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New Mexico Higher Education Weekly Case Update 

Monday, November 30, 2020 

Weekly totals reflect test results reported to the New Mexico Higher Education Department since Saturday, November 21.  

124 new cases including 41 staff cases and 83 student cases.  

Total Positives Since June 2020 (students and employees): 1,267 
Total Staff Cases: 295 
Total Student Cases: 972 
Total On-Campus Cases: 267 
Total Off-Campus Cases : 705 
Student Athlete Cases: 195 
Total Fall Cases: 1,267 
Total Summer Cases: 79 

New Mexico higher education institutions are required to report positive cases involving their faculty and staff to the New Mexico Environment Department. Per the official memo, reports can be submitted via email NMHED.COVID@state.nm.us and through the OSHA portal at https://nmgov.force.com/rapidresponse/s/.  

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 via email at NMHED.COVID@state.nm.us

REPORTING COVID-19 CASES

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 the New Mexico Higher Education Department (NMHED) at NMHED.COVID@state.nm.us and through NMED's portal at https://nmgov.force.com/rapidresponse/s/.

When a higher education institution is made aware of positive cases amongst the student population, reports can be submitted to the NMHED via email at NMHED.COVID@state.nm.us.

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.

COVID-19  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 https://cv.nmhealth.org for the most up to date statewide information.

Colleges & Universities Help Expand COVID Testing in New Mexico

Five public colleges and universities in Southern New Mexico will offer free drive-thru COVID-19 testing sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Health beginning Thursday, November 5.

The partnership is part of the New Mexico Department of Health’s “red to green” testing surge aimed at expanding testing and driving down the positivity rate of counties in the southern part of the state.

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