ATTENTION NEW MEXICO BUSINESS!
NM Business Urged to Apply for Federal Stimulus.
As most of you know, the federal stimulus guidelines were rolled out Friday. There is $350 billion allocated to small businesses. However, you have until June 30, 2020 to access this money but it is on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE basis. We encourage you to apply for the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) and the Paycheck Protections Program (PPP). The first is a loan program (loans up to $2M) with a forgivable advance up to $10,000 that can be distributed in 3 days directly to your company; and the second, a larger loan program (up to $10M) has an interest rate of 1% and is deferrable for 6 months.
Companies can apply through the SBA at: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Nora Meyers Sackett
Press Secretary, Office of the Governor
December 22, 2020
State launches free at-home COVID-19 tests
SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday announced New Mexicans may now order free, at-home, self-administered COVID-19 saliva tests, with accurate laboratory-confirmed results returned within 24-48 hours of receipt of the sample.
The free tests are available to New Mexico residents regardless of exposure risk– whether they are symptomatic or asymptomatic, and whether they have come into close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 positive individual or not.
Any New Mexican with access to online video-conferencing through Zoom can receive a test at home, self-administer the test with a virtual testing supervisor through a secure Zoom, and mail the sample back for laboratory processing, all free of charge.
The breakthrough in testing convenience for New Mexicans is a result of a public-private partnership between the state and Vault Health.
To order a test, and for more information, visit learn.vaulthealth.com/nm/.
“We need more New Mexicans to get tested,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham. “We’ve worked hard every single day this year to make testing fast, easy and accessible to everyone. We ensured, from the very start, that cost would not be an obstacle for New Mexicans needing a COVID-19 test. And right now testing is one of the best ways to get New Mexico from ‘red’ to ‘green.’ We can drive down county positivity rates, help more businesses and workers get safely back on their feet, and keep more New Mexicans healthy. But it all starts with you, and it starts with getting a test. This is a very, very promising development.”
“Testing is an absolutely essential tool in our fight against the virus,” said Health Secretary-designate Tracie C. Collins, M.D. “When we know who’s positive, we can isolate the virus and cut down on transmission. New Mexicans should have every confidence in the testing our state makes available. We will get through this crisis together, and testing is one of our best strategies for managing the pandemic.”
“When more New Mexicans get tested, we can understand better the scope of viral spread in our state,” said Human Services Secretary David Scrase, M.D. “We can fight the virus more effectively when we know where we stand in every community across New Mexico. I hope New Mexicans take advantage of this simple and accessible means of testing – and continue to undertake all COVID-safe behaviors in their day-to-day lives.”
Only a photo identification, email address and an internet connection – in order to connect via online video-conferencing with a testing supervisor while self-administering the test – are required to request an at-home test.
Individuals requesting a test will be required to share basic identifying information, like a date of birth, phone number and name. Individuals will be asked for insurance information, as well, but the testing will not cost you; the test will be sent free of charge even if a requester does not have insurance.
The test will be sent via expedited shipping. Once the test is received, the individual must log onto the Vault virtual waiting room, via Zoom, to connect with a testing supervisor while self-administering the saliva sample.
The test will then be sent for laboratory verification via a prepaid UPS package. Within 24 to 48 hours of arrival at the lab, results will be available to the patient. Please note that test pick-ups and deliveries may be affected by UPS holiday hours.
The state of New Mexico continues to make free in-person testing available at dozens of sites statewide each day. To find a testing location near you, visit togethernm.org.
For more information on the free at-home test kits, visit learn.vaulthealth.com/nm/.
COVID-19 COUNTY RESPONSE
Hidalgo County Office Hours effective January 19, 2021
Masks are required to enter ALL county buildings
- The Courthouse county offices (Clerk, Treasurer and Assessor) will be open Monday- Thursday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
- Clerk’s office number is 575-542-9213
- Treasurer’s office number is 575-542-9313
- The Probate Office hours are Monday and Wednesday 9:00 am-2:00 pm
- Probate office number is 575-542-9512
- E-mail address: email@example.com
- Probate office number is 575-542-9512
- The County Manager’s Office will be open Monday-Thursday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
- The Sheriff’s Office is open Monday-Thursday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.
- The Hidalgo County Detention Center is closed to the public. Inmate visitation is still suspended.
- Hidalgo County Dispatch is not scheduling fingerprints at this time.
- The Hidalgo County Transfer Station hours are Mondays -Fridays 8 am – 5 pm and Saturdays from 8 am to 12 pm.
- The Rural Addressor/Emergency Manager is available by appointment, please call 575-534-5113.
We apologize for any inconvenience. You are encouraged to utilize many online services that are available at www.hidalgocounty.org .
If you need additional information or assistance please call me at 575-590-7662.
Thank you, Tisha Green, County Manager
County Office phone numbers and e-mails:
County Clerk 575-542-9213 firstname.lastname@example.org
County Assessor 575-542-3433 email@example.com
County Treasurer 575-542-9313 firstname.lastname@example.org
Probate Judge 575-542-9512 email@example.com
Transfer Station 575-542-9800 firstname.lastname@example.org
EMS Station 575-542-8272 email@example.com
Manager’s Office 575-542-9428 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sheriff’s Office 575-542-3833 email@example.com
Detention Center 575-542-3050 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dispatch 575-542-8828 email@example.com
Road Department 575-548-2672 firstname.lastname@example.org
Emergency Manager 575-542-8827 email@example.com
2019-nCoV (2019 Novel Coronavirus) Precautions:
- Hand hygiene and avoid touching your face.
- Avoid sick people and stay home if you are sick.
- Educate yourself on pandemic preparedness and plan for how you would care for yourself and your family.
- Think before attending crowded settings.
- Don’t go to the Emergency Department unless critical.
- 85% of cases are mild.
- Most severe cases affect ages 70+ or those with Respiratory Illness.
- Less contagious than Flu.
- Surgical Face Masks are for sick individuals when near other people to contain cough sputum.
- Surgical Face Masks DO NOT protect un-infected persons.
- Wash hands OFTEN with Soap and Warm Water.
- Use Hand Sanitizer between Hand Washing.
New Mexico: https://cv.nmhealth.org/
United States: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html
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