New Mexico Gov. Michelle Grisham ordered all roads into and out of the city be closed in response to an emergency request by Gallup Mayor Louis Bonaguidi.
The Mayor has only been in office for three days.
McKinley County, where Gallup is located, has 1,027 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 207 of which were confirmed in the past two days. The total cases in McKinley County, which has a population of 72,000 people, constitute more than 30% of the state’s total number of cases.
Gov Grisham stated, “”I recognize this request is unusual and constitutes a drastic measure, and the emergency powers set out under the Riot Control Act should be invoked sparingly. However, the COVID-19 outbreak in the city of Gallup is a crisis of the highest order. Immediate action is necessary.”