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COVID-19 update: Tuesday, June 16, 2020


Note: The information below includes updates from Tuesday afternoon, June 16, 2020.


Daily statistics

New Mexico 9,933 cases, 447 deaths. June 15: 9,845 cases, 440 deaths.

Doña Ana County 659 cases, 6 deaths. June 15: 657 cases, 6 deaths.

Texas 93,206 cases, 2,029 deaths. June 15: 89,108 cases, 1,983 deaths.

El Paso County 3,948 cases, 109 deaths. June 15: 3,911 cases, 102 deaths.

Mexico 150,264 cases, 17,580 deaths, 113,006 recoveries. June 15: 146,837 cases, 17,141 deaths, 108,110 recoveries. (Note: COVID-19 data is more difficult to accurately track in Mexico.)

Estado de Chihuahua June 15: 2,949 cases, 478 deaths, 696 recoveries.

Cuidad Juarez 406 deaths. June 15: 1,855 cases, 388 deaths.

United States 2,155,950 cases, 117,848 deaths, 673,980 recoveries. June 15: 2,148,380 cases, 117,700 deaths, 662,226 recoveries. (https://news.google.com/covid19/map)

World 7,823,289 cases (1,006/M), 431,541 deaths. June 15: 7,690,708 cases (989/M), 427,630 deaths.

Population estimates: Worldwide 7.8B; US 331M; NM 2.1M, Doña Ana County 218T; TX 29.9M, El Paso County 841T; Mexico 129M, Estado de Chihuahua 3M, Cuidad Juarez 1.5M

Regional statistics

New Mexico (https://cv.nmhealth.org/)                                                

271,553 tests; June 15: 267,921

9,933 cases (3.66% positive); June 15: 9,845 (3.675%)

156 hospitalized; June 15: 161

4,217 recoveries; June 15: 4,160

447 deaths; June 15: 440

Doña Ana County 659 cases (23,658 tests, 2.78% positive), 6 deaths, 304 recovered. June 15: 657 cases (23,294/2.82%), 299 recovered, 6 deaths.


Texas (www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus: Case Counts)                  

1,522,434 tests; June 15: 1,499,015

93,206 cases (6.122% positive); June 15: 89,108 (5.97%)

2,518 hospitalizations; June 15: 2,326

60,681 recoveries; June 15: 59,089

2,029 deaths; June 15: 1,983

El Paso County 3,948 cases (40,008 tests/9.87% positive), 109 deaths, 2,795 recoveries, 87 hospitalized. June 15: 3,911 cases (39,272/9.95%), 102 deaths, 2,732 recoveries, 78 hospitalized.

Also of note (June 16)

City Economic Recovery board names has first meeting, names chair

The City of Las Cruces Economic Recovery Ad Hoc Board held its first meeting June 8. Members choose Salud! de Mesilla co-owner Christopher Schaljo as chair. The city council created the board May 22 to develop strategies to reopen the city economy impacted by COVID-19. Committee members also include Doug Cowan of Cornerstone Baptist Church/Cornerstone Christian Academy; Michael Harris, owner of a Las Cruces technology consulting company; Jolene Martinez, clinical director of Families and Youth, Inc.; former city councilor Sharon Thomas, who is a member of the South Central Regional Transit Authority board; Debbi Moore, president and CEO of the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce; and city Economic Development Department Director Griselda Martinez and Deputy Director Francisco Pallares.

Board members decided to meet weekly via Zoom, with meetings to begin at 10 a.m. Thursdays. They also discussed creating a campaign “to help build the public’s confidence in getting back into a new normal,’” to quote Cowan. People will continue to engage more with local business, he said, “if we can begin to mitigate the fear and show them our successes.”

The board’s second meeting will be 10 a.m. Thursday, June 18, at youtube.com/clctv20. At that meeting, the board is expected to appoint additional members to bring it to 14. The board, which will dissolve when the city’s economy is fully open, will work in alignment with the New Mexico Economic Recovery Council appointed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in April. For meeting agendas, visit www.las-cruces.org/AgendaCenter and scroll down to Las Cruces Economic Recovery Ad Hoc Board.