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Health Hotline:

1-855-600-3453

Information Hotline:

1-833-551-0518

Senior Food Hotline:

1-800-432-2080

2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

COVID-19 is a highly infectious and fast-spreading virus. Symptoms and their effects can range from mild to severe and in certain cases result in extreme health complications and death. Positive cases have been identified in communities across New Mexico. State health officials continue to test, process, monitor and track instances of the virus — and the state of New Mexico has taken proactive, aggressive public health actions to mitigate the spread of the disease.

Latest from Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham Regarding COVID-19

Coronavirus Health Hotline

1-855-600-3453

Please use the number above if you have HEALTH related questions about the Coronavirus.

Coronavirus Information Hotline

1-833-551-0518

Please use the number above if you have questions about school closures, job issues etc.

NMDOH Coronavirus Microsite

cv.nmhealth.org

This microsite has been established to be a resource for the public for all things COVID-19

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Food Banks Need Volunteers

New Mexico’s five food banks and the hundreds of food pantries around the state are in desperate need of healthy volunteers to help with sorting, packing and distributing food. Please contact the food bank that serves your county to be matched up to opportunities close to home. To learn how you can help, please visit http://www.nmfoodbanks.org or https://www.rrfb.org

Make an appointment to donate blood.

While blood infusions are not routine treatment for COVID-19, they are essential to treating trauma and cancer, among other things. Healthy people are therefore urged to call their local blood bank and make an appointment to donate in a one-on-one setting. Here is a list of New Mexico blood banks, including phone numbers. Blood banks already follow procedures to keep both the donor and transfusions safe.

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Governor signs public safety accountability bill

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed legislation Wednesday requiring New Mexico police officers to wear body cameras as a deterrent against unlawful use of force and establishing strengthened accountability measures in instances of inappropriate...

Tax returns must be filed timely to avoid penalties; payments may follow

SANTA FE – New Mexico personal and corporate income tax returns for 2019 must be filed by July 15 to avoid penalties under a law enacted during the recent special legislative session. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham recently signed into law a bill that waives penalties...

$67 million in Pandemic EBT Cards to be issued this week

Supplements for school-age children receiving free or reduced-price lunches SANTA FE – About 168,000 New Mexico families whose children receive free or reduced-price lunch at school will receive $67 million in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits,...

New Mexico travel restrictions in effect

SANTA FE – The state of New Mexico is under a mandatory health advisory issued by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham to protect against the spread of COVID-19. Anyone crossing a border into the state must adhere to the New Mexico public health travel restrictions as...

Modified enforcement extended through July

The Taxation and Revenue Department is extending some modifications to its collection and enforcement efforts through July 31. The modifications were originally announced March 30 to help taxpayers facing financial difficulty because of the public health emergency....

Information to Protect Yourself and Others from COVID-19

What are the symptoms of COVID-19 and should I get tested?

People with COVID-19 have reported symptoms of fever, cough, or trouble breathing.

What can I do to protect myself from COVID-19?

Just like with many other illnesses, the best way to protect yourself is to wash your hands regularly, to cough or sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue, and when possible, to avoid contact with people who are coughing or sneezing.

    What we are doing at the State of New Mexico

    Statewide Communication

    The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is actively responding to the novel coronavirus that is causing community spread in many countries around the world, and a small number of cases in the United States. Since late January, NMDOH began publishing weekly press releases and information on our website to help New Mexicans keep updated on the current situation and on professional guidance to stay healthy.

    We have also held multiple web conferences with hospitals, emergency medical services, childcare organizations, universities, and schools to provide updates, guidance for preparing and responding to the possibility of cases in New Mexico, and to answer questions that our response stakeholders have. We have used the Health Alert Network for the healthcare community to update them on current response activities and guidelines for diagnosis, infection control, and notification procedures should they identify a suspect case.

    Monitoring and Screening

    New Mexico has identified cases of COVID-19. We are currently working to continue identifying cases as early as possible and implement isolation procedures to prevent further spread of the virus. Those procedures currently focus on 1) monitoring asymptomatic travelers from countries with CDC Level 3 Travel Health Alerts (Europe, China, South Korea, Iran, and Malaysia) during the time they might develop disease if they were exposed to the virus and 2) supporting screening and infection control procedures in healthcare settings to identify illness in travelers or contacts of known COVID-19 patients. We are also testing many symptomatic individuals to monitor the possibility of community spread of the virus in New Mexico.

    NMDOH is being notified of returning travelers through our 24/7 call line by both travelers and healthcare providers. Returning China, Iran, and some cruise ship travelers are also being screened by Customs and Border Protection and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and we are notified when they arrive in the U.S. These travelers are asked to stay home for 14 days from the time they left Europe, China, South Korea, Iran, Malaysia, or cruise ship and refrain from unnecessary interactions with other people until this period is completed. NMDOH is in daily contact to confirm the absence of fever or respiratory symptoms. We are also actively monitoring the hospital bed capacity in New Mexico and the availability of facemasks, respirators, and other personal protective equipment needed for infection control. We are working with healthcare facilities to be prepared if there are shortages and to implement alternative sites for healthcare if needed, and to increase the supply of personal protective equipment.

    On March 12, 2020, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced COVID-19 Self-Isolation Recommendations in an effort to mitigate the widespread community transmission of COVID-19. A 14-day self-isolation is recommended for individuals based on criteria that includes previous or planned international or domestic travel or contact with a person known to be positive for COVID-19. These recommendations are being enforced among all state employees known to have traveled and we encourage others to follow the same guidance.

    Emergency Response Planning

    Based on years of planning for the next influenza pandemic, a virus that is similar to the novel coronavirus, we have adapted our plans based on current knowledge of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. We have focused on measures to track the cases identified in New Mexico, to prevent spread of infections through social distancing, to ensure continuity of the healthcare system where patient volumes may require supplemental care sites, and to anticipate special approaches to effectively manage the needs that New Mexicans have for information and healthcare services. We are also stepping up our efforts to communicate what we know about COVID-19.