Doña Ana County

Centro de información conjunta COVID-19 - 24 de junio de 2020

Centro de información conjunta COVID-19 - 24 de junio de 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 NM 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 the Village of Hatch.

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

Regional updates:

City of Anthony

Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager

Nothing new to report.

City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

No report.

City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

Nothing new to report.

Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

Nothing new to report.

Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

State released its return to school plan.  Schools will be operating at 50%.

Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

Nothing new to report.

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich

Nothing new to report.

Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

Getting low on N95 masks.  Looking for a new source for them.   

Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

Slight uptick in new COVID-19 cases in Hatch.  Keeping a close eye on everything. 

Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers

Nothing new to report.

Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

No report.

MountainView Regional Medical Center

Ben Woods

Nothing new to report.

New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

Last Tuesday, we rolled out our NMSU Ready plan – a work in progress that lays out the expectations, precautions, and actions that will help us create a safe and vibrant environment for our students this fall. We asked you to read it, think about it, and give us your feedback on ways that it can be improved – and you delivered!

You submitted questions in many areas where we knew a decision was needed, as well as some concerns we hadn’t yet considered. We are listening and we’re incorporating your feedback in real time. These ideas and concerns go straight into our COVID-19 Rapid Response Team agenda so we can identify a solution.

Please continue to share your thoughts as we work to revise and improve our living #NMSUReady document. You can easily submit a question at

#NMSUReady plan updates for June 23

We’ve already issued the first update to the NMSU Ready plan, and that is available here. As promised, we’ll provide a quick overview of the revisions in our Tuesday updates, so you can quickly locate more information about each of them in the document.

  • The Return to Campus training, which is required for all employees and students, will be offered to students online (pp. 5-6).
  • Details about screening, testing, and tracking have been updated and clarified (p. 7).
  • Additional counseling staff is being added to Aggie Health and Wellness Center to expand emotional and behavioral health support for our Las Cruces campus students (p. 11).
  • Resident students traveling to the Las Cruces campus by airline are asked to arrive for early move-in by August 1, 2020 (p. 12).
  • Reusable masks will be available for students to purchase from vending machines around campus (p. 14).

Office hours and phone lines

We’ve established standards for staffing administrative offices that work with students, such as dean’s and departmental offices, library, academic advisors, student services, and other units.

From now through the end of July, when many offices are continuing to operate through telework, phones are to be answered by a person (not voicemail) whenever possible between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Beginning Monday, August 3, 2020, offices that serve students will reopen, if they are not already open, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a minimum of two employees present to ensure backups and lunch coverage. Supervisors are welcome to be creative about staffing coverage when physically adjoining departments and other situations allow it. These offices are also expected to answer phones during those operating hours.

If you have questions about staffing or service expectations, start with your supervisor. Most decisions about what reopening looks like for each unit will be made at the local level, informed by the college and unit plans, to respond to the needs of each office and those they serve.

Remember, the latest version of our NMSU Ready plan, with all recent updates clearly marked and dated, is always available at We look forward to continuing to improve this plan, and thank you again for your excellent feedback this week!

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 Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

No report.

State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program

Nothing new to report.

Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority

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

No report.