Department of Health: Oral Treatments for COVID-19
I’d like to thank all of you for your continued efforts to safeguard your fellow New Mexicans against COVID-19. As you may know, cases and hospitalizations have increased in recent weeks. However, unlike previous spikes, this time we have an additional tool to fight the virus. Oral treatments can be taken from the convenience of your home, and they reduce our chance of severe outcomes from infection.
Those at increased risk for severe outcomes qualify for oral treatment. You may be surprised to know a number of factors constitute high risk including being over 64, overweight, or pregnant, having asthma, being a smoker, diabetic, and more. If you fall into even one of these categories or have a condition that makes you high risk, speak with your doctor about getting oral treatments, or make a plan in case you get COVID.
If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, even fatigue, take a test. If you are at higher risk, be sure to get tested 3-5 days after being in contact with a person who has COVID-19 or as soon as you develop symptoms. It’s important to get treatment within five days of your first symptom. You’ll need to bring a copy of your positive test result to your appointment, whether in person or online .
At-home tests provide quick results, meaning you’ll have the best chance at seeking treatment fast. If you don’t already have a supply of these tests, order yours before June 30 at findatestnm.org.
Test-to-treat locations offer both testing and treatment during the same visit. Since treatment needs to start within the 5-day window of the first symptom, the value of one-stop shopping goes beyond convenience. Or, once you have at least one symptom and a positive test, our website can help you find a treatment.
To find a provider or a participating pharmacy where you can fill your oral treatment prescription, visit the links below:
- Find a Provider for COVID Treatment Evaluation.
- Find a Participating Pharmacy.
- In Albuquerque and Santa Fe try the federal COVID-19 Test to Treat Locator.
- Also, the CDC offers an excellent Quarantine and Isolation Calculator here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html# If you have COVID, or have been exposed to someone who has had COVID, you can find excellent advice at this website.
Testing, staying up-to-date on vaccinations, COVID oral treatments and masking are the most powerful tools that we have at our disposal, to decrease the impact of COVID-19 in our communities, and ensure we’re able to enjoy this summer’s long-awaited celebrations and vacations.
Stay safe and healthy.
David Scrase, M.D.
Acting Cabinet Secretary
New Mexico Department of Health