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COVID-19 Weekly School Watchlist/Closure List 2020-11-25T00:17:34-07:00

Contact: Judy Robinson
judy.robinson@state.nm.us
505-231-6889

November 24, 2020

PLEASE NOTE: The following information was intended for release on Friday, Nov. 20, but was delayed due to technical issues. The next report is scheduled for release Friday, Nov. 27

PED: 19 New Mexico public schools on COVID-19 Watchlist

SANTA FE – Nineteen New Mexico public school buildings were placed on the COVID-19 Watchlist in the week ending Friday, Nov. 20, signifying they had at least two Rapid Responses within a 14-day period.

Those schools are:

ALBUQUERQUE

  • Bel-Air Elementary
  • La Cueva High
  • Sunset Mesa School

ANTHONY

  • Gadsden Independent Schools Physical Plant

BELEN

  • Belen Middle

CLOVIS

  • La Casita Elementary in Clovis

DEMING

  • Deming Intermediate

ESPAÑOLA

  • Española Valley High
  • Eutimio Salazar Elementary
  • Española Public School District administrative office

HOBBS

  • Hobbs High
  • Hobbs Schools administrative offices

KIRTLAND

  • Kirtland Middle

LAS CRUCES

  • Las Cruces Public Schools administrative office

LOVINGTON

  • Taylor Middle

PORTALES

  • Brown Early Childhood Center

ROSWELL

  • Berrendo Middle
  • Sierra Middle

SANTA FE

  • Pojoaque Intermediate

During that same period, no schools were placed on the Closure List.

The Watchlist, maintained by the New Mexico Environment Department, includes schools and businesses with two or more Rapid Responses within 14 days. Those with four or more Rapid Responses in 14 days are placed on the Closure List and required to close and, where appropriate, return instruction to remote-only learning.

A Rapid Response is a series of interventions designed to prevent COVID-19 spread, beginning when the New Mexico Department of Health notifies a school that an employee or student has a confirmed positive case and was on campus/in the facility during the infectious period. Read the complete COVID-19 Rapid Response Watchlist here.

If a public school is required to close because it has four or more Rapid Responses in a 14-day period, it must remain in remote-only learning mode until its county is in the green zone — a Department of Health distinction signifying acceptable control of the virus. See the map here.

Only the individual school that reached the four-in-14 threshold would be required to return to remote learning. That means a school district could have one school closed for in-person learning, another on the Watchlist, and others with no impact.


Archived Daily Case Updates

October 30, 2020

NMPED COVID-19 update: Confirming 52 new positive cases across New Mexico’s public schools

39 staff members, 13 students tested positive

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department on Oct. 30 announced 52 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:

Four cases in Bernalillo County. Three of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 14, 21, and 23. The other infected individual is a student who was last on campus Sept. 15.

Two cases in Chaves County. Both of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 21 and 26.

Two cases in Cibola County. Both of the infected individuals are students who were last on campus Oct. 22.

Four cases in Curry County. Two of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 22 and 26. The other two infected individuals are students who were last on campus Oct. 5 and 13.

Twelve cases in Doña Ana County. All of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Sept. 14 and 16, and Oct. 14, 16, 19, 20, 22, 23 and 28.

Two cases in Eddy County. Both of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 22 and 23.

One case in Guadalupe County. The infected individual is a student who was last on school property Oct. 21.

Seven cases in Lea County. Six of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 20, 23, 26, 28 and 29. The other infected individual is a student who was last on campus Oct. 20.

Seven cases in Luna County. Six of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 15, 16, 19, 23 and 26. The other infected individual is a student who was last on campus Oct. 26.

Three cases in Roosevelt County. One of the infected individuals is a staff member who was last on school property Oct. 26. The other infected individuals are students who were last on school property Oct. 20 and 23.

Two cases in Sandoval County. The infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 20 and 21.

Two cases in San Juan County. Both of the infected individuals are students who were last on campus Oct. 27.

Two cases in Santa Fe County. The infected individuals are staff members who were last on campus Oct. 28.

One case in Valencia County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on campus Oct. 28.

All “close contacts” will be informed of the positive case(s) 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 will 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, 662 total cases have been reported in 321 schools, including 458 staff members and 204 students.

Since schools began operating in the hybrid mode on Sept. 8, a total of 601 cases have been reported in 298 schools, including 413 staff members and 188 students.

New Mexico’s Public Education Department rapid response team has removed duplicate records in case counts as of Oct. 19, and as a result, the cumulative case count has been reduced. In addition, New Mexico’s Department of Health has advised the PED to cancel certain cases previously reported because of insufficient details.

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


Contact: Deborah Martinez
505-412-7845

October 30, 2020

NMPED COVID-19 update: Confirming 29 new positive cases across New Mexico’s public schools

19 staff members, 10 students tested positive

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department on Oct. 29 announced 29 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:

Five cases in Bernalillo County. All of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 16, 19, 21 and 22.

One case in Chaves County. The infected individual is a student who was last on school property Oct. 22.

Four cases in Doña Ana County. Two of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 28. The other two infected individuals are students who were last on campus Oct. 20 and 28.

Five cases in Eddy County. Two of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 13 and 26. Three of the infected individuals are students who were last on campus Oct. 20.

One case in Lea County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Oct. 20.

Four cases in McKinley County. All of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 23, 26 and 28.

One case in Rio Arriba County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Oct. 21.

Two cases in Roosevelt County. One of the infected individuals is a staff member who was last on school property Oct. 19. The other infected individual is a student who was last on school property Oct. 21.

One case in Sandoval County. The infected individual is a student who was last on school property Oct. 16.

Two cases in San Juan County. Both of the infected individuals are students who were last on campus Oct. 20 and 21.

Two cases in Santa Fe County. The infected individuals are staff members who were last on campus Oct. 23 and 26.

One case in Valencia County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on campus Oct. 22.

All “close contacts” will be informed of the positive case(s) 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 will 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, 662 total cases have been reported in 321 schools, including 458 staff members and 204 students.

Since schools began operating in the hybrid mode on Sept. 8, a total of 601 cases have been reported in 298 schools, including 413 staff members and 188 students.

