COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

welcome to the

Town of Edgewood

For more information from the New Mexico Department of Health regarding COVID-19, please visit their website. https://cv.nmhealth.org/

For the most up-to-date information from the Governor's Office regarding COVID-19, please visit their website. https://www.newmexico.gov/

November 9, 2020
Out of an abundance of caution and due to State public health orders, the statewide surge in COVID-19 positive cases, and in an effort to reduce the stress on our healthcare system, Edgewood Town Hall will close to the public on Monday, November 9th until further notice. The purpose of doing so is to increase social distancing efforts, expand teleworking opportunities, and limit gatherings. During this time, Town personnel will still provide services to citizens electronically or by phone. Other Town services such as emergency services, road repair, and maintenance will continue to be fully operational. Thank you for your understanding. 

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November 1, 2020
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:  The library's curbside services have once again, been temporarily SUSPENDED as all in-person services for the Town of Edgewood have been halted for the month of November.  In the meantime, please make use of 24/7 access to our digital services and WiFi in the library parking lot.

                                        

August 13, 2020
Library Curbside Services Update - Beginning August 24, 2020

Although the library will remain closed to the public until further notice, we are still here for you.  We have worked hard devising a plan that follows current health orders and guidelines for your safety and ours.  You can take advantage of curbside services to borrow library materials and participate in our Reading Program!

Any items you wish to check out for pick-up via curbside service must first be reserved by either signing into your library member account from the online catalog or by phone/email request with a librarian.  When your reserved items are ready, you will receive notification via text, email, or phone call to pick them up during scheduled curbside service hours.  Please park nearest to the large curbside feather banner, remain in your vehicle, and call the library to let us know you're here.  If you do not have a mobile phone, please call the library with an estimated time of arrival before you leave.  A librarian wearing proper personal protection equipment will bring your reserved and/or Reading Program items directly to you.

  • Turn in library materials:  Anytime to the drop box located in front of the library entrance.
  • Pick up reserved library materials, pick up/drop off Reading Program trackers & weekly prizes via curbside services:  Wednesdays 3:30pm - 5:30 pm  & Saturdays 10:30am - 12:30pm


                                            

May 20, 2020

The most recent emergency public health order mandates compliance with COVID-safe practices, a series of requirements and best practices for individuals, businesses and other services that will assure the safety of employees and customers when businesses reopen. The COVID-safe practices were compiled with industry input and the oversight of the governor’s Economic Recovery Council.

The documents include COVID-safe practices for: 

  • Retail
  • Restaurants
  • Office & Call Centers
  • Grocery Stores & Farmers' Markets
  • Youth Programs
  • Manufacturing, Warehouse & Food Production
  • Hotels, Resorts & Lodging
  • Golf Courses
  • Tour Operators
  • Houses of Worship
  • Farms, Ranches & Dairy Producers and Processors
  • Veterinarians & Animal Care Facilities
  • Construction & Field Operations
  • Automobile Dealerships & Services 
  • Medical Providers & Other Industries

More information is available at newmexico.gov and cv.nmhealth.org.

                                       

May 19, 2020
Edgewood Community Library Curbside Services - Beginning June 2, 2020
Although the library will remain closed to the public until further notice, we are pleased to offer you curbside services to borrow library materials and participate in our annual Summer Reading Program!  We have been hard at work devising a plan that follows current health orders and guidelines for your safety and ours.  Please bear with us as we navigate this new process; there are bound to be some unexpected hiccups along the way.  We sincerely look forward to seeing all our lovely patrons again!

Any items you wish to check out via curbside service must first be reserved by either signing into your library member account  from the online catalog or by phone request (281-0138) with a librarian.  When your reserved items are ready, you will receive notification via text, email, or phone call to pick them up during scheduled curbside service hours. Please follow the marked entrance and exit route when using curbside services.  When you reach the pick up point, please stay in your vehicle.  A librarian wearing proper personal protection equipment will assist you.

  • Turn in library materials:  Anytime to the drop box located in front of the library entrance
  • Pick up reserved library materials:  Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 11:30am -12:30pm and 4:30pm-5:30pm
  • Summer Reading Program packet pick-ups, reading tracker pick-ups/drop-offs, and prize pick-ups:  Thursdays 10:30am-12:00pm until July 30, 2020
Even though you may return library materials anytime to the drop box, they will only be collected once a week on Saturdays and placed in a 7-day quarantine as a health precaution.  Please be aware that you may still see these items checked out to your library account during the quarantine period.  No need to worry; this will not affect your library privileges.

