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EDDY COUNTY — In response to the State of New Mexico’s announcement that the most heightened level of public restrictions will be in place over the next two weeks, Eddy County has also reenacted certain protocols.

Beginning Monday, Nov. 16, Eddy County is asking citizens to conduct any and all county business via telephone or online in order to comply with state orders. You can access county services online at www.EddyCounty.org. Important phone numbers include:

• Treasurer’s Office: Artesia, 746-9879; Carlsbad 575-885-3913

• Clerk’s Office: Artesia, 746-2541; Carlsbad 575-885-3383

• Assessor’s Office: Artesia, 746-9870; Carlsbad 575-885-3813

• Probate Judge: 575-885-4008

• Main County Line: 575-887-9511

While the county understands that some business may need to be conducted in person, citizens are encouraged to call the respective department to schedule an appointment. There will only be a limited number of citizens allowed in these departments at one time. Masks will be required, and social distancing protocols must be adhered to.

Eddy County Manager Allen Davis has also stressed to county employees the importance of not only practicing safe protocols at work, but also during non-work hours.

“How we, as employees, manage the things that we have control over will make a difference to our employees and our community,” Davis said. “Meeting the tiered criteria to changing the limitations and restrictions imposed on counties by the public health orders will be dependent on community actions and behaviors. I would just encourage you to take care of yourselves, your families, and your coworkers. As Eddy County employees, we can do our part in contributing to the success of improving those restrictions.

“The average number of positive cases in the county during October was just under 22 cases per day. The average for the first two weeks of November is just over 43 cases per day. That data suggests that the community has had more interaction and less isolation than in previous weeks and months. The restrictions imposed by [the] governor’s orders are intended to dramatically drop that spread by reducing social interaction across the communities of the state.”

Stay up to date with Eddy County news at www.EddyCounty.org, the Eddy County Facebook page, or the Eddy County Office of Emergency Management Facebook page.