Mayor Keller, city officials provide update on COVID-19 response

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Mayor Tim Keller and Albuquerque officials held a virtual news briefing Monday, Nov. 23 providing updates on the city’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mayor Keller reminded residents that even though a COVID-19 vaccine is in the works, we need to stay diligent for the next six months by following the Public Health Order. Albuquerque is now falling behind comparable cities such as Denver, Tucson, Austin, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, El Paso, Oklahoma City in the number of daily coronavirus cases.

The Albuquerque Police Department and Albuquerque Fire and Rescue report that numerous staff are COVID-19 positive with an estimated 52 within APD and 16 firefighters. Coronavirus Enforcement Team has visited over 100 stores this past weekend, checking on compliance, issuing citations to Staples, Office Max, and Conn’s Home Furniture.

Also, Dr. Shelle Sanchez with Cultural Services announced the following cancellations of city sponsored events due to COVID-19 concerns: River of Lights, Nob Hill’s Twinkle Light Parade, the city’s Luminaria Tour, Old Town tree lighting and Shop and Stroll, and the New Year’s Eve Before Dark.

The City will hold its next disbursement of CARES Act for small business relief grants on Friday, December 4, 2020, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at John Marshall Center. Applications for the grants will open up again on December 7 and close on December 11, 2020. If you’re a small business, you are encouraged https://www.cabq.gov/economicdevelopment

New Mexico remains in a two-week shutdown to control the spread of COVID-19 through Nov. 30. During a news briefing last week, Albuquerque officials stated city inspectors would be enforcing the public health order making sure that businesses were in compliance.

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