NNMC COVID-19 Information   [Learn More]

NNMC Covid-19 Response

From: President Balderas
COVID-19 Update
March 24, 2023

Northern Community,

Northern New Mexico College will no longer require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for students, staff, and faculty. Everyone is encouraged to follow best practices that were established to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including:

  • wash your hands frequently,
  • stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations,
  • stay home if you are not feeling well, and
  • wear a mask if you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

The thermal temperature stations will remain by the entrances to our buildings for your convenience, but it is no longer necessary to sign in and document your temperature.

We ask if you feel ill or have a fever, to please go home and call your immediate supervisor or professor to let them know. Please be respectful of individuals who want to wear a mask. If you test positive for COVID, please notify healthandsafety@nnmc.edu.

Please note that Northern’s nursing programs will continue to require proof of COVID vaccinations.

Thank you for helping us continue to keep the Northern New Mexico College community healthy!President Hector Balderas

For more information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html


From: President Balderas
Re: COVID Protocols and Policies

Update: January 2023

Please be sure to stop when entering Northern New Mexico Campus and sign in at the thermal temperature areas to ensure that we are keeping staff, faculty and students safe and healthy!

If you are feeling sick, please stay home and do not attend work or class in person.

Review CDC guidance if you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 or test positive for the virus.

While COVID-19 testing remains at local pharmacies, there may be a charge. Home tests are available free online.

Vaccinations of all varieties, including COVID-19 and seasonal flu, are also available. Protect yourself and others by getting your booster.

Masks are recommended indoors. Please be respectful and tolerant of people’s choices to mask or not.

Masks are available at all thermal temperature stations.

The COVID-19 Response Team continues to meet monthly to discuss campus and community conditions, such as hospitalization rates and known infections, and will continue to recommend policies and procedures designed to keep the community healthy.



Anyone eligible for the vaccine should register at VaccineNM.org.

In addition, you can register with CVS directly (https://www.cvs.com/vaccine/intake/store/schedule-options) and the NMDOH website has other locations.

Users who have questions or would like support with the registration process – including New Mexicans who do not have internet access – can call 1-855-600-3453, press option 0 for vaccine questions, and then option 4 for tech support.

COVID testing is available in Española at the following locations:  Walgreens, CVS Pharmacy, Rio Arriba Health Commons and Aspen Urgent Care. The New Mexico Department of Health recommends calling to confirm testing availability and hours of operation.


Tuesdays • 8 AM – 2 PM
Lucero Center
313 Paseo de Onate, Española

Thursdays • 8 AM – 2 PM
Española City Hall
405 Paseo de Onate

Monday – Friday, 8 AM – 3 PM.
139 Longview Drive, White Rock

Please visit https://curative.com for more information and to make a testing appointment at one of their locations.

Northern offers over 50 bachelor's, associate and certificate programs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math); Nursing and Health Sciences; Liberal Arts and Humanities; Arts, Film & Media; Business Administration; Teacher Education and Technical Trades.
Northern New Mexico College is the most affordable 4-year college in the Southwestern US. Choose us for our value, our quality degree and continuing education programs in diverse areas of study, and our experienced faculty. We provide students with unique opportunities for academic, personal, and professional growth, small class sizes, personalized attention, and strong hands-on experiences from day one.
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