COVID updates and testing
The number of cases of the coronavirus continue to rise across the state, and hospital capacity is now at risk due to the escalating numbers of hospitalized patients with COVID. Governor Lujan-Grisham’s most recent update emphasized safe practices, including wearing masks, social distancing, and avoiding group of more than five, as critical factors in limiting the spread of the virus. The state announcement also included additional restrictions that will go into effect starting Friday October 23rd. These restrictions further curtail indoor dining and address hours of operation for other close-contact businesses. In addition, the restrictions mandate a two week closure period for any business that experiences more than 4 rapid response testing events within a 14 day period.
Residents of San Migeul County wishing to get tested for the novel coronavirus can do so by registering on the New Mexico Department of Health coronavirus testing site. Once registered, you will need to call to make an appointment by phone at your facility. El Centro Familiy Health also posts a weekly testing schedule for Las Vegas. To view the current schedule, go to the El Centro Family Health website and click on the turquoise “Eastern Region” tab on the Home page. The schedule for the current week can be viewed here.
Vote early, by mail, or at the polls
Voter turnout in New Mexico continues to be high, with a total of 440,000 votes already counted in the state. This includes almost 229,000 early in-person votes cast and 211,000 absentee ballots that have been returned and counted.
As per Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, mail-in or absentee ballots that are being mailed in should be sent on or before October 27th in order to be received in time to be counted. Any mail-in or absentee ballots that are not sent by that time can also be turned in at a polling location by 7:00 p.m. November 3rd (the day of the election).
Early voting has begun and will continue until October 31st. You can view a summary of voting information here and a list of locations for election day voting and early voting here. Note that the early voting site in Ribera is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10 – 6. IT IS CLOSED SUNDAYS AND MONDAYS.
For more information, contact the San Miguel County Clerk’s office at 505-425-9331.
NOTE: If you have questions about voting or need assistance, including registration or transportation for El Valle residents to a voting or absentee ballot drop off site, contact the El Valle Community Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 505-660-3434 or 575-421-0808 and leave a message.
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