NNMC President Richard Bailey Issues COVID-19 Health And Safety Update … Proliferation Of New Variants Prompts Stricter Measures On Campus

NNMC News:

ESPAÑOLA — The proliferation of variants and the re-emergence of increased case numbers has prompted Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) to implement more aggressive measures to combat the spread of COVID-19.

“Since March 2020, Northern New Mexico College has served as a role model for the thoughtful and thorough way we have endured the pandemic. Because of the teamwork and steadfast resolve of our campus community, we are proud of the fact that not a single positive COVID case has originated from either campus,” NNMC President Rick Bailey said. “NNMC is committed to the health and safety of not only our students, faculty and staff but our families and the communities we serve.”

The standards below, effective immediately, are being implemented with one simple, unchanging focus – to keep everyone safe and healthy:

  • All students, faculty and staff who want or need to be in-person on either campus must provide proof of full vaccination to the NNMC Health and Safety Officer by Oct. 15.
  • Exemptions to the vaccination policy will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and only for medical or religious reasons.
  • Masks are required by all personnel on either campus, with two exceptions: (1) outdoors with proper spacing; or (2) indoors in your office alone with the door closed.
  • Physical presence on either campus by non-college personnel will be prohibited until further notice. Exceptions will only be made on a case-by-case basis after consultation with the college president.

“Ultimately, the decision to implement these standards is bigger than the College,” Bailey said. “We all need to count on each other, now more than ever.”

Northern strongly advocates for everyone who is eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine. With New Mexicans ages 18 to 24 vaccinated at the lowest rate of any group (41 percent) and fall semester started, it is paramount that we work together to vaccinate our campus communities to ensure we limit spread and disruption in higher education settings.

The Delta variant is at least two times more contagious than previous COVID variants – but our vaccines are working, Baily said, adding that you can help protect the lives of our community and our most vulnerable – by getting vaccinated – today.

New Mexicans are eligible up to Aug. 31, for a $100 incentive for getting a dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Schedule your vaccine appointment at vaccinenm.org today. For more information visit vaccine nm.org.

For Northern New Mexico College’s COVID-19 guidance, updates and resources, visit https://nnmc.edu/covid19/

About Northern:

Northern New Mexico College has fulfilled the educational needs of the region for over a century. Originating in 1909 as the Spanish American Normal School in El Rito, Northern now offers more than 50 bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs in a wide variety of fields, including recently introduced programs in technical trades. Popular programs include nursing and health sciences, business, liberal arts, education, and STEM programs. Graduates have gone on to pursue advanced degrees at colleges such as Johns Hopkins University and Purdue University, and employment at NASA and Los Alamos National Labs.

Northern is an open-admissions college offering the most affordable bachelor’s degrees in the state, and is competitively priced for all other programs. Northern is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and has earned prestigious national accreditations for its engineering, nursing, education, and business programs. To learn more, visit www.nnmc.edu.