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Posted on: December 18, 2020

[ARCHIVED] JIC Notes December 16, 2020

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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  

JIC Update - Includes Hospotal Numbers for week of December 17 2020

Regional updates:  

City of Anthony Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept.      Oscar Dominguez, City Manager No exposures in the Police Department.   Following up on vaccine for frontline workers.          No report.  

City of Sunland Park 

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire  No report. 

City of Las Cruces 

Jennifer Martinez The City Council has reduced the cost of a business registration fee from $35 to $5 for all of 2021.   

Steve Ramirez  

Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire 

Dan Trujillo No report. 

Las Cruces Public Schools 

Samantha Lewis 

Kelly Jameson  The end of the Fall 2020 Semester is near. We have one more week—to finish STRONG!  Last week we sent out a staff survey about online learning and safety plans to return to the classroom. We had over 1900 staff members finished the survey. The preliminary results showed: · 50% of staff want to remain fully online and 50% want to return in hybrid if that becomes an option. · Staff and student safety remain a top priority for all of us at LCPS. The NMPED Department is requiring all school districts, including LCPS, to start surveillance testing for Covid-19. According to NMPED, 10% of staff members who will be in direct contact with students during the spring semester will have to be tested weekly starting January 4th. We will be attending a training Thursday, Dec 17, to get a better understanding of who will be impacted and how the tests will be done.  

Doña Ana County 

Catherine Zaharko 

Luce Rubio 

Jamie Michael  Communications about COVID-19, vaccine availability and vaccine safety are being planned.   

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office 

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez  DASO offices closed to public except for Wednesdays from 8-5. Still good on PPE.  

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 No report. 

Memorial Medical Center 

Ryan Perkins  Both hospitals are getting calls about the COVID-19 vaccine.   MMC received 975 vaccines for their frontline healthcare workers and they began vaccinating this morning. 

MountainView Regional Medical 


Ben Woods  Mountain View received 325 doses and started vaccinating yesterday.   They are following up with those who received a vaccine yesterday and there have been no major reactions to it.   Ben provided the group with a quote from DOH’s website on vaccine availability: The following is taken directly from their website at "The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is leading the State of New Mexico’s COVID-19 Vaccination Preparedness Planning in close collaboration with other state agencies, as well as public, private and tribal partners throughout the state. ...   Vaccine is prioritized for frontline health care workers in hospital settings. The state will then provide vaccine to other frontline healthcare workers and first responders, as well as staff and residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.  This is in line with federal recommendations.  This means that not everyone will be able to be vaccinated right away, and vaccine may not be available to the general public until mid-2021.   Please read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and review the Other Resources to become informed, so you can help protect yourself, your family, your friends and your community."  

New Mexico State University 

Justin Bannister No report.  

New Mexico State University Police 

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen  Deputy Chief Bowen wants to remind everyone that the campus is closed expect for staff, students and faculty.  Sisbarro Park is open.   

Office of Emergency Management 

Cullen Combs 

Amanda Bowen Amanda will talk with UAC about communicating vaccine availability. 

Southern New Mexico Correctional 


Lt. Carlos Reyes

new-mexico-correctional-facility/  No report.     

State of NM Aging & Long-Term 


Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program Continuing to work on getting cards and socks for every resident of assisted living and nursing homes for Christmas.  250 cards have been dropped off at the sheriff’s office.    

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:  See attached schedule 

Covid 19 Testing Schedule

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