Doña Ana County

COVID-19 Joint Information Center - January 6, 2021

COVID-19 Joint Information Center - January 6, 2021

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 the 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 updates:

City of Anthony

Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager

Officers are receiving the vaccine.  PPE supply is good.

Board meeting tonight at 6 PM.

City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

No report.

City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

LC City Council has put together a COVID-19 vaccine task force. 

LC Utilities will be giving out 2 disposable face masks to resident customers.

Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

Officers are receiving the vaccine.

Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

No report.

Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

Nothing new to report.

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez

DASO offices closed to public except for Wednesdays from 8-5.

Deputies are receiving COVID vaccine.

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

  1. Today the 1st day of 2nd shots to be administered.
  2. Pending quantities on next vaccine.
  3. Census is OK right now, but preparing for possible surge.

MountainView Regional Medical Center

Ben Woods

  1. In second round of 1st dose of vaccine.
  2. Census is manageable, but patients they are seeing are very sick.
  3. Be cautious - still have a ways to go. 

New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

NMSU Now website replaces NMSU Ready


Our NMSU Now website is live at It contains all of the information in the NMSU Now dynamic pandemic action plan, which, like the NMSU Ready plan before it, is our roadmap to the semester ahead. This shift to NMSU Now reflects our transformation into a community that has learned how to manage the spread of this virus and is focused on moving forward with confidence. You can download a PDF copy of the plan here.


Just like our NMSU Ready plan, NMSU Now is a living document, informed by plans from our colleges and service units, and continues to be subject to changing guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New Mexico Department of Health, and our own NMSU experts. We also expect to continue to hear from you about ways that it can be refined and improved. Please visit our new site to view updates to the plan and the dashboard with virus trends at NMSU.


The old NMSU Ready site is archived at, and available for reference. If you include a link to our NMSU Ready site in your email signature, please update it to

Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

Working on vaccine planning with hospitals.  State is transitioning to next phase.

Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

No report.

State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program

Volunteers are doing Zoom meetings with social workers and families.   

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:  See attached schedule below.