Doña Ana County

Centro Conjunto de Información COVID-19 - 12 de agosto de 2020

Centro Conjunto de Información COVID-19 - 12 de agosto 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

Updates on the parks and recreation for CLC:

Updates on the library services:

Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

Nothing new to report.

Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

Today is the first day back for students.  Working on COVID-19 screening for staff and students.

Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko           

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

Government Center remains closed to the public due to COVID-19.

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff Kim Stewart

No report.

Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

No report.

Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

The Village of Hatch conducted a testing site last Saturday with DOH.  Low turnout.

Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers

Nothing new to report.

Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

Friday will be the last day for the test and go testing site at MMC.  MMC will communicate to the public that they will no longer be testing.

MountainView Regional Medical Center

Ben Woods

Nothing new to report.

New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

Out of state students arrived and quarantined for 14 days.  In-state students are arriving.  Masks are required on campus.  NMSU will be helping with COVID-19 testing.  More to come. 

  • We’re moving into the final stretch of our preparations for the start of classes next week. We hope you are ready to teach, learn, work or research, whether you are on campus, remote, or some of both.
    Today on our Las Cruces campus, installation began for our new vending machines, which will contain hand sanitizer, latex gloves, reusable and disposable masks, safety glasses, disinfectant wipes and other items. These supplies are offered without charge to NMSU employees through Aggie ID, and paid for by CARES Act funding through a central index. In addition to reusable masks purchased for and distributed to students at no cost by ASNMSU, Housing & Residential Life, Aggie Stampede, and other organizations and departments, reusable masks will also be available for purchase by students at select vending machines in Corbett Center Student Union.
     We’re expecting the vending machines to be operational later this week.
     By now, I certainly hope all of our faculty and staff have read and re-read our NMSU Ready plan and completed our Return to Campus Training. Supervisors, please be sure that your teams are familiar with the individual plans created for your unit, and that everyone understands the procedures that are in place for reporting a positive COVID-19 test, replenishing cleaning supplies for classrooms and other situations that may arise.
     Supervisors, if you have questions or need more information, this month’s Lunch & Learn topic is “Are YOU Ready? NMSU at Your Service,” and offers an extended conversation to discuss what you need to know to be ready for fall and return to campus. Leaders from Facilities & Services, Environmental Health Safety & Risk Management, Aggie Health & Wellness Center, and Information & Communication Technologies will review parts of our NMSU Ready plan, provide resources, and be available to answer your questions. The session is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, and you can register at
     I want to thank our faculty who participated in the first faculty Q&A session yesterday, led by faculty who make up our various Rapid Response tiger teams. Another session is planned for Monday, Aug. 17, at 3 p.m., to continue the conversation, and you can find the Zoom link and submit your questions ahead of time at I hope you’ll join in to learn more about the topics most pressing for faculty and to hear answers to your questions.
    Self-check and self-report tool online
     As a reminder, each member of our NMSU community needs to screen their health for COVID-19 symptoms daily. We developed an online self-check and self-reporting portal, available on the homepage and the site, to help with screening and contact tracing. Students, faculty, staff and visitors are encouraged to perform a daily self-check and register locations visited on all of our campuses to help Aggie Health & Wellness and other campus contact tracers to identify additional potential contacts.

#NMSUReady plan updates for Aug. 11

  •  Here’s a summary of the updates we made to the NMSU Ready plan this week. There’s also a table on page 4 of the plan PDF that tracks previous changes and additions. (Page numbers refer to the downloadable PDF.)
    Expanded the section on travel guidelines to include more details and resource links (p. 8 | Travel)
  • Added information about an online self-check and self-reporting portal now available (p. 12 | Using Data)
  • Updated points of contact for reporting COVID-19 at community college campuses (pp. 13 & 25 | Using Data & Reporting)
  • Clarified how to report issues with classroom configuration or supplies to Facilities & Services (p. 16 | Classroom Spaces)
  • Added information about the Dining Sanitation Team and its work to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 (p. 21 | Dining)
  • Added details about daily cleaning protocols undertaken by F&S custodial teams (p. 22 | Cleaning for Prevention)
  • Clarified that any student must report a positive test to Aggie Health and Wellness Center immediately. (p. 25 | Reporting)
  • Added the expectation that vendors and contractors visiting campus must complete a visitor commitment form for vendors (p. 26 | Visitors)

An important part of our success as we bring students back to our campuses this fall relies on the personal responsibility of our students, faculty, staff and visitors. It’s up to each and every one of us to help keep ourselves, our fellow Aggies, and the surrounding communities in which we live and work as safe as we can. I’m asking you, as faculty and staff, to model this behavior for our students, and for everyone to encourage others to follow our safety guidelines.

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

Testing sites for 08/12/20

  • Anthony Public Health Office
  • Las Cruces - Blue Horizon Assisted Living
  • Las Cruces - Casa Bella Assisted Living
  • Las Cruces Public Health Office
  • Sunland Park Public Health Office