Covid-19 Corona Virus Updates
May 15, 2020 Public Health order from Governor's office
NM Governor modifies stay at home order for most New Mexico Counties. Cibola County, McKinley County, and San Juan County remain subject to the terms of the April 11, 2020 Public Health Emergency Order through May 15, 2020.
Copy of the order
Governor authorizes Gallup lockdown
Public Health Order on non-essential health care services
Public Health order related to polling places for election
Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands Encourages Responsible Recreation over the Holiday Weekend
The Cibola has experienced overcrowded day use sites, overflowing parking areas and heavy visitor traffic in spite of federal, state and local guidance on social distancing and limited group size to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus. With the Easter weekend ahead, the public is reminded that the safest option for everyone at this time is to Stay Safe, Stay Home.
At this time, no toilet facilities are serviced, trash collection is suspended, and some picnic/day use sites are unavailable to the public. Please plan ahead and keep the following in mind:
• Do not block roads or gates. Emergency vehicle and first responder access is important for everyone’s safety. Vehicles parked illegally may be cited and towed.
• Respect social distance. Stay at least 6 feet away from other visitors and limit your group size to no more than five people.
• Try to visit areas that are not as crowded. If an area is busy, please search for a less occupied location. Additional options can be found on the Cibola website or the Interactive Visitor Use Map.
• Avoid visiting during high use times. Weekdays are typically less crowded than weekends.
• Practice Fire Safety. Drown all campfires and ensure that they are out cold before leaving the area.
• Pack it in/Pack it out. Take your trash with you when you leave. Overflowing trash receptacles create litter, can be harmful to wildlife, and attract predators.
• Make arrangements to use a restroom before or after your visit. Unmanaged waste creates a health hazard for employees and other visitors.
• Follow New Mexico state public health orders and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on personal hygiene and social distancing.
• Visit the Interactive Visitor Map for more information on available activities and limited service sites.
For additional information on COVID-19, go to https://www.coronavirus.gov. Information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is available at: www.usda.gov/coronavirus. Updates on the Cibola response to COVID-19 will also be posted on the Cibola website, and Facebook.
Beware of Stimulus Check Scams.
Press release from City of Albuquerque
How to Spot a COVID-19 Federal Stimulus Scam:
- Government agencies will not contact you through social media, phone, text, or email.
- Government agencies will not ask you to verify your personal information or provide banking information. It is not necessary to provide this information in order to receive your stimulus check.
- Government agencies will not ask for your Social Security Number.
- Government agencies will not contact you to get your funds “immediately” or “faster.”
- Government agencies will not ask you to pay a “processing fee.”
If a scammer calls or contacts you, don’t engage – hang up – delete the email – do not click on a link. Report scams to the Federal Trade Commission.
Watch Out For:
- Government imposters – confirm websites from lookalike websites. Make sure it is a legitimate government website before believing any information provided to you.
- When in doubt, assume it is a scam.
Online Government Resources:
Report all scams to the Federal Trade Commission at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/.
The Consumer Financial Protection Initiative is the City’s consumer protection bureau charged with helping consumers protect themselves from unfair and deceptive business practices, expand city services to help consumers who have been harmed by an unfair or deceptive business transaction, strengthen protections for consumers, and take action, where appropriate, against businesses that violate consumer laws.
Cibola County will go to an appointment only service until April 10, 2020. Please read this press release for contact information for the departments that you need to conduct business with.
All previously scheduled community clean-up events for March and April have been cancelled. This includes the following:
Milan for March 28th
Grants on April 4th
Cubero on April 11th
San Rafael on April 18th
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has issued five executive orders authorizing up to $3,250,000 of additional funding for emergency response and disaster relief efforts to address the effects of the COVID-19 public health emergency. The funding will be used to assist in humanitarian relief, public health measures and to benefit families and children impacted by school closures.
This disaster-relief funding has been made available to the New Mexico National Guard, the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the Department of Health, the Public Education Department, and the Children, Youth and Families Department. Any unused emergency funds will revert back to the General Fund.
On March 11, 2020, Gov. Lujan Grisham declared a statewide public health emergency in Executive Order 2020-004. The governor is authorized to provide emergency funding out of the General Fund to assist agencies in delivering whatever resources and services are necessary to minimize economic and physical harm to New Mexicans during a declared state of emergency under NMSA 1978, Section 12-11-23 through 12-11-25.
- EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-006 authorizes an additional $250,000 to the New Mexico National Guard for payment of expenses incident to the provision of the humanitarian relief and other assistance to civil authorities. $750,000 of funding has already been made available to the National Guard for missions during this fiscal year. The additional funds will ensure that the National Guard is immediately ready to be deployed to provide humanitarian assistance.
- EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-007 authorizes $750,000 for the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for the purposes of avoiding or minimizing economic and physical harm; protecting the public health, safety, welfare; and providing emergency and disaster relief, including but not limited to the provision of emergency medical assistance, humanitarian aid and coordinating other aspects of the public health emergency.
- EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-008 authorizes $750,000 for the Department of Health for the purposes of avoiding or minimizing economic and physical harm; protecting the public health, safety, welfare; and providing emergency and disaster relief, including but not limited to the provision of whatever assistance and response efforts Department of Health deems necessary to address the public health emergency.
- EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-009 authorizes $750,000 for the Public Education Department for the purposes of avoiding or minimizing economic and physical harm; protecting the public health, safety, welfare; and providing emergency and disaster relief, including but not limited to the provision of any form of assistance to children and families designed to mitigate the effects of the public health emergency. This funding will allow PED to assist children and families affected by school closures.
- EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-010 authorizes $750,000 for the Children, Youth and Families Department for the purposes of avoiding or minimizing economic and physical harm; protecting the public health, safety, welfare; and providing emergency and disaster relief, including but not limited to the provision of any form of assistance to children and families designed to mitigate the effects of the public health emergency. This funding will allow CYFD to assist children and families affected by school closures.