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COVID-19 Decision Tree

Steps to take if you develop symptoms or have close contact with a confirmed case.

Information provided by the New Mexico Public Education Department 

The following decision tree was created for families, students, and staff to better understand the steps that should be taken if they develop symptoms or have close contact with a confirmed case. For more information on COVID-19 preparation and response, call the NMPED Hotline: 505-476-5825.

Individual Person:

Are you experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19? Fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of smell or taste, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea?

If No

Continue going to school, unless classroom/cohort has been quarantined

If Yes AND NOT Tested*

  • If at home, stay at home and get tested for COVID-19
  • If at school: Tell your teacher or supervisor immediately. Go to isolation unit until you can leave school or get picked up as soon as possible.

*Get tested at a testing site.

Call the NMDOH hotline for help at 1-855-660-3453, press 8.

  • Test result is negative: Stay home until 24 hours fever-free and improving symptoms.
  • Test result is positive: Stay home until released from isolation (10 days after symptom onset, 24 hours fever free, and improving symptoms).

If Yes AND POSITIVE Test* / No BUT POSITIVE test*

  • Stay home until released from isolation (10 days after symptom onset, 24 hours fever free, and improving symptoms).

Close Contacts:

Have you been in CLOSE CONTACT** with a confirmed case during infectious period, in school or out of school?

If No

Continue going to school, unless classroom/ cohort has been quarantined.

If Yes

Stay home for 14 days after last exposure to confirmed case.

**Close Contact:

Close contact is defined as someone who:

  • Has an exposure of three minutes or longer within six feet of a confirmed COVID-19 case with or without a-face covering, or
  • Was in the same class or cohort as a confirmed COVID-19 case.

Please call the COVID-19 hotline at 855-600-3453 if you or your child develop symptoms.
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