SANTA FE – New Mexico’s COVID-19 public health order, declaring an emergency will expire today Friday, March 31. This will not have any significant impacts on New Mexicans, since a previous version of this order aligned the state’s COVID-related requirements with the federal government there will not be any significant changes at this time. The federal government plans to end the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) on May 11, 2023.

Health care facilities continue to abide by federal licensure requirements. They are also advised to follow CDC guidelines and can make their own decisions above what is federally required as guided by their organization.

“Three years ago, when COVID-19 first hit, we were all caught off guard,” said Department of Health Secretary Patrick Allen. “Today, we have a variety of tools to protect ourselves. Get vaccinated and stay up to date with boosters, stay home when you’re sick, and high-quality masks are readily available, particularly if you have a weakened immune system and want to add a layer of protection. These tools continue to work.”

“We’ve all been through this together and we recognize the burden it has placed on individuals, families and communities,” said DOH Deputy Secretary Dr. Laura Parajon. “We’re thankful for the people who have used our recommendations to prevent disease spread and protect their communities.”

COVID-19 vaccines and treatments will remain free to all people regardless of insurance coverage, as long as federally purchased supplies last.

In terms of COVID-19 testing, although most insured people will still have coverage for COVID-19 tests ordered or administered by a health professional, these tests may no longer be free. At-home COVID-19 tests can be ordered through Project Act through June 2023 or while supplies last.

As of April 1, automatic Medicaid renewals will end. New Mexicans covered by Medicaid will have to renew coverage when their renewal applications are due. Be on the lookout for a turquoise envelope from the Human Services Department and be sure to follow the instructions for your renewal.