Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced new guidelines to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus/COVID-19.

March 23, 2020

After providing an update on the total number of cases in New Mexico (83), she focused on three distinct messages.

  • She reminded New Mexicans to practice good social distance practices including staying at least 6 feet apart. She also lowered the number of people who can congregate in a single place from 10 to 5.
  • Significantly, she issued a clear message about the need for as many New Mexicans as possible to stay home. Specifically, “All businesses, except those entities identified as ‘essential businesses’ are hereby directed to reduce the in-person workforce at each business or business location by 100%.”
  • Importantly, the governor also clarified what counts as an “essential” business. You can find that list and other vital information in a public health order dated March 23, 2020. You can find that on the NM Department of Health website by clicking this link: State of NM – Public Health Order – 03-23-2020

It is critical for all of us to do our part. We want to keep our students, faculty, and staff safe. We also want to keep our communities safe. We want to “flatten the curve” of infections. Any surge of patients needing medical services will present a challenge for health care providers in the county. Ensuring social distance—in all of our spaces including work—is the best strategy to accomplish that.

No doubt, this is a challenging time. I want to assure employees that we will work together to continue providing services for our students in ways that help our community stay safe. DACC has already taken steps to do this. Faculty are preparing to teach their classes using remote technologies once spring break is over. Many staff have already begun offering student services using remote technologies. My deep thanks to all of you and the employees whose assignments keep them on campus.

We keep in our minds and hearts people who have been impacted by the virus and extend our wishes for full recoveries. We are fortunate to have some of the best healthcare and emergency professionals and volunteers here in the Las Cruces area, many of whom are graduates from DACC.

Please use the links on the menu bar to learn more and stay informed.

Contact your healthcare professional if you develop symptoms, fever, tiredness, and dry cough, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19. You can also call the CORONAVIRUS HOTLINE: 1-855-600-3453 where you can get professional advice.

Background

The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.

There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused be a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. The name of this disease was selected following the World Health Organization (WHO) best practice for naming of new human infectious diseases.