New Mexico’s Public Education Department rapid response team has removed duplicate records in case counts as of Oct. 19, and as a result, the cumulative case count has been reduced. In addition, New Mexico’s Department of Health has advised the PED to cancel certain cases previously reported because of insufficient details.

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


Contact: Deborah Martinez
505-412-7845

October 29, 2020

NMPED COVID-19 update: Confirming 29 new positive cases across New Mexico’s public schools

19 staff members, 10 students tested positive

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department on Oct. 29 announced 29 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:

Five cases in Bernalillo County. All of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 28.

One case in Chaves County. The infected individual is a student who was last on school property Oct. 28.

Four cases in Doña Ana County. Two of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 28. The other two infected individuals are students who were last on campus Oct. 20 and 28.

Five cases in Eddy County. Two of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 28. Three of the infected individuals are students who were last on campus Oct. 28.

One case in Lea County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Oct. 28.

Four cases in McKinley County. All of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 27 and 28.

One case in Rio Arriba County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Oct. 28.

Two cases in Roosevelt County. One of the infected individuals is a staff member who was last on school property Oct. 28. The other infected individual is a student who was last on school property Oct. 28.

One case in Sandoval County. The infected individual is a student who was last on school property Oct. 28.

Two cases in San Juan County. Both of the infected individuals are students who were last on campus Oct. 27.

Two cases in Santa Fe County. The infected individuals are staff members who were last on campus Oct. 28.

One case in Valencia County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on campus Oct. 28.

All “close contacts” will be informed of the positive case(s) 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 will 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, 662 total cases have been reported in 321 schools, including 458 staff members and 204 students.

Since schools began operating in the hybrid mode on Sept. 8, a total of 601 cases have been reported in 298 schools, including 413 staff members and 188 students.

New Mexico’s Public Education Department rapid response team has removed duplicate records in case counts as of Oct. 19, and as a result, the cumulative case count has been reduced. In addition, New Mexico’s Department of Health has advised the PED to cancel certain cases previously reported because of insufficient details.

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


Contact: Deborah Martinez
505-412-7845

October 28, 2020

NMPED COVID-19 update: Confirming 25 new positive cases across New Mexico’s public schools

23 staff members, two students tested positive

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department on Oct. 28 announced 25 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:

Four cases in Bernalillo County. All of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 8, 20 and 21.

One case in Chaves County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Oct. 23.

Five cases in Doña Ana County. All of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 1, 13, 16, 22 and 23.

Three cases in Eddy County. The infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 9, 22, and 26.

One case in Luna County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Oct. 22.

Two cases in Rio Arriba County. The infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 23.

Four cases in Roosevelt County. Three of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 19, 21 and 26. The other infected individual is a student who was last on campus Oct. 13.

Three cases in Sandoval County. One of the infected individuals is a student who was last on school property Oct. 22. The other two infected individual are staff members who were last on campus Sept. 25 and Oct. 20.

One case in Santa Fe County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on campus Oct. 22.

One case in Torrance County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on campus Oct. 21.

All “close contacts” will be informed of the positive case(s) 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 will 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, 638 total cases have been reported in 310 schools, including 441 staff members and 197 students.

Since schools began operating in the hybrid mode on Sept. 8, a total of 568 cases have been reported in 285 schools, including 389 staff members and 179 students.

New Mexico’s Public Education Department rapid response team has removed duplicate records in case counts as of Oct. 19, and as a result, the cumulative case count has been reduced. In addition, New Mexico’s Department of Health has advised the PED to cancel certain cases previously reported because of insufficient details.

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


Contact: Deborah Martinez
505-412-7845

October 27, 2020

NMPED COVID-19 update: Confirming 39 new positive cases across New Mexico’s public schools

30 staff members, nine students tested positive

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department on Oct. 27 announced 39 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:

Seven cases in Bernalillo County. Four of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 9, 20 and 21. The other three infected individuals are students who were last on campus Oct. 13 and 20.

One case in Cibola County. The infected individual is a student who was last on school property Oct. 21.

One case in Colfax County. The infected individual is a student who was last on school property Oct. 14.

Six cases in Curry County. Five of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Sept. 22, Oct.15, 16 and 23. The other infected individual is a student who was last on campus Oct. 13.

Six cases in Doña Ana County. Five of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 15, 16, 20, 22 and 23. The other infected individual is a student who was last on campus Oct. 14.

Three cases in Lea County. The infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 19, 20, and 23.

One case in Lincoln County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on campus Oct. 19.

Five cases in Luna County. All of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 12, 15, 16, 19 and 23.

Three cases in Roosevelt County. The infected individuals are staff members who were last on campus Oct. 16, 20 and 22.

One case in San Juan County. The infected individual is a student who was last on campus Oct. 22.

Three cases in Sandoval County. One of the infected individuals is a student who was last on school property Oct. 22. The other two infected individual are staff members who were last on campus Oct. 14 and 26.

Two cases in Valencia County. The infected individuals are staff members who were last on campus Oct. 16 and 21.

All “close contacts” will be informed of the positive case(s) 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 will 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, 607 total cases have been reported in 299 schools, including 412 staff members and 195 students.

Since schools began operating in the hybrid mode on Sept. 8, a total of 539 cases have been reported in 274 schools, including 362 staff members and 177 students.

New Mexico’s Public Education Department rapid response team has removed duplicate records in case counts as of Oct. 19, and as a result, the cumulative case count has been reduced. In addition, New Mexico’s Department of Health has advised the PED to cancel certain cases previously reported because of insufficient details.

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


Contact: Deborah Martinez
505-412-7845

October 26, 2020

NMPED COVID-19 update: Confirming 73 new positive cases across New Mexico’s public schools

55 staff members, 18 students tested positive

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department on Oct. 26 announced 73 new positive cases of COVID-19 in the last 72 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:

Fifteen cases in Bernalillo County. Eight of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 7, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 22. Seven of infected individuals are students who were last on campus Oct. 15 (two individuals) and 21 (five individuals). All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected schools have been notified of the positive cases.

Seven cases in Chaves County. Five of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 15, 16, 19, 21 and 22. Two of the infected individuals are students who were last on school property Oct. 15 and Oct. 16. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected schools have been notified of the positive cases.

