BernCo at a Glance
E-newsletter
Volume 3 | March 31, 2020
Stay safe, stay healthy and help stop the spread of germs!
  • Practice social distancing -- be aware of your surroundings and others near you
  • Adhere to the six-foot rule and stay at home except as needed for grocery shopping, medical assistance and exercise
  • Limit group contact to five or less people
  • Wash your hand often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
The New Mexico Health Department COVID-19 information line:
505-600-3453, https://nmhealth.org/
Up-to-date information about state mandates and information: www.newmexico.gov .
Information and resources from the CDC regarding coronavirus COVID-19: www.cdc.gov . CDC fact sheets to read and/or download, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/factsheets.html
Understanding Social Distancing
Important Message from
BernCo County Manager Julie Morgas Baca
'Let's all maintain community civility'
Recent BernCo News Releases
(click each news release below to read in full)
A Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) inmate has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). The inmate is isolated at MDC receiving treatment from the jail’s medical team.
County Manager Issues 60-Day Enforcement Reprieve. The single-use bags are most frequently used by restaurants and retail establishments and should cut down on the possible spread of COVID-19 which can live on reusable bags, if they not washed immediately after contamination. 
Informative resources and guidance to local grocery stores on safe operation and minimizing the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 -- the resources explain the symptoms of COVID-19, how to prevent the spread of illness and outline best practices for grocery stores operators and customers. Video on How to Properly Clean Your Groceries .
It is important to identify family members or friends to care for pets if someone in their household becomes ill and/or is hospitalized. While WHO and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  have both stated  the re is “no evidence at this time” pets could be a source of infection for other animals or humans, individuals who are sick with COVID-19 should avoid contact with animals, just as they should with people, until more information is known about the virus.
The BernCo Housing Department, by and through powers vested in County Manger Julie Morgas Baca during the current state of emergency in Bernalillo County, has issued an order to cease evictions of residents who have reduced income and cannot pay their rents.
Join iCountNM for a Virtual Census Day Fiesta
Click image below to RSVP and join the Facebook event
BernCo Open with Restrictions
Most County Offices Shut Down but Public Services Remain Open

Following directives from the State of New Mexico, Bernalillo County has now closed a majority of its facilities to the public until further notice. Bernalillo County will be conducting a majority of its work and public functions through the use of online applications, email, and drop box services.
Law enforcement, firefighters and rescue personnel, 911 dispatch, and the Metropolitan Detention Center (no in-person visitation) will continue to work as normal .
The building closures and staff reductions are an effort to control the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 and limit personal contact between residents.
Hand Washing Stations Installed at County Facilities
with Public Interaction
Community Resources and Requests
BernCo Serves Grab and Go Breakfasts and Lunches
BernCo is serving ‘grab-and-go’ breakfasts and lunches at six county locations and the Isleta Pueblo Community Center. Locations here. Parents drive-up to the community center with their children in the vehicle and center staff give a breakfast and lunch for each child in the vehicle.

APS Identifies Schools for Student Meal Pick-Ups
I n response to the community coronavirus threat, and in an effort to minimize social interactions to prevent the spread of the illness, Grab & Go meals will be available to all school-age students at least through April 3.  Visit the APS website for locations.

 Emergency Donation Drive for Seniors and those Living with Disabilities in Need
Donated supplies are being accepted at the South Valley Multi-Purpose Center Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. The New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department (ALTSD) is in the process of creating donation hubs, like this one, across the state to provide food and supplies. If you would like to volunteer, please email ALTSD-Volunteers@state.nm.us . Click here for more info.

As we use our open space, parks and walking trails more,
please remember...
2020 Primary Election:
Request an Absentee B allot
Voters may request an absentee ballot online  here .
Ballots will be mailed to all voters who have requested them beginning May 5, 2020. The last day the Clerk’s Office can mail out absentee ballots is May 29, 2020.
Absentee ballots must be received by mail or hand-delivered to the Clerk's Office or a Voting Convenience Center by 7 p.m. on Election Day, June 2, 2020.
Contact your Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office:
Call 505-243-VOTE (8683) or via email clerk@bernco.gov
Visit  Bernco.gov/clerk  and follow us on  Facebook  and  Twitter .
District 2 County Commissioner Steven Michael Quezada has announced that the 27 th Annual South Valley Pride Day has been postponed with a new tentative date of Sunday, May 31, 2020.
The postponement was needed to comply with Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s order banning groups larger than five people meeting together at one time.
Nextdoor launched two new products to better help neighbors connect with neighbors right now. The first feature launched is called  Help Map . The Help Map allows those in need to easily identify which neighbors have raised a hand to assist with an errand — or just give a call to check in. The second is  Nextdoor Groups, so neighbors can organize for those who may need assistance during this challenging time in the hopes of directing some kindness into communities as we all feel the impact of social distancing.
For assistance, please contact:
  • Metropolitan Detention Center (general inmate info): (505) 839-8700
  • Roads and traffic: (505) 848-1504 or (505) 848-1503
  • Animal Care Services: (505) 468-PETS
  • Property Maintenance (report a park or facility that needs cleanup): (505) 224-2119
  • Schedule a large item pick-up: (505) 892-1200
  • Department of Behavioral Health Services customer service: (505) 468-1555
  • Court of Wills, Estates and Probate (general info): (505) 468-1232
  • Schedule an appointment: call (505) 468-1229 or email, probate@bernco.gov
  • Unclaimed & Indigent Cremation Program: (505) 468-7295
  • Accounts Payable general inquiries: (505) 468-7020
  • All other calls: (505) 468-7777 or email, contactcenter@bernco.gov

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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