a Census ID through the mail. We encourage you to go online to my2020census.gov/ and click on the link “If you do not have a Census ID, click here”. Sierra County is currently at 26% 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. That is my2020census.gov/

The state has had 5,212 positive cases of Covid-19 according to the NM Health Website, while 110,289 tests have been performed. 11 new deaths reported yesterday bring the total to 219 deaths statewide all having underlying medical conditions. Over 92% of the state’s deaths have occurred in (4) counties (San Juan, Bernalillo, McKinley, and Sandoval counties). 207 currently remain hospitalized with COVID-19, while 1,434 people have recovered. 514 tests have been performed in Sierra County with only one positive case of COVID-19 being reported.

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. We have currently provided 7,300 meals to area residents.

Daily Awareness – May 11, 2020

Posted on May 11, 2020
  • Beginning today, Monday, May 11, all essential business employees of any size currently operating under the public health order must wear face coverings or medical grade masks.
  • Retailers will not be required to provide face coverings for customers but are encouraged to post signage strongly encouraging customers to wear their own masks.

The state has had 4,863 positive cases of Covid-19 according to the NM Health Website, while 102,498 tests have been performed. 200 deaths have been reported statewide all having underlying medical conditions. 92 % of the state’s deaths have occurred in (4) counties (San Juan, Bernalillo, McKinley, and Sandoval counties). 194 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, while 1,285 people have recovered. 465 tests have been performed in Sierra County with only one positive case of COVID-19 being reported.

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. We have currently provided 7,300 meals to area residents.

Don’t forget to do your census while staying at home during this period. Take a few minutes out of your day to fill out the form or go online to my2020census.gov/ (You do not need a Census ID to fill out the census online).

Daily Awareness – May 8, 2020

Posted on May 8, 2020
  • Beginning Monday, May 11, all essential businesses of any size currently operating under the public health order must wear face coverings or medical grade masks.
  • Retailers will not be required to provide face coverings for customers but are encouraged to post signage strongly encouraging customers to wear their own masks.

The state has 4,493 cases of Covid-19 according to the NM Health Website, while 89,032 tests have been performed. 3 new deaths yesterday bringing our total to 172 statewide all having underlying medical conditions. 91.8 % of the state’s deaths have occurred in San Juan, Bernalillo, McKinley, and Sandoval counties. 197 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, while 1,125 people have recovered. 366 tests have been performed in Sierra County with one positive case of COVID-19 being reported.

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. We have currently provided food to 348 people in Sierra County.

Don’t forget to do your census while staying at home during this period. Take a few minutes out of your day to fill out the form or go online to my2020census.gov/ (You do not need a Census ID to fill out the census online).

COVID – 19 Federal Resource Guide

Posted on May 6, 2020

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Retailers, businesses shall require employees to wear face coverings

Posted on May 6, 2020

May 5, 2020
Employers, public need to be prepared for reopening

SANTA FE— Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday urged business owners to begin preparing for the first phase of reopening New Mexico while the state continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Department of Health Secretary Kathyleen Kunkel has amended the state public health emergency order clarifying some of the steps businesses must take in order to operate.

  • Beginning Wednesday, May 6, all large grocery and large retail spaces (those greater than 50,000 square feet in size) and all restaurants currently operating curbside and delivery service will be required to ensure that all employees have at least cloth face coverings.
  • All employees must wear their face coverings in the workplace at all times when in the presence of others.
  • Beginning Monday, May 11, all essential businesses of any size currently operating under the public health order must also comply with the face covering requirement.
  • All employers are strongly encouraged to acquire the face coverings for all employees over the next week, in preparation for a potential Phase One reopening in mid-May. Otherwise they may not be able to operate in compliance with state requirements.
  • Retailers will not be required to provide face coverings for customers but are encouraged to post signage strongly encouraging customers to wear their own masks. Retailers at their own discretion may require customers to wear masks.

The administration last week issued a set of COVID-safe practices for all employers and an additional set for all retailers (see attached). Other COVID-safe requirements and best practices specific to other industries are under development.

The governor last week extended her stay-at home order to May 15, with modifications allowing some limited, additional retail and recreational opportunities. Further reopening will depend on businesses and individuals doing their part to keep their neighbors safe in order to meet gating criteria.

“If New Mexicans don’t behave safely, we won’t be able to reopen more than we have. Every single one of us has to do their part,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham.

Daily Awareness – May 5, 2020

Posted on May 5, 2020

The state has 4,031 cases of Covid-19 according to the NM Health Website, while 81,720 tests have been performed. 5 new deaths yesterday bringing our total to 156 statewide all having underlying medical conditions. 181 people remain hospitalized with COVID-19, while 842 people have recovered.  Hot zones remain Bernalillo, McKinley, Sandoval, Dona Ana and San Juan counties. 229 tests have been performed in Sierra County with one positive case of COVID-19 being reported.

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. We have currently provided food to 346 people in Sierra County.

Don’t forget to do your census while staying at home during this period. Take a few minutes out of your day to fill out the form or go online to my2020census.gov/ (You do not need a Census ID to fill out the census online).

