FOR THE RECORD: The byline on this column has been corrected.
As many residents have already learned, the New Mexico Environment Department ordered Carlsbad’s Albertsons shut from Nov. 18 through Dec. 2 due to the store having four or more COVID-19 “rapid responses” over the past two weeks.
We are working closely with our legislators, the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, Eddy County and the Carlsbad Department of Development in making the case to the state of New Mexico that our Albertsons store should be allowed to re-open. Neither of our other two grocery stores currently appear on the NMED’s “watch” list.
We have been informed that most, if not all, of the positive cases at the Carlsbad Albertsons were nearing the conclusion of their quarantine period. The local Albertsons manager, David Beaty, has done an outstanding job throughout the COVID-19 outbreak of reassuring the public and maintaining high safety standards.