Don't have a library member account? No problem!  Just contact us by phone or email and we'll get you set up with one!  Prefer to use free electronic resources like digital books and audiobooks?  We’ve got you covered there, too!  You can find 24/7 access to all our digital resources either from the online catalog or from the library webpages.  Don’t forget that you’ve got 24/7 access to Wi-Fi (no password required) from the library parking lot as well.  Want to stay on top of virtual library events and programming?  Check out our online calendar and/or follow us on Facebook; both are accessible from our webpages.

                                

May 13, 2020
State to Further Modify Public Health Emergency Order
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and state health officials announced New Mexico's emergency public health order will be extened through May 31 and modified to allow most retailers to operate at 25 percent of their occupancy as determined by fire code. 
Other public health emergency changes include a requirement, begining Saturday May 16, that everyone wear face coverning in public, with exceptions for eating, drinking, exercising, and medical requirements. 
To read the full press release, click HERE.


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April 24, 2020
From the Office of Senator Liz Stefanics

SUPPORT FOR SELF-EMPLOYED NEW MEXICANS

Greetings during this difficult time – if you are self employed and out of work I wanted to make sure that you received this information in a timely manner.
NMDWS announces benefit applications to begin next week for Self-Employed
 
New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions announced on Wednesday that the application for unemployment insurance benefits for self-employed, independent contractors, and gig economy workers will become available on Sunday, April 26, 2020. These benefits are being offered through the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. 
Workers who became unemployed, had hours reduced, or had an inability to work as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic may qualify for this unemployment assistance.
 

People who may qualify for PUA include individuals not eligible for regular unemployment benefits:
  • the self-employed;
  • independent contractors;
  • gig economy workers;
  • church employees;
  • individuals who were previously found monetarily ineligible;
  • nonprofit and governmental workers; and
  • workers who have exhausted regular unemployment compensation benefits
Applying for PUA is a two-step process that individuals can begin immediately.
Step 1: Individuals will first need to file a regular Unemployment Insurance claim to determine if their income is covered by the regular state Unemployment Insurance (UI) program. If deemed ineligible, they will be cleared to apply for PUA benefits.
 
Step 2: Once a claimant is deemed ineligible for regular benefits, they will be provided access to apply for PUA benefits through an application link that will appear on their  Unemployment Insurance Tax & Claims System homepage. This application will become available on Sunday, April 26.
 
Self-employed, independent contractors, and gig economy workers who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, are encouraged to begin filing claims online at www.jobs.state.nm.us.
 
Those who have already filed a claim for regular UI benefits do not need to file a new claim. Beginning Sunday, April 26, eligible workers will be able to access the PUA application through their online claim. Claimants will be asked to submit additional information required for PUA eligibility including proof of earnings and proof of employment. 
 
When applying for PUA, individuals will need to provide their income information for their most recently completed and filed tax year (either 2018 or 2019) in order for NMDWS to determine their PUA weekly benefit amount.
 
Acceptable forms of proof of earnings include copies of income tax return forms such as the following:
  • Form 1040
  • Form 1040A
  • Form 1040EZ
  • Form 1040NR
  • Form 1040NR-EZ
  • Form 1040 Schedule C, E, F and SE
  • Form K-1
PUA is payable for weeks of unemployment, partial unemployment, or inability to work caused by COVID-19 related reasons beginning on or after January 27, 2020. PUA is not payable for any week of unemployment ending after December 31, 2020. Claimants must certify weekly, and once these claims are processed, all eligible weeks will be paid retroactively.
 
REMINDER: It is not necessary to call the Department to confirm that your claim has been filed or to check the status. If there are any unresolved issues impacting your claim or if DWS has questions, DWS will contact you directly.
Important note: None of the benefits described above, nor unemployment benefits of any kind, are available to employees who quit without good work-related cause, refuse to return to work, or refuse to receive full-time pay. Refusing to return to work could result in a disqualification for benefit eligibility. Attempts to collect unemployment benefits after quitting a job without good work-related cause is considered to be fraud. The CARES Act specifically provides for serious consequences for fraudulent cases including fines, confinement, and an inability to receive future unemployment benefits until all fraudulent claims and fines have been repaid. Employers are encouraged to utilize the New Hire system to report those employees who fail to return to work.
 
Additional information for workers affected by COVID-19, including frequently asked questions, can be found at www.dws.state.nm.us/COVID-19-Info ornewmexico.gov.
 