Economic Recovery Council backs phased reopening

Posted on May 1, 2020

April 30, 2020

The state Economic Recovery Council, a group formed to advise the governor on the recovery of New Mexico’s economy in the wake of the unprecedented public health emergency caused by COVID-19, voted unanimously this week to endorse a preliminary plan for reopening the New Mexico economy, starting with a preparation phase that begins Friday, May 1.

The council is composed of 15 business and labor leaders representing a variety of industries from around the state. It is chaired by Christina Campos, administrator of the Guadalupe County Hospital in Santa Rosa, and Brian Moore, co-owner of the Ranch Market in Clayton.

The preparation phase that begins Friday extends the stay-at-home instruction to all individuals through May 15; however, it also includes certain modifications, including the reopening of curbside and delivery operations for non-essential retailers, outdoor recreational opportunities including golf courses and day use at some state parks, firearm sales by appointment, veterinary and pet services and other first steps.

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Update on COVID Case in Sierra County – April 30, 2020

Posted on April 30, 2020

Truth or Consequences, NM – Yesterday, April 29, 2020, the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) confirmed one individual tested positive for COVID-19 in Sierra County. There are many rumors circulating in the community that the infected individual was not a county resident.  The state DOH has confirmed the individual is from southern Sierra County.

Rest assured, the individual has self-quarantined and a DOH surveillance officer is investigating the exposure and monitoring this case closely.  Residents concerned that they may have the virus should call the DOH at 1 855-600-3453.

This is not the time to get complacent, DOH public health orders still recommend all residents maintain social distancing, wash your hands frequently, and stay home unless travel is absolutely necessary – especially if you’re sick.

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

Daily Awareness – April 30, 2020

Posted on April 30, 2020

 Yesterday the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) confirmed one individual tested positive for COVID-19 in Sierra County. “We have been planning and training for this day since the first cases of Coronavirus were discovered in New Mexico.  Emergency Management, health care facilities, and emergency services have been working with the DOH and State Emergency Management on a daily basis in anticipation of this day”, said County Manager Bruce Swingle. The DOH will investigate and track this case and determine if others may have been in contact with the virus.

The state has 3,213 cases of Covid-19 according to the NM Health Website, while 65,085 tests have been performed. We had 2 new deaths on Wednesday, raising the state total to 112. 163 people remain hospitalized with COVID-19, while 734 people have recovered.  Hot zones remain Bernalillo, McKinley, Sandoval, Dona Ana and San Juan counties. One positive case has been reported in Sierra County.

The Governor will hold a press conference on the current public health order this afternoon at 3pm. The news conference will be streamed live on the governor’s Facebook page.

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. We have currently provided food to 331 people in Sierra County.

Don’t forget to do your census while staying at home during this period. Take a few minutes out of your day to fill out the form or go online to my2020census.gov/ (You do not need a Census ID to fill out the census online).

One Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Sierra County

Posted on April 29, 2020

 Truth or Consequences, NM – Today the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) confirmed one individual tested positive for COVID-19 in Sierra County. “The community has done a fantastic job complying with the state’s public health orders, but it was only a matter of time before some of our residents were exposed to the virus,” said County Manager Bruce Swingle. “We have been planning and training for this day since the first cases of Coronavirus were discovered in New Mexico.  Emergency Management, health care facilities, and emergency services have been working with the DOH and State Emergency Management on a daily basis in anticipation of this day”, Swingle continued.

The DOH will investigate and track this case and determine if others may have been in contact with the virus.

Residents who are concerned that they may have the virus should call the DOH 1 855-600-3453. Callers will be asked a series of questions after which they may be asked to take a COVID-19 test and given an appointment.

“Maintain social distancing, wash your hands frequently, and stay home unless travel is absolutely necessary – especially if you’re sick. With care and common sense we will get through this,” concluded Swingle.

13 Weeks of extended Unemployment benefits now available

Posted on April 29, 2020

All CARES Act benefits are 100% federally funded

(Albuquerque, NM) – An additional 13 weeks of benefits is available to individuals who have exhausted their regular state Unemployment Insurance claim with a benefit year that ended on or after July 1, 2019.

There are two ways to file for PEUC:
ONLINE by going to the New Mexico Workforce Connection Online System at www.jobs.state.nm.us. Individuals can then access the UI Tax & Claims System. On the left navigation menu, individuals will click on “Apply for Federal Extension Benefits”

BY PHONE at 1-877-664-6984. The department will continue to operate under extended hours for the Unemployment Insurance Operations Center with the hours of 7am – 7pm Monday through Friday.

Daily Awareness – April 28, 2020

Posted on April 28, 2020

While staying at home during this period take a few minutes out of your day to fill out the census. Go online to my2020census.gov/ (You do not need a Census ID to fill out the census online).

The state has 2,823 cases of Covid-19 according to the NM Health Website, while 58,803 tests have been performed. We had 5 new deaths, raising the state total deaths to 104 statewide. 155 people are hospitalized, while 666 people have recovered.  Hot zones remain Bernalillo, McKinley, Sandoval, Dona Ana and San Juan counties. 169 tests have been performed in Sierra County. No cases have been reported.

