CORONA – Last Wednesday, I went for a drive. After leaving Las Cruces and driving to Tularosa, I headed north through the sagebrush, juniper, creosote and what might have been skunkbush sumac, Mexican poppies or yellow-flower purslane – or maybe Todson’s pennyroyal – nestled between the rolling hills of the Tularosa Basin.
In this time of coronavirus, I was headed to Corona, New Mexico – a village of 163 residents in Lincoln County – to see how they were handling the effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Lincoln County has one confirmed case of the novel coronavirus. To no one’s surprise, locals had noticed out-of-towners stopping to take photos on the highway near the town-limit signs, and in front of the Town Hall.
“Some stopped out in front of Village Hall the other day,” Mayor Sam Seely told me. “And I turned to someone and said, ‘We ought to walk out of here coughing, and see what they do.'”