Five cases in Curry County. Four of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 16, 19 (two individuals) and 23. The other is a student who was last on school property Oct. 15. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Ten cases in Dona Ana County. All 10 infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Sept. 30, Oct. 9, 16 (four individuals), 19 and 20 (three individuals). All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected schools have been notified of the positive cases.

Six cases in Eddy County. All six of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 19 (two individuals) and Oct. 20 (four individuals). All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected schools have been notified of the positive cases.

One case in Lea County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Oct. 13. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

One case in Lincoln County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Oct. 15. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

Four cases in Luna County. All four of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on campus Oct. 12, 14, 19 and 20. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected schools have been notified of the positive cases.

Four cases in McKinley County. Two of the infected individuals are students who were last on campus Oct. 22. The other two are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 16 and 19. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected schools have been notified of the positive cases.

One case in Rio Arriba County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on campus Oct. 15. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected schools have been notified of the positive case.

One case in Roosevelt County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on campus Oct. 16. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

Six cases in Sandoval County. Three of the infected individuals are students who were last on school property Oct. 15, 16 and 20. The other three infected individuals are staff members who were last on campus Oct. 15, 22 and 23. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected schools have been notified of the positive cases.

Two cases in Santa Fe County. Both infected individuals are staff members who were last on campus Oct. 13 and 16. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected schools have been notified of the positive cases.

Four cases in San Juan County. Two of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 21 and 22. The other two are students who were last on campus Oct. 16. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected schools have been notified of the positive cases.

One case in Sierra County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on campus Oct. 20. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

Two cases in Taos County. Both infected individuals are staff members who were last on campus Oct. 14 and Oct. 21. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected schools have been notified of the positive cases.

One case in Torrance County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Oct. 23. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

Two cases in Valencia County. Both infected individuals are students who were last on campus Oct. 14 and Oct. 20. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected schools have been notified of the positive cases.

All “close contacts” will be informed of the positive case(s) 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 will 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, 602 total cases have been reported in 294 schools, including 405 staff members and 197 students.

Since schools began operating in the hybrid mode on Sept. 8, a total of 534 cases have been reported in 271 schools, including 355 staff members and 179 students.

New Mexico’s Public Education Department rapid response team has removed duplicate records in case counts as of Oct. 19, and as a result, the cumulative case count has been reduced. In addition, New Mexico’s Department of Health has advised the PED to cancel certain cases previously reported because of insufficient details.

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


Contact: Deborah Martinez
505-412-7845

October 23, 2020

NMPED COVID-19 update: Confirming 30 new positive cases across New Mexico’s public schools

21 staff members, nine students tested positive

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department on Oct. 23 announced 30 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:

Eight cases in Bernalillo County. Seven of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Sept. 30, Oct. 7, 15, 16 and 20. The other infected individual is a student who was last on campus Sept. 28. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

One case in Chaves County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Oct. 16. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

One case in Curry County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Oct. 16. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

Four cases in Eddy County. Two of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 19. The other two infected individuals are students who were last on campus Oct. 9 and 15. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Three cases in Lea County. The infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 16 and 20. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Five cases in Luna County. One of the infected individuals is a student who was last on campus Oct. 13. The other four infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 2, 15, 19 and 21. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Two cases in McKinley County. The infected individuals are students who were last on campus Oct. 15. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

One case in Roosevelt County. The infected individual is a student who was last on campus Oct. 16. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

Two cases in Sandoval County. One of the infected individuals is a student who was last on school property Oct. 15. The other infected individual is a staff member who was last on campus Oct. 21. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Two cases in San Juan County. Both of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 13 and Oct. 20. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

One case in Sierra County. The infected individual is a student who was last on campus Oct. 21. 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(s) 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 will 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, 466 total cases have been reported in 253 schools, including 301 staff members and 165 students.

Since schools began operating in the hybrid mode on Sept. 8, a total of 427 cases have been reported in 231 schools, including 279 staff members and 148 students.

New Mexico’s Public Education Department rapid response team has removed duplicate records in case counts as of Oct. 19, and as a result, the cumulative case count has been reduced. In addition, New Mexico’s Department of Health has advised the PED to cancel certain cases previously reported because of insufficient details.

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


Contact: Deborah Martinez
505-412-7845

October 22, 2020

NMPED COVID-19 update: Confirming 25 new positive cases across New Mexico’s public schools

18 staff members, seven students tested positive

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department on Oct. 22 announced 25 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:

Five cases in Bernalillo County. Four of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 16. The other infected individual is a student who was last on campus Oct. 13. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

One case in Curry County. The infected individual is a student who was last on school property Oct. 8. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

Three cases in Doña Ana County. All of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Sept. 15, Oct. 6 and Oct. 20. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Two cases in Eddy County. The infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 9 and Oct. 15. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

One case in Lea County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on campus Oct. 12. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

One case in Lincoln County. The infected individual is a student who was last on campus Oct. 15. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

Two cases in McKinley County. The infected individuals are staff members who were last on campus Oct. 16 and Oct. 19. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

One case in Otero County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on campus Oct. 13. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

One case in Quay County. The infected individual is a student who was last on campus Oct. 13. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

One case in Roosevelt County. The infected individual is a student who was last on campus Oct. 20. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

One case in Sandoval County. The infected individual is a student who was last on school property Oct. 16. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

Three cases in San Juan County. Two of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 2 and Oct. 18. The third infected individual is a student who was last on campus Oct. 13. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

One case in Torrance County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on campus Oct. 15. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

Two cases in Valencia County. The infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 13 and Oct. 15. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

All “close contacts” will be informed of the positive case(s) 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 will 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, 435 total cases have been reported in 238 schools, including 280 staff members and 155 students.

Since schools began operating in the hybrid mode on Sept. 8, a total of 397 cases have been reported in 216 schools, including 258 staff members and 139 students.

New Mexico’s Public Education Department rapid response team has removed duplicate records in case counts as of Oct. 19, and as a result, the cumulative case count has been reduced. In addition, New Mexico’s Department of Health has advised the PED to cancel certain cases previously reported because of insufficient details.

