Doña Ana County

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

Centro Conjunto de Información COVID-19 - 19 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

All going well. No exposures to COVID-19 within Police Department. PPE supplies are good.

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

Nothing new to report.

Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

Government Center remains closed to the public due to COVID-19. Open by appointment only.

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff Kim Stewart

Good on PPE at DASO.

Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

No report.

Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

No report.

Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers

Nothing new to report.

Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

No report.

MountainView Regional Medical Center

Ben Woods

Still in strong position managing COVID-19 patients and other patients as well. 

New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

Today’s the day! Welcome to the start of our fall semester. This is not the boisterous kickoff we have enjoyed in years past, but hearing the band practicing on the Horseshoe at our Las Cruces campus this week and seeing students around campus, sporting masks in Aggie crimson or fun colors, I saw and felt the excitement for the start of something new. We’ve done a lot to prepare for this day, and now our real work begins.
We’re learning to live in a world where COVID-19 remains a threat, so we must temper our excitement with caution. We can’t let our guard down, but we can take steps that we know will reduce our risk, like wearing our masks at all times in public places (including outdoors), washing our hands frequently, keeping a 6-foot distance between ourselves and others, and disinfecting surfaces that we touch a lot.
Self-check and self-report tool online
Along with those steps, please conduct your daily self-check through our online portal, available on the homepage and the site, to help with screening and contact tracing. We need every student, faculty, staff member and visitor to perform this daily self-check and if you wish register locations visited on any of our campuses. This helps Aggie Health & Wellness and other campus contact tracers identify additional potential contacts in the case you contract the virus. The online portal is also the place to report a positive test for COVID-19. You’ll be prompted to supply all of the information that our contact tracers need, and you’ll get guidance on the next steps you should take to help protect our Aggie community.

New cases of COVID-19 are trending down in our state and our communities, and we have the power to help continue that downward trend. To continue our proactive testing efforts, we’re partnering with the NM Department of Health to offer more opportunities for asymptomatic COVID-19 testing on our Las Cruces campus from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 25-27 and Sept. 1-3. All collections are voluntary and are by appointment only – and they are open for all faculty, staff, and students who are participating in on-campus face to face classes, coming to campus for work or school, or living in residence halls. There is no charge for the testing, but insurance information will be collected. You can make an appointment by calling the Aggie Health & Wellness Center at 575-646-1512 between 8 and 11:30 a.m. or 1 and 5 p.m. weekdays.
Mandatory supervisor, faculty and staff training
Don’t forget, all supervisors must complete a Managing the Return to the Workplace module in addition to the Return to Campus employee training module. These modules will cover our protocols for your employees’ return to campus, and will help us reduce the risk of infection as the level of on-site activities increases. 
We’ve also got optional telework trainings available for employees and supervisors, designed to help you navigate the Alternative Work Arrangement policy and learn the best practices for working remotely or managing a remote workforce.
Delays and hiccups require patience and kindness
Preparing for the fall semester has required an enormous amount of strategy, logistical planning, project management, and implementation. In any environment as complex as a university campus, there are bound to be plans that must be shifted or revised. We’ve run into some snags that we’re working to fix – for example, we had hoped to have tents in place at the Las Cruces campus for our outdoor classroom spaces on day one; however, we’re still awaiting delivery of those structures. We are expecting set up by early September and we’ll keep you updated on them as our timeline becomes more clear.
Similarly, great effort has been made to assign classrooms and ensure that every learning space is ready to accommodate the new occupancy requirements for social distancing – but if you find that your classroom space is not configured correctly or supplies need to be restocked, please contact your building monitor or your department head. They can submit a request for additional modifications or supplies to For the branch campuses, please contact your Facilities staff.
#NMSUReady plan updates for Aug. 19
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.)

  • Updated contact information for the Education Abroad program (p. 9 | Student Travel)
  • Added a link to find building monitor contact info for buildings on the Las Cruces campus (p. 16 | Classroom Spaces)
  • Added that fall sports are postponed until spring (p. 19 | Athletics Readiness)
  • Updated information about vending machines with COVID-19 safety supplies (p. 23 | Supplies)
  • Clarified that Zuhl and Branson libraries are closed to the general public at this time (p. 26 | Guidelines for Campus Visitors)

Please take a moment today and reflect on why we’re here – why we’ve made this massive shift in how we operate. We’re here for our students, and we’re committed to making NMSU strong. We’ve worked to create an environment that seeks to balance the need for a rich and engaging college experience for our students with the need to protect the health and safety of each of those students, our faculty and our staff. It will continue to be a learning experience for all of us, and we pledge to be flexible and adjust our plans to reflect new information. We are in this together.
As always, we welcome your questions and feedback at Please join our next online town hall session Tuesday, Aug. 25, at 3 p.m., via Zoom or Panopto. Visit to submit your questions ahead of time.
Let’s start this semester off strong. Go Aggies!

New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

Today is 1st day of school on campus. 

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 08/19/20

  • Anthony - Public Health Office
  • Chaparral - La Clinica De Familia
  • Las Cruces - Blue Horizon Assisted Living
  • Las Cruces - Public Health Office
  • Las Cruces - Casa Bella Assisted Living
  • Sunland Park - Public Health Office