Doña Ana County

COVID-19 Joint Information Center - November 4, 2020

COVID-19 Joint Information Center - November 4, 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 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

No new COVID cases in APD.  The Public Health Office and OEM have been very helpful.  Still have enough PPE.

The City of Anthony is working on getting a drop box in place for property tax payments for Anthony residents. 

City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

No report.

City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

City and LCPD request continued mask use, social distancing.

Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

LCPD and LCF support the city’s request on wearing masks and social distancing.

Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

Updating their dashboard on COVID cases in the district.

Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

Working with Public Health Offices to get COVID Care Kits to COVID testing sites primarily in the southern part of the county. 

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez

Nothing new to report.

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

Work continues on a video in partnership with Mountain View RMC to alert the community to use precaution during the upcoming holidays.  Also defining the difference between your household and extended family.

MountainView Regional Medical Center

Ben Woods

Regional hospitalizations have been stable however, an uptick in COVID positive tests in recent weeks could stress hospitals.  Anticipating spikes after Thanksgiving and Christmas.  So important to protect ourselves and our loved ones.

New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

Through contact tracing, no transmission of COVID in classrooms or in research operations. 

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 11/5/20:

  • Anthony Public Health Office
  • Hatch Community Center (3-7 PM)
  • Las Cruces Public Health Office
  • NMSU (3-7 PM)
  • Sunland Park Casino (3-7 PM)
  • Sunland Park Public Health Office