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Posted on: July 2, 2020

[ARCHIVED] City and County Leaders Again Urge Residents to Stay Home This Holiday Weekend

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Jointly issued by the City of Las Cruces and Dona Ana County City and County Leaders Again Urge Residents to Stay Home this Holiday Weekend.

With the three-day 4th of July holiday set to begin, members of the Las Cruces City Council and Dona Ana County Board of Commissioners are urging residents to enjoy the holiday at home.

“The Governor’s press conference yesterday made it very clear that, in order to flatten the COVID-19 curve that has spiked in recent weeks, it is imperative that New Mexicans adhere to the CDC guidelines and stay home, wear a mask if you must go out and practice social distancing,” said Mayor Ken Miyagishima. “The threat of COVID-19 is still very real.”

“Please be mindful of the risk you pose to yourself and your loved ones if you consider going out to celebrate the 4th. It really is better to be safe than sorry by staying put and avoiding the unnecessary risk of exposure,” Miyagishima said.

“New Mexico has been very thoughtful in its approach to reopening and even so, the number of COVID-19 cases is rising. We want to ask our residents to follow the Governor’s mandate to wear a face-covering if you do go out. Recent studies have shown that wearing a mask or face covering protects you as well as others,” said County Commissioner Chair Lynn Ellins.

City Councilor Gabe Vasquez, District 3, said, “We are all in this pandemic together so let’s all do our part to keep the virus at bay so that we can continue with the phased reopening of Dona Ana County and New Mexico.”

“The last time we put out a public notice, people listened and responded positively. This allowed us to begin opening businesses. Just recently, our numbers have begun to climb again, forcing our Governor to tap the brakes to slow us down a little,” said County Commissioner Shannon Reynolds. “We are within 45 cases of having over 1000 of our family and friends in Doña Ana County infected by COVID-19. It is prudent when things change to take stock and determine the impact and consider a change in strategy and behavior. Let’s do that.” Reynolds continued, “remember, there is strong evidence to support that a 2-layer cloth face-covering reduces the spread by over 50%. Also, the "Risk Zone" for particles is mostly under 6 feet. And lastly, group settings increase our probability of infection exponentially. So, please follow the Governor’s guidelines, and let’s get past this so everyone can prosper.”

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