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District 3 Newsletter, Edition #10


In This Edition:

Important Contact information
Message from the Commissioner
From the Governor’s Office
BernCo at Work
How You can Help
Community Resources
A Good Read, Listen & Look


Important Telephone Numbers to Keep Handy

COVID19 hotline

Non-health related COVID19 hotline

For an updated one-stop source of COVID19 information, click here.



To be masked or to not be masked, that is the question – and Governor Lujan Grisham has provided us with an answer. In her most recent modified Public Heath Order, the Governor has mandated that all New Mexicans must wear a cloth face mask or covering while in public. There are exceptions for exercising, eating and drinking.

Originally face masks were only recommended for those considered high risk for contacting the coronavirus (COVID-19). But, because of recent findings, the CDC now recommends that everyone wear masks in public locations where it is difficult to practice social distancing.

The primary benefit of covering your nose and mouth is that you protect others; others wearing masks protect you. Recent studies shows that a significant portion of those infected with coronavirus don’t have any symptoms but they are still able to spread the virus and those infected are contagious 48 hours before showing symptoms. In a new study by UC Berkeley and Hong Kong University, it appears that if 80% of the population were to use a face mask, COVID-19 infection rates would statistically drop to approximately one twelfth the number of infections—compared to a population in which no one wore masks.

The type of face masks being recommended by the Governor and CDC are not personal protective equipment (PPE) such as surgical masks or N-95 respirators, but simple cloth masks you can make yourself. Your face mask should be:

  • snug against the sides of the face and nose but not interfere with breathing;
  • made with multiple layers of pre-washed, tightly woven or knit 100% cotton material;
  • machine washable and dryable.

If you need to take your mask off for a short period of time, fold it so its outer surface goes inward and against itself. Don’t touch the outside of the mask, wash it after every use and store in a sealable baggie.

Remember, wearing a mask is only part of the equation; you should still be washing your hands frequently and practicing social distancing. All of these together will help limit the rate of infection as we wait for a vaccine, and will allow people to go out and businesses to reopen.

For more information on face masks, go to the CDC’s website.

Take care, stay well, wash your hands and wear a face mask – Jim Collie

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Mask Madness

State Officials hoping to slow the spread of COVID19 have launched an on-line March Madness type contest to choose the best homemade mask. Submit a photograph of your face mask or face covering here by Sunday, May 25. Voting will begin on Tuesday, May 26. Top vote-getter will be seeded into brackets and voted on until a champion is chosen.

COVID-Safe Practices

The most recent emergency public health order mandates compliance with COVID-safe practices, a series of requirements and best practices for individuals, businesses and other services that will assure the safety of employees and customers when businesses reopen. The COVID-safe practices were compiled with industry input and the oversight of the governor’s Economic Recovery Council.


Bernalillo County Community Health Council

Got stress? These are stressful times we're living in, and the Bernalillo County Community Health Council (BCHCC) is offering several online courses aimed at helping you deal with stress and anxiety.

Workshop #1 Thinking Traps - This workshop details the eight major thinking traps that tax our resilience. Learning what thinking traps you fall into will aid in holding you back from inaccurate assumptions that are so costly to your resilience.

Workshop #2 Put it into Perspective - How many times do you over think things or take issues to a catastrophic level unnecessarily? Are you a worry wart? During this workshop, you will learn to take situations from worst case scenario to best case scenarios to what makes sense scenarios.

Workshop #3 Energy Management - How will do you mobilize and recover energy in order to stay fresh and rested? This course will teach energy management techniques and strategies that are used to regulate emotion and energy levels which will enable critical thinking and optimal performance.

The first 10 to register will receive a $5 gift card. Each participant will be entered to win a prize given out during each session.For questions please email or call Michelle Amaya Schmidt 505-417-0138 mschmidt505@outlook.com. To register, click on the links below:

Select Tickets for all 3 sessions. Your event weblink will be sent the morning of the workshop.

Department of Cultural Services

Bernalillo County Public Art Department

The Bernco Art Board is seeking unsolicited art proposals. The county’s Art in Public Places Ordinance sets aside 1% of the budget of capital improvement projects for works of art. Surplus funds from capital projects go to the Public Art common fund, allowing for the purchase of art through an unsolicited proposal process.

Proposal received by May 31st, will be reviewed at the June Art Board meeting. Proposal received after May 1st, will be reviewed at the January Art Board meeting.

For more information, contact Kent Swanson, kswanson@bernco.gov, or through their website.

Planning & Development Services

Bernalillo County Health Protection

Bernalillo County food safety inspectors are conducting food safety checks via the web or by phone. The checks are non-binding and are not inspections, but are an effort to ensure that all restaurants still operating during the coronavirus (COVID-19) health emergency are maintaining proper safety standards and following the public health order.

Food safety checks are arranged with the food establishment owner or person in charge and are then conducted via phone or web camera. The virtual check involves two employees, provided by the establishment, and a food safety inspector directing the employees. The food safety inspector has workers calibrating thermometers and then checking food temperatures, verifying cleaning processes and making sure that proper sanitary precautions, such as masks and gloves, are being taken in food establishments.