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


Contact: Deborah Martinez
505-412-7845

October 21, 2020

NMPED COVID-19 update: Confirming 21 new positive cases across New Mexico’s public schools

13 staff members, eight students tested positive

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department on Oct. 21 announced 21 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:

Three cases in Bernalillo County. All of the infected individuals are students who were last on campus Oct. 14 and Oct. 16. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

One case in Curry County. The infected individual is a student who was last on school property Oct. 13. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

Five cases in Doña Ana County. Four of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Sept. 25, Oct. 8, Oct. 13 and Oct. 14. The other infected individual is a student who was last on campus Oct. 14. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Two cases in Eddy County. The infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 15 and Oct. 16. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Three cases in Lea County. Two of the infected individuals are students who were last on school property Oct. 16. The other infected individual is a staff member who was last on campus Oct. 16. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Three cases in McKinley County. One of the infected individuals is a student who was last on school property Oct. 15. The other two infected individuals are staff members who were last on campus Oct. 15 and Oct. 16. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

One case in Sandoval County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Oct. 16. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

One case in San Juan County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Oct. 16. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

One case in Santa Fe County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on campus Oct. 15. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

One case in Valencia County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on campus Oct. 7. 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(s) 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 will 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, 417 total cases have been reported in 223 schools. Of those, 276 have been staff members and 141 have been students.

Since schools began operating in the hybrid mode on Sept. 8, a total of 348 cases have been reported in 200 schools, including 221 staff members and 127 students.

New Mexico’s Public Education Department rapid response team has removed duplicate records in case counts as of Oct. 19, and as a result, the cumulative case count has been reduced. In addition, New Mexico’s Department of Health has advised the PED to cancel certain cases previously reported because of insufficient details.

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


Contact: Deborah Martinez
505-412-7845

October 20, 2020

CORRECTION: Case numbers since Sept. 9 include 119 students, 208 staff, totaling 327

NMPED COVID-19 update: Confirming 30 new positive cases across New Mexico’s public schools

18 staff members, 12 students tested positive

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department on Oct. 20 announced 30 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:

Four cases in Bernalillo County. One of the infected individuals is a student who was last on campus Oct. 13. The other three infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 7, 14 and Oct. 16. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

One case in Chaves County. The infected individual is a staff member who was on campus Oct. 13. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

Three cases in Curry County. Two of the individuals are staff members who were last on school property Sept. 28, Oct. 19. The other infected individual is a student who was last on campus Oct. 6. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

One case in Doña Ana County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Oct. 5. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

One case in Eddy County. The infected individual is a student who was last on school property Oct. 6. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

Five cases in Lea County. Four of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 2, 8, 13 and Oct. 16. The fifth infected individual is a student who was last on campus Oct. 2. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Two cases in Lincoln County. One of the infected individuals is a student who was last on school property Oct. 15. The other infected individual is a staff member who was last on campus Oct. 13. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

One case in Luna County. The infected individual is a student who was last on school property Sept. 30. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

One case in Roosevelt County. The infected individual is a student who was last on school property Oct. 12. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

Four cases in Sandoval County. Three of the infected individuals are students who were last on school property Sept. 15 and Oct.15. The other infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Oct. 12. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Three cases in San Juan County. All three infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 14, 16, and 19. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Two cases in San Miguel County. Both of the infected individuals are students who were last on campus Sept. 25 and Oct. 12. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Two cases in Santa Fe County. Both of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on campus Sept. 30 and Oct. 9. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

All “close contacts” will be informed of the positive case(s) 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 will 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, 396 total cases have been reported in 215 schools. Of those, 263 have been staff members and 133 have been students.

Since schools began operating in the hybrid mode on Sept. 8, a total of 327 cases have been reported in 192 schools, including 208 staff members and 119 students.

New Mexico’s Public Education Department rapid response team has removed duplicate records in case counts as of Oct. 19, and as a result, the cumulative case count has been reduced. In addition, New Mexico’s Dept. of Health has advised the PED to cancel certain cases previously reported, because of insufficient details.

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


October 20, 2020

NMPED COVID-19 update: Confirming 30 new positive cases across New Mexico’s public schools

18 staff members, 12 students tested positive

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department on Oct. 20 announced 30 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:

Four cases in Bernalillo County. One of the infected individuals is a student who was last on campus Oct. 13. The other three infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 7, 14 and Oct. 16. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

One case in Chaves County. The infected individual is a staff member who was on campus Oct. 13. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

Three cases in Curry County. Two of the individuals are staff members who were last on school property Sept. 28, Oct. 19. The other infected individual is a student who was last on campus Oct. 6. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

One case in Doña Ana County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Oct. 5. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

One case in Eddy County. The infected individual is a student who was last on school property Oct. 6. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

Five cases in Lea County. Four of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 2, 8, 13 and Oct. 16. The fifth infected individual is a student who was last on campus Oct. 2. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Two cases in Lincoln County. One of the infected individuals is a student who was last on school property Oct. 15. The other infected individual is a staff member who was last on campus Oct. 13. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

One case in Luna County. The infected individual is a student who was last on school property Sept. 30. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

One case in Roosevelt County. The infected individual is a student who was last on school property Oct. 12. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

Four cases in Sandoval County. Three of the infected individuals are students who were last on school property Sept. 15 and Oct.15. The other infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Oct. 12. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Three cases in San Juan County. All three infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 14, 16, and 19. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Two cases in San Miguel County. Both of the infected individuals are students who were last on campus Sept. 25 and Oct. 12. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Two cases in Santa Fe County. Both of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on campus Sept. 30 and Oct. 9. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

All “close contacts” will be informed of the positive case(s) 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 will 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, 396 total cases have been reported in 215 schools. Of those, 263 have been staff members and 133 have been students.

Since schools began operating in the hybrid mode on Sept. 8, a total of 341 cases have been reported in 192 schools, including 208 staff members and 133 students.

New Mexico’s Public Education Department rapid response team has removed duplicate records in case counts as of Oct. 19, and as a result, the cumulative case count has been reduced. In addition, New Mexico’s Dept. of Health has advised the PED to cancel certain cases previously reported, because of insufficient details.

