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Gadsden I.S.D is concerned about the health and safety of our students and staff. The district monitors
current health trends and conditions which may impact our school community. Currently, we are
monitoring Influenza (Flu) and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and work closely with the NM
Department of Health (NMDOH), receiving information and guidance.

The NMDOH has established a dedicated novel coronavirus webpage that is updated in real-time:

Influenza, also known as the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness which can cause mild symptoms
and, at times, lead to death. Common Flu symptoms include:

  • Fever or feeling feverish (not all diagnosed with flu will have a fever)
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Tiredness
  • Some experience vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children).

If your child has these symptoms, please do not send them to school and seek medical advice from
your primary care provider promptly. To prevent the spread of the flu or other respiratory infections
remember to:

  • Stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone
  • Cover your cough with your elbow
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects.

The CDC recommends prompt treatment for those with the flu or suspected infection and those who
are at high risk for developing complications. High-risk individuals include young children, pregnant
women, adults 65 years old and older, and those with medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or
heart disease.

In the event of a disease outbreak, Gadsden I.S.D. will follow and adhere to the guidelines established
by the NMDOH. You may contact Judy Creegan, Director of Nursing for Gadsden I.S.D. should you
have questions.


 New Mexico Dept of Health 

Department of Health launches online tools for COVID-19 test
results and advising who needs testing

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) on Saturday announced the
launch of two online tools for the public regarding COVID-19: a portal for receiving COVID-19
test results and a self-screening tool to aid in determining if one needs to be tested for COVID19.
The test result portal can be found at A person in New
Mexico who has been swabbed in order to be tested for COVID-19 will need to provide their
name, date of birth and the date of sample collection. If test results are not yet available, the
portal will indicate that they are pending. If test results are available, a person will be required
to provide an email address and contact information and to create a password in order to access
their information.
All persons who test positive for COVID-19 will be informed via phone call by their provider or
the New Mexico Department of Health, and the portal will list their results as pending until they
are notified. Upon notification, the Department of Health will begin working with the patient on
a contact investigation to determine those around the patient who might also require
testing. Negative test results will be displayed on the portal.

The self-screening tool can be found at There
New Mexicans will be provided with a list of questions designed to determine the extent of their
symptoms and their chances of exposure to COVID-19 to provide recommendations as to
whether they should be tested.

“These online tools will go a long way toward giving New Mexicans the health information they
need as soon as possible,” said Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Kathy Kunkel.
“Regardless of any test results, however, residents need to continue to stay home, avoid all
unnecessary travel and protect themselves to avoid COVID-19 transmission. It’s the best way to
keep people healthy and stop the spread of this potentially deadly virus.”

New Mexicans with health-related questions can continue to call our coronavirus hotline at 855-
600-3453. In addition, non-health-related questions or concerns can be shared at 833-551-0518
or visit, which is being updated and finalized as a one-stop source for

The Department of Health also updates daily its dedicated COVID-19 webpage with testing
statistics and news and information for residents, clinicians and other medical personnel.


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