Doña Ana County

COVID-19 Joint Information Center - October 21, 2020

COVID-19 Joint Information Center - October 21, 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 the 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

PPE is going faster than previously. 

City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

No report.

City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

Las Cruces City Council will have a special session for updates on COVID-19 response on October 30, 2020. 

Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

Nothing new to report.

Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

First school to open to small pod learning is Picacho Middle School for special ed students only. 

Three new cases were reported yesterday.

Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

We continue to provide COVID Care Kits through our partnership with LCDF, DOH and other non-profits.

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez

No report.

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 

Effective 10/22/20, the Town of Mesilla offices will be closed. 

Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

MMC is watching numbers closely.  Increase in COVID patients in past two weeks. 

MountainView Regional Medical Center

Ben Woods

In-patient numbers are up in the past two weeks.  Transfer of patients from smaller hospitals placing a demand on system.  Holding on some procedures. 

New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

COVID dashboard has been updated.  Zero cases have been linked to NMSU classrooms or NMSU research operations. 

Remote classes will begin after Thanksgiving.  Planning for spring semester is underway. 

New Mexico State University Police

Deputy Chief Andrew Bowen

No 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 Services

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program

No report.

Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

No report.

U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

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 10/22/20

  • Anthony - La Clinica de Familia
  • Chaparral - Otero County Public Health Office
  • Las Cruces - Ben Archer Health Center
  • Las Cruces - Public Health Office
  • Las Cruces - NMSU Aggie Health Center
  • Las Cruces - The Children's Garden