Health Advisory Notice

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Memo to employees 11.5.20

Re-opening of City Departments

Public Health Orders

Extension of Utility Disconnects Until Further Notice

City Manager, Xavier Martinez and the Utility Department will be extending Utility Disconnects until further notice. 

Unemployment Opportunities

Please visit the following link for a list of unemployment services: 

MLG Update


May 11, 2020

Department of Health announces COVID-19 testing 
now open to all workers in New Mexico

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) announces COVID-19 testing for all workers in the state. This includes: all government employees (state, county, municipal, federal, etc.), utility and construction workers, grocery and pharmacy employees, retail and wholesale, anyone in food service or other service industries, and any New Mexican at work who would like access to a test, symptomatic or not.

“It is important to the Department of Health and this administration to increase testing for all New Mexicans and provide access to COVID-19 testing to as many persons as possible,” said NMDOH Cabinet Secretary Kathy Kunkel. “In addition to ‘by-appointment-test-and-go’ opportunities at all public health offices in the state, we have expanded our ‘open drive-up testing’ sites and we are also available for on-site testing.”

Starting tomorrow, May 12, Lovelace Hospital in downtown Albuquerque will be open to anyone in the public that needs or wants a test. The drive-up clinic is open from 9 am-3 pm.

All testing is still FREE OF CHARGE to anyone getting the test, and anyone can get tested, whether they have insurance or not. Please remember to bring your insurance card with you when you get tested and to limit two people per vehicle to avoid unnecessary risk for viral spread.

“Increased testing allows for increased case surveillance and contact tracing which helps us mitigate community spread and keep New Mexico safe,” added Secretary Kunkel.

The state continues to discourage all travel, including shopping and recreational activities between neighboring states.

Testing for coronavirus by the state has increased greatly from limited testing in early March to around 20,000 a week at present, with the goal to test 7,500 persons a day.

Because the department knows COVID-19 infected people without symptoms can unknowingly transmit the virus, more testing is necessary to know where cases are occurring for early identification, isolation and thus further preventing ongoing spread.

For more information visit the Department of Health’s COVID-19 website, updated daily with the latest testing numbers, our testing location directory and the ability to track cases by zip code.

New Mexicans can continue to call the Department of Health’s coronavirus hotline at 855-600-3453 with health-related questions. For non-health-related questions or concerns call 833-551-0518 or visit

Additional Emergency Orders

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Face Mask Policy for City Employees

Face Mask Policy Employees

NMDOH COVID-19 Public Dashboard

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham-

Today, we’ve launched a new online portal from the New Mexico Department of Health with additional #COVID19 data for New Mexico, including county-by-county breakdowns of positive cases by age, gender & ethnicity, as well as reporting on testing by county – see it here: 

New Mexico State Police to enforce non-compliant penalties on Public Health during COVID-19 outbreak

April 07, 2020

Statewide-New Mexico State Police will enforce penalties on New Mexico Businesses and the public who refuse to comply with the Emergency Public Health Order.

On April 6th, 2020 New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham extended the Public Order to April 30th, 2020 which requires all non-essential businesses to stop operating. New Mexico State Police, in conjunction with local law enforcement, will ensure that businesses adhere to its directives.

New Mexico State Police has been educating non-compliant establishments and has given them a reasonable opportunity to adapt. We have seen many businesses and people voluntarily comply with the order. However, not all business and people are following the order. New Mexico State Police is in the position to hold businesses and people accountable. In the event businesses are not compliant, officers will first issue a written warning along with a cease and desist order. On a second violation the business will receive a citation under the Public Health Act (contrary to NMSA 24-1-1 a petty misdemeanor). A third or subsequent violation will be sent to the Department of Health where business will face a civil penalty of up to $5000.00.

The public health order also states that mass gatherings of more than five individuals are prohibited at this time.

If you wish to report non-compliance within a business, a violation of the mass gatherings ban, or other violations of the public order, you may report them to or contact our non-emergency COVID-19 hotline at (833) 551-0518, Option 9 or contact your police or sheriff’s department on their non-emergency phone lines. When submitting a non-compliance complaint via email, please provide the following: date and time of observed violation, city, county, business name and business address.

