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COVID-19 Health Emergency News

The state of New Mexico, including the NM Higher Education Department, stands prepared to address public health concerns and emergency preparedness, including concerns about the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please refer to the New Mexico Department of Health website at for the most up to date statewide information.




On August 5, 2020, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) filed an emergency amendment requiring employers to report positive COVID-19 cases in the workplace to the NMED Occupational Health and Safety Bureau within four hours of being notified of the case. The emergency rule is in place for 120 days (December 3, 2020), unless NMED proposes and the Environmental Improvement Board adopts a permanent rule prior to the end of the 120-day period.
New Mexico higher education institutions are required to report positive cases involving their faculty and staff to the NMED. Per the official memo, reports can be submitted via email to and
When a higher education institution is made aware of positive cases amongst the student population, reports can be submitted to the New Mexico Higher Education Department (NMHED) via email at


What information does NMED need?

The initial notification must include:
  • Name of the higher education institution
  • Address, city, state and zip code of the higher education institution
  • Employer representative contact, email and telephone number
  • Number of people employed and number of students enrolled at the higher education institution
  • Number of individuals who tested positive
  • Identifier for the positive COVID-19 case(s)
  • Date of COVID-19 test(s)
  • Date each positive individual was last on campus
  • Date each positive individual began to self-quarantine
  • Please do not include names or personally identifiable information. Use the provided Excel template on this webpage


Why was this rule put into place?

When the state learns of a positive case in the workplace, state agencies deploy a “rapid response,” offering guidance and support to employers around testing, disinfection and other actions that need to be taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 beyond the infected employee. Most of these rapid responses are led by NMED other appropriate agencies. Frequently, NMED does not learn of positive cases until after the employer is notified by the positive employee, causing a delay in rapid response deployment. The emergency rule, which requires employers to report positive COVID-19 cases among employees within four hours of being notified, will ultimately allow NMED to more quickly respond and prevent spread among employees as a result.


Recent News


(August 27, 2020)  Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham makes $4,000,700 of The Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund available to Higher Education Institutions to transition to online learning. NOW CLOSED. 


(August 8, 2020)  White House memorandum to the U.S. Department of Education on continued student loan payment relief during the COVID-19 pandemic: 


CONTACT US: If you require additional guidance on how to direct your question or are not able to locate the information you are looking for on the New Mexico Higher Education Department's website, please send us a message.