If I can be of assistance, please email me at lstefanics@msn.com or call at 505-699-4808.
PLEASE STAY HEALTHY AND SAFE DURING THIS UNKNOWN TIME. 
Sincerely,
Senator Liz Stefanics
District 39
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April 13, 2020
State Launches Portal with More COVID-19 Data
The state of New Mexico has launched a portal with more COVID-19 data specific to positive cases and testing in the state. 

The data dashboard currently includes county-by-county breakdowns of positive cases by age, gender and ethnicity. The portal also includes reporting about testing by county.
The state Department of Health has conducted extensive testing in Native American communities where clusters of illness have been identified, which at least in part explains the disproportionate share of the Native American population in the state’s total positive tests.
The state will endeavor to update the data at least twice weekly on the Health Department's COVID-19 microsite, cv.nmhealth.org
If and when more data can be reported accurately, the state will update the portal to include it.
The data page can be found at cv.nmhealth.org/dashboard

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April 6, 2020

Governor Officially Extends Emergency Order to April 30, 2020.
With COVID-19 cases still rising in New Mexico, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham extended the public health emergency order. Per the order, all guidance and advisories issued by the governor and secretary of health are in effect through at least April 30. The amended order now requires that all retail operations, such as grocery stores, must limit occupancy to 20 percent and places of lodging shall not operate at more than 25 percent occupancy. Additional businesses that are now deemed non-essential as part of the amended order include automobile dealerships, payday lenders, and liquor stores. 
To report non-compliance, please contact New Mexico State Police at NMSP.COVID19@state.nm.us
To read the full release, click HERE.
To view the amended public health order, click HERE.
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April 2, 2020

State Launches “Buy for Tomorrow” Website that Pairs Shoppers with Businesses
Website Offers Sales to Help New Mexico Business Owners Through Covid-19 Closures

SANTA FE, N.M. – The New Mexico Economic Development Department has launched a website that pairs shoppers with products and services in a “Buy for Tomorrow Today” campaign to help sustain businesses through the COVID-19 health emergency.
 
The “Buy for Tomorrow Today” website (www.BuyNMLocal.com) is another way for people to support New Mexico businesses during the emergency closures. The site offers direct access to individual websites where purchases can be finalized for products or services now, by delivery or take-out, or when the business reopens.
 
“We know New Mexicans have loyalty to local businesses and those businesses need our support now more than ever. We hope this website becomes one of many tools that can help businesses through this crisis,” Economic Development Secretary Alicia J. Keyes said.
 
The website includes a registration link for businesses who want to participate. Shoppers can sort retailers by region to find a store near them. The State of New Mexico is not a party to the transactions.
 
Some of the participating businesses include Iconik Coffee (Santa Fe); TJ’s Diner (Farmington); Gila Bike and Hike and Bluebird Running Co. (Las Cruces).
 
Many businesses on the site are also offering discounts or additional value-added services with a purchase on the Buy Tomorrow website. New businesses are being added to the site daily, so check back often to find your favorite local retailer.
 
Business can enroll by going to the site an clicking on the upper tab, "Register Your Business."
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March 30, 2020

The attached State of NM Public Briefing on COVID-19 provides resources and information from state agencies and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Please take note of the COVID-19 LOAN PROGRAM offered by the NM Economic Development Department (EDD). This program offers loans up to $62,500 with no collateral required. 80% of the loan is guaranteed by the State. Applications are accepted by participating lenders such as US Eagle Federal Credit Union which covers the entire North Central region. To apply, please contact Ernesto Salazar, Business Loan Officer at US Eagle directly at 505-920-3696 or esalazar@useagle.org. For referrals to other lenders, please contact Mark Roper at EDD, 575-562-0327 or Edd-Finance@state.nm.us.        
 Please find other business resources at the links below:

State of NM Public Briefing on COVID-19
20-24 SBA to Provide Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 Up to $2M in Disaster Assistance Loans
Handout-SBA Disaster Assistance Resources for Businesses
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March 27, 2020

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and the state education and child care officials announced on Friday, March 27th that K-12 schools are to remain closed for the rest of the academic year. Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart said, "Schools will not be required to make up the missed instructional days between March 16 and April 3, but for the remaining weeks of the public school year to be waived, districts must develop both technology-based and non-technology-based continuous learning plans". Public colleges and universities are not included in the closure order, but most have either extended their spring breaks, moved classes online or both. 