“We have enormous sympathy and empathy for our small business community and everyone across the state who is dealing with this pandemic, but we must all understand that the sooner we strictly adhere to the Public Health Order, the sooner we’ll all get through this, and the better off our state will be as far as preventing illnesses and death,” said Chief Tim Johnson. “Citizens must understand that we are getting many complaints about non-compliance. It’s putting our officers, law enforcement all across the state and the public in jeopardy -- and it risks increasing the already significant strain on our health care professionals.”

The New Mexico State Police is committed to ensure the health, welfare and safety of the citizens of New Mexico, and we are dedicated to doing just that by ensuring New Mexicans adhere to this public health emergency order.

NCRTD Updates (Blue Bus)

Please view the attached links for the latest updates on bus routes for NCRTD.


Extension on Water Disconnects during COVID-19

The City of Española will be extending water disconnects from April 20th of 2020 to May 20th of 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have any further questions, please contact City Hall Utility Department, Danielle Bustos: (505)747-6045, Anna Hall: (505)747-6047, Brittany Gallegos: (505)747-6046 or City Manager, Xavier Martinez (505)470-6971.

Guidance from the City of Española on how to stay healthy during COVID-19COVID-19 COE Flyer EnglishCOVID-19 COE Flyer Spanish

NM DOH Websites for Test Results and Self-Screening 

The New Mexico Department of Health has created multiple websites that allows you to view test results for those that have been tested and a site that allows you to conduct a "Self-Screening" to determine whether or not you should be tested. 

COVID-19 Test Results Link: 

COVID-19 Self-Screening Link: -get-tested/

NM DOH Public Information for the Public

Visit the attached link to find important information on how to keep your families and communities safe.   

Rio Arriba Health Advisory 

Visit the attached link to follow updates from the City of Española, Rio Arriba County and Española Public Schools. 

Resolution of the City of Española 2020-08 Declaring A Public Health Emergency 

Refer to the attached link to view resolution:

Press Release March 18, 2020


Española, NM -

Governor Lujan Grisham has ordered all recreational facilities to close Thursday, March 19, 2020, of which to include the Recreation Center, Española Public Library and B.V.Q.A. Martinez Senior Center. Senior Center meals will be available as carry-out only. Please call

(505) 747-6028 or (505) 747-6027 to place meal orders. Lucero Center employees will be temporarily relocated to various departments within the City, until further notice. The City of Española is working to ensure the safety and well-being of our community and staff.

Please be advised that the City Hall lobby will be closed until further notice. Bill payments can be made over the phone or online at (505) 747-6045/ (505) 747-6046/(505) 747-6047; Payments may be left in the Utilities drop box at the main entrance. Disconnects will not take place through Monday, April 20, 2020. Pursuant to §300-72 (B): Penalty for delinquency; Payment agreements may be made with the City through the City Manager or his designee. All agreements must be made in writing. The City Manager or his designee may make reasonable accommodations to accept payment over a period of time, but may not make any accommodations or waive any fees set forth in by this chapter. For any customers requiring additional assistance will be accommodated by appointment only, please use phone information above for scheduling purposes.

Lastly, the Española Fire / Rescue (EFR) will not be issuing out new burn permits for the next 30 days, effective March 17th through April 17th.

Additional updates will be given when available.

Coronavirus Resources for the Española Valley

Coronavirus Resources for the Espanola Valley

Hot Lines

New Mexico Senior Citizen Helpline

The New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department is urging senior citizens or disabled adults who need help getting groceries or other necessities to contact them.

Those in need are asked to call 1-800-432-2080. From there they will need to leave a message with their name, phone number and the area they reside in. The department says they’ll be contact within in two hours to arrange for help.

MVD to waive late fees due to closures

— Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued an order Monday waiving most late fees and other penalties assessed by the Motor Vehicle Division since March 11, when she first issued a state of emergency for New Mexico due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please visit the attached link to learn more: 

Municipal Court Website info due to COVID-19pub