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Coronavirus (COVID-19) information


Spring 2022 COVID Safety Protocols

NEW 03/09/22

With COVID-19 cases dropping statewide, New Mexico Highlands University is implementing new COVID protocols. Note that these modified protocols may be temporary and are subject to change if COVID cases begin rising.  

Beginning March 10, 2022, water fountains on the Las Vegas campus, the Rio Rancho Center and the Albuquerque Center will be reopened for use. According to the CDC, there is low risk of contracting COVID-19 from a water fountain, but anyone using the water fountains should do so at their own discretion. Beginning March 10, 2022, students, faculty, and staff at Highlands University who are not vaccinated will be required to test once a week instead of twice weekly. Weekly PCR test results will still need to be reported to the university.  

The university offers testing at Melody Park three days a week on Tuesdays from 10-11:30 a.m., Thursdays from 2-3:30 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10-11:30 a.m. Appointments can be scheduled at

. Members of the campus community at the Highlands centers can also use this site to locate testing appointments in their area. 

The university will continue to adhere to CDC and NMDOH guidelines regarding isolation and quarantine. All members of the campus community are strongly encouraged to test with a rapid test following quarantine before returning to work or in-person learning. Additionally, anyone who tests negative but still has symptoms should remain home until symptoms resolve. If you have had COVID within the past 90 days, please do not get a PCR test, as that may continue to show a positive result within that 90-day window. Highlands still requires medical clearance to return to work or in-person classes. 

Highlands University also adheres to recommended masking, social distancing, and keeping building capacity at 50%. 

Message 02/21/22 from President Minner:

“On Thursday, February 17, 2022, Governor Michelle Lujan-Grisham ended the statewide mask mandate. As a public institution, NMHU will follow that guidance. NMHU now recommends that all members of the university community wear a mask in public, indoor settings, but wearing a mask is no longer required effective Monday, February 21, 2022.” Read full text here.

Weekly case update for 04/29/22

Case Reports Week ending 04/29/22 Week ending 04/22/22
New cases 1 0
Active cases (currently in isolation) 1 0
Total cases since March 2020 388 387

To be updated every Friday


New cases: All NMHU cases reported to EOC from the last Friday 8 a.m. to this Friday 8 a.m.

Active cases: This is the total number of positive COVID-19 cases that have not yet cleared their 10-day isolation period after testing positive for COVID, whether sheltering on campus or not, as of 8 a.m. on the most recent Friday.

NMHU Vaccination Updates:


Of 2,513 currently enrolled students, the reporting mandate compliance rates are as follows: 2224, or 88.5%, students have complied with the reporting mandate. Of these students, 1,654 are fully vaccinated and another 448 are attending entirely online. On Thursday January 13th and again on Tuesday January 25th, any non-compliant student was dropped from any face-to-face classes and will not be allowed to re-enroll until they register with the system.


Of 616 current employees, the reporting mandate compliance rates are as follows: 555 or 90.1%, employees have complied with the reporting mandate. Of these employees, 456 are fully vaccinated another 49 are working entirely online.

As a reminder, while there is no longer a mask mandate in place, the university will always support any employee or student who wishes to wear a mask. Disposable five-layer masks are available for faculty and staff at the following locations: 

Facilities Services

Donnelly Library

The Office of the Vice-President of Academic Affairs.

Masks are limited to five each week per employee.

Upload your proof of vaccination/exemption/testing information here. If this link does not work for you, log on to the MyNMHU Portal and click on Self-Service Banner. A link will appear on your page.

Vaccination Information  |  Vaccination Reporting  |  COVID-19 Infections and Tracing | Statewide hotlines | Quarantine and Isolation  |  

COVID Screening

Highlands is offering COVID testing for the campus and community in Melody Park on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Thursdays from 2-4 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. To schedule a screening, go to

Volunteers are needed to help at the screening site. For more information, email Kim Blea at

Emergency Operations Center (EOC) General Information

Stress and Resilience In A COVID World

New Mexico State University is providing a webinar series that will provide strategies to manage stress and build resilience as communities begin to reopen. The series is free and open to the public. More information is online at


After-hours EOC

If you experience COVID symptoms after regular university hours or on weekends, contact the Emergency Operations Center at, and you will be connected to the appropriate resources.


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