Information for Clinicians
May 7 Health Alert Network: Phase 1 Reopening Guidelines for Dental Care Settings
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday, April 30 announced a Public Health Order to protect New Mexico’s supply of the personal protective equipment healthcare workers need to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. The NMDOH issued a Health Alert Network including guidelines developed jointly by the NM Medical Advisory Team (MAT) and the NM Dental Association. The NMDOH requires dental facilities to submit an attestation affirming they will comply with the guidelines outlined by the MAT and NMDA. Additionally, a PPE burn rate calculator is included as a resource for providers.
Download the 5/7 Attestation Form here.
April 30 Public Health Order Compliance for Certain Health Care Facilities
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday, April 30 announced a Public Health Order to protect New Mexico’s supply of the personal protective equipment healthcare workers need to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. This Order modifies temporary restrictions on non-essential health care services, procedures, and surgeries. Facilities (specifically freestanding hospitals and surgical centers) are required to submit an attestation affirming they will comply with the guidelines outlined in the Order. The order does not permit the resumption of non-essential health care services, procedures, and surgeries in San Juan, McKinley, and Cibola counties.
Download the 4/30 Public Health Order Attestation Form here.
Finally, neither individual practitioners nor medical offices are required to submit an attestation. For guidance and further information on the resumption of non-essential (but medically necessary) services in medical offices please see these guidelines from the Medical Advisory Team.
March 25 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.
NMDOH COVID-19 Provider Portal
Providers across New Mexico offer safe screening and testing for COVID-19. Click Here to find a testing location.
Following Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s declaration of a Public Health Emergency in NM, the DOH launched the Medical Advisory Team (MAT), which is building a statewide delivery system to effectively manage the surge in COVID-19 cases and resources and assets as they become scarce. Click here to learn more about the MAT’s work.
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 Evaluation and Testing Persons for COVID-19
- CDC Interim Guidance for Management of Patients with Confirmed COVID-19
- CDC Interim Guidance for Discontinuation of Transmission-Based Precautions and Disposition of Patients with COVID-19 in Healthcare Settings
- CDC Information for Healthcare Professionals: COVID-19 and Underlying Conditions
- CDC Information for Pediatric Healthcare Providers
- CDC Caring for Newborns
- CDC Interim Considerations for Infection and Prevention of COVID-19 in Inpatient Obstetric Healthcare Settings
- CDC Caring for Breastfeeding Women
- CDC FAQs for Healthcare Professionals
Management of Healthcare Personnel with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 Exposure
Healthcare Supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- CDC Interim Guidance for Healthcare Facilities
- CDC Steps Healthcare Facilities Can Take
- CDC Print Resources for Your Clinic
- CDC Comprehensive Hospital Preparedness Checklist for COVID-19
- CDC Mitigating Staff Shortages
- CDC Interim Guidance for Outpatient Hemodialysis Facilities
- CDC Interim Guidance on COVID-19 for Personnel at Blood and Plasma Collection Facilities
- CDC Infection Prevention and Control Considerations for Alternate Care Sites
- CDC Outpatient and Ambulatory Care Settings: Responding to Community Transmission of COVID-19 in the United States
Long Term Care Facilities
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, please contact your County Emergency Manager for assistance.
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.