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COVID-19 Decision Tree

Steps to take if you develop symptoms or have close contact with a confirmed case. Please call the COVID-19 hotline at 855-600-3453 if you or your child develop symptoms.

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.

Source: Information provided by the New Mexico Public Education Department 

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 Symptoms

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

If you have symptoms and are at home
AND NOT Tested

Stay at home and get tested at a testing site. Call the NMDOH hotline for help at 1-855-660-3453, press 8.

If you have symptoms and are at school
AND NOT Tested

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.

If you have symptoms AND have a POSITIVE test, or you have no symptoms BUT have a POSITIVE test

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

About Test Results

  • 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).

Close Contacts:

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

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.

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.

Source: COVID-19 Response Toolkit for New Mexico Elementary Schools, page 11, released Sept. 3, 2020 (PDF)

Daily COVID-19 Questionnaires

  • Student Questionnaire: Each day before sending your child to school, please review these health questions regarding your child’s health.
  • Staff and Faculty Questionnaire: Each day before heading to work, please review these health questions regarding your health.
  • Please call the COVID-19 hotline at 855-600-3453 if you or your child develop symptoms.