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. We have currently provided food to 323 people in Sierra County.

County Manager – Bruce Swingle

Posted on April 23, 2020

Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV Channel 13 did an interview with Sierra County Manager Bruce Swingle, on the opening of non-essential businesses in Sierra County and the State of New Mexico, along with the opening of Elephant Butte Lake and Caballo Lake State Parks. The interview will air tonight, Thursday, April 23, 2020 on their 10:00 PM news cast.

Daily Awareness – April 23, 2020

Posted on April 23, 2020

The Governor to extend “Stay Home Order” in a COVID-19 news conference yesterday in Santa Fe. Michelle Lujan Grisham said she will instruct the NM Health Department to extend the shut down to May 15th, 2020. As many states have already started to reopen New Mexico’s economy and non-essential businesses remain closed.

While staying at home during this period take a few minutes out of your day to fill out the census. Go online to my2020census.gov/ (You do not need a Census ID to fill out the census online).

The state has 2,210 cases of Covid-19 according to the NM Health Website, while 41,232 tests have been performed. Tuesday, we had 139 new cases and 6 new deaths, raising the state total to 71.  Statewide 121 people are hospitalized, while 547 people have recovered.  Hot zones remain Bernalillo, McKinley, Sandoval, and San Juan counties. No cases have been reported in Sierra County.

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. We have currently provided food to 322 people in Sierra County.

NMDWS announces benefit applications to begin next week for Self-Employed

Posted on April 22, 2020

(Albuquerque, NM) – New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions announced today that the application for unemployment insurance benefits for self-employed, independent contractors, and gig economy workers will become available on Sunday, April 26, 2020. These benefits are being offered through the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program.

Workers who became unemployed, had hours reduced, or had an inability to work as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic may qualify for this unemployment assistance.

Additional information for workers affected by COVID-19, including frequently asked questions, can be found at www.dws.state.nm.us/COVID-19-Info. For the latest announcements and updates, follow NMDWS on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Daily Awareness – April 22, 2020

Posted on April 22, 2020

PLEASE, STAY AT HOME as much as possible. If you have to go out maintain social distancing and it is recommended that you wear a mask. Only send one person to the grocery store or restaurant to pick-up food.

While staying at home during the pandemic take a few minutes out of your day to fill out the census. Go online to my2020census.gov/ (You do not need a Census ID to fill out the census online).

The state has 2,072 cases of Covid-19 according to the NM Health Website, while 40,877 tests have been performed. Tuesday, we had 103 new cases and 7 new deaths, raising the state total to 65.  Statewide 119 people are hospitalized, while 529 people have recovered.  Hot zones remain Bernalillo, McKinley, Sandoval, and San Juan counties. No cases have been reported in Sierra County.

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. We have currently provided food to 322 people in Sierra County.

Daily Awareness

Posted on April 20, 2020

April 20, 2020

In the state of New Mexico there have been 37,042 tests performed for COVID-19 according to the NM Health website. Out of those tested, 4.0% have tested positive, or 1,845 cases. 103 individuals are hospitalized in New Mexico and 487 people have been designated as having recovered from the virus. There have been 55 deaths in the State all having other underlying health issues. No cases have been reported in Sierra County.

PLEASE, STAY AT HOME as much as possible. If you have to go out maintain social distancing and it is recommended that you wear a mask. Only send one person to the grocery store or restaurant to pickup food.

While staying at home during the pandemic take a few minutes out of your day to fill out the census. Online go to my2020census.gov/ (You do not need a Census ID to fill out the census online).

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.

Daily Awareness

Posted on April 16, 2020

In the state of New Mexico there have been 33,394 tests performed for COVID-19 according to the NM Health website. Out of those tested, 4.5% have tested positive, or 1,484 cases. 90 individuals are hospitalized in New Mexico and 353 people have been designated as having recovered from the virus. There have been 36 deaths in the State all having other underlying health issues. No cases have been reported in Sierra County.

If you live in the Elephant Butte or Williamsburg area and only have a PO Box as an address you may not have received a Census ID through the mail. We encourage you to go online to my2020census.gov/ and click on the link “If you do not have a Census ID, click here”. Sierra County is currently at 20% 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. That is my2020census.gov/

The County and the City of TorC help 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, call (575) 894-6215 or email food@sierraco.org 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.

Daily Awareness

Posted on April 15, 2020

In the state of New Mexico there have been 32,850 tests performed for COVID-19 according to the NM Health website. Out of those tested, 4.0% have tested positive, or 1,407 cases. 87 individuals are hospitalized in New Mexico and 340 people have been designated as having recovered from the virus. There have been 36 deaths in the State all having other underlying health issues. No cases have been reported in Sierra County.

If you live in the Elephant Butte or Williamsburg area and only have a PO Box as an address you may not have received a Census ID through the mail. We encourage you to go online to my2020census.gov/ and click on the link “If you do not have a Census ID, click here”. Sierra County is currently at 20% 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. That is my2020census.gov/

The County and the City of TorC help 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, call (575) 894-6215 or email food@sierraco.org 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.

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.

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