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Posted on: July 9, 2020

JIC Notes July 8, 2020


Media contact: Catherine Zaharko, Doña Ana County
575-525-5801 • 

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park and Village of Hatch. 

JIC members collaborate on a weekly conference call at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays. The notes compiled during that call are made available at and 

Regional Hospital Resources (Including Dona Ana, Catron, Socorro, Grant, Sierra, Luna, Lincoln, Hidalgo, and Otero County.) as of 7/7/2020 11:30 a.m.:

Currently in UseCapacity Remaining Availability
Total ICU Capability6211250

COVID Patient Hospitalization


Ventilator Use

Vent Availability128472

Regional updates: 

City of Anthony Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept. Oscar Dominguez, City Manager Chief Ordonez asked about enforcement of the ordinance to mandate wearing of masks and suggested that law enforcement across the county get together to coordinate how that will look. Nothing new to report. 

City of Sunland Park 

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire No report. 

City of Las Cruces 

Jennifer Martinez 

Steve Ramirez At Monday’s city council meeting the council voted unanimously to extend the use of face masks as long as the Governor’s order is in place. Parks and recreation’s updates are included. 

Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire 

Dan Trujillo No report. 

Las Cruces Public Schools 

Samantha Lewis 

Kelly Jameson · Finalizing Return Plan. · Special Board meeting on the 14th to present the Return Plan to the Board. · 

Doña Ana County 

Catherine Zaharko 

Luce Rubio 

Jamie Michael The Government Center remains closed to the public until further notice due to COVID-19. 

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office 

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich No report. 

Doña Ana County Detention Center 

Capt. Bryan Baker No report. 

Village of Hatch Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD Nothing new to report. Questions about enforcement of wearing of masks. 

Town of Mesilla 

Dorothy Sellers Nothing new to report. 

Memorial Medical Center 

Ryan Perkins No report. 

MountainView Regional Medical 


Ben Woods No report. 

New Mexico State University 

Justin Bannister As we prepare for our return to campus in a little over six short weeks, we’re keenly aware that the COVID-19 pandemic is not the only crisis that the NMSU system, our Aggie community, and our world are facing. In addition to this health emergency, we are experiencing a global economic crisis, as well as a movement for true change to address the racism and inequity experienced by people of color in our society. It was in the context of this third crisis that we heard from a Black member of our Aggie community who felt that our NMSU Ready plan didn’t do enough to make them feel included. Our opening letter called out our status as a Hispanic-Serving Institution – a designation from the U.S. Department of Education that we are proud to have earned. But this individual correctly pointed out that any statement about our inclusive community should make students and employees of all backgrounds feel seen and included. 

Adding “Minority-Serving Institution” – a broader way to define our Department of Education designation – to our letter is a small change, but words matter. Representation matters. We want all of our students and our employees to know that they belong to our NMSU community, and our mission is to serve them all. #NMSUReady plan updates for July 7 In response to feedback, planning, and new information, we’ve uploaded another update to the NMSU Ready plan, available now on the site. You’ll find a table on page 4 that tracks previous changes and additions. Here are the key updates this week: · We added language to clarify that the NMSU system is both a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Minority-Serving Institution (p. 2). · We added information about personal accountability and COVID-19 (p. 6). · We added details about how the NMSU system plans to respond to a surge in COVID-19 cases (p. 9). · We added clarification on how students are encouraged to report a positive test for COVID-19 (p. 17). Town Hall coming up Thursday President John Floros and I, along with members of our Rapid Response Team, will host a virtual town hall at 3 p.m. this Thursday. We’ll start with updates about the NMSU Ready plan and our return to campus. President Floros will then provide a detailed update about changes to our budget. You are welcome to submit your questions in advance of the session. Tune in to watch on Zoom or Panopto. You can also catch up on previous town halls, including transcriptions, here. 

Signs and Informational Posters In addition to temporary signage being installed by Facilities & Services, we’ve created some printable informational posters that now available for download at These include information about our NMSU rules and expectations regarding face coverings, social distancing, behavior in classrooms and between classes, and more. We’ll continue to add new signs in the coming weeks, outlining NMSU’s COVID-19 Safety Commitment, a checklist for daily self-monitoring, and other important topics. 

New Mexico State University Police 

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen Nothing new to report. 

Office of Emergency Management 

Cullen Combs 

Amanda Bowen Nothing new to report. 

Southern New Mexico Correctional 


Lt. Carlos Reyes

new-mexico-correctional-facility/ No report. 

State of NM Aging & Long-Term 


Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program Nothing new to report. 

Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch 


Hugo Costa, Executive Director No report. 

U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector 

Officer Joseph Barron Due to staffing constraints, CBP will not be contributing daily updates to the Joint Information Center. Occasional messages will be passed along via email as necessary. 

NM Department of Health 

David Morgan Testing Sites for 7-8-20: Blue Horizon Assisted Living Casa Bella Assisted Living Public Health Office

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