COVID-19 Testing

General Testing Information

Knowing whether or not you’re infected with coronavirus can help protect not only your own health, but the health of our entire community — so it’s important to get tested if you think you have COVID-19.

Testing is safe.

Testing sites are designed to keep you and it’s healthcare workers safe. Sometimes you stay in your car. Other sites will screen you before you come indoors.

Testing is important.

Knowing whether or not you’re infected with coronavirus can help protect not only your own health, but the health of our entire community — so it’s important to get tested if you think you have COVID-19.

Test with VAULT

New Mexico and Vault Medical Services have teamed up to offer at-home COVID-19 saliva testing for any person who believes they need to be tested, with or without symptoms, at no cost.  Find out more:

Find a Testing Location

There are testing locations operational all throughout the state. Click here to find a testing location near you.

Who should get tested?

The Department of Health strongly encourages the following groups to get tested:

  • Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and/or loss of taste or smell.
  • Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;
  • Asymptomatic people who live or work in congregate settings such as detention centers and long-term care facilities; and
  • Patients who are scheduled for surgery and whose provider has advised them to get tested before the procedure.

How do I pre-register for a COVID-19 test?

Each COVID-19 test site has different requirements and pre-registration options. Find a testing location to view pre-registration options by click here.

Where are the COVID-19 testing sites and locations?

Providers across New Mexico offer safe screening and testing for COVID-19. 

I've been tested. How do I get my results?

You can lookup your results online at

  • Results are updated in the portal twice each day at 9am and 6pm. If you don’t find your results please check again after these times.
  • Results are tested and returned between two and four days after the specimen is collected. You will not see results the day it was collected.

Please be patient as everyone, from the collection sites to the testing laboratories and dissemination staff, are working as fast as they can to provide you with your results.

Is there guidance regarding quarantine & isolation periods?

For persons with confirmed COVID-19 who had symptoms

Maintain isolation at home until all 3 of the following are met:

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared; AND,
  • At least 1 day (24 hours) has passed with no fever without the use of fever reducing medication; AND,
  • Symptoms have improved

For persons with confirmed COVID-19 who did not have any symptoms

Maintain isolation at home until:

  • At least 10 days since the positive test

When can I return to work?

For employees who have been exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19:

If a person has been exposed to someone with COVID-19, there is a 14-day period during which they might become infected. That is sometimes called the “incubation period” for the disease. The 14 days runs from the last date they had a close contact with the person with COVID-19.  People who have had an exposure must quarantine at home for 14 days.

Further information is available here: Policies for the Prevention and Control of COVID-19 in New Mexico

For employees who have tested positive for COVID-19:

When a person is diagnosed with COVID-19 they must remain isolated at home until they are no longer infectious. Some people with COVID-19 have symptoms while others do not. The best approach to determining when isolation can be discontinued is based on when symptoms begin or, for those who don’t have symptoms, the time since the positive COVID-19 test was collected. Requiring a negative test to allow someone to return to work can be problematic because people may intermittently shed non-viable virus for a while after they are no longer infectious. NMDOH does NOT recommend that employers require employees to provide proof of a negative test before they may return to work.

Due to the extremely high number of COVID-19 cases, NMDOH is not able to provide return to work or work excuse letters. We recommend that employers use the recommendations above in conjunction with an employee’s test results to determine when it is safe for them to resume regular activities, including work. If an employer needs assistance making this determination, they may call the NMDOH COVID19 hotline at 1-855-600-3453.

You've tested positive for COVID-19. Now what?

If you are experiencing severe difficulty breathing or other symptoms that make it difficult to care for yourself at home, call 911 right away.

Symptoms of COVID-19 may include cough, fever, upset stomach, headache, body aches, and/or loss of taste or smell. For isolation instructions, if you were notified you are positive for COVID-19, click the link below.

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