The New Mexico Department of Health’s office in Carlsbad has asked us to help let you know that they’ve gone live with a new registration site and testing process. The DOH here is now using the new self-test Curative mouth swabs, and you register for tests in advance at curative.com. You’ll need an email or text to complete the process. Turnaround time to get results is now supposed to be 24 to 48 hours. Testing hours at the public health office at 1306 W. Stevens Street in Carlsbad will now be 1-4 p.m. Pathology Consultants of New Mexico is also now providing drive-up COVID-19 testing from 7 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Thursdays at the Pecos River Village Conference Center.
There was no state update on COVID cases on Tuesday, as state officials announced that the reporting system was disrupted by an outage. Results are expected to be released later on Wednesday. Individuals testing positive for COVID were still notified. There were 33 positives for Eddy County in Monday’s update, which represents a significant daily decline from previous weeks.
The United Way of Eddy County is looking for volunteers for its monthly food distribution on Friday. The organization needs about 90 minutes, with Carlsbad’s delivery starting at 9:15 a.m. Please send a text to (505) 947-8898 if you are able to help. The event will take place at Epworth United Methodist, 1406 W. Blodgett Street. Thank you to Concho for sponsoring this project.
For many years now, our Student Youth Advisory Board has been an important part of our local government. These students have helped us on issues related to the Riverwalk Recreation Center, the Carlsbad Water Park, beautification and social media. We’ve also toured city facilities, including the Carlsbad Police Department and the Waste Water Treatment Facility. We haven’t been able to meet with our Student Advisory group this year, but we will be holding a virtual meeting with them on Thursday afternoon and look forward to the discussion. If you are a member of our student advisory board and need information resent so you can join the meeting, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City of Carlsbad wrapped up its extra cleanup blitz on Wednesday, though we will certainly plan on similar efforts in the future. We cleaned up an estimated extra 180 cubic yards of debris through this effort. This was an addition to our normal grappler service. You can always let us know you are ready for pickup by calling 311 from a landline phone, (575) 887-1200 from a cell phone or visiting www.egovlink.com/carlsbad.
Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway