DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH NEWS
The state of New Mexico and Curative are expanding their COVID-19 testing partnership efforts to include five more locations statewide.
In addition to the location at Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque, the following new, free testing sites are operational Sunday through Monday.
- Judy Nelson Elementary School – 40 CR 6580, Kirtland, NM 87417, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- Northern New Mexico College – 921 N Paseo De Onate, Española, NM 87532 (east entrance off Railroad Ave,) 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Daniel Fernandez Park – 1103 NM-314, Los Lunas, New Mexico 87031, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Rio Rancho High School – 301 Loma Colorado Dr NE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
- Opens Friday, 12/4: Starmax – 333 N Country Club Rd, Deming, NM 88030, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Curative is a California research company that created the first oral fluid test in the United States. Trained local, state, and New Mexico National Guard staff are present to ensure samples are properly collected. The Curative, self-collected, swab tests are demonstrated to be at least as accurate as nasopharyngeal test swabs.
“It has been our intention to open more Curative sites since the first one opened two weeks ago at Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque,” said Acting Department of Health Secretary Billy Jimenez. “The site has been very successful and we are pleased to provide another, less invasive means of testing for New Mexico. We encourage everyone to keep getting tested as this is the fastest way for counties to go from red to green.”
As with all COVID-19 tests in New Mexico, these tests will be administered for free; clients must pre-register at curative.com.