COVID-19 What To Do if You Suspect or Become Infected with Coronavirus (COVID-19)


CDC Symptoms of Coronavirus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention inform us that “any one can have mild to severe symptoms.” But “older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing serious complications from COVID-19 illness.”


First: Please Watch for Symptoms:

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported-ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. If you have the following symptoms, you may have COVID-19:

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  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

The CDC informs us that the above list does not include all possible symptoms and will continue to update the list as information becomes available.

When to Seek Emergency Medical Attention

If some is showing any of these signs seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • Confusion, lack of mental acuity
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face


To arrange a test for Covid-19, you should first register at; you’ll test at the Eddy County testing site at The New Mexico Department of Health, 1306 West Stevens (575-885-4191); website:

If you test positive for COVID-19 or develop symptoms, notify Cristal Melbourne at the NMSU Carlsbad Health Clinic (575-234-9291) and email so we can help initiate contact tracing and aid the Carlsbad community in infection control. [The identity of the COVID-19 positive person will not be disclosed. Additionally, NMSU Carlsbad will coordinate a process to notify exposed individuals (those who have been within 6 feet for 15 minutes) and disinfect buildings.]

If you test positive for COVID-19 you are required to isolate for at least 10 days. If you are still running a fever at the end of 10 days, you will be required to isolate until your symptoms have improved and you have gone over 72 hours with no temperature without using aspirin, Tylenol or any other fever inhibitor. Be sure to follow your doctor’s orders. You are required to report a positive test to NMSU Carlsbad Health Clinic (call 575-234-9291 and email so we can help initiate contact tracing and aid the Carlsbad community in infection control.

The difference being that instead of being encouraged to report a positive case, they are now being required to report.

If you learn you have come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 you are required to quarantine for 14 days. Again, please notify the NMSU Carlsbad Health Clinic (575-234-9291) and email Dr. Karla Volpi at

During that time, be sure to:

  • Avoid contact with others to limit spread.
  • Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue or sleeve, not your hands.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water after coughing, sneezing, and blowing your nose.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable
  • Wear a face mask or face covering to minimize the risk of spread of infection.