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


Contact: Deborah Martinez
505-412-7845

October 19, 2020

NMPED COVID-19 update: Confirming 48 new positive cases across New Mexico’s public schools

38 staff members, 10 students tested positive

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department on Oct. 19 announced 48 new positive cases of COVID-19 in the last 72 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:

10 cases in Bernalillo County. Two of the infected individuals are students who were last on campus Oct. 1 and Oct. 7. The other eight infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 1, 7, 12, 13, 14 and Oct. 15. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Five cases in Chaves County. One of the infected individuals is a student who was last on school property Oct. 6. The other four infected individuals are staff members who were on campus Oct. 2, 7, and 13. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Two cases in Cibola County. Both infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 6 and Oct. 8. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Two cases in Curry County. Both infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 6 and Oct. 8. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

11 cases in Doña Ana County. All of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 6, 9, 13 and Oct. 15. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Two cases in Eddy County. Both of the infected individuals are students who were last on school property Oct. 6. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Four cases in Lea County. Three of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 9, 12 and 15. The fourth infected individual is a student who was last on campus Sept. 28. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Three cases in Lincoln County. The infected individuals are all students who were last on school property Sept. 28, Oct. 6 and Oct. 9. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

One case in Otero County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Oct. 9. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

Two cases in Roosevelt County. The infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 8. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Two cases in Sandoval County. The infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 13 and Oct. 16. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

One case in Santa Fe County. The infected individual is a student who was last on campus Oct. 5. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

Three cases in Valencia County. All three infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 16. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

All “close contacts” will be informed of the positive case(s) 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 will 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, 366 total cases have been reported in 208 schools. Of those, 245 have been staff members and 121 have been students.

Since schools began operating in the hybrid mode on Sept. 8, a total of 297 cases have been reported in 182 schools, including 190 staff members and 107 students.

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


October 16, 2020

NMPED COVID-19 update: Confirming 20 new positive cases across New Mexico’s public schools

13 staff members, seven students tested positive

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department on Oct. 16 announced 20 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:

Four cases in Bernalillo County. Two of the infected individuals are students who were last on campus Oct. 6 and Oct. 15. The other two infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Sept. 30 and Oct. 7. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Two cases in Chaves County. The infected individuals are both students who were last on school property Oct. 8 and Oct. 12. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Three cases in Curry County. All three infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 2, Oct. 8 and Oct. 15. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Three cases in Doña Ana County. All of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 6 and Oct. 8. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

One case in Lincoln County. The infected individual is a student who was last on school property Oct. 9. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

Three cases in Luna County. The infected individuals are all staff members who were last on school property Oct. 2. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

One case in Mora County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Oct. 8. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

One case in San Juan County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Oct. 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 in Sierra County. The infected individuals are students who were last on campus Oct. 2. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

All “close contacts” will be informed of the positive case(s) 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 will 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, 383 total cases have been reported in 192 schools. Of those, 250 have been staff members and 133 have been students.

Since schools began operating in the hybrid mode on Sept. 8, a total of 264 cases have been reported in 157 schools, including 167 staff members and 97 students.

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


Contact: Deborah Martinez
505-412-7845

October 15, 2020

NMPED COVID-19 update: Confirming 15 new positive cases across New Mexico’s public schools

Seven staff members, eight students tested positive

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department on Oct. 15 announced 15 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 in Bernalillo County. Both of the infected individuals are students who were last on campus Oct. 1 and Oct. 13. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Four cases in Chaves County. The infected individuals are all students who were last on school property Oct. 5, 6, and 8. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Three cases in Curry County. Two of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 9 and Oct. 13. The other infected individual is a student who was last on campus Sept. 25. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Two cases in Doña Ana County. Both of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 2 and Oct. 6. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

One case in Lea County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Oct. 8. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

One case in McKinley County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Oct. 2. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

One case in Santa Fe County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Sept. 25. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

One case in Valencia County. The infected individual is a student who was last on school property Oct. 9. 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(s) 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 will 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, 363 total cases have been reported in 184 schools. Of those, 237 have been staff members and 126 have been students.

Since schools began operating in the hybrid mode on Sept. 8, 244 cases have been reported in 148 schools, including 154 staff members and 90 students.

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


Contact: Deborah Martinez
505-412-7845

October 14, 2020

NMPED COVID-19 update: Confirming 21 new positive cases across New Mexico’s public schools

11 staff members, 10 students tested positive

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department on Oct. 14 announced 21 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:

Three cases in Bernalillo County. Two of the infected individuals are students who were last on campus Aug. 6 and Sept. 29. The other infected individual is a staff member who was last on campus Sept. 17. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

One case in Chaves County. The infected individual is a student who was last on school property Oct. 2. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

Three cases in Curry County. The infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Sept. 28 and Oct. 8. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Three cases in Doña Ana County. All of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 2, 7, and 9. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Two cases in Eddy County. One of the infected individuals is a staff member who was last on school property Oct. 1. The other infected individual is a student who was last on campus Sept. 29. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Two cases in Lea County. One of the infected individuals is a staff member who was last on school property Oct. 9. The other infected individual is a student who was last on campus Oct. 8. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Two cases in McKinley County. One of the infected individuals is a staff member who was last on school property Oct. 13. The other infected individual is a student who was last on campus Oct. 1. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

One case in San Juan County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Oct. 13. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

One case in San Miguel County. The infected individual is a student who was last on school property Oct. 2. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

One case in Santa Fe County. The infected individuals is a student who was last on school property Oct. 6. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

Two cases in Torrance County. Both of the infected individuals are students who were last on school property Oct. 2 and Oct. 8. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

All “close contacts” will be informed of the positive case(s) 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 will 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, 348 total cases have been reported in 179 schools. Of those, 230 have been staff members and 118 have been students.

Since schools began operating in the hybrid mode on Sept. 8, 229 cases have been reported in 141 schools, including 147 staff members and 82 students.

