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Information on Coronavirus (Covid-19)

What is novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV/Covid-19)?

2019-nCoV (Covid-19) is a newly 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 in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and usually cause mild to moderate illness in people. This new virus is a public health concern because:

  • It is newly identified, so much is still unknown about it.
  • Two other human coronaviruses, MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV, have caused severe illness.

The CDC and the World Health Organization are closely monitoring the situation and providing ongoing guidance.

Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and may include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Person-to-person spread is occurring, and a person may be infectious, but not symptomatic, for up to 14 days. While the elderly and patients with significant underlying health issues are deemed most at risk the disease and higher mortality rates, there is emerging information that younger adults are also becoming seriously ill.


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.
  • Minimize all travel. Avoid all public transportation.
  • 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.
  • Practice social distancing – leave at least 6 feet between you and others at all times

If you have symptoms of fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing you should:

  • Seek medical care right away. Call ahead for pre-screening before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room,
  • Avoid contact with others. Please also coordinate with your supervisor and consider using sick leave to avoid contact with co-workers.
  • Do not travel or use public transportation while sick.

Northern is closely following developments in the spread of the virus, including in NM. Please continue to monitor updates to our community here on Northern's Website, including the helpful links to health information in the boxes on the right of this page. Answers to frequently asked questions regarding Northern's covid-19 Response Plan can be found here on our website.


Donald B. Appiarius, EdD
Assistant Provost

NM DOH Hotline


IF you feel sick, please call the NM DOH Hotline
before going to the doctor or emergency room.

NM Coronavirus information:
Covid-19 TESTING

Non-health Covid-19 questions: 1-833-551-0518

CDC Coronavirus information
Presbyterian Covid19 Resources
Presbyterian Española: 505-753-7111
Christus St.Vincent Covid-19 Updates

Las Clinicas Del Norte: Call first!
Abiquiu: 505-685-4479
El Rito: 575-581-4728
Ojo Caliente: 505-583-2191

CDC - Mental Health & Coping During COVID-19
Complete Mental Health Guide during COVID-19
Virus Anxiety Support
• Mental Health and Stress during COVID-19: CDC - Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19
• New Mexico Crisis Line
1-855-662-7474 to talk to a professional counselor, 1-855-227-5485 (TTY)

• Warm Line 1-855-466-7100 to access peer support.
• National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
• AGORA Crisis Center 1-855-505-4505, Chat Online at www.AgoraCares.org
For support regarding rape or sexual assault, contact Solace Crisis Treatment Center at 800-721-7273
• For domestic violence, contact Esperanza Shelter 800-473-5220 or Crisis Center of Northern NM 1800-206-1656.
Tewa Women United Community Resources
• PeaceKeepers 505-753-4790
• Immigration support, Santa Fe Dreamers, 505-490-2789
• Rental and utility assistance, The Life Link, 505-395-2531 or 505-819-9901
• Emergency food and supplies, HELP NM, 505-753-7181.
• 12 Step meetings: nm-aa.org and riograndena.org

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