NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – With no confirmed cases of coronavirus in New Mexico, testing for the virus remains limited. If someone gets checked out with coronavirus symptoms and has just returned from China, the doctor will call the New Mexico Department of Health.
If the health official gives the okay, the doctor will then conduct a test. The swabs along with blood work will then be sent to the CDC.
Local doctors expect testing to begin in New Mexico instead of sending samples to a federal laboratory. On Friday, Mayor Tim Keller and Albuquerque officials will be talking about health protocols they are putting in place.
“There are no reported coronavirus cases in New Mexico, but we want to take precautions to protect our residents. We’re bringing together key City officials alongside our Cental New Mexico partners at the Department of Health and other agencies to make sure that we have clear protocols in place. Coordinating efforts in advance is the best way to ensure an effective response if an emergency arises here at home,” said Mayor Keller in a press release.