COVID-19 Testing Now Available For New Mexico’s Essential Food Industry Workers



Dedicated testing slots available from 8 to 11 a.m. every Monday at Dept. of Health field offices

As part of the state’s proactive testing efforts to identify, isolate and trace new cases, the Department of Health has designated special statewide COVID-19 testing hours for all employees who work to provide New Mexican families with food, including workers at restaurants, grocery stores, farmers’ markets, distribution centers and food manufacturing facilities.

“Our essential food industry workers continue to help New Mexican families access food,” said New Mexico Environment Department Cabinet Secretary James Kenney. “Now we can help our essential food industry workers access proactive testing for COVID-19. Food industry employers are strongly urged to take advantage of this testing.”

“Broadscale testing will ultimately result in more lives saved,” said Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Kathy Kunkel. “Even as we reopen, COVID-19 is still out there, and we must continue to be vigilant.”

“Part of the New Mexico Restaurant Association’s mission is to ‘protect the hospitality industry in New Mexico,’ and we feel that encouraging participation in this widespread testing effort is our duty under that promise,” said Carol Wight, Chief Executive Officer of the New Mexico Restaurant Association. “Making testing readily accessible to our industry protects our employees and customers, and we ask that every New Mexico restaurant consider doing their part to slow the spread of COVID-19 by encouraging their staff to get tested.”

Many people who are infected with coronavirus may not experience any symptoms while still having the potential to pass the virus onto others, making largescale testing incredibly important in preventing its spread – and keeping New Mexico on a path toward reopening the economy.

Testing as many food industry workers as possible builds consumer confidence while helping employers minimize their occupational risk of an asymptomatic employee spreading the disease in the workplace. If proactive testing identifies a positive case, the New Mexico Environment Department and Department of Health will contact the employer about the appropriate next steps to take to prevent the spread of the virus, including disinfection and follow-up testing. Proactive testing can minimize disruption to operations.

Testing will be available from 8 to 11 a.m. every Monday, beginning June 15, at the locations listed. Testing is free, but those who have insurance should bring their card with them. Appointments are required and must be scheduled by noon the preceding Friday by calling a local public health office.

Office name Address City ZIP code Scheduling phone number
Midtown PHO 2400 Wellesley Dr. NE Albuquerque 87107 505-841-4106
Sandoval Co. PHO 1500 Idalia Rd. Bernalillo 87004 505-867-2291
McKinley Co. 410 Bataan Veterans Rd. Gallup 87301 505-722-4391
San Juan PHO 355 S. Miller Rd Farmington 87401 505-327-4461 X9
Valencia Co. PHO 617 Becker Ave. Belen 87002 505-864-7743
Santa Fe PHO 605 Letrado St. Santa Fe 87505 505-476-2600
Espanola PHO 2010 Industrial Pk Rd. Española 87532 505-753-2794
Los Alamos PHO 1183 Diamond Dr, Ste D Los Alamos 87544 505-662-4038
Taos PHO 1400 Weimer Rd. Taos 87571 575-758-4719
Las Vegas PHO 18 Gallegos Rd. Las Vegas 87701 505-425-9368
Santa Rosa PHO 117 Camino de Vida Santa Rosa 88435 575-472-3211
Raton PHO 226 E. 4th Street Raton 87740 575-445-3601
Artesia PHO 1001 Memorial Dr. Artesia 88210 575-746-9819
Carlsbad PHO 1306 W. Stevens Carlsbad 88220 575-885-4191
Clovis PHO 1216 Cameo St. Clovis 88101 575-763-5583
Ft. Sumner PHO 514 Ave. C Ft. Sumner 88119 575-355-3262
Hobbs PHO 1923 N. Dal Paso Hobbs 88240 575-397-2463
Lovington PHO 302 N. 5th St. Lovington 88260 575-396-2853
Portales PHO 1513 W. Fir Portales 88130 575-356-4453
Roswell PHO 200 E. Chisum Roswell 88201 575-624-6050
Ruidoso PHO 111 Kansas City Rd. Ruidoso 88345 575-258-3252
Tucumcari PHO 310 S. 2nd St. Tucumcari 88401 575-461-2610
Las Cruces PHO 1170 N. Solano Las Cruces 88001 575-528-5063
Anthony PHO 865 N. Anthony Drive Anthony 88021 575-882-5858 X4
Sunland Park 3807 McNutt Rd. Sunland Park 88063 575-589-2543 X4
Grant Co PHO 2610 N. Silver Silver City 88061 575-538-5318 X4
Otero Co PHO 1207 8th St. Alamogordo 88310 575-437-9340 X4
Socorro Co PHO 214 Neel Ave. Socorro 87801 575-835-0971 X3