Reporting COVID-19 at NMSU

(Updated: 08/26/2020)

Any student or employee of the NMSU system or affiliated agencies who has tested positive for COVID-19 and had been on campus at any time 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms or COVID-19 positive test must notify supervisor and report through the online portal or contact Aggie Health and Wellness Center (575-646-7375 or campus_health@nmsu.edu) immediately.

The positive individual may not come to work and must follow current CDC guidance regarding self-quarantine or self-isolation. 

Any student must also report a positive test through the online portal or by Aggie Health and Wellness Center (575-646-7375 or campus_health@nmsu.edu) immediately.

When NMSU is notified of a person with confirmed COVID-19, Aggie Health and Wellness Center (AHWC) will coordinate the process to notify exposed individuals (those who have been within 6 feet for 15 minutes) and disinfect buildings. The identity of the COVID-19 positive person will not be disclosed. Supervisors of staff who may have been in the affected building (e.g. Facilities, ICT) will be alerted in order to share with those staff.

Community college employees and students should report a positive test to the main COVID-19 contact point for their campus:


 


Cleaning After a Positive Test Notification

A COVID-19 enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocol developed by EHS&RM will be applied in all cases in which a person with COVID-19 spent time in university spaces from 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms until seven days have passed since the person was present in a university space. This disinfection process uses CDC-approved methods, supplies, and guidance.


 


Returning to Work or Class After a Suspected Exposure
(Added: 09/24/2020)

Our COVID-19 reporting guidelines give more detail on each of these topics, but here’s a summary of what to do if you think you have been exposed to the coronavirus.

If you are:

  • Asymptomatic (no symptoms of illness) and had a negative coronavirus test result – resume activities as normal but continue to take precautions per public health orders and monitor for symptoms.
  • Asymptomatic and have had a positive test – stay home and self-isolate immediately for a full 10 days after the date your specimen was collected that resulted in a positive test. Monitor your temperature twice a day and watch for development of symptoms. If you stay asymptomatic for the full 10 days, you may resume normal activities on day 11. If you developed symptoms during self-isolation, you may resume normal activities when at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared and at least 1 day (24 hours) has passed without a fever (and without the use of fever-reducing medications) and your symptoms have improved.
  • Symptomatic and waiting for your coronavirus test results – stay home and monitor for symptoms until you receive results.
  • Symptomatic and had a negative coronavirus test result – stay home for any illness and return to normal activities once you are completely symptom free for 1 day (24 hours), without fever and without the use of fever-reducing medications
  • Symptomatic and have had a positive test – stay home and immediately self-isolate for a full 10 days (after the date your specimen was collected that resulted in a positive test). You can resume normal activities after you have been completely symptom free for at least 1 day (24 hours), without a fever and without the use of fever-reducing medications, and your symptoms have improved.

What to do if you have a positive case in your area:

  • Employees who have had a positive test should report it to the Aggie Health and Wellness Center by entering a self-report or contacting the Aggie Health and Wellness Center at campus_health@nmsu.edu or 575-646-7375. Notify your supervisor.
  • he identified area will receive enhanced cleaning and disinfecting if an individual who regularly enters the building tests positive. Your supervisor or department head will notify you when normal operations may resume.
  • You can continue to work unless you are notified that you were identified as a contact by the contact tracing team. If you were identified, you must self-isolate at home for 10 days, get tested, and follow the guidelines above.