Coronavirus: What You Need To Know

In recent months, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has garnered significant attention around the globe. My office has prepared important resources and information you can use to stay prepared and healthy. 

Most importantly, it is vital that we remain calm and be diligent to prevent the spread of germs.

News surrounding COVID-19 is changing rapidly. Follow my news center for the latest on how I’m working with state, Tribal, and federal officials to address this public health emergency.

Each week, I am holding Facebook townhalls to provide New Mexicans with critical updates and resources. Recordings are available here. 

For the latest guidance from the New Mexico Department of Health on social gatherings, business operations, and travel recommendations, click here.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued the following guidelines to prevent illness:  

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth;
  • Stay home when you are sick;
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash;
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe;
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, dry cough, and difficulty breathing. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead to tell them about your symptoms.

For the latest updates from the New Mexico Department of Health: English / Español 

For the latest updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, click here.

For the list of travel advisories for those who are planning to fly outside of the United States, click here for guidance from the U.S. Department of State. 

Families First COVID-19 Constituent Service Resources Toolkit

New Mexico Coronavirus Resource Site

Resources for Workers Impacted by Coronavirus – If you have lost your job or had your hours reduced because of COVID-19, assistance might be available to you. In response to the public health emergency, some of the usual requirements have been waived. To find out if this program can help you, click here. You can file an unemployment claim online at or by calling 1-877-664-6984.

COVID-19 Testing- For a list of sites providing screening and testing, please click here. NMDOH recommends that you call the test site at the number provided before you to go to ensure that the hours of operation and their screening requirements are up to date.

New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department is assisting with grocery delivery to seniors and disabled adults. If you or someone you know is a senior or a disabled adult who cannot access groceries, please call 1-800-432-2080.

The New Mexico Public Education Department is offering free meals to eligible children impacted by school closures. For a complete list of organizations and districts offering food assistance, please visit

New Mexico Coronavirus Hotlines:

    • 1-855-600-3453 (Health Hotline - for those who feel ill or have questions about their health)
    • 1-833-551-0518 (General Information Hotline - for those who have non-health questions about resources and the community)
    • 1-866-699-4627 (Hotline for Seniors Citizens - for eligible senior citizens who need assistance with meal or grocery delivery)
    • 1-928-871-6868 (Hotline for Seniors Living on the Navajo Nation)

The following is a list of coronavirus resources in various languages from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Navajo Nation Department of Health:

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