COVID-19 Updates: March 20, 2020


Stefanie Gutierrez

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Here are the most important things you need to know today according to the New Mexico Department of Health, the Office of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, New Mexico State University officials and the City of Las Cruces. 

Around the State

  • Total cases have risen to 43. NMDOH has detected community spread. Total tests administered have risen to 3,814. The cases are located in Bernalillo County (23), Dona Ana County (1), McKinley County (1), San Miguel County (1), Sandoval County (6), Santa Fe County (7), Socorro County (2), Taos County (2). 
  • All Tribal casinos have closed temporarily due to COVID-19 according to the State of NM. 
  • Visitations to all prison facilities have been temporarily suspended through the end of April according to the New Mexico Corrections Department. 
  • New Mexicans will have an additional 90 days to file and pay personal income taxes and taxpayers will have until July 15 to file and pay any taxes due, Governor Michell Lujan Grisham and the Taxation and Revenue Department announced March 20. 
  • The State Medicaid Program and Superintendent of Insurance announced new requirements to promote telecaid during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Around NMSU

  • The City of Las Cruces announced that drive-thru tests will be available Friday March 20 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. while supplies last at the Las Cruces Public Health Office on the corner of Solano Drive and Spruce Avenue. 
  • Drive-thru tests will also be available Monday March 23 in the Burrell College of Medicine parking lot at 3501 Arrowhead Drive from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. while supplies last.
  • As announced Wednesday by President John Floros, public access to buildings is limited, housing and dining remains open for campus residents, employees will continue to receive pay, and building sanitation is set to begin.
  • The NMSU Library announced new hours effective Friday March 20. Both Libraries will be open to students and faculty with NMSU ID between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday – Friday. Social distancing procedures are in place and stacks will be closed in both libraries with only staff permitted to retrieve items. 
  • Adobe Creative Cloud will be temporarily accessible from home until May 31 through your NMSU username and password. 
  • Through Comcast, students may qualify for internet packages as low as $9.95 per month according to NMSU. The packages are income based and require an application found here
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