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State health officials hand out free home COVID tests

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Minister for Health, Dr Laura Parajon said: “We are now giving these people away for free in areas with a high social vulnerability index, which are areas where poverty is higher, and also there are places where the number of cases is high,” said Health Minister Dr Laura Parajon.

Over the next few weeks, Parajon says it’s starting with testing 20,000 home tests that it plans to distribute to areas that need it most. But there is much more to come.

“Our governor has asked us to try to be able to buy a million of these so we can spread them across the state.”

But there’s more work to be done before all those tests are completed. The Department of Health is working on a website, an educational flyer and increasing the capacity of their hotline to answer questions. Like how to do one of the tests and what to do if you are positive.

As a first step, consider yourself a positive and isolated person.

“It is also helpful to notify your healthcare provider. You can also call our hotline for help, which is great for you to reach out to people you’ve been in contact with,” Parajon said.

More details remain, such as how positive tests will be counted toward the statewide total and when widespread distribution will occur.

“Those are the two parts we’re doing, completing the tests and educating,” Parajon said.

For information on how to order a home COVID-19 saliva test, visit, nmhealth.org/covid-testing/. Or call the NMDOH COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline: 1-855-600-3453.

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Yasmin Harisha

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