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


Contact: Deborah Martinez
505-412-7845

October 13, 2020

NMPED COVID-19 update: Confirming 42 new positive cases across New Mexico’s public schools

24 staff members, 18 students tested positive

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department on Oct. 13 announced 42 new positive cases of COVID-19 in the last 96 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:

Six cases in Bernalillo County. Four of the infected individuals are students who were last on campus Oct. 5 and Oct. 6. Two other infected individuals are staff members who were last on campus Oct. 7. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Ten cases in Chaves County. Five of the infected individuals are students who were last on school property Oct. 5 and Oct. 6. The other five infected individuals are staff members who were last on campus Sept. 29, Oct. 6 and Oct. 8. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Three cases in Curry County. Two of the infected individuals are students who were last on school property Sept. 19 and Oct. 1. The other infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Oct. 5. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Six cases in Doña Ana County. All of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 5, 6, and 7. The other infected individual is a student who was last on school property Oct. 7. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

One case in Hidalgo County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Oct. 7. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

One case in Lea County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Oct. 8. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

One case in Lincoln County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Oct. 6. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

Six cases in McKinley County. The infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 2, 5, 7 and 8. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Two cases in Rio Arriba County. One of the infected individuals is a staff member who was last on school property Oct. 1. The other infected individual is a student who was last on school property Oct. 5. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Five cases in Sandoval County. The infected individuals are students who were last on school property Oct. 5, 6 and 7. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

One case in Roosevelt County. The infected individual is a student who was last on school property Oct. 1. 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(s) 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 will 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, 327 total cases have been reported in 167 schools. Of those, 219 have been staff members and 108 have been students.

Since schools began operating in the hybrid mode on Sept. 8, 208 cases have been reported in 128 schools, including 136 staff members and 72 students.

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


October 9, 2020

NMPED COVID-19 update: Confirming 18 new positive cases across New Mexico’s public schools

Eight staff members, ten students tested positive

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department on Oct. 9 announced 18 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 in Chaves County. The infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 2 and Oct. 6. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Three cases in Curry County. Two of the infected individuals are students who were last on school property Oct. 2. The other infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Oct. 6. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Three cases in Doña Ana County. Two of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Sept. 24 and Sept. 25. The other infected individual is a student who was last on school property Oct. 7. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

One case in Eddy County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Sept. 24. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

One case in Hidalgo County. The infected individual is a student who was last on school property Sept. 24. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

One case in McKinley County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Oct. 8. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

Three cases in Rio Arriba County. The infected individuals are students who were last on school property Oct. 6. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

One case in Sandoval County. The infected individual is a student who was last on school property Oct. 5. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

One case in Santa Fe County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Oct. 2. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

One case in Sierra County. The infected individual is a student who was last on school property Oct. 2. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

One case in Valencia County. The infected individual is a student who was last on school property Oct. 2. 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(s) 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 will 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, 285 total cases have been reported in 150 schools. Of those, 195 have been staff members and 90 have been students.

Since schools began operating in the hybrid mode on Sept. 8, 166 cases have been reported in 109 schools, including 112 staff members and 54 students.

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


Contact: Deborah Martinez
505-412-7845

October 8, 2020

NMPED COVID-19 update: Confirming 11 new positive cases across New Mexico’s public schools

Nine staff members, two students tested positive

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department on Oct. 8 announced 11 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 in Bernalillo County. The infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Sept. 23 and Oct. 5. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Two cases in Chaves County. The infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 1 and Oct. 2. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

One case in Curry County. The infected individual is a student who was last on school property Oct. 5. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

Two cases in Doña Ana County. The infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Sept. 22 and Oct. 7. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

One case in Lincoln County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Oct. 1. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

One case in McKinley County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Oct. 2. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

One case in Roosevelt County. The infected individual is a student who was last on school property Sept. 14. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

One case in Sandoval County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Oct. 6. 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(s) 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 will 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, 267 total cases have been reported in 143 schools. Of those, 187 have been staff members and 80 have been students.

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


Contact: Deborah Martinez
505-412-7845

October 7, 2020

NMPED COVID-19 update: Confirming 15 new positive cases across New Mexico’s public schools

Four staff members, 11 students tested positive

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department on Oct. 7 announced 15 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:

One case in Bernalillo County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Oct. 2. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

Four cases in Curry County. All of the infected individuals are students who were last on school property Sept. 29. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Two cases in Chaves County. The infected individuals are students who were last on school property Sept. 29 and Oct. 2. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

One case in Doña Ana County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Oct. 2. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

Two cases in Lea County. One infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Oct. 5. The other infected individual is a student who was last on school property Sept. 29. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Two cases in Lincoln County. The infected individuals are students who were last on school property Oct. 1. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

One case in Roosevelt County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Sept. 30. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

One case in San Juan County. The infected individual is a student who was last on school property Oct. 1. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

One case in Torrance County. The infected individual is a student who was last on school property Sept. 29. 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(s) 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 will 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, 256 total cases have been reported in 139 schools. Of those, 178 have been staff members and 78 have been students. (Please note an error in yesterday’s cumulative case number that should have been 241, not 341.)

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


Contact: Deborah Martinez
505-412-7845

October 6, 2020

NMPED COVID-19 update: Confirming 14 new positive cases across New Mexico’s public schools

Twelve staff members, two students tested positive

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department on Oct. 6 announced 14 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 in Bernalillo County. The infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Sept. 17, and Sept. 24. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Three cases in Curry County. Two of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Sept. 29 and Oct. 2. The other infected individual is a student who was last on school property Sept. 29. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Three cases in Doña Ana County. The infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Sept. 15, Sept. 25, and Oct. 2. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Three cases in Lea County. Two infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 1. The other infected individual is a student who was last on school property Oct. 1. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Two cases in McKinley County. The infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Sept. 30 and Oct. 5. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

One case in Otero County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Sept. 24. 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(s) 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 will 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, 241 total cases have been reported in 128 schools. Of those, 174 have been staff members and 67 have been students.

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


Contact: Deborah Martinez
505-412-7845

October 5, 2020

NMPED COVID-19 update: Confirming 17 new positive cases across New Mexico’s public schools

Fourteen staff members, three students tested positive

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department on Oct. 5 announced 17 new positive cases of COVID-19 in the last 72 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:

Three cases in Bernalillo County. The infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Sept. 15, Sept. 28 and Oct. 2. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Four cases in Chaves County. Two of the infected individuals are students who were last on school property Sept. 18 and Sept. 28. The other two infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property on Sept. 29 and Oct. 2. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

One case in Colfax County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Sept. 29. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

Two cases in Curry County. One infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Sept. 25. The other infected individual is a student who was last on school property Sept. 28. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Three cases in Doña Ana County. The infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Sept. 25 (two) and Sept. 28. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Two cases in Eddy County. The infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Sept. 17 and Oct. 2. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

One case in Lea County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Sept. 25. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

One case in Quay County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Sept. 30. 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(s) 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 will 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, 227 total cases have been reported in 120 schools. Of those, 162 have been staff members and 65 have been students.

