Questions or concerns about NMT's COVID-19 policies, procedures, or on-campus testing? Reach out to NMT's COVID/Pandemic Support Specialist, Stephanie Plant, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 575-835-5548.
New Mexico Tech Releases "MinerSafe," COVID-19 Contact Tracing App
New app features geo-fencing to effectively trace while ensuring user privacy
New Mexico Tech announced the release of its MinerSafe contact-tracing app that offers the highest level of user data privacy and security available on the market. The app uses geo-fencing to cover the entire university campus, but it does not track users when they are not on campus. Furthermore, the data is heavily protected and will be frequently purged in an ongoing process to ensure the privacy of those in the campus community.
MinerSafe has been approved by NMT’s Cybersecurity Center of Excellence and verified by the Department of Homeland Security.
The MinerSafe app is free to use and is available now in the Apple App Store (MinerSafe), and it will be available to Android users within the next few days.
Official NMT Travel Updates
NMT requires that employees and students comply with the most current directives from the State of New Mexico regarding travel. New Mexico Tech-sponsored employee and student business travel is limited to mission-critical functions and official NMT travel request forms will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis to best ensure the safety of the campus community. Please consult with your supervisor.
According to the current State of New Mexico Executive Orders, all persons who have arrived in New Mexico from another state or from outside the United States, are recommended to self-isolate or self-quarantine for a period of 14 days from the date of their entry into New Mexico or for the duration of their presence in the State, whichever is shorter. Travelers arriving in New Mexico are recommended to be tested for COVID-19 as promptly as possible following their arrival to New Mexico. (The current order of February 10, 2021 rescinds Executive Order 2020-075 and its mandatory quarantine).
Any visitor on the NMT campus must follow NMDOH guidelines, DHS guidelines, and CDC guidelines to help NMT limit the spread of COVID-19. Only visitors conducting essential business will be allowed. Prior to arriving on campus, all visitors are required to fill out and submit the NMT VISITOR ACCESS FORM to obtain permission to visit. If the visitor is symptom-free and has not been in direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days, they will be allowed on campus, provided they comply with all state and campus mandates.
Registration protocols for visitors attending 2021 commencement ceremonies are being finalized, but will be designed to safely accommodate graduates’ out-of-state and out-of-country guests to the extent allowed by NM Executive Orders, NMDOH guidelines, DHS guidelines, and CDC guidelines. More information will be available soon. Reach out to Steph Plant at email@example.com or 575-835-5548 with specific questions.
Spring 2021 On-Campus COVID-19 Testing
New Mexico Tech has successfully performed COVID-19 Rapid Tests on almost all of its on-campus students and provided those students with a Health Compliance Certificate (HCC) and designated lanyard for the spring semester. In an effort to help minimize the spread of the pandemic on campus, Tech will also be conducting on-campus surveillance testing on an ongoing basis.
This spring semester, Tech is again working collaboratively with the NMDOH to offer on-campus testing every Thursday from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., in the Macey Center (901 Olive Ln.). These tests will consist of the less intrusive Curative oral fluid swab test. Demonstrators will show participants how to properly conduct this self-administered test where participants swab between their cheeks and gums and under the tongue.
This on-campus testing will be made available to Tech students and employees. If you are interested in receiving a convenient and less intrusive COVID-19 oral fluid test, please go online to https://curative.com/ and click Book Now to sign up for one of the available time slots on the desired day.
Prior to arriving on campus, all NMT visitors are required to fill out and submit the NMT Campus Visitor Form to obtain permission to visit campus.
Vendors/Contractors requiring access to the NMT campus for installation, repair, inspection, and similar work, should contact the department to obtain a COVID-19 On-Campus Work Request. Click on the image above to access the form.
Off-Campus COVID-19 Testing
Socorro Public Health Office
214 Neel Avenue NW
Socorro, New Mexico 87801
Contact Details: 575-835-0971 ext. 3
The Socorro Public Health Office drive-through testing site is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 9-11 a.m. Individuals should register using the NMDOH online COVID-19 Test Registration button. A confirmation code will be provided and will be needed for the testing. Student should use their NMT email address and select NMT as their place of employment so the NMDOH can keep track of the number of Tech students being tested each week.
CARES Act Update
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law to provide economic relief from COVID-19.
NMT signed and returned the Certification and Agreement to the U.S. Department of Education and intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
COVID-19 Communication Center
This page has been developed to assist our faculty and staff administrators in their response to your inquiries. If you need additional information, please submit your question, comment, or issue via this form.
All NMT employees and student employees must do a self-assessment prior to reporting to work to determine if they are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19. These include fever, dry cough, chills, repeated shaking with chills, shortness of breath, muscle pain, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, or any symptoms of COVID-19 based on the most recent list from the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If an employee exhibits any of the symptoms, they are to contact their supervisor and not come to work. Likewise, if employees develop such symptoms during the course of the day, they should report it immediately to their supervisor, go home, and seek medical consultation or call the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) COVID-19 hotline (855-600-3453) for further instruction.
Students should conduct a similar self-assessment screening on a regular basis throughout the semester, including temperature checks. If students develop such symptoms during the course of the day, they should report it immediately to the NMT Student Health Office at (575) 835-5094, go to their on/off campus residence, and seek medical attention as advised. If students develop symptoms in the evening or over the weekend, they should contact the NMDOH COVID-19 Hotline at 855-600-3453 and follow their instructions
NMDOH COVID 19 testing website registration can be found here: https://cvtestreg.nmhealth.org/
Information for faculty, staff, and students concerning Tech's academic response to the COVID-19 pandemic.NMT Academic Affairs COVID-19 Information
For more information about prevention and treatment, visit the CDC link here:CDC Coronavirus Update
NMT's partners at Presbyterian HealthCare have a site dedicated to COVID-19 prevention and awareness here:Presbyterian Health Care COVID-19 Update
For an update on COVID-19 in New Mexico, visit the NMDOH COVID-19 page here:New Mexico Department of Health
New Mexico State government Executive Orders and Public Health OrdersNM Public Health and Executive Orders
Emergency Supply Sourcing and ManufacturingEmergency Supply Sourcing and Manufacturing
Travel advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.CDC Travel Guidance
COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins UniversityUpdated COVID-19 Global Cases
Updated NMT Research InformationNMT Research Resource Information
The health and safety of the New Mexico Tech community is a top priority for our administration. We are closely monitoring developments involving the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) through the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). New Mexico Tech will continue to actively monitor the situation via the NMDOH and the CDC, and we will follow their recommendations as they respond to any new developments.