Doña Ana County

COVID-19 Joint Information Center - May 18, 2020

COVID-19 Joint Information Center - May 18, 2020

Media contact: Kelly Jameson, Las Cruces Public Schools      575-639-2121 •  

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 Village of Hatch.  

JIC members collaborate on a daily conference call at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. 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 

Chief Ordoñez, Anthony PD – monitoring testing at St. Anthony church, food drive at 11 a.m. today.  

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – City is open with limited services as of today. Also open for early voting. MVD is by appointment only. Updated information can be found on the City’s website.    

City of Sunland Park 

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire  

As of today, will implement city-wide temperature monitoring for staff. Working on policy with city manager requiring all employees to have a temp check upon arrival.  

City of Las Cruces 

Jennifer Martinez 

Steve Ramirez  


Nothing new to report. Early voting continues Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. through May 30.  

Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire 

Dan Trujillo 

Posted a video on the importance of wearing a mask and social distancing.  

Transitioning staff back into PD offices.  

Las Cruces Public Schools 

Samantha Lewis 

Kelly Jameson  


Tomorrow the board meets at 6 p.m., meeting is available online via livestream. Last day for students is May 20, teachers on May 21. Senior celebrations will be the 21st and 22nd.  

Doña Ana County 

Catherine Zaharko 

Luce Rubio 

Jamie Michael  


Nothing new to report Monday. 

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office 

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich  


Nothing new to report Monday. 



Doña Ana County Detention Center 

Capt. Bryan Baker 


Friday started to provide masks to out-processing detainees.  

Village of Hatch 

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD  


Village will open this week, with some limitations. More information forthcoming.  



Town of Mesilla 

Dorothy Sellers  


Nothing new to report Monday. 



Memorial Medical Center 

Ryan Perkins  


Community testing: will be moving the white tent to the back parking lot. Lacking kits from the state, which means there won’t be community testing in the parking lot until those arrive. Outside testing is under the direction of the DOH; testing inside is ongoing and not affected by test deficit outside. 



MountainView Regional Medical Center 

Ben Woods  


 Nothing new to report Monday. 



New Mexico State University 

Justin Bannister  


NMSU wrapped up its spring semester, commencement happened virtually over the weekend.  



New Mexico State University Police 

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen  


Nothing new to report Monday.  


Office of Emergency Management 

Cullen Combs 

Amanda Bowen 


Several people in the community were observed not adhering to the public health order by wearing required face coverings. Will push out information through the county for wide dissemination.  



Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility 

Lt. Carlos Reyes 


Nothing new to report Monday. 




State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services 

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program 


Requesting donations of magazines, books, puzzles, coloring books, or any craft items for residents in nursing homes. 

Clara Murphy with UHC worked with Distinguished Choice Insurance to donate iPods to a nursing homes for residents. 



Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority 

Hugo Costa, Executive Director  


Saturday, MVRDA began tracking reports of people not wearing face coverings. In total, 14 calls were handled related to that complaint; 8 were related to large gatherings and six were vendors who were not wearing the required face coverings.  



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  

  A complete list of test sites can be found at: