Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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image of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) The University of New Mexico strives to promote and maintain a safe, healthy learning and working environment for all of our students, faculty, staff and visitors. UNM is closely monitoring the emerging global public health concern related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) through trusted authorities including the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of State, World Health Organization, New Mexico Department of Health and UNM Health Sciences. This webpage provides updates relevant to the UNM community along with links to various resources available to students, faculty and staff. The content will be continually updated as new information becomes available.


Get answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

Health Sciences Information

The UNM HSC has additional guidelines for Students, Faculty and Staff.

Student Health and Counseling

Information on resources and prevention.

Human Resources Information

Find more information and guidelines for staff employees.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES)

Information on utilization of federal funding support

Bringing Back the Pack

Phasing Our Return to Full Operations

COVID-19 Vaccine Information for the UNM Community

Campus Updates

*Information on this page can change quickly, including previous campus updates. Please reference Guidance for UNM Regarding COVID-19 on this page for the most up-to-date information.

November 13, 2020
All University Message - 11-13-2020

June 01, 2020
President's Weekly Perspective - 06-01-2020

May 26, 2020
President's Weekly Perspective - 05-26-2020

May 22, 2020
Bringing Back The Pack

May 12, 2020
Memo to Faculty: Research Continuity

May 11, 2020
President's Weekly Perspective - 05-11-2020

May 04, 2020
President's Weekly Perspective - 05-04-2020

April 27, 2020
To May 2020 Candidates for Graduation

April 20, 2020
President's Weekly Perspective - 04-20-2020

April 3, 2020

April 2, 2020
All University Message - Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - 04-02-2020

April 1, 2020
Student Q&A: COVID-19 Measures for Student Academic Success

March 27. 2020
Lobo Community COVID-19 Town Hall

March 27, 2020
Equity and Inclusion at UNM During COVID-19

March 25, 2020
Statement from VPR and Executive Vice-Chancellor on Research Activity during Stay-at-Home Order

March 25, 2020
Invitation to Virtual Town Hall with UNM Leadership

March 23, 2020
All University Message - Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 20, 2020
Temporary Restrictions on Student Access to Research Laboratories and Facilities

March 19, 2020
Important Campus Update on UNM Period of Limited Operations

March 19, 2020
Critical Information for UNM Students - Changes to Campus Access

March 17, 2020
VPHR Message to Staff Regarding COVID-19

March 16, 2020
UNM Limited Operations Tiers

March 15, 2020
Preliminary Guidance for Main and Branch Campus Research

March 14, 2020
All University Message - Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Clarification Regarding Academic Instruction During UNM Period of Limited Operations

March 13, 2020
UNM Plans Limited Operations Beginning Tuesday, March 17

March 13, 2020
Critical Information for UNM Students - Alternate Instruction

March 13, 2020
Student Spring Break extended through April 5, 2020

March 12, 2020
All University Message - Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - 3/12/2020

March 12, 2020
Provost's Academic Dispatch - Protecting the Pack

March 12, 2020
Provost's Message to Faculty regarding COVID-19

March 11, 2020
Critical Travel, Health, and Course Information for UNM Students

March 10, 2020
Travel reporting and event tracking databases available below

March 9, 2020
All University Message - Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update and Guidance
UNM President's Website

March 3, 2020
All University Message - Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
UNM President's Website

February 28, 2020
Latest Developments in the Global Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak
HSC Newsroom

January 31, 2020
All University Message - Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
UNM President's Website

COVID-19 Self-Reporting Requirements

UNM has implemented a policy for self-reporting (política de autoinforme) a positive test/diagnosis for COVID-19 in order to support efforts to slow the spread of infection. This is both to connect Lobos to resources that can support them, and to help the University assess the community impact of the virus.

This policy is specific to those individuals who are currently or have recently been physically present on UNM main or branch campuses. It does not apply to the UNM Health Sciences Center, for which a separate HSC policy has been developed.


Report Diagnosis   Informar Diagnóstico


If employees or supervisors have questions about this policy, they should contact Human Resources at

Remember that UNM has wellness resources available to support our community during these difficult time.  Faculty and Staff seeking support should call CARS at 272-6868, and Students should contact SHAC at 277-3136.

Health and Wellness

UNM Hospital epidemiologist Meghan Brett, MD, offers some common-sense guidance about how to limit the spread of the disease (they're similar to the practices in place for other upper respiratory infections, such as influenza).

These include:

  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly. Key times include after touching door handles and other surfaces that are frequently touched by other people, or after coughing. Use hand sanitizers.
  • Try to reduce how often you touch your face – your eyes, nose and mouth are the common routes of infection. This takes practice: most of us touch our faces 150 to 200 times per day.
  •  If you think you might be sick (especially if you have a fever), stay home instead of coming into work. You’ll recover more quickly there and you’ll protect your coworkers and patients from infections. Remember to rest and drink plenty of fluids
  • When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve. Don’t cough or sneeze into your hands. Watch our video on how to properly cover your cough.
  • Stay informed. Many new details about the spread of COVID-19 emerge each day. You will find some links below to sites that provide reliable and up-to-date information.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) list the following symptoms for influenza:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Body aches, including headache
  • Feeling tired
  • Vomiting and diarrhea (usually more common with children)

According to the CDC, COVID-19 symptoms include

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

General Information About Coronavirus

COVID-19 is a recently identified coronavirus that is causing an outbreak of pneumonia illness. It was first identified in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

Since then, the virus has been identified in multiple other countries, including cases in the U.S.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), humancoronaviruses are common throughout the world and usually cause mild to moderate illness in people.

This is a rapidly evolving situation and the risk assessment may change daily. The latest updates are available on CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website.

There is no vaccine to prevent this virus, and the CDC advises that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

Visit the COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment page to learn about how to protect yourself from respiratory illnesses, like COVID-19.

Here are everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve. Don’t cough or sneeze into your hands. Watch our video on how to properly cover your cough.

Call your healthcare professional if you feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.

Your healthcare professional will work with your state’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.

You should:
  • Call the New Mexico Department of Health at (505) 827-0006.
  • Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptons.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Do not travel while sick. Please do not get on public transportation
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol- based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
General Respiratory Illness Information

In addition, flu activity continues to be high in New Mexico. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to take the same everyday actions as above to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. These include getting a flu shot, avoiding those with the flu, washing your hands, covering coughs/sneezes in your elbow/sleeve and, if ill, staying home until you are fever-free for 24 hours. If you do become ill, seek medical attention within the first 48 hours of symptoms.

Students who use Student Health & Counseling should call before coming and identify yourself as having flu-like symptoms (505-277-3136). Students may also consult with their regular health care provider or seek treatment at the student health provider for their program if overseas.

Students, Faculty and Staff who have not received the flu vaccine yet should check your local pharmacy or doctor’s office.

Travel Restricted Locations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have developed guidance for travelers, including a geographic risk assessment for COVID-19 transmission.