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Posted on: May 1, 2020

JIC Notes May 1, 2020

COVID-19

Media contact: Kelly Jameson, Las Cruces Public Schools 
575-639-2121 • kjameson@lcps.net  

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 www.las-cruces.org and www.donaanacounty.org 

Regional* hospital resources (*Doña Ana, Catron, Socorro, Grant, Sierra, Luna, Lincoln, Hidalgo and Otero counties.)   







ICU Bed Availability



In UseCapacityAvailable% Available
Total ICU Capability4314710471%






Ventilator Availability



In UseCapacityAvailable% Available
Ventilator Availability15796481%










Regional updates:  


City of Anthony 

Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept.  

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager 

www.cityofanthonynm.com 

Chief Ordoñez, Anthony PD – nothing new to report.  

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager – City of Anthony is working on a soft opening for public facilities on May 18.  

City of Sunland Park 

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire 

www.sunlandpark-nm.gov  

Nothing new operationally to report.  

Emergency declaration extension in effect, all public spaces remain closed. Will transition to universal masking protocol today.  

City of Las Cruces 

Jennifer Martinez 

Steve Ramirez 

www.las-cruces.org  

 

The council is conducting virtual meetings in order to comply with the state public health order limiting public gatherings to five or less. In order to provide opportunities for the public to continue participating in the meetings, City Council unanimously approved a public comment resolution for virtual meetings during an emergency at a special meeting on April 24.   

The resolution allows the public to submit input by email to the mayor and/or city clerk and the mayor will read the emails during the meeting. The emails for specific items should include the resolution number, resolution title or description, and the participant’s name for the record. Other emails not related to a specific resolution will be read during public participation. The mayor and city clerk are accepting public input by email at: mayor@las-cruces.org and crivera@las-cruces.org. 

 

Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire 

Dan Trujillo 

www.las-cruces.org 

Protest currently happening at City Hall, related to reopening small business.  

City is experiencing crimes of opportunity, car theft and burglaries. Encouraged everyone to lock their doors and be vigilant.  

 

Las Cruces Public Schools 

Samantha Lewis 

Kelly Jameson 

www.lcps.net  

 

LCPS will be hosting a virtual news conference today at 1 p.m. to announce graduation celebration plans for Class of 2020.  

 

 

Doña Ana County 

Catherine Zaharko 

Luce Rubio 

Jamie Michael 

www.donaanacounty.org  

 

No updates today, business as usual at the county.  

Extending current situation with stay at home order until May 15. Staff will continue to telework with the exception of voting.  

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office 

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich 

www.goDASO.org  

 

Nothing new to report Friday.  

Doña Ana County Detention Center 

Capt. Bryan Baker 

www.donaanacounty.org/detention 

 

Nothing new for Friday.  

  

 

Village of Hatch 

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD 

www.villageofhatch.org  

 

Questions about other local governmental agencies.  

 

Town of Mesilla 

Dorothy Sellers 

www.mesillanm.gov  

 

 Nothing new to report on Friday.  

 

Memorial Medical Center 

Ryan Perkins 

www.mmclc.org  

MMC has implemented universal masking protocol, which means everyone entering building will be required to wear a mask. 

Remains closed to visitors, with exceptions in extreme circumstances.   

MountainView Regional Medical Center 

Ben Woods 

www.mountainviewregional.com  

 

Currently evaluating yesterday’s executive order related to non-essential medical services. Initial plans are to expand services in the community 

Remains closed to visitors, with exceptions in extreme circumstances.   

 

New Mexico State University 

Justin Bannister 

www.nmsu.edu  

NMSU continues plans for a return to campus this fall, but firm plans are still being finalized.  

 

 

New Mexico State University Police 

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen 

www.nmsupolice.com  

 

   

Nothing new to report Friday.  

 

 

 

Office of Emergency Management 

Cullen Combs 

Amanda Bowen 

www.donaanacounty.org/emergency 

DC Smith, LCFD: Residents should continue to follow social distancing guidelines even as restrictions are changed. Follow CDC and Governor recommendation of wearing a face cover while in public or at work. Our regional hospitals have adequate resources on hand, due in part because of the social distancing and precautions being taken. Those persons experiencing a critical medical need such as chest pain or discomfort, signs and symptoms of a stroke, or any other sever medical emergency should call 911, or visit the ER, or contact their primary care office for direction. 

 

Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility 

Lt. Carlos Reyes 

https://cd.nm.gov/nmcd-prison-facilities/southern-new-mexico-correctional-facility/ 

 

No report on Friday.  

 

 

 

State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services 

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program 

http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us 

 

Nothing new operationally to report.  

 

 

Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority 

Hugo Costa, Executive Director 

www.mvrda.org  

 

Issued a PO today to put acrylic shields at all dispatch stations. Will be in place within 2 or 3 weeks.  

U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector 

Officer Joseph Barron 

www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas 

 

 No report Friday. 

 

 

 

NM Department of Health 

David Morgan 

www.cv.nmhealth.org  

Testing Friday at  

  • Las Cruces- Public Health Office; 8:30am – 11:30am 

  • Las Cruces- Toy Box Child Care 

 

 

 

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