KTAL-LP to Air Special Series on Coronavirus
Starting Monday, KTAL-LP will air special series of "Cruces Updates" on coronavirus, including information on prevention, number of cases, closings, and other relevant information geared to helping local people adjust to the new reality while maximizing health and safety.
The Updates, initially a half-hour at 9 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, will feature brief interviews with local officials, health experts, state officials, psychologists, and others, as well as many other features -- including opportunities for people to call in with their questions, suggestions, insights, or complaints.
On Wednesday, March 18, the entire 8-10 a.m. regular show, "Speak Up, Las Cruces!" with Walt Rubel and Peter Goodman, was devoted entirely to discussions related to coronavirus and its medical, social, environmental, and economic consequences, with up-to-date reports on relevant local news. Click here to listen to the archived show.
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is rapidly spreading. The World Health Organization has now officially called it a pandemic. It will soon be in every country and in every corner of the U.S., New Mexico and right here in Doña Ana County. Schools and many public and private events are being postponed or cancelled outright. Hospitals, senior housing, assisted living facilities, and nursing centers are being closed to visitation.
Testing of individuals who think that they might have been exposed or have some of the symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) has begun. So far, the virus seems to mostly affect those that are older and/or have a pre-existing condition. The virus seems not to have the same threats to younger children.
Las Cruces Community Radio (KTAL-LP) has taken steps to reduce the risks to its personnel and volunteers. As we try to reduce the traffic at the station, you may notice that we are playing more prerecorded and archived shows. We are also following the measures promoted by the Governor and Department of Health, which urges all New Mexicans to:
For more information, go to the website of the New Mexico Department of Health.
Special Store Hours for the Immuno-Compromised
As New Mexico faces the pandemic, organizations and businesses that provide essential products and services have stepped up. Many corporate and local grocery stores are offering special shopping hours, typically opening early, to reduce the risk of exposure for those for whom the virus is more dangerous, such as the elderly and immuno-compromised. The New Mexico’s Aging and Long Term Services Department (ALTSD) has a list of the stores and their hours here on their website.
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Help Doña Ana County Get a Complete Count
This year, 2020, the government will be conducting the national census, mandated by the Constitution every 10 years. The census uses population to calculate a wide range of funding for everything from roads and fire stations, to Medicaid and school lunches, and New Mexico receives 8 billion dollars for these and many other services.
The census needs to count everyone who resides in the country, regardless of their status. Because of our very rural population and the many unincorporated communities like colonias, New Mexico is a notoriously hard state to count.
KTAL has received a contract from Dona Ana County to produce messages in English and Spanish informing people about the census and how important it is for everyone to participate. Thanks to some excellent volunteers, including Raul Esparza Jr., Marisol Diaz, Shirley Baca and Marty Racine, the first batch of spots will begin airing in February.
KTAL is doing its part to help raise the population count in the state through our messages, which we hope will encourage people to fill out their forms online or mail them in by Census Day, April 1.
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