Doña Ana County

COVID-19 Joint Information Center - May 21, 2020

COVID-19 Joint Information Center - May 21, 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 – nothing new to report.  

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager –Board meeting today at 2 p.m., information on website.    

City of Sunland Park 

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire  

Official extension of emergency declaration was issued by the Mayor.  

SPPF was participating with Head Start transition celebration, positive feedback from the community.   

City of Las Cruces 

Jennifer Martinez 

Steve Ramirez  

City parks remain closed over the holiday.  More information can be found here: 

Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire 

Dan Trujillo 


No update Thursday.  


Las Cruces Public Schools 

Samantha Lewis 

Kelly Jameson  

The Mayfield senior celebration kicked off at 9 a.m.; five additional events will happen today and tomorrow as commencement ceremonies were postponed due to the pandemic.  

K-5 Plus canceled for the summer; expected to return in the summer of 2021. 

LCPS is working with the DOH for appointment-based testing of all staff who wishes to be screened.  Kelly is working on an internal communication piece for staff, can make it available to anyone in the JIC who might find it helpful.  

Doña Ana County 

Catherine Zaharko 

Luce Rubio 

Jamie Michael  


Nothing new to report Thursday. 

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office 

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich  

Nothing new to report Thursday.  

Doña Ana County Detention Center 

Capt. Bryan Baker 


Nothing new to report Thursday. 

Village of Hatch 

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD  

Nothing new for Thursday.  

Drive-through graduation will take place at Hatch Valley High Friday at 6 p.m.  

Town of Mesilla 

Dorothy Sellers  


Nothing new to report Thursday. 

Memorial Medical Center 

Ryan Perkins  


Reminder: will not have drive-through testing with DOH on Monday.  

MountainView Regional Medical Center 

Ben Woods  


Nothing new to report Thursday. 


New Mexico State University 

Justin Bannister  

Large-scale testing reports 12 positive cases of COVID-19 on campus. More information can be found here: 

No other test dates anticipated at this time. 

New Mexico State University Police 

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen  


Nothing new to report Thursday. 


Office of Emergency Management 

Cullen Combs 

Amanda Bowen 

Jacquie: In response to a recent KVIA story that El Paso hospitals are “at capacity”, an audit determined that facilities in the El Paso region have an average of 80 to 100 beds available daily. Hospitals are conducting centralized reporting of bed and ICU availability. The current remote location, with a six-room, 18 bed facility ready to go as part of a diversion plan, is not in use currently. 

Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility 

Lt. Carlos Reyes 


Nothing new to report Thursday. 


State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services 

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program 



Nothing new to report Thursday.  

Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority 

Hugo Costa, Executive Director  


No report Thursday.  


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 today:  

  • Anthony – Cradles and Crayons Day Care 
  • Chaparral – Public Health Office 
  • Garfield – Catholic Church and food distribution 
  • Las Cruces – Public Health Office 

 A complete list of test sites can be found at: