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Travel Information

June 8, 2020 – Update from Aggie Health and Wellness

Given the recent COVID-19 communicable disease concerns, the NMSU system has restricted all official international travel effective through April 15; please see the Chancellor’s communication dated March 11, 2020. Employees and students are also directed to cancel or postpone any university related, non-essential out-of-state travel – though driving by vehicle is not restricted at this time.

Below are current guidelines for returning to work at NMSU after travel. This situation is evolving and recommendations can change at any time. It is recommended that everyone monitor the CDC and NM Department of Health websites (below) for the most current information and travel advisories. Travel bans can be implemented, so if you travel to another state you run the risk of being unable to return to New Mexico. It is recommended that everyone monitor the CDC and NM Department of Health websites for the most current information and travel advisories.

If you have questions call the Aggie Health & Wellness Center at 575-646-3459.

BOX 1

If you are sick or showing signs and symptoms such as fever greater than 100°F, chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, muscle/body aches, headache, loss of taste/smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea

  • Call your PCP or the NM Department of Health at 855-600-3453/ 575-528-5063 and get tested 
  • If you do not have a PCP, call us (The Aggie Health & Wellness Center) at 575-646-1512
  • Self-isolate for 10 days and follow instructions from your health care provider

BOX 2

If you have had direct contact with a known covid-19 (coronavirus) patient

  • Self-isolate for 10 days, get tested and if symptoms develops, refer to Box 1
  • If no symptoms develop, refer to Box 5

BOX 3

If you have traveled internationally in the last 14 days

  • Self-isolate for 14 days and if symptoms develop, refer to Box 1
  • If no symptoms develop, refer to Box 5

BOX 4

If you traveled outside the State of New Mexico via airplane or returning from high risk cities/states via your personal vehicle.

  • Self-isolate for 14 days for travel and if symptoms develop, refer to Box 1
  • If no symptoms develop, refer to Box 5

BOX 5

If none of the above situations apply,
follow prevention and protection measures

  • Avoid close contact with people who
    are sick (6 feet away)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it in the trash and wash your hands for 20 seconds
  • Stay home when you are sick except to get medical care
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

Self-monitoring means people should monitor themselves for fever by taking their temperatures twice a day and remain alert for cough or difficulty breathing. If they feel feverish or develop measured fever, cough, or difficulty breathing during the self-monitoring period, they should self-isolate, limit contact with others, and seek advice by telephone from a healthcare provider or their local health department to determine whether medical evaluation is needed.

 

Travel Information for NMSU Faculty, Staff, and Students

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak globally has introduced travel restrictions and health screening measures at airports abroad and within the U.S. These restrictions are currently being applied to travel to China, Iran, South Korea, Italy, and Japan. Currently China and Iran have restrictions on entry to the US.

Travel Advisories
U.S. Department of State

COVID-19 Information for Travel
Center for Disease Control and Prevention

In accordance with the recommendations of the New Mexico Department of Health and the Office of the Governor, the NMSU system is restricting all official international travel effective immediately through April 15, at which time this restriction will be reassessed. Mission-essential exceptions to this rule can be considered by community college presidents, academic deans or vice presidents on a case-by-case basis.

NMSU Chancellor Dan Arvizu is also directing employees and students to cancel or postpone any university-related non-essential out-of-state domestic travel, though driving by vehicle is not restricted at this time. NMSU leaders encourage everyone to consider the risks of personal international travel and consider canceling or postponing planned trips. If you do plan to travel internationally, or if you have traveled in the last 14 days, please complete the travel form. All international employees and students traveling under these circumstances should be following NMSU’s Administrative Rules and Procedures.

Specific questions related to study abroad including faculty-led programs should be directed to the Office of Education Abroad at 575-646-5107 or you may email questions to a study abroad advisor: Kari Cena – klrankin@nmsu.edu or Marcela Monger – mmonger@nmsu.edu.

Those who must travel should practice the following precautions:

  • Avoid contact with sick people
  • Avoid animals (alive or dead), animal markets and products from animals (such as uncooked meat)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cover your cough and/or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects an surfaces using 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
  • Purchase a thermometer for your travel kit, so you can monitor your temperature and seek medical care if symptoms develop.
  • Older adults and travelers with underlying health conditions may be at risk for more severe disease and should discuss travel with their healthcare provider prior to leaving the country.