Information for Clinicians
Public Health Order Compliance for Certain Health Care Providers
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday, March 25 announced two public health orders that will protect New Mexico’s supply of the personal protective equipment health care workers need to stay safe during the COVID-19 crisis.
One order prohibits non-essential health services, defined as services that can be delayed for three months without undue risk to the patient’s health. Eliminating non-essential medical procedures will slow the use of personal protective gear. Providers and facilities that are effected are required to submit a policy addressing how they will comply with the order.
The second order prohibits health care providers and wholesale medical suppliers from selling or otherwise distributing personal protective equipment without prior approval from the New Mexico Department of Health. Health care providers and wholesale medical suppliers must provide the Health Department with an inventory of their personal protective gear within three days.
What you need to know:
Specimen Collection, Handling, and Testing
- CDC Interim Guidelines for Collecting, Handling, and Testing Clinical Specimens from Persons for COVID-19
- CDC Resources for Collecting Nasopharyngeal Swab Clinical Specimen: Video and Visual Guide
- NMDOH Guidance to Healthcare Providers Regarding Viral Collection Kits and Processing of COVID-19 Specimens
- NMDOH Scientific Laboratory Division (SLD) Clinical Test Request Form for COVID-19
Management of Patients with Confirmed COVID-19
- CDC Interim Clinical Guidance for Management of Patients with Confirmed COVID-19
- CDC Interim Guidance for Discontinuation of Transmission-Based Precautions and Disposition of Hospitalized Patients with COVID-19
- CDC COVID-19 Information for Pediatric Healthcare Providers
- CDC Interim Considerations for Infection Prevention and Control of COVID-19 in Inpatient Obstetric Healthcare Settings
- CDC Information for Clinicians on Therapeutic Options for COVID-19 Patients
Management of Healthcare Personnel with Potential COVID-19 Exposure
- CDC Risk Assessment and Public Health Management of Healthcare Personnel with Potential Exposure in a Healthcare Setting to Patients with COVID-19
- CDC Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Healthcare Settings
- CDC Healthcare Infection Prevent and Control FAQs for COVID-19
Healthcare Supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- CDC PPE Recommendations
- CDC FAQs about PPE
- CDC Strategies for Optimizing Supply of N95 Respirators
- CDC Checklist for Healthcare Facilities for Optimizing Supply of N95 Respirators
- CDC Release of Stockpiled N95 Respirators Beyond the Manufacturer-Designated Shelf Life
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Releases Temporary Enforcement Guidance for Respirator Fit Testing Requirements
- CDC Interim Guidance for Healthcare Facilities
- CDC Steps Healthcare Facilities Can Take
- CDC Interim Guidance for Outpatient Hemodialysis Facilities
- CDC Strategies to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in Long Term Care Facilities (LTCF)
- CDC Implementing Home Care of People Not Requiring Hospitalization
- CDC Interim Guidance for Discontinuation of In-Home Isolation for Patients with COVID-19
- CDC Preventing COVID-19 from Spreading in Homes and Communities
Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
If you suspect COVID-19 in a patient, immediately notify infection control personnel at your facility and contact the New Mexico Department of Health at 1-855-600-3453.
If you are experiencing a shortage of PPE, email the New Mexico Department of Health Emergency Operations Center at Section.DOC-Logistics@state.nm.us. If you have questions, you can call 505-476-8284 Monday through Friday between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm.
If you are a healthcare provider experiencing symptoms of fever and cough or shortness of breath, please isolate yourself, notify your employer, and contact your own healthcare provider for COVID-19 testing and follow-up care.