NMPED COVID-19 Update: 1 Student, 6 Staff Test Positive In New Mexico Public Schools In Last 24 Hours

NMPED News:

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department (NMPED) announced today 7 new positive cases of COVID-19 in the last 24-hours, after implementing a rapid response and verifying all pertinent information with the schools and school districts. 

The following new cases were reported:

  • One case at a public school in McKinley County. The infected individual is a teacher. The infected individual was last in the school building Sept. 15. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.
  • Five cases at a public school in Roosevelt County. The infected individuals are staff members, including two teachers. The infected individuals were last in the school building or a district office Sept. 9, 11, and 14. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected buildings have been notified of the positive cases.
  • One case at a public school in Bernalillo County. The infected individual is a student. The infected individual was last in the office building Sept. 9. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

The affected classrooms and school facilities will be thoroughly disinfected, and any staff or students who came into close contact with a newly diagnosed individual will be quarantined for 14 days. 

“Close contact” means being within six feet for three minutes or more. Staff who were close contacts must get tested for COVID-19 and provide the school with test results prior to returning to in-person duties.

The PED has collected data since Aug. 17; moving forward, cumulative totals will include those data, and the total number of cases in school populations is currently at 118.

For additional information about COVID-19 safety in schools, visit: https://bit.ly/SafeSchoolsNM.

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