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COVID-19 & Elders

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COVID-19 (coronavirus) is a respiratory virus that is especially risky for older people and those with heart and lung diseases and chronic illnesses, such as diabetes. Visit the Indian Health Service COVID-19 page for information on COVID-19 symptoms, what to do if you are sick, and how to get tested.

If you think you have symptoms of COVID-19, call the New Mexico Department of Health Coronavirus Hotline: (855) 600-3453.

For non-health related questions about COVID-19, call: (833) 551-0518.

There are many precautions that you can take to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19. Read the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Checklist for Older Adults to learn more.

The CDC also has specific information for Tribal communities. Scroll down to the section called “For Tribal Community Members and Leaders” for recommendations on topics such as social distancing in multigenerational households, Tribal funeral and burial practices, and coping with stress and anxiety. You can also read recommendations about Tribal ceremonies and gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Native American COVID-19 Emergency Toolkit

The Behavioral Health Services Division of the New Mexico Human Services Department and the New Mexico Indian Affairs Department have created the Native American COVID-19 Emergency Toolkit campaign, featuring cartoonist Ricardo Caté from Kewa Pueblo, to talk about how COVID-19 is impacting tribal communities in New Mexico.

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