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Posted on: July 20, 2020

JIC Notes July 15, 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 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 Registered for N95 decontamination. Operations going well. Board meeting tonight. 

City of Sunland Park 

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire No report. 

City of Las Cruces 

Jennifer Martinez 

Steve Ramirez Nothing new to report. 

Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire 

Dan Trujillo No report. 

Las Cruces Public Schools 

Samantha Lewis 

Kelly Jameson At the Board meeting last night, it was decided that the fall semester will be remote again. Staff is working out food service, technology, etc. 

Doña Ana County 

Catherine Zaharko 

Luce Rubio 

Jamie Michael Government Center remains closed due to COVID-19. Working on getting PPE kits for community use. 

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office 

Sgt. Robyn Gojkovich No report. 

Doña Ana County Detention Center 

Capt. Bryan Baker Nothing new to 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 MMC has conducted more than 1,100 COVID-19 tests through the tent so far this week. Testing it M-F 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM. Starting next week testing will be M-W-F 7:00 AM-9:00. Discontinuing T-Th testing. MMC has gone back to the restriction of zero visitors permitted starting at 8:00 AM today 7-15-20. 

MountainView Regional Medical 


Ben Woods No report. 

New Mexico State University 

Justin Bannister 

The closer we get to the start of the fall semester, the more important it becomes to have a clear understanding of what to expect. Every day, we receive questions from students, parents, faculty, staff, and the community – about everything from “Do I need to wear a mask when I’m on campus?” (Yes, you are expected to do your part to keep our Aggie community safe.) to “How do I know if my history class is online or in person?” (Check your schedule online and talk to your advisor if you need to change it.) Questions are being sent to many different offices across our campuses, including the Chancellor’s Office and all of our Community Colleges. It’s important to us that when you ask a question, you get a timely answer, so we’ve created a new email address,, where you can send your questions, concerns, and feedback directly to our Rapid Response Team. 

Please check our searchable Frequently Asked Questions page for instant answers to nearly 150 questions that we’ve received and responded to. You can also look over our NMSU Ready plan, which is updated weekly to reflect new information, key decisions, and the latest expert guidance. Lunch and Learn for Supervisors Are you NMSU Ready? Human Resource Services is at your service for a Lunch and Learn for Supervisors session from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, July 15. You can join an extended online conversation to discuss what supervisors need to know to be ready for fall and return to campus. The entire HRS leadership team will review the NMSU Ready plan, provide resources, and be available to answer your questions. The Lunch and Learn Series is an opportunity for leaders of NMSU who manage others to come together to discuss important issues and topics that affect their employees, colleagues, and departments. We plan to schedule more of these. #NMSUReady plan updates for July 14 Here’s a summary the revisions made this week, so you can quickly locate more information about each of them in the document and on the website. There’s also a table on page 4 of the plan PDF that tracks previous changes and additions. 

· We updated the section on Instructional Readiness to provide more details about classroom technology and instructional delivery methods. (p. 11). · We clarified that supplies available through vending machines using a departmental PIN code will be paid for by CARES Act funding (p. 17) · We added information about the resources we have available to help facilitate change (p. 20). Training opportunities available New training modules and resources are now available to help you successfully navigate our changing work environment. Telework for Employees: This online training module is designed for employees with alternative work arrangements (AWA), particularly teleworking. The module will cover NMSU’s AWA policy as well as best practices for working from a remote workplace. Telework for Supervisors: This online training module is designed for those who supervise employees with alternative work arrangements (AWA), particularly teleworking. The module will cover NMSU’s AWA policy as well as best practices for managing a remote workforce. Return to Campus Training: Read about NMSU’s protocols to return to campus following the COVID-19 pandemic. The protocols in this module were developed to 

reduce the transmission of the COVID-19 virus and the risk of infection to workers as the level of on-site activities increases. These protocols are supported by the NMSU leadership and aligned in all action with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and state and local health official recommendations. New COVID-19 Training Resources Page: COVID-19 has changed the way we do business. We are faced with a new work environment, and we must adopt strategies and processes to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. As we move forward it is important to be informed and prepared. At this site, you will find information, resources, and guidance to help as we prepare to return to campus. As we get closer to the beginning of classes, please try to take some time for you to refresh and experience a bit of down time, especially if you are one of NMSU’s essential personnel. Take some time away from your daily work. The pace will soon quicken with some faculty, students and staff on our campuses and we need to be ready. Thank you for all you are doing for NMSU. 

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 


Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program No report. 

Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch 


Hugo Costa, Executive Director No report. 

U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector 

Officer Joseph Barron

borders/border-patrol-sectors/el-paso-sector-texas 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 7-15-20: Blue Horizon Assisted Living Casa Bella Assisted Living Las Cruces Public Health Office Chaparral La Clinica de Familia Chaparral Otero County Detention Center Sunland Park Public Health Office

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