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Bernalillo County COVID-19 Updates

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Information from Bernalillo County regarding its operation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Summer Lunch Program

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BernCo's 2020 Summer Lunch Program is underway at 22 locations across the county, and they will be serving breakfast and lunch five days per week until Aug. 5.

County Spotlight

Bernalillo County Commissioners recently approved a new agreement with the Keefe Commissary Group for the commissary and deposit services for the Metropolitan Detention Center. Family and friends now have a new, more convenient way to make deposits into inmate’s accounts by going to walk-in retailers where they already shop.
The Bernalillo County Housing Department is receiving a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant from the State of New Mexico to rehabilitate 75 of its multifamily units.
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Bernalillo County Animal Care Services advises citizens to bring animals indoors during fireworks displays. During the Fourth of July holiday, more companion animals, especially dogs, are picked up by Bernalillo County and City of Albuquerque animal care officers than at any other time of the year. Animals frightened or confused by the fireworks may run away or even jump fences to try to escape the noise.
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Property owners who fail to keep their properties free of weeds and trash, or have substandard buildings may have the county cleaning up and billing the owners for the work.
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Bernalillo County commissioners have voted to appropriate $1 million in funding for the purchase, support services, subscriptions, and infrastructure for body-worn cameras for the Sheriff’s Department. The $1 million was approved in 2019 through an administrative resolution in a reserve fund balance. The current action appropriates that funding so that it can be budgeted and used.
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Bernalillo County commissioners approved the issuance of $7.5 million in project revenue bonds for the Albuquerque Housing Authority to be used for The Commons at Martineztown in central Albuquerque. The tax-exempt bonds will fund the renovation of 96 existing affordable housing units in The Commons at Martineztown to house low-income senior residents and residents with disabilities.
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Bernalillo County Commissioners approved the issuance of up to $9 million in taxable industrial revenue bonds for Santa Fe-based New Mexico Fresh Foods to locate in an existing northern county warehouse.
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Bernalillo County Manager Julie Morgas Baca is extending her order suspending the single-use plastic bag ban until she rescinds the order.
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The Bernalillo County Public Art program is announcing a call for artists for an indoor mural in the new County Commission chambers at Alvarado Square. The Alvarado Square chambers mural will be located on the south-facing wall outside of the County Commission chambers at the new county headquarters. The mural will be visible to the public both from inside the building and outside from Silver Avenue through glass windows. The mural will also be used in the creation of an acrylic/glass art element behind the concierge desk, to form a screen for the building’s glass elevators.
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The Department of Behavioral Health Services will resume normal operations, effective immediately.
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Three new positive cases of coronavirus COVID-19 have been identified at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC). On June 20, an MDC officer, working in the facility, tested positive for COVID-19. The officer, tested June 18, received positive test results June 20. The officer had no symptoms and was sent home to self-quarantine.
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Bernalillo County Parks, Recreation and Open Space is slowly re-opening some of its facilities that closed in March due to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic restrictions. All Bernalillo County Parks, Recreation and Open Space facilities, such as ballfields, courts, rodeo arenas, swimming pools, playgrounds, open space buildings, and community centers remain closed until further notice for any organized activity, including traditional summer camp, sports team practices and games, little leagues, or rodeos, and special events at county facilities.
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The Bernalillo County Arts Board is seeking qualified artists and artist teams interested in creating public art for the Tiny Home Village, now under construction in southeast Albuquerque. Artists residing in New Mexico are invited to apply and must demonstrate: an understanding of Bernalillo County; sensitivity towards the population of the Tiny Home Village and the surrounding community; and experience with community engagement.
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Due to the circumstances surrounding the coronavirus (COVID 19), Bernalillo County Manager Julie Morgas Baca has postponed enactment of the Employee Wellness Act, also known as the paid time off ordinance, until Oct. 1, 2020. The ordinance, approved by the County Commission in 2019, was originally scheduled to take effect on July 1.
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The Bernalillo County Commission voted Tuesday night to ban the use of open fires, campfires, and smoking in the unincorporated areas of Bernalillo County. In a second resolution, the Bernalillo County Commissioners voted to restrict fireworks in the unincorporated areas of the county, outside the city limits of Albuquerque. The open burn ban goes into effect immediately and will be in effect for 180 days. The fireworks restrictions are in effect for the next 30 days.
At the direction of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, Bernalillo County is instituting partial office work schedules while continuing tele-working for employees whose positions allow and encouraging a stay-at-home posture.

County Video

Movies in the Park-ing Lot continues Saturday nights through August 1st at the Isleta Amphitheater Parking Lot. Attendance is limited and admittance is on a first come, first serve basis.
Join Bernalillo County Open Space coordinator Adam Splitek and parks resource specialist Dustin Chavez-Davis as they explain open space etiquette in these COVID-19 times. Have fun out there - but please stay safe!
Bernalillo County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Director Debbie Jo Almager explains what's open and what's not and how you can access county facilities while staying safe this summer.
The Assessor's Office has added a new tool to assist property owners conduct property searches by using the new Assessor Map Search tool. Watch the video to learn how to use the tool.
Bernalillo County Manager Julie Morgas Baca stresses the importance of taking care of both your mental and physical health during this pandemic. Much of the focus at this point has been on our physical well being, but with all the compounded issues related to the coronavirus, not as much is being said about mental health awareness.
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