Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Find out what to consider before, during, and after travel on our Travel during the COVID-19 pandemic web page. If you travel, take steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 during your trip. Wear a mask, stay 6 feet from others, and wash your hands. Find More travel tips from the CDC here
Health and Wellness
Helpful information on how to safely reuse and clean your mask.
Ordinance 1293 regarding face coverings was adopted by the Town Council on August 25, 2020. View the ordinance here
Department of Health reports counterfeit facemask exemption cards being distributed in Santa Fe County
The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports fraudulent exemption cards are being distributed to the public that assert the holder of the card is exempt from wearing a facemask despite public health orders requiring it. These cards falsely purport to be issued by NMDOH and the U.S. Department of Justice. Anyone fraudulently creating and/or using these cards could result in being charged with a 4th degree felony. read more here.
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday issued a revised executive order requiring quarantine for individuals arriving into the state of New Mexico, incorporating adjustments for those leaving the state for urgent medical and family needs.
To assure public health and safety and to minimize the community spread of COVID-19, those individuals must physically separate from others in a residence or place of lodging for at least 14 days from the date of their entry into New Mexico or for the duration of their presence in the state, whichever is shorter.
Included in the executive order are the following new exceptions:
- The mandatory self-quarantine does not apply to New Mexico residents who have left the state to obtain medical care.
- The mandatory self-quarantine does not apply to New Mexico residents who have left the state for less than 24 hours for matters attendant to parenting responsibilities.
The mandatory self-quarantine, as before, does not apply to:
- Persons employed by airlines
- Persons performing public safety or public health functions
- Military personnel and their dependents
- Federal employees
- Persons employed by a federal agency or national defense contractor
- Emergency first responders and health care workers
- Persons arriving in the state pursuant to a court order
- Persons who are employed or contracted by an essential business, as defined in the state’s operative emergency public health order, who are traveling into New Mexico to conduct business activities
Read the full press release here
The COVID-19 Talk Helpline,1-855-NMCRISIS (662-7474), provides immediate assistance, referrals, and someone to talk to in times of overwhelming feelings. Professionally trained staff are available to help a person manage stress, anxiety, fear, and loss by developing positive coping activities that help strengthen resilience.
Grant County Public Health Office provides free testing every Monday from 8:00a.m. to 11:00a.m. for utility workers and food industry workers and for everyone on Tuesdays from 8:30a.m. to 11:30a.m.
Where: Grant County Public Health Office at 2610 N. Silver Street (across the street from the Swimming Pool)
Testing is free, but those who have insurance should bring their card with them.
Appointments are required and must be scheduled by registering on the following website: cvtestreg.nmhealth.org
Once registered, you will receive a code. Please save this code
and contact the Grant County Public Health Office at 575-538-5318 (ext. 4) to make your appointment.
FDA is warning consumers and health care providers that the agency has seen a sharp increase in hand sanitizer products that are labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination. Methanol, or wood alcohol, is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested and can be life-threatening when ingested.
Consumers who have been exposed to hand sanitizer containing methanol should seek immediate treatment, which is critical for potential reversal of toxic effects of methanol poisoning.