Any deficiencies identified during the food safety checks are noted and corrective action is suggested.

The food safety checks are being conducted at restaurants serving the public as well as residential café facilities such as retirement or long term care facilities and will continue until the public health, stay-at-home order, is lifted by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and regular inspections can resume.

The food safety checks were established by the New Mexico Environment Department, Bernalillo County, and the City of Albuquerque have agreed to participate.


Due to the public health restrictions, many families in our community are out of work and need our help. You might not need help now but you might in the future. Please donate time, money or food to one of our local charities. Here are organizations that could use your help:

Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless
Good Shepherd Center
Food is Free Albuquerque, Gift of Growing
Native American Relief Fund
Pueblo Relief Fund
Roadrunner Food Bank
Ronald McDonald House of New Mexico, Sponsor-a-Meal
St. Martin’s
Salvation Army
Joy Junction

It has been heartbreaking to hear what COVID19 is doing in the Navajo Nation. If you can help, please click here. You can also donate here.


New Mexico League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters Voters’ Guide is available online. It includes background on the candidates, issues and other voter information.

New Mexico Finance Authority

Free Webinar-Overview of New Programs, Wednesday, May 27 at 10 a.m.

New Mexico Finance Authority (NMFA) and New Mexico Economic Development Dept. (EDD) will co-host a webinar about available NMFA finance programs as well as their COVID-19 recovery efforts.

If you are unable to join, a recording of the presentation and slides will be available on the EDD website. All registered participants will also receive these links by email.

Free webinar, registration required. Register Now

For more information, email Johanna Nelson or call 505-827-0264.


The University of New Mexico's Innovation Academy and STC.UNM are offering a special course to help New Mexico businesses at this critical time to start preparing for economic recovery. The course, New Mexico Small Business Recovery: Take and Expand Your Business Online, teaches businesses e-commerce techniques including developing storefronts and driving traffic to your online store. Register now.

2nd Judicial District Court

The Second Judicial District Court's Center for Self-Help has modified operations during COVID-19 to ensure the public has access to attorneys and other resources.

To get assistance by telephone, please call Monday - Friday between 9:00am - 4:00pm, call (505) 841-6702, (505) 841-7579 or (505) 841-5409. You can get legal forms and packets by e-mailing: albdselfhelp@nmcourts.gov or by visiting: 2nd district Court

Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

Beware OF COVID19 disinformation activity. False and misleading information related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) is increasing. Disinformation involving the government’s response to COVID-19 has been circulated to cause confusion among Americans, including false claims the National Guard would be supporting nationwide quarantines.

False information about COVID-19 treatments continue to circulate on social media, including potentially extremely harmful suggestions to drink bleach or chlorine dioxide, to use vitamin C or boiled garlic, or that illicit drug activity can “cure” the virus.

PROTECT YOURSELF by going to trusted sources of information like https://www.coronavirus.gov. FEMA has also established a coronavirus rumor control website https://www.FEMA.gov/ coronavirus/rumor-control where you can learn more about specific disinformation campaigns.

CISA.gov has more information about COVID-19, as well as information on identifying and combating disinformation, click here.

New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

The Natural History Museum has a new on-line program, Science@Home. The program has topics for all ages and levels of interest. For more information and a listing of topics, go to nmnaturalhistory.org


The New Mexico Museum of Art is adding educational resources for students and families to its website and social media platform. To see all of the available content, go to nmartmuseum.org

City of Albuquerque

Summer Recreation Program Lottery & Registration
The City of ABQ's Family & Community Services Dept. is having a lottery registration for summer recreation programs for youth ages 5-15 (must turn 6 by Sept. 1). This year's lottery registration is online only from May 11-20 (deadline quickly approaching). Click here for more information.

Albuquerque Museum
The Albuquerque Museum is still closed but you can find many family friendly resources on line. Go to the Albuquerque Museum website.

COVID-19 Testing
You can now be tested for COVID19 without exhibiting symptoms. Locations:
Lovelace Hospital /downtown is open to ANYONE that needs or wants a test; the drive-up clinic is open 9am – 3pm;
All NMDOH public health offices: Testing by appointment available; Statewide Testing sites

The New Mexico Aging & Long-Term Services Department
Seniors and an adults with a disability who cannot access groceries, please call 1-800-432-2080. Leave a message with name, telephone number, and your city/town. The Aging and Long-term Service Department will be in contact with you within 2 hours or sooner.


3.1 million people have already listened to this! If you aren’t one of them, Adam Lambert and Queen sing to raise money for Covid19 relief, click here

Do you long to be an actor? Practice your skills with these short plays: www.playathome.org

Rio Grande Studios are offering weekly concerts on, 8 p.m. on Sundays on its Instagram page @riograndestudios or at their website: https://riograndestudios.com

We can’t visit museums but Humboldt Penguins can - click here

More information on making a DIY face covering, click here

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