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Lieutenant governor to be in Roswell Thursday

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Lt. Gov. Howie Morales will be in Roswell on Thursday to learn about how the community is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with his visit will be an opportunity for the public to get flu shots or COVID-19 testing.

Under normal circumstances Morales would probably have a public town hall, but will not be doing so Thursday due to the public health order limiting the size of public gatherings, Jim Farrell, communications director for the lieutenant governor’s office, said.

“The key thing is he wants to meet with key stakeholders in the community,” Farrell said. “It’s very much a listening session on how the city is dealing with COVID.”

Morales will start his day in Roswell at 9 a.m. at the New Mexico Department of Health, 200 E. Chisum St.

At 10 a.m., he will be at the Roswell Civic & Convention Center until about 1 p.m. to meet with Mayor Dennis Kintigh, the Roswell Chamber of Commerce and Roswell Independent School District.

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In conjunction with his visit at the convention center, the Department of Health and New Mexico National Guard will have a van parked outside offering flu shots and COVID-19 tests. Morales will be visiting the van as time allows to encourage people, especially older adults, to get their flu vaccines, Farrell said.

Morales is also scheduled to tour Sceye Inc.’s hangar at the Roswell Air Center. The airship developer is developing helium-filled airships that can carry cameras and communications equipment to high altitudes for long periods of time.