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


Contact: Deborah Martinez
505-412-7845

October 2, 2020

NMPED COVID-19 update: Confirming five new positive cases across New Mexico’s public schools

Four staff members, one student tested positive

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department on Oct. 2 announced five 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:

One case in Chaves County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Sept. 28. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

One case in Doña Ana County. The infected individual is a student who was last on school property Sept. 25. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

One case in Lea County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Sept. 18. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

One case in Sandoval County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Sept. 16. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

One case in Valencia County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Oct. 1. 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(s) 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 will 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, 210 total cases have been reported in 112 schools. Of those, 148 have been staff members and 62 have been students.

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


Contact: Deborah Martinez
505-412-7845

October 1, 2020

NMPED COVID-19 update: Confirming 10 new positive cases across New Mexico’s public schools

7 staf members, 3 students tested positive

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department on Oct. 1 announced 10 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:

Three cases in Bernalillo County. All three infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Sept. 3 and Sept. 23 (two individuals). All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

One case in Chaves County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property on Sept. 29. The school is in remote learning mode. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

One case in Curry County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Sept. 29. The school is in remote learning mode. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

One case in Doña Ana County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Sept. 10. The school is in remote learning mode. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

Two cases in Eddy County. The infected individuals are both students. One was last on school property for small-group learning on Sept. 24. The other was last on school property for small-group learning Sept. 25. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Two cases in Hidalgo County. The infected individuals are both staff members who were last on school property Sept. 23 and Sept. 24 respectively. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected schools have been notified of the positive cases.

All “close contacts” will be informed of the positive case(s) 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 will 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, 205 total cases have been reported in 107 schools. Of those, 144 have been staff members and 61 have been students.

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


Contact: Deborah Martinez
505-412-7845

September 30, 2020

NMPED COVID-19 update: Confirming seven new positive cases across New Mexico’s public schools

Three staff members, four students tested positive

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department on Sept. 30 announced seven 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:

One case in Chaves County. The infected individual is a student who was last on school property Sept. 18. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case

One case in Doña Ana County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Sept. 11. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case

One case in Eddy County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Sept. 22. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case

Two cases in Lea County. The infected individuals are students who were last on school property Sept. 15. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected schools have been notified of the positive cases

One case in McKinley County. The infected individual is a student who was last on school property Sept. 22. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case

One case in Santa Fe County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Sept. 28. 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(s) 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 will 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, 195 total cases have been reported in 99 schools. (That number has been adjusted from previous reports after removing a case that turned out to be in a private school.) Of those, 137 have been staff members and 58 have been students.

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


Contact: Deborah Martinez
505-412-7845

September 29, 2020

NMPED COVID-19 update: Confirming 16 new positive cases across New Mexico’s public schools

Ten staff members, six students tested positive

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department on Sept. 29 announced 16 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:

Three cases in Bernalillo County. Two of the infected individuals are students who were last on campus Sept. 17 and Sept. 24. The other infected individual is a staff member who was last on campus on Aug. 24. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected schools have been notified of the positive cases.

Three cases in Chaves County. The infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Sept. 21 and Sept. 25. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected schools have been notified of the positive case.

Four cases in Doña Ana County. The infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Sept. 21, Sept. 23, and Sept. 25. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected schools have been notified of the positive cases.

One case in Eddy County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Sept. 22. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

Two cases in Lea County. One infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Sept. 25. The other is a student who was last on school property Sept. 25. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected schools have been notified of the positive cases.

One case in Roosevelt County. The infected individual is a student who was last on school property Sept. 16. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

Two cases in San Juan County. The infected individuals are students who were last on school property Sept. 22 and Sept.27. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected schools have been notified of the positive cases.

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 will 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, 188 total cases have been reported in 94 schools. (That number has been adjusted from previous reports after removing a case that turned out to be in a private school.) Of those, 134 have been staff members and 54 have been students.

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


Contact: Deborah Martinez
505-412-7845

September 28, 2020

NMPED COVID-19 update: Confirming 12 new positive cases across New Mexico’s public schools

Eight staff members, four students tested positive

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department on Sept. 28 announced 12 new positive cases of COVID-19 in the last 72 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:

Three cases in Chaves County. Two of the infected individual are staff members who were last on campus Sept. 14 and Sept. 22. Additionally, one student tested positive and was last on campus on Sept. 15. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

One case in Cibola County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Sept. 25. All close contacts within the district and parents and guardians of all students who had contact with this person have been notified of the positive case.

One case in Colfax County. The infected individual is a student who was last on school property Sept. 21. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected schools have been notified of the positive cases.

One case in Eddy County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Sept. 22. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

Two cases in Lincoln County. One infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Sept. 25. The other is a student who was last on school property Sept. 18. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

One case in McKinley County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Sept.25. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

Two cases in Santa Fe County. The infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Sept. 16 and Sept. 23. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

One case in Taos County. The infected individual is a student who was last on school property Sept. 18. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

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 will 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, 172 total cases have been reported in 88 schools. (That number has been adjusted from previous reports after removing a case that turned out to be in a private school.) Of those, 124 have been staff members and 48 have been students.

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


Contact: Deborah Martinez
505-412-7845

September 25, 2020

NMPED COVID-19 update: Confirming 14 new positive cases across New Mexico’s public schools

Thirteen staff members, one student tested positive

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department on Sept. 25 announced 14 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:

One case in Bernalillo County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on campus Sept. 18. The school is in the remote learning mode. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

Four cases in three schools in Chaves County. Two infected individuals are staff member at separate schools and were last on school property Sept. 18 and Sept. 15. One individual is a staff member unaffiliated with a particular school but involved in a district-wide program. This person was last on school property Sept. 21. The fourth Chaves County case is a student who was last on school property Sept. 15. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected schools have been notified of the positive cases.

One case in Curry County. The infected individual is a staff member not assigned to a specific school but involved in a district-wide program. This person was last on school property Sept. 24. All close contacts within the district and parents and guardians of all students who had contact with this person have been notified of the positive case.

