COVID-19 Updates & Resources
NEW MEXICO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT WEEKLY RESOURCE WRAP-UP
NEW! Free at-home COVID-19 tests
Every residence in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-home COVID-19 tests. One order per household address. The tests are completely free and usually ship in 7-12 days. Order your tests now so you have them when you need them.
As the situation continues to develop, we are closely monitoring updates from the CDC and health officials to inform our decisions in the best interest of our community.
The well-being of our residents and visitors is our primary focus.
COVID-19 Vaccine Registration
The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is leading the State of New Mexico’s COVID-19 Vaccination Preparedness Planning in close collaboration with other state agencies, public, private and tribal partners throughout the state.
COVID-19 Testing Sites & Locations
Providers across Lincoln County offer safe screening and testing for COVID-19.
CLICK HERE TO FIND A TESTING LOCATION*
* Please note: Be patient, there can be a brief delay in uploading the current site locations.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
LINCOLN COUNTY RESOURCES
- Lincoln County Emergency Services
- Village of Ruidoso - Emergency Management
- Call Me Ruidoso - Emergency Notification
NEW MEXICO RESOURCES
- NM Department of Health - Coronavirus
- NM Department of Health: Latest Updates
- Coronavirus Hotline: 1-855-600-3453
- Public Education Department
- Information for NM Workers Affected by COVID-19
- Help for NM Businesses Negatively Impacted by the COVID-19
FEDERAL & GLOBAL RESOURCES
- Chamber of Commerce: Coronavirus Small Business Issues and Solutions Guide
- Coronavirus Guidelines for America
- World Health Organization
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Map
- Department of the Treasury: Support for American workers and businesses.
- Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC): Regulated financial institutions to help meet the needs of customers.
- The Small Business Administration (SBA): Guidance for businesses and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) for businesses and non-profits impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19).
On Monday, March 23, 2020, a Public Health Order was issued by NM Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Kathyleen M. Kunkel closing all businesses and non-profit entities except for those deemed essential and providing additional restrictions on mass gatherings to stop the spread of COVID-19 as follows:
- All Mass Gatherings of 5 people or more are prohibited.
- All businesses, except those entities identified as “essential businesses”, are directed to reduce the in-person workforce at each business or business location by 100%. “Essential businesses” may remain open provided they minimize their operations and staff to the greatest extent possible. Further, all essential businesses shall, to the greatest extent possible, adhere to social distancing protocol and maintain at least six-foot social distancing from other individuals, avoid person-to-person contact, and direct employees to wash their hands frequently. Further, all essential businesses shall ensure that all surfaces are cleaned routinely.
- This Order only requires the closure of physical office spaces, retail spaces, or other public spaces of a business and does not otherwise restrict the conduct of business operations through telecommuting or otherwise working from home in which an employee only interacts with clients or customers remotely.
- All casinos and horse racing facilities shall close during the pendency of this Order. This directive excludes those casinos operating on Tribal lands.
- Hotels, motels, RV parks, and other places of lodging shall not operate at more than fifty percent of maximum occupancy. Health care workers who are engaged in the provision of care to New Mexico residents or individuals utilizing lodging facilities for extended stays or as temporary housing shall not be counted for purposes of determining maximum occupancy.
- All call centers situated in New Mexico are directed to reduce their in-person workforce by 100%.
- In order to minimize the shortage of health care supplies and other necessary goods, grocery stores and other retailers are hereby directed to limit the sale of medications, durable medical equipment, baby formula, diapers, sanitary care products, and hygiene products to three items per individual. AND FURTHER ADVISES the public to take the following preventive precautions:
- New Mexico citizens should stay at home and undertake only those outings absolutely necessary for their health, safety, or welfare.