The governor’s stay-at-home order and skyrocketing coronavirus circumstances continued to create ripple results in Quay County with closed faculties, metropolis workplaces and companies, plus not less than one cease-and-desist order of a enterprise proprietor that attempted to remain open.
Tucumcari Public Faculties superintendent Aaron McKinney introduced in a information launch Saturday the district would change solely to distant studying beginning Monday due to the “unlucky” rise of COVID-19 circumstances in Quay County. The district introduced the day gone by it could go to all-remote studying Nov. 30.
McKinney mentioned in a cellphone interview Monday that two circumstances in two weeks on the district, together with one introduced Saturday, prompted him to go to all-remote studying. He mentioned 4 circumstances in two weeks would have led to a shutdown of in-person courses within the district till the county went again into the inexperienced zone with its coronavirus caseload, and he didn’t wish to danger extra.
“I determine these two additional days off (throughout Thanksgiving week) would make an enormous distinction,” he mentioned.
Tucumcari and Logan had been utilizing a hybrid mannequin of distant and in-person courses for its elementary college students for the reason that starting of the varsity yr. Center-school and high-school college students have been taking their programs solely on-line.
San Jon Municipal Faculties had scheduled a particular board assembly Monday evening to debate future distant or hybrid studying choices.
Home Municipal Faculties, a micro-district like San Jon that would provide some in-person courses in small teams, went to on-line studying solely earlier this month till Nov. 30 after two workers examined constructive for the virus.
Quay County Clerk Ellen White said in a social-media publish the county courthouse could be closed Monday by Friday due to a COVID-19 publicity there, although a confirmed case has not been confirmed.
The town of Tucumcari has shut down Metropolis Corridor, Tucumcari Public Library, Tucumcari Historic Museum and its brush and tree-trimming disposal space at Coronado Park in response to the pandemic, metropolis supervisor Mark Martinez mentioned throughout a fee assembly Thursday.
Quay County continued noticed its fee of coronavirus circumstances rise sharply in November. The New Mexico Division of Well being had recorded 92 circumstances within the county — together with 15 on Saturday — from Nov. 1 to Nov. 22.
Quay County additionally recorded 100 circumstances from Oct. 20 to Nov. 21 — greater than half the full for the reason that pandemic started within the spring.
Seven entities in Quay County reported confirmed circumstances amongst workers in the course of the previous week. Greater than 20 referrals in Quay County from the state’s COVID-19 rapid-response database have been recorded in November alone.
The intensive-care unit at Plains Regional Medical Middle in neighboring Curry County reported Sunday it was at most capability — a lot of them COVID-19 sufferers — and the Clovis hospital would cease elective circumstances to liberate nurses and mattress house there.
The remainder of the state and neighboring Texas, together with Amarillo, additionally had been seeing unprecedented charges of the illness.
New Mexico Human Companies Secretary David Scrase mentioned throughout a briefing Thursday the state’s seven-day common of circumstances was greater than 1,300 — far above the gating standards of 168.
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham mentioned in the course of the briefing that New Mexico noticed its final 10,000 circumstances of COVID-19 in simply seven days. The state’s first 10,000 circumstances had been amassed in additional than three months. She additionally mentioned the state had reported 200 deaths in 14 days.
In the meantime, Gar Engman mentioned New Mexico State Police served him a cease-and-desist order Thursday morning for working his TeePee Curios store in Tucumcari.
The officer radioed for backup when Engman known as his lawyer on the cellphone for recommendation after being served with the order, Engman mentioned in a phone interview Friday.
Engman mentioned he closed his enterprise shortly after his lawyer informed him he ought to adjust to the state police’s order.
Engman mentioned he disagrees with Lujan Grisham’s definition of non-essential companies within the stay-at-home order that went into impact Nov. 16. Although the TeePee affords snacks, the order states retailers “that don’t generate greater than one-third of their income from … food and drinks merchandise could not function in-person providers.”
Engman mentioned he wears a masks and affords hand sanitizer. He mentioned these issues, together with the TeePee’s low quantity of buyer site visitors in the course of the tourism low season, makes his enterprise low-risk to him and his prospects.
“Open 9 hours a day, I get perhaps 20 folks,” he mentioned. “However these 20 folks spend cash and make me sufficient for me to get by. Twenty folks — that’s two folks per hour sporting masks and social distancing. Two folks at a time within the retailer, I don’t see that as an emergency state of affairs.
“The virus is actual. Sure, it’s right here. Sure, it’s current. However shutting down every thing … no, that’s not going to do it.”
Eating places in Quay County continued to function by providing curbside service or supply. The amended heath order forbids out of doors eating it allowed earlier this yr, although more and more colder climate would make that prospect harder.
One restaurant closed quickly. Mama T’s Street to Damage in Logan introduced on social media Friday it could be shuttered from Sunday by Nov. 30.
“… We really feel like that is the perfect resolution to have the ability to present you the perfect service potential,” the publish said. “The closing is so our employees can get pleasure from every week with household in the course of the vacation and due to the Governors orders.”