Three cases in Doña Ana County in three schools that are in the remote learning mode. The infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Sept. 18 (two of them) and Sept. 21. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected schools have been notified of the positive cases.

Four cases in four schools in Eddy County. The infected individuals are all staff members and were last on school property Sept. 15, Sept. 17, Sept. 18 and Sept. 22. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

One case in Los Alamos County at a school in remote learning mode. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property 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 will 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, 160 total cases have been reported in 83 schools. (That number has been adjusted from previous reports after removing a case that turned out to be in a private school.) Of those, 116 have been staff members and 44 have been students.

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


Contact: Deborah Martinez
505-412-7845

September 24, 2020

NMPED COVID-19 update: Confirming six new positive cases across New Mexico’s public schools

Five staff members, one student tested positive

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department on Sept. 24 announced 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 Eddy County. Both infected individuals are staff members. The infected individuals were last on campus on Sept. 14 and Sept. 18. 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 that is in the remote learning mode. The infected individual is a staff member 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.

One case at a public school in Doña Ana County that is in the remote learning mode. The infected individual is a staff member. The staff member was last on district property on Sept. 17. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

One case at a public school in Lincoln County. The infected individual is a staff member 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.

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 has totaled 147.

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


Contact: Deborah Martinez
505-412-7845

September 23, 2020

NMPED COVID-19 update: Confirming six new positive cases across New Mexico’s public schools

Four staff members, two students tested positive

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department on Sept. 23 announced 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, please visit: https://bit.ly/SafeSchoolsNM.


Contact: Deborah Martinez
505-412-7845

September 22, 2020

NMPED COVID-19 update: Confirming new positive cases across New Mexico’s public schools

As of 9/22, three staff have tested positive

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department on September 22 announced three 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 Dona Ana County. The infected individuals are staff members. The infected individuals were last in the school buildings on September 18, 2020. 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 Santa Fe County. The infected individual is a staff member. The infected individual was last on school property on September 15, 2020. 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 data since August 17, 2020; moving forward, cumulative totals will include those data. The total number of cases in school populations is currently at 135.

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


Contact: Deborah Martinez
505-412-7845

September 21, 2020

NMPED COVID-19 update: Confirming new positive cases across New Mexico’s public schools

As of 9/21, five staff members, one student have tested positive

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department on Sept. 21 announced six new positive cases of COVID-19 in the last 24-hours. Following rapid response and verifying all pertinent information with the schools and school districts, the following new cases were reported:

Two cases at two public schools in Chaves County. The infected individuals are staff members. The infected individuals were last in the school buildings on Sept.17. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.

Two cases at a public school and a district office in Roosevelt County. The infected individuals are two staff members. The infected individuals were last in the school building or office Sept. 9 and Sept. 11. 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 Dona Ana County. The infected individual is a staff member. The infected individual 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.

One case at a public school in Sierra County. The infected individual is a student. The infected individual 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.

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 6 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. The total number of cases in school populations is currently at 132.

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


Contact: Deborah Martinez
505-412-7845

September 18, 2020

NMPED COVID-19 update: Confirming new positive cases across New Mexico’s public schools

As of 9/18, four students, four staff, have tested positive

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department on September 18 announced eight new positive cases of COVID-19 in the last 24-hours. Following 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 Chaves County. The infected individual is a staff member. The infected individual was last in the school building on September 16, 2020. 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 two staff members and three students. The infected individuals were last in the school building on March 6th, April 6th, September 10th and September 14, 2020. 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 Lea County. The infected individual is a staff member. The infected individual was last on school property on September 4, 2020. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

One case at a public school in Torrance County. The infected individual is a student. The infected individual was last on school property on September 15, 2020. 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 August 17, 2020; moving forward, cumulative totals will include those data. The total number of cases in school populations is currently at 126.

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


Contact: Deborah Martinez
505-412-7845

September 17, 2020

NMPED COVID-19 update: Confirming new positive cases across New Mexico’s public schools

As of 9/17, one student, six staff tested positive

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department on September 17 announced seven 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 on September 15, 2020. 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 on September 9, 11, and 14, 2020. 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 on September 9, 2020. 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 August 17, 2020; 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, please visit: https://bit.ly/SafeSchoolsNM.


Contact: Deborah Martinez
505-412-7845

September 16, 2020

NMPED COVID-19 update: Confirming new positive cases across New Mexico’s public schools

As of 9/16, one student, two staff tested positive

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department on September 16 announced three 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 Bernalillo County. The infected individual is a teacher. The infected individual was last in the school building on August 25, 2020. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

One case at a public school in McKinley County. The infected individual is a student. The infected individual was last in the school building on September 9, 2020. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

One case at a public school district office in Roosevelt County. The infected individual is a secretary. The infected individual was last in the office building on September 9, 2020. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students who visited the affected building 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 August 17, 2020; moving forward, cumulative totals will include those data, and the total number of cases in school populations is currently at 111.

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


Contact: Deborah Martinez
505-412-7845

September 15, 2020

NMPED COVID-19 update: Confirming new positive cases across New Mexico’s public schools

As of 9/14, two staff and three students from five schools have tested positive

SANTA FE – Beginning Tuesday, September 15, 2020, the Public Education Department will publish daily case updates regarding the number of positive school-related COVID-19 cases in New Mexico. New cases will be reported as of today (for the prior 24-hour period), marking one week from the start of hybrid learning in some districts.

The Public Education Department on September 15 announced five new positive cases of COVID-19 in the last 24hrs, after implementing a rapid response and verifying all pertinent information with the schools and school districts. The following new cases were confirmed:

One case at a public school in Chaves County. The infected individual is a student. The infected student was last in the school building on Friday, September 11, 2020. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

One case at a public school in Bernalillo County. The infected individual is a staff member. The infected individual was last in the school building on August 28, 2020. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

One case at a public school in Colfax County. The infected individual is a student. The infected student was last in the school building on September 14, 2020. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

One case at a public school in Santa Fe County. The infected staff member was last in the school building on September 4, 2020. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.

One additional case at a public school in Santa Fe County. The individual was not on campus when they contracted COVID-19 and no one in the school environment was potentially exposed.

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 August 17, 2020; cumulative totals will include those data, and the total number of cases in school populations (including staff and students) is currently at 108.

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


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