COVID-19 Information

The latest information about our guidelines can be found in our COVID-19 FAQ.

For additional questions or concerns about NMT's COVID-19 policies, procedures, or on-campus testing, reach out to NMT's Director of Emergency Management, Stephanie Plant, at

As of July 27, 2021, older content from this page has been moved to our COVID-19 Information Archive

The New Mexico Tech CARES Act quarterly updates are available here.

New Mexico Tech's Interim COVID-19 Donated Leave Policy is available here (PDF).

Federal Contract Vaccination Update

As a result of United States President Joe Biden’s Executive Order 14042, New Mexico Tech must now require all students, staff, and faculty working on a federal contract to be fully vaccinated by December 8, 2021.

(This requirement does not currently apply to the entirety of New Mexico Tech’s faculty, staff, and students. It applies specifically to those who are directly compensated through federal contracts.)

NMT Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination or COVID-19 Surveillance Testing

President's Directive/Interim Policy

Effective August 31, 2021, all NMT employees and students will have a choice to provide either satisfactory documentation of full vaccination or satisfactory proof of a weekly negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test.  

In accordance with New Mexico Tech’s duty to provide and maintain a healthy workplace and educational environment, this interim policy is adopted to reduce the risks of COVID-19 to our employees, students, their families, our visitors, and the Socorro Community at large from COVID-19; those risks may be reduced significantly by vaccinations.

FULL Update Available Here

August 2: COVID-19 Facemask Update

In compliance with the Governor's Office, New Mexico Public Health Order, and CDC guidance, as of August 2, 2021, Socorro County is considered an area of substantial COVID-19 transmission.

Effective Tuesday, August 3, NMT is requiring all students, faculty and staff to wear a mask in public indoor settings on New Mexico Tech property, including off campus offices. This expectation applies to all individuals, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, unless they are alone in an office, lab, classroom, or residence hall room.  

Please note that this announcement supersedes all previous guidelines on campus.

The NMT COVID-19 Task Force will continue to monitor the guidance from the Governor’s Office, the NMDOH, and the CDC and update our COVID-19 requirements as conditions change.  

NMT Forms and Procedures

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Campus Visitor Form

Prior to arriving on campus, all NMT visitors are required to fill out and submit the NMT Campus Visitor Form to obtain permission to visit campus. 

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NMT Activity and Special Event Form

This form provides approval that the event meets the parameters and requirements of COVID-19 protocols.  This form also provides authorization for the location of the event and also provides notice to campus police that the activity will be taking place. 

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Campus Response to Confirmed Cases

In the event of a positive COVID-19 case, the following actions are undertaken by the parties as identified in this chart. [updated 8/23/21]

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NMT Student, Staff & Faculty Daily Self Check Decision Diagram

A tool for COVID-19 precautions and decisions. [Updated 1/10/22]

Local COVID-19 Testing


New Mexico Tech offers convenient COVID PCR testing on campus. We offer shallow nasal self-swab PCR tests at Fidel Center (enter through the northeast patio) on Mondays from 4:30-6:30 p.m., Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Wednesdays from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Students, employees, and community members can register for this test via  

Insurance providers are responsible for a broad range of diagnostic testing, at no cost to subscribers. Individuals should reach out to their insurance providers if they have any questions or concerns about costs associated with testing. 

Off-Campus COVID-19 Testing

Locally, the Socorro Public Health Office offers testing. Call 575-835-0971 ext. 3 to see when they are doing testing (as of 8/12/21, they were testing from 9-10a.m. on Mondays). Presbyterian may also offer testing ((575) 835 - 4444). If neither of those locations have convenient times or availability, you can use the state's provider portal to find locations a bit farther away. 

One additional option is Vault, a service that provides at-home, oral fluid PCR testing. It requires access the internet for ordering a test kit online, video camera (computer/phone/table) for the telehealth sample collection, and access to a UPS drop box or location.


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For an update on COVID-19 in New Mexico, visit the NMDOH COVID-19 page here:

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New Mexico State government Executive Orders and Public Health Orders

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Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC Guidance

Digital rendering of the Coronavirus cell.Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the health and safety of the New Mexico Tech community have been the top priority for our administration. We continue to closely monitor developments involving the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) through the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We follow recommendations from these agencies as they respond to any new developments.