ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – There are no cases of coronavirus in New Mexico but the University of New Mexico’s President, Garnett Stokes, said the university is preparing just in case.

“Institutions like ours where thousands of people are together in close proximity every day need to be prepared,” said Stokes.

Stokes says right now they are looking at guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for actions the university can take to plan and prepare. That includes reviewing emergency operation plans like the protocol for travel and policies for sharing information with healthcare officials.

Stokes mentioned other universities, like Princeton, which is among universities suspending in-person classes or canceling class altogether. Currently, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in New Mexico.

Prevention tips

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

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