To read the full release, click HERE.
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March 23, 2020

On Monday, March 23rd, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced additional restrictions to disrupt the spread of the COVID-19 virus in New Mexico. The order issued by Secretary of Health Kathy Kunkel which will be in effect as of March 24th closes all non-essential businesses and advises that New Mexicans "must stay at home and undertake only those outings absolutely necessary for their health, safety, or welfare", and further restricts "mass gatherings" of five or more individuals in outdoor spaces. This order is in effect until April 10, 2020, unless otherwise amended. 

To read the article and see the list of Businesses deemed essential that may remain open, click HERE.
To view the FAQs regarding this new order, click HERE.
To read the Executive Order, click HERE.
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March 19, 2020
  

Due to public health and safety concerns of COVID-19, Edgewood Town Hall will be closed to the public until further notice.  During this time, Town personnel will still provide services to citizens electronically or by phone at 505-286-4518 or email us at clerk@edgewood-nm.gov.  Town services, such as police, road repair, and maintenance and operations will continue to be fully operational.  Parks and Recreation facilities are closed.  The Library and Community Building will also remain closed as well.

The Edgewood Municipal Court will remain open and operating during its usual hours of operation.  For more information about the court please call 926-9031.

Public Health and Safety is the highest priority for our Town and in order to slow the spread of Covid-19, we have made the difficult decision to close our Town facilities.  We will strive to provide the best public service keeping in mind that the health and wellbeing of our residents and staff is job number one.

Please check the Town Website for all updates and contact information for all departments.

 John Bassett, Mayor
Town of Edgewood

www.edgewood-nm.gov
505-286-4518
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March 18, 2020

New Mexico to order additional closures to limit spread of COVID-19.
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham held a Press Conference on March 18th to discuss the health order issued by NM Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel ordering additional mandatory closures and guidelines to stem the spread of COVID-19 in New Mexico. 
The new public health emergency order will take effect on Thursday, March 19th. The order now prohibits gatherings of more than 10 people. The order also mandates the following:
  • Restaurants, bars, breweries, eateries and other food establishments must close to dine-in customers; take-out and home delivery are permitted
  • Indoor shopping malls must close
  • Recreational facilities, health clubs and resort spas must close
  • Theaters must close, including movie theaters
  • Flea markets must close
To read the full article on the Governor's website, click HERE.
To watch the Press Conference, click HERE.
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March 13, 2020

The Town of Edgewood is working with the State to ensure we follow the Public Health Order from Secretary Kathleen M. Kunkel regarding COVID-19. Executive Order 2020-004 signed by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham on March 11, 2020 declared “that a Public Health Emergency exists in New Mexico.”

 
In response to the Governor’s Order and the Public Health Order, the Town of Edgewood is initiating the following actions based on the demographics and uniqueness of our Community.  Initially, these will be in effect for the next three weeks:
 
  • The Town is taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by increasing the frequency of facility cleanings and by sanitizing all first responder equipment.
  • The Town office will be open to provide essential services. If you have business to conduct at Town Hall, we ask that you call 505-286-4518 to discuss the issue and see if it can be handled over the phone or through email. Town employees will be working but some will be teleworking as required by schedule.
  • All activities/events scheduled inside or on Town of Edgewood properties are cancelled.  This specifically applies to The Town of Edgewood Easter Egg Hunt scheduled to take place on Saturday April 11th at Venus Park. This event typically attracts more than 600 participants.
  • All Planning and Zoning Commission meetings will be limited in scope to reduce the amount of time people are in close proximity to each other.
  • All Town of Edgewood Council Meetings will be limited in scope to reduce the amount of time people are in close proximity to each other. 
  • The Town Library will be closed.
  • All Emergency Services will be operating normally.
  • The Town of Edgewood Municipal Court will maintain their current hours of operation.  The court will make every effort to provide clean safe facilities for the public coming in and if you have any concerns or questions please call the court administrator at 505-926-9031
The Town of Edgewood Community Center located at 27 E. Frontage Rd is Closed to Reservations until further notice. 
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Central New Mexico Electric Co-op Update
"Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus, CNMEC offices will be closed to the public until further notice. Offices are fully staffed and operating, just closed to walk-in traffic. Thank you for your patience and understanding."
https://www.cnmec.org/
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Emergency Meal Program
Free Meals for Children Ages 1-18 will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis beginning on March 16th and ending on April 3rd. Click HERE to view the meal site locations and the scheduled times. 
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