Mayor Keller signs Coronavirus Community Support and Recovery Fund into law

Coronavirus New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Mayor Tim Keller provided a public health update and also signed the $1 million Coronavirus Community Support and Recovery Fund into law that will provide support to nonprofits and governmental organizations.

General updates

The New Mexico Superintendent of Insurance announced Monday that all major health insurance carriers must cover expenses even if the patient is out-of-network.

The mayor said that he’s anticipating the city to reach its peak of COVID-19 cases around late April, early May.

Sixty-five people have been tested for COVID-19 at the Westside Emergency Housing Center and there have been no positive tests at this time.

The city has its Employee Assistance Program available for all city employees and their immediate family. For information call 505-768-4613. The city also has emergency, on-call counselors that are available 24/7 at 505-254-3555.

Coronavirus Community Support and Recovery Fund

Mayor Keller signed legislation into law that provides $1 million in contractual services to support local nonprofits and government organizations that are providing food, shelter and healthcare services for low-income and at risk residents. These funds can be used for example, to reimburse nonprofits for putting up hand washing stations, or for medical and case management at the Westside Emergency Housing Center.

There is no limit on the amount of money each non-profit will receive. In the next few days, the city is expected to launch an application portal where residents can describe their non-profit and idea for helping.

Public Health Update

Environmental Health Director Dr. Mark DiMenna stated that at this point, the city will continue to have its emergency order in place through May 15 at least. If measures are relaxed too early, he stated that there is potential that there could be a spike in COVID-19 cases.

“We’re still seeing increasing cases, although the rate of increase is leveling off considerably,” said DiMenna. Officials urge residents to continue following health guidelines to prevent virus spread and to stay home and maintain social distancing protocols.

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