Below are some websites with information that could be useful during this difficult time. Stay safe, practice social distancing and wash your hands.
We are on the Nextdoor app as Twin and Hidden Parks (Nextdoor.com)
NM Dept. of Health https://nmhealth.org
Mayor Keller https://www.cabq.gov/mayor
March 18, 2020
Today, Mayor Tim Keller declared a local public health emergency (video available on YouTube and downloadable on Dropbox) due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19, joining dozens of states and local governments, including the City of Rio Rancho, that are dedicating additional resources to an outbreak the World Health Organization has formally designated as a global pandemic.
The emergency declaration (attached) allows the City to direct funds for the coronavirus response and request additional resources from the state and federal government.
“We are continuing to take action to slow the spread of the coronavirus and help the most vulnerable folks in our community,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “Like many mayors across the nation, declaring this public health emergency declaration gives us the tools to allocate resources to immediate needs and tap into additional funds for recovery and response.”
This declaration does not:
- Limit the sale or transfer of firearms
- Prohibit the sale of liquor
- Close streets
- Declare a curfew
Yesterday, Mayor Keller convened a series of virtual meetings with public safety officials, business leaders and the Volunteers Advisory Board to discuss the state of the public health emergency in Albuquerque. He did emphasize that while there are many blessings that come with being the largest metropolitan area in roughly 1,000 square miles, it also means that we have by far the most connectivity and density in the region through our shopping malls, airport, hospitals and other large facilities. Thus, going forward the City may have to have stronger restrictions than the rest of the state, and other New Mexico cities, in the near future.
The best way to slow the spread of COVID-19 is to practice proactive social distancing. It is crucial that the public avoid large gatherings, order food from restaurants to-go, work from home and stay home in general if at all possible. The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to the flu, with fever, coughing, and trouble breathing. The City is urging those who believe they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 to call the New Mexico Department of Health at 855-600-3453.
The latest information on City facilities, programs and events will be continuously updated here: https://www.cabq.gov/news/coronavirus-impacts-on-city-services.
Yesterday, Mayor Keller signed the public health emergency powers provisions, O-20-4, which was passed at Monday’s City Council meeting. Previous to passage, the Mayor already had general emergency powers that can be used in this, or other general emergency situations, for a 48 hour period. This new provision only provides specifically for “public health” situations.
City Councilor Gibson https://www.cabq.gov/council/find-your-councilor/district-7
County Commissioner Collie https://www.bernco.gov/district-3/
Grab & Go meals will be available to all school-age students under the age of 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays through April 3.
Parents and students may pick up meals at any one of 89 participating schools, including Zia Elementary, Jefferson Middle School, Albuquerque High, Highland High. Both breakfast and lunch will be provided at the front of the school. Students must be present to receive meals.
Information on Senior Center Closures and meals
• Beginning Tuesday, March 17, senior, multigenerational, and 50+ Fitness Centers will be closed.
o The following centers will temporarily serve as lunch distribution sites between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., where individuals can pick up their meal outside the Center and take it home:
- ▪ Barelas Senior Center (714 7th SW)
- ▪ Los Volcanes Senior Center (6500 Los Volcanes NW)
- ▪ Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center (501 Elizabeth SE)
- ▪ North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center (7521 Carmel NE)
- ▪ North Valley Senior Center (3825 4th NW)
- ▪ For meal services at other senior meal sites, check cabq.gov/seniors forthe most current information.
o Home delivered meals will continue operate as normal.