NMPED COVID-19 Update: 4 Staff Members And 2 Students Test Positive In New Mexico Public Schools In Last 24 Hours

NMPED COVID-19 update:

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department announced this afternoon six new positive cases of COVID-19 in the last 24-hours.

Rapid response has been initiated, and all pertinent information has been verified with the schools and school districts.

The following new cases have been reported:

  • Two cases at two public schools in Bernalillo County that are in the remote learning mode. One infected individual is a student; the other is a staff member. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.
  • One case at a public school in Chaves County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property on Sept. 14. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.
  • Two cases at two public schools in Doña Ana County. Both infected individuals are staff members. Both were last on school property on Sept. 21. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases
  • One case at a public school in Sandoval County. The infected individual is a student who was last on school property on Sept. 18. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

All “close contacts” will be informed of the positive case and instructed to quarantine for 14 days. Affected classrooms and facilities will be cleaned and disinfected. Staff must be tested if symptomatic or a “close contact”; however, staff members shall not be required to present a negative test result in order to return to work.

Symptomatic staff may return to work after 10 days plus 24 hours after the fever is gone and COVID-19 symptoms have improved. Asymptomatic staff who have been “close contacts” may return to work after a 14-day quarantine.

The PED has collected this data since Aug. 17; since then, the cumulative total number of cases in school populations is 141.

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

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