COVID-19 Testing

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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.

Self Tests

Self-testing offers fast results. Self-tests are one of several options for testing for the virus that causes COVID-19 and may be more convenient than laboratory-based tests and point-of-care tests. Consider keeping self-tests at home or where you may need them. Learn More

You may report Positive self-tests to the NMDOH here.

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.

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

  • Have you tested positive for COVID-19? Click Here
  • Have you been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19? Click Here
  • Do you have COVID-19 Symptoms? Click Here

Positive Self Test Reporting

  • Did you use a home test other than Vault that showed you were positive for COVID-19? Click Here

Information on Long COVID or Post-COVID Conditions

Some people who have been infected with COVID-19 can experience long-term effects known as Long COVID or Post-COVID Conditions

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 https://cvresults.nmhealth.org

  • 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?

NM DOH guidance on quarantine and isolation: https://cv.nmhealth.org/how-to-isolate-when-positive/

CDC Information on isolation and quarantine:  COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation | CDC

When can I return to work?

In general, an employee may return to work after they have completed appropriate isolation (for COVID-19 cases) and quarantine (for COVID-19 exposures).  Guidance provided below is based on CDC Guidance. Also, you may need to check with your employer to see if they have any additional COVID-19 policies in place.

 After a person has been exposed to someone with COVID-19, there is a 10-day period during which they might become infected. This is called the “incubation period.” During this incubation period the guidance is as follows:

1.  If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and you are NOT up-to-date* on your COVID-19 vaccines.

  • Quarantine at home for 5 days from the day of exposure and watch for symptoms for a full 10 days.
  • Always wear a mask when out of your home for a full 10 days and be careful to keep socially distanced.
  • Test 5 days after your last exposure.
  • If you develop COVID symptoms at any time (even if you recently tested negative), test immediately and isolate until you get the results.
    • If you test positive following an exposure, follow isolation guidance for positive cases and isolate for 5 days.
    • If the test is negative, continue to self-monitor for a full 10 days. If you used a home test, then test again in 24 – 48 hours to confirm the result.
  • If you are not up-to-date and live with someone who has COVID-19, you must quarantine for the 5 days the person is infectious and then for 5 days after the person completes their infectious period. In this case, household members of positive cases have a minimum of 10 days of quarantine. You should test 5 days after your initial exposure and then 5 days after the person with COVID-19 completes their isolation period.

*Per CDC Guidance: up-to-date means a person has received all recommended doses in their primary series COVID-19 vaccine, and a booster dose when eligible.

2.  If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and are up-to-date* with vaccines or had a lab confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 90 days:

  • You do not need to quarantine at home unless you develop symptoms.
  • Always wear a mask when out of your home for a full 10 days after the exposure and be careful to keep socially distanced.
  • Test 5 days after your last exposure. You do not need to test if you had COVID-19 in the last 90 days.
  • If you develop COVID symptoms at any time (even if you recently tested negative), test immediately and isolate until you get the results.
    • If you test positive following an exposure, follow isolation guidance for cases and isolate for 5 days
    • If the test is negative, continue to self-monitor for a full 10 days. If you used a home test, then test again in 24 – 48 hours to confirm the result.
  • If you live with someone who is a case, you should test 5 days after your initial exposure and then 5 days after the case has completed their isolation period.

*Per CDC Guidance: up-to-date means a person has received all recommended doses in their primary series COVID-19 vaccine, and a booster dose when eligible.

3.  If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms and are unable to test:

NMDOH does not provide return to work or work excuse letters. We recommend that employers use the recommendations above